Our new Up-cycling club has been practising different practical skills such as sawing, drilling, sanding, pyrography and finally varnishing to produce some unique room nameplates. With the skills in place we can start to take on our projects and see what we can make. Exciting times!
Year 7 pupils spent a very enjoyable team building day at Gisburn Forest. The rain didn’t dampen their spirits as they started the day with an orienteering activity. They worked in small groups to solve the clues, with many groups even returning so quickly that they were challenged to find additional checkpoints.
Lunch was followed by a wonderful walk in the forest, one of the highlights of which was inspired by this week’s National Nature Art Week. Pupils had studied Andy Goldsworthy, the English sculptor, photographer and environmentalist and worked together to produce their very own versions of nature art. We were very impressed with the end results and it was fantastic to hear what an amazing day they had all enjoyed together. Well done, Year 7!
Year 4 pupils had a wonderful surprise in store for Mme Crook when she arrived for this week’s French lesson! A group of them had been working hard on a surprise for her – a French flag made out of Lego bricks. They had been determined to produce something extra special to show their love for the lessons and the language. Merci!
Today all of our Year 5 & 6 pupils were trained by Michael Frayne, our borough school games organiser to become Playground leaders.
This will enable them to set up games and activities during break and lunchtimes to engage in play with the younger years. The course started with learning about the qualities a good leaders would need to run a fun session. The pupils gave some heartwarming accounts of leaders that they admired.
The classes also played a game where they had to name popular role models within the sporting world. Finally they put their knowledge into practice. They set up games in small groups and learned how to differentiate to challenge all abilities using differing rules and equipment.
Well done to all involved, Mr Frayne was impressed with your knowledge and compassionate understanding of the needs of others.
Darcy in Year Three has everything going her way this week. She is the class Wiz of the Week and the winner of the most merits. Added to this she has won a prize in the weekly Chocolate Raffle, for pupils who have been all round stars. On top of this Darcy gets to take home for a week a special story sack, full of fantastic activities to do with her family. And as if this was not enough she was very recently voted by her class to be the Year Three representative on the Prep School Student Council.
It’s fair to say that Darcy is having a great start to her time in Year Three!
Well done Darcy!
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had a true forest school adventure this week – jam packed from start to finish. After harvesting the potatoes and carrots we had grown last year, we decided to cook them in the woods. On the way, we foraged for elderberries on the school field then cooked everything on a camping stove.
It was Reception’s first visit to forest school and they had great fun exploring the woods and splashing in the stream with the older children helping them along and encouraging them to try new things.
Back in the classroom, everyone tried some of their home grown harvest and it was given a definite vote of approval. They are very keen to grow lots more next spring!
Year 7 along with year 8 enjoyed their first PE lesson. They embarked upon a variety of problem solving challenges.
The pupils worked together with respect, cooperation and a great sense of fun.
It was a fantastic opportunity to watch our new pupils bond and many natural leaders emerged as you can see from the photos.
The pupils quickly learned that ‘together we are stronger.’