On Tuesday, we had a Dementia Friends talk. Dementia is a disease where you don’t just forget things but you lose some brain cells. We learnt that if you have dementia all your recent memories go, but those from years ago will stay. During the session we played a game. Firstly, we had to read some cards about how we get dressed and then put these in order. The order we had was different to the one on the sheet, but that is because everyone might do things differently. We then sat in a circle and passed the ball of wall to each action that needed to take place. Then, Mrs Squire cut the ‘brain path’ to one of the actions. This is what it is like if you have dementia, sometimes you cannot remember the basic things like how to get dressed in a certain order. After that, Mrs Squire asked if we would like to be a Dementia Friend, if we agreed, we had to write on a sheet to pledge how we could help people with dementia and how we would wear our badge with pride.
By Tilly, Jack and Lily
Wow! I am really impressed with the dedication and team spirit shown during this week’s rounders tournament. The team worked well together and led by example. Out of the starting blocks in our pool stages, we won the first match against All Saints A 6 – 2½. Following on, against St Mary’s A we also won with a tremendous 5 – 1. It was an excellent 40 minutes. Unfortunately, against Kilmington we lost focus and were defeated 3½ – 5½. This did not get them down and they came back fighting. The winner of our pool was very close, with All Saints A achieving 2 wins and 1 defeat, just like we did! However, they had less ‘outs’ and therefore won the pool. We knew it was not over, the children played against All Saints B and won 6½ – 3½. That meant we were automatically through to the East Devon finals, all that was left to win was the plate. The children really did the school proud and worked tirelessly as a team to win their final match against All Saints B, to be crowned the overall rounders winners. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all parents who drove. On to East Devon we go!!
Two days ago, after winning all their matches at the East Devon rugby tournament, the year 5/6 competitive tag rugby team (Jen, Christian, Jake, Innes, Evan, Roman, Josh, Adam, Harvey and Amelie) went to the East Devon finals. After losing their first two games the team was slightly demoralised but they picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and went on to come third in their pool. After playing the semi-final and final they won the plate cup. Maybe next year Beer! By Amelie and Innes
We celebrated Easter with a lovely service at St Michael’s Church. Each class took a symbol associated with Easter and re-told the story of the crucifixion. Class 1 started the story with palm leaves as Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. This was followed by Class 2’s depiction of the last supper. Class 3 acted out the events around the crucifixion whilst Class 4 explained how Easter eggs symbolise the boulder that covered the tomb. The children all sang beautifully and it was a fitting way to bring the Spring term to a close.
The nativity service was a very fitting end to the term and reminds us that Christmas is a time for family and a time to count the gifts we have that money can’t buy. It is important to remember that it is thanks to the whole school community that we are able to enjoy events such as the Christmas play and nativity service and we really do appreciate the partnership we have with parents and the support they give.
Yesterday’s dress rehearsal at the OAP lunch was really enjoyable and the audience certainly delighted in watching the show if the laughter was anything to go by.
On Wednesday 30th November we had a visit from the ‘Space Odyssey’ dome. Thank you very much to the PTFA who funded the event – all the children had the opportunity to experience the highly engaging and interactive presentation. The children entered the dome in complete darkness before being shown 360o projections on a range of space related themes. These included Tim Peake on
board the International Space Station; our solar system; phases of the moon and eclipses; constellations and they were even challenged to consider the possibility of life on other planets.
The children were enthralled and enthused with many ‘Ooh’s’, ‘Aah’s’ and ‘Wow’s’ heard coming from the dome. Simon, from Space Odyssey balanced interesting, factual knowledge with a lively, entertaining delivery which ensured all the children had a fantastic learning experience.
On Thursday we went to a gymnastics festival at Colyton Grammar. It was really fun because we got to do all sorts of things like cart wheels and jumping. The best bit was when Charlotte
and I tried to stand up whilst having our arms linked together, we fell a few times but we did it in the end. I also liked when we had to walk across a bench. In the middle of the bench you had to spin around, get on the trampet and jump three times! I thought it was so good that I wished I could do it again. I couldn’t wait for the next gymnastics festival and I hope that it will be as good as this one! By Molly.
Many of the children (and staff!) came to school this morning dressed or decorated in spots of some sort, all in order to raise money for this worthy charity. We have had a wonderful array
of cakes donated to sell at our cake stall later so many thanks to those that contributed to this. So far we have raised £120.
On Wednesday 9th November half of class 4 and after school sports club played football from 3 o’clock to four thirty and were joined by Colyton. For a warm up we played numbers. All of the time every team played but every time it was the end of the match the teams played against another team. At the end we changed the teams to make 2 big teams. After that you could tell everyone had fun because we were all muddy but by the end everybody was really tired and damp.
By Jake and Evan