What a wet, yet exciting residential! Unfortunately, Class 3 don’t seem too lucky with the weather during their residentials! However, the children were fantastic and decided to get on with it, whatever the weather. Some particular highlights from the staff were watching children face their fears when attempting the drop slide (with many returning for a second attempt); an excellent whole class sing song around the campfire while toasting marshmallows; seeing all children work hard and wash up after their dinner, (I wonder how many do that at home); a rather early 4:30 am wake-up call by peacocks and children, something Miss Studley and I are not used to and finally, the wonderful swamp walk …who knew it was going to be that cold, burrrrrr!
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.
On Friday 17th March, class 4 went to Colyton Grammar School to compete in a Tag Rugby Festival. Beer had 3 teams, 1 competitive and 2 friendly. The competitive team (Grizzly’s), made up of Jake, Evan, Harvey, Jennifer, Innes, Amelie, Josh, Roman, Christian and Adam, won the group stage winning every game. Blazers and Sharks both got off to a great start but Sharks lost their streak to Blazers who won every game! In the semi-final Beer Grizzly’s beat Seaton 7-1! Then the final was a close game but Beer came out on top winning 6-4, which means the Grizzly’s are going to the East Devon Finals in April – well done Grizzly’s and well done to all who participated! By Adam – Class 4.
Congratulations to all the runners who took part in Saturday’s Grizfest events. It was lovely to see so many children participating and enjoying the atmosphere that the weekend brings. I’d like to give a special mention to Harvey Green who did a cracking job competing in the 4k race. We have a few snaps from the day to share – please see the final page of the newsletter. I’d also like to congratulate Mrs Fitzgerald and Miss Squire as they successfully completed the cub run on Sunday as well as the parents that took part in Sunday’s races.
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What a fantastic day we have all had! The children looked wonderful in the array of Julia Donaldson inspired costumes. A whole range of activities has taken place including looking at punctuation, descriptive words, rhyming words and patterns in books, creating pictures of the characters, discussing what we know about the characters we are dressed as, role-playing some of the parts, creating our own stories (that might appear in ‘Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’), talking about ideas of sharing and friendship linked to the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ and designing a broom! If you get the chance when you are next in school, please take a look in the library which has been transformed into a Julia Donaldson woodland grotto featuring many of her best known characters!
Today we learnt about fossils with Luca and Amelie’s mum, Bridget and Lyme Regis Museum worker, Chris Andrews. He brought loads of ammonites and dinosaur fossils and tons of fascinating facts. He said ammonites are believed to be squid with shells on them and two air holes to breathe! He said the biggest fossil he had ever found was an ichthyosaur that was about 4m. The biggest ammonite ever found was in Germany and was as tall at the school roof and about 5 tables long. There were lots of fun fossils and facts, I had a wonderful time listening to Chris and Bridget. By Leo – class 4.