Daisy and Hope have been superstars this week selling poppies every morning for us and the donation box has been steadily filling over the course of the week – thank you for supporting such a worthy cause. When the donations have been collected by The Royal British Legion volunteer and we know what has been raised, we’ll let you know. We all joined together this morning for our 1 minute’s silence and planted wooden crosses in the raised beds as a mark of respect.
On Wednesday, the year 2 children enjoyed going to a multiskills festival organised by Colyton Grammar School. They had the opportunity to develop their movement skills (agility, balance and coordination) through a carousel of fun activities. Thank you to Mr Simier and Mr Chadwick for accompanying and encouraging the children.
Congratulations to every child who took part in the Stockland Cross Country on Wednesday. You were all phenomenal! A special well done to Darcie May Green who came 5th in her very first race, with her team mates Lily and Maisie both ranking in the top 20, even after a shaky start! The team spirit demonstrated from all was fantastic, especially making sure all the new racers knew the route and tried to keep together as best as possible, a real credit to our school. Thank you also goes to all of the parents who braved the muddy conditions to transport the children!
This morning we have had a visit from Rachel Savage of ‘Mini Yoga’. Each class has enjoyed a half hour taster session that centred around improving balance, coordination and concentration. The children have all enjoyed taking part. Some of the staff will be receiving training from Rachel this afternoon in order to be able to deliver similar sessions to the children on an ongoing basis.
We thoroughly enjoyed last Friday’s Harvest Service – it was a lovely way to celebrate Harvest as a school community. We were very proud of the children who performed brilliantly and it was great to see a range of activities across the classes. Thank you for the generous donations of non-perishables; they will be taken to Seaton Food Bank and we will ensure they know that it is a gift from our school community.
Wednesday 27th September was National fitness day. The children celebrated by taking part in a variety of different events. The key stage two children were lucky enough to take part in a Cross Country Run for 1.5 miles around Pecorama’s wild walk area. We would like to thank Pecorama for allowing us to use this facility. Following the cross country run, the 66 key stage two children took part in a 15 minute Joe Wicks’ HITT workout.
Classes 1 and 2 took part in a fitness workout using ‘Go Noodle.’ Later in the afternoon, they were practicing the exercises they had learned in the playground.
Yesterday, the children enjoyed a mesmerising performance of Theatre Alibi’s production of ‘Apple John’, performed completely through mime and gesture. The children were wondering how pictures suddenly appeared on pieces of cloth and enjoyed jigging along to the music provided by a cellist and violinist/guitarist. The cast were impressed with the comments the children gave of the performance.
On Monday 17th July, Class 3 set out on an exciting adventure to Seaton Wetlands. Miss Squire took the register and we began our journey in the mini bus with Mr Evans as our chauffeur. When we arrived, we met Penny who works for the Wetlands and was looking after us. She gave us a piece of card with boring, dull caterpillars and a piece of double sided tape across the centre. She set us a mission, our mission if we wish to take it was to create the prettiest, caterpillar bursting with colour. Whilst walking to our base, we collected different colours from the hedgerow and stuck them onto our caterpillar. Some children, Jacob, decided a large dock-leaf was going to become the caterpillar’s hat, whereas others used smaller more delicate items.
When we arrived at our base, we had a quick snack and began our bug hunting and pond dipping. The year 3’s were the first to take part in the mini-beast hunt, using large pillow case like nets to catch an amazing range of grass hoppers, this soon became a competition! We learned the difference between grass hoppers and crickets; crickets have long antennas and grass hoppers have shorter ones. Meanwhile, the year 4’s went with Mrs Parkhouse and began pond dipping. They caught a range of different bugs and fish from the pond. We were surprised to find a; water stick insect, water scorpion and baby newts. 45 minutes later the year groups swapped over.
Finally, after another 45 minutes, skillfully we washed our hands with lots of soap and ate a delicious lunch at our base. It was then time for free time, to run off some energy before we learnt how to meditate and listen to the sounds around us. Next, we transformed into Bumble Bees.
Bumble Bees became the focus of our game. We were given pipets and in teams we had to collect the most nectar from the flowers on the field, the year 4’s were victorious!! During the second game, a member of each team had to run and find a flower that was full of nectar (aka water and food colouring), they then danced to their team in an attempt to show them where the nectar was. The year 3’s this time took the championship.
Lastly, we had a chance to create our own Nature Reserve. We used; tin foil, soil, grass, stones, cardboard and nature. These were excellent and we used our knowledge of habitats to create a safe environment to keep bugs.
Over all, it was a fantastic day. Lots of fun was had and even a few things were learnt!! Thank you to Penny and Seaton Wetlands for having us, I’m sure we will be back again very soon.
We have all enjoyed a fantastic Grounds Day today. The children were all busy weeding, weeping and tidying and there was a lovely atmosphere of excitement and co-operation. A big thank you to Mrs Absalom who worked with the children to clear the borders of weeds; and a special thank you to Andrew, James and Sam who spent the morning constructing our new Polytunnel. We are very grateful to Kings Down Caravan Park who raised a fabulous sum of money which enabled us to purchase the polytunnel and we look forward to putting it to good use in September.
Looking forward, we want to continue to develop our school grounds and ensure that all children are involved in environmental education. In order for us to achieve this, we would be grateful for any donations of old tools/brushes etc. We would also welcome any ideas you may have in moving forward with our outdoor areas.