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.
Sports day 2017 started off with KS1 sprint then kS2 sprint. After that we had KS1 and KS2 hurdles. After a while we did the round robin where it is football dribbling, egg and spoon, bean-bag and vortex howler for KS2 and javelin for KS1. After an enjoyable time of round robin we moved on to KS1 dressing up race, then KS2 skipping, and finally KS1 and two sack races, which went on for a long time!
We ended up with the relay and of course the results. It was tight between Patrick and Andrew but Patrick just got the win. And now it is down to the results. In 4th place with 29 points was David and in 3rd place 35 points was George but in 2nd place with 37 points was Patrick which leaves Andrew with 38 points in 1st place. Also that means Patrick lose their 11 year streak of sports day. It didn’t really matter if anyone lost, we just had fun taking part and having an ice lolly at the end. I’d like to thank the PTFA for making a brilliant cake stall.
We need willing volunteers from throughout our village and community to come and support our school with carrying out improvements to our grounds to further enhance the outdoor learning environment for the children. We hope to create, for example: a wild flower garden, improvements to our sensory garden, as well as general planting and maintenance. We have very limited tools so please bring along a fork, spade, trowel, secateurs etc. if possible. We will provide refreshments. We look forward to seeing you on Friday 14th July. Thank you.
On Tuesday evening 17 Year 3/4 children attended the Quad Kids Athletics Tournament at Colyton Grammar School. It was a lovely evening to spend; running, jumping and throwing in competition against 5 other schools. The children were put into two teams and took part in a 75m sprint, 400m run, standing long jump and a vortex throw. They worked incredibly well and were a credit to our school. I would like to congratulate all children on their achievements and thank the parents who drove. Although we didn’t get placed in the top three, the teams pushed themselves to the limits and were generally amazing!!
After leaving school, we arrived at Rockley and were greeted by glorious sunshine. We dropped our bags off in the centre and had a little nosey at where we would be sleeping before heading down to the beach for lunch.
The afternoon was spent acclimatising ourselves with the water temperature! We had a go at Wayfarer sailing but also made time to have a little splash about too. I’m sure some of the boats seemed to end up with rather a lot of water in them! Many of the children took to sailing like ducks to water so it’ll be great to see how they fair with the Pico boats on Friday – we might have a bit of competition on our hands! After the enjoyment of the sailing is the tricky task of getting the boats back out of the water; the children’s teamwork paid off when it came to hauling the boats back up onto dry land.
In the evening we were treated to a hog roast on the beach before we tried our hand at crabbing. Mr Mitchell became very competitive – the concentration on his face was unrivalled! Tomorrow’s activities will hopefully include paddle boarding and kayaking … we just need to get them all off to sleep at a decent time first!
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!