To tie in with the World Cup, we've been focusing on healthy lifestyles throughout the school this term, promoting healthy eating choices and exercise. All classes have researched different countries taking part in the tournament and for National Sports Week, which included our own 'World Cup' football tournament, our 4 house teams became competing countries. (Blue = Iceland, Red = Egypt, Green = Nigeria, Yellow = Columbia)
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As Silver Eco-Award holders, looking after the planet and caring about the environment is a big part of our school ethos. Our Eco-warriors in each class ensure children throughout the school don't forget what a difference we can make if we all do our part.
This year we decided to collaborate with our partner school in France so that both schools could share their learning about recycling opportunities in each other's countries.
This year's Fairtrade Fortnight has been jam-packed with activities. Throughout the two weeks, all children have been learning about the importance of buying and supporting Fairtrade.
Global Learning Students
We were lucky to have Global Learning students from Hope University back again with us this year to deliver fun, educational sessions in every class, including:
Fairtrade Baking & Cake Sale
Every class in school baked cakes using Fairtrade ingredients. These cakes were sold at a Fairtrade Cafe, where our Fairtrade Reps chatted to parents, carers and other visitors, encouraging them to buy Fairtrade and explaining the importance of supporting Fairtrade. They were very convincing!
Here are a selections of visitors thought from the comments books:
"What a great turn out again for a very good cause. Well done kids and teachers and helpers."
"Nice to see all the kids getting involved."
"Lovely cakes and drinks. The girls enjoyed telling us how the cakes were made."
"Cakes were delicious, children really had a lovely morning and all children did a brill job."
Celebrating Epiphany - King or Queen for a day
Mrs Golding gave a whole school assembly about the three wise men and the Epiphany. We learned about some of the different ways this is celebrated all over the world.
Every class chose a King or Queen for a day who got to make special decisions in class. Children throughout the school wrote about what they would do if they really were King or Queen for a day. Have a look at some examples below.
Christmas Carol Concert
Years 5 & 6 put on their annual Christmas carol concert at St. Nicholas' Church. Thank you to all parents, carers and other members of the community who came along to hear the readings and listen to the children singing. Did you spot that the last verse of Silent Night was in French?
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Saviour is born.
Christ the Saviour is born!
Douce nuit, sainte nuit
Dans les cieux ! L'astre luit.
Le mystère annoncé s'accomplit
Cet enfant sur la paille endormi,
C'est l'amour infini.
C'est l'amour infini.
World War I / Remembrance
To mark the centenary of World War I this year, each year group spent two weeks of English lessons focused on an element of history linked to World War I. Work was chosen from each class for display on the corridors.
As we do every year, we finished with a remembrance service and a minute's silence held outside. We were honoured to be joined by members of the Royal British Legion, who played The Last Post, and Year 6 pupils recited the first world war poem In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae. Once again, we were very happy to welcome parents, carers and members of the wider community to join us for our minute's silence. We were all very proud of all of the children, who were so well behaved and respectful.
Black History Month - October
The aim of Black History Month is to spread awareness of and pride in Black contributions to British society, and for children to gain an understanding of Black history in general.
Throughout October, children throughout the school have been finding out about important black figures in history, such as Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Year 6 have been reading the book Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo and learning about how awful apartheid was. Have a look at the photograph of them ripping up the apartheid rules.
We finished the month off with a visit from The Journeyman storyteller, Jake Evans who worked with each class telling stories about local black history including stories about:
Jake Evans really brought the stories to life. The children were so engaged in their story sessions.