Our Sportshall Athletics team came away with bronze medals from our first Gloucestershire School Games event of the year. In a new competition for the school, our five Year 5 children and seven Year 6 children combined to compete in a range of indoor track and field events at All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham. Competing against 8 other schools of similar size, the children participated in relays, obstacle races, sprints and a variety of field events, including soft javelin, speed bounce, standing triple jump and chest push. The team finished in 3rd place overall, scoring an impressive 244 points, 40 more than the 4th placed school and just 18 points behind the overall winners. Congratulations to everyone for demonstrating such a terrific team spirit and positive attitude. Well done team Tirlebrook!.
Our second session at Tewkesbury School Library was great. We had the opportunity to use information books and the Internet to find out about the lives of famous authors in readiness to create posters next week. Some of the children attempted an 'Accelerated Reader' quiz as they had already completed reading the books that they had borrowed. They were kindly given the opportunity to take out further books. We look forward to next week.
As part of our topic, 'Gorgons, Gods and Gold', we have been learning about the differences between the city states of Athens and Sparta. The children put together some short role-plays to show what it may have been like to have lived there. Enjoy the video below!
Izzy is raising money for the Sue Ryder Care Home charity. She is giving up her own time and resources to make a range of jewellery. Items are on sale at 50p and £1 and you can even make personalised requests about colours and designs. As of Friday, she had already raised an incredible £79! Well done Izzy for this act of selflessness. Your determination to succeed and support this charity is inspiring to us all. Tirlebrook's core values of positive attitude and community are at the heart of this fundraising idea. Keep it up!
We went to Tewkesbury School Library for the first of four sessions today. We were introduced by the school librarians, Mrs. Baird and Mrs. Smith, to the many facilities and activities on offer. We enjoyed a shared story together using the library iPad and e-reader and completed an 'Accelerated Reader' quiz on the book 'Daft Bat'. Afterwards, we were allowed to browse the fiction section and select a book to borrow up until half term. We were even given pencils! We look forward to next week.
Five Tirlebrook children helped teachers from across Tewkesbury this evening as they participated in a Gymnastics training session for teachers. The children demonstrated warm ups, a bridge, forward and backward rolls, handstands and cartwheels, and a variety of jumps from the vault, after bravely mounting from a springboard. They were coached by Roger Riley whose expertise helped them all to improve. Thank you to the children from Year 5 - Molly, Erin, Sam and Jessica, but especially to our own Will, who bounced about very enthusiastically and demonstrated just what an impressive gymnast he is! Well done!
Today, Elder Class visited Honeybourne Pottery as part of our topic on Ancient Greece. The children worked alongside professional artists Kath and Paul to 'throw' pots that will eventually become drinking vessels. Sitting at a potter's wheel was a first-time experience for all, yet the children all produced some fantastic results. Several then tested the 'magic of the pots' to see whether gravity would pull them to the ground.
They also each had the opportunity to create a Greek theatre mask. Using a variety of tools and techniques, including some marvellous stuff named 'slurry', the children beavered away at their very own mask. The results were visually impressive and a variety of expressions were created, including anger, cheerfulness and pride. One child even managed to create a sinister mask!
At the end of the day, the crowds gathered to watch Mrs. Perry on the potter's wheel. Following the creation of a beautiful wide rimmed drinking vessel, she decided to test the 'magic of the pots'. The magic had previously worked for everyone ... but not for poor Mrs. Perry whose pot collapsed into the 'gravy' bucket! Despite this final Greek tragedy, a great time was had by all.
For more information about the work of Honeybourne Pottery and further opportunities, please visit their website www.honeybournepots.co.uk.
It was a great privilege to have been invited to a session with Joe Craig at Tewkesbury School. Joe is a musician and author, and his 'Jimmy Coates' series of action, mystery and adventure books have proved to be extremely popular. Joe was at Tewkesbury
School today talking about his books, his life in general and what inspired him to write. He also gave us some really useful tips about story writing, including the three types of problem to base an idea on - 'impending doom', 'let's get personal' and 'inner demons'. He also demonstrated his story telling abilities by using a range of children's ideas to create another Jimmy Coates
story. This involved a Scottish alien moose, William drinking juice and a grandfather doing yoga! It was quite brilliant, but you had to be there to fully appreciate his amazing talent. The children had the opportunity to purchase books and Joe kindly signed books, postcards and bookmarks. He also posed with
us for a class photo. It was a brilliant session and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. You can find out more about Joe and his writing and music at www.joecraig.co.uk
Seven Tirlebrook pupils started some special football coaching sessions today with John Finnigan, ex-Cheltenham Town captain. They had a great opportunity to demonstrate their skills alongside pupils from other local primary schools. These sessions should help them to develop their skills even further. Well done lads!
Two of our Y6 pupils have been part of a small group of local schools who have been working to select an artist to create a bespoke piece of art for the children's waiting room in the new building at Tewkesbury Hospital. The 'Take Part' team at Roses Theatre organised workshops with three artists and some of our children were selected to take part. The children then voted for the artist, Imogen Harvey-Lewis, to produce the final artwork. They have now spent the afternoon at the Roses Theatre getting a preview of the three pieces that will be on display in the hospital.
We started our topic on Ancient Greece this week. One of the first things that we did was to listen to the story of the Trojan Wooden Horse. We then worked in groups to rap sections of the story. Finally, we put all the parts together to tell the entire legend.
What an amazing time we had at Old Trafford as we ventured to watch Manchester United play Swansea City. After a long journey in the minibus and a short walk to the stadium, we found our seats and enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere and amazing view.
Swansea played very well and claimed a surprise win. The Manchester United fans were not happy, including Mr. Tomkins! After the match had concluded and a thorough soaking on the way back to the minibus, a long drive home awaited us. Eventually we returned to Tewkesbury at 10.45 p.m. What an amazing day!
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