Our Y6 children had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the Wednesday afternoon of our 'Carnival' Arts Week as they had the chance to dance with a group of Morris Dancers called 'Lassington Oak'. Morris Dancing has been danced for hundreds of years, and passed down through the generations in the villages of rural England. The dances are usually performed at festivals such as May Day, Whitsun and Christmas. The dancing is very lively and accompanied by an accordion player, a melodeon or fiddle player. Morris dancers wear different clothes depending on the part of the country in which they dance. They are often dressed in white with coloured baldrics (coloured belts) across their chests. There are usually six or eight dancers arranged in two lines or in a circle facing each other. The dancers may carry white handkerchiefs that they shake, or short sticks that they bang against each other as they dance. Some dancers have bell-pads tied at their knees, which make a loud and cheerful rhythm as they dance. The Y6 children spent approximately 45 minutes practising two dances with the group, including a stick dance and a handkerchief dance, before performing to the rest of the school. Well done everyone!
It was a real pleasure to welcome Paul Treble, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Ambassador, back into school to deliver a series of light workshops to the Y6 children. There were a lot of questions and a great deal of interest, particularly in his investigation 'Sunset in a Tube' which explored the spectrum of colours. Thank you Paul!
The puppets of Y6 are nearly finished! The children are now onto the final stages, including dressing and decorating their character as well as ensuring that the joints move and are connected accurately. The children can be really proud of what they have achieved.
It was brilliant to mark the end of SATs Week by holding our first ever 'Cricket and Cream Tea' event. Whilst the children in Years 5 and 6 competed in an inter-house cricket festival, parents and families were welcomed to spectate, relaxing with a cup of Yorkshire Tea and a homemade scone, baked by some of our Upper Key Stage Two pupils, as well as indulging in a traditional cucumber and cream cheese sandwich. Donations were set aside for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), a charity that the Y6 children will be visiting as part of their residential visit to the Isle of Wight, in exchange for a delicious cream tea. Spectating parents were also given a mini-box of Yorkshire Tea. Congratulations to Wenlock House for winning the cricket festival and to everyone for making the whole event such a success. Howzat!
Well done to our amazing archery team. They competed against five other schools in the Level 2 School Games event held in Cheltenham. They showed fantastic teamwork supporting each other and worked with amazing concentration and effort. They began by using plastic bow and arrow sets with suckers on the end - and were very successful at hitting the targets. They then moved on to a professional kit and were firing over a longer distance towards a traditional archery target. Points were scored for accuracy and individual scores were combined to create an overall team score. Congratulations to Abbie for being among the highest individual point scorers in the entire competition! Also, a special mention must be made of Amelia who was identified as showing great determination; she was awarded a Spirit of the Games band to recognise this. Overall, the team finished in third place securing School Games bronze medals. This was a fantastic achievement in our first ever archery competition. Well done!
Team: Abbie, Jemima & Amelia (all Y6), Amy Fisher, Jessica Murray, Cerys Coxshall, Natalie Green, Jessamy Morris and Matthew Ryland
As part of our topic 'In the Light', the children have been designing and making puppets based on a marionette. The children are now well into the making process. Initially they designed their character and examined a range of hinges and joints to decide how to create the movement in their own puppets. A lot of sawing, gluing and screwing has been taking place.
It's finally here! SATs Week has been looming on the horizon for a little while and our Y6 children have been preparing themselves for the challenge ahead. It has been great to see so many of them equipping themselves so well and taking a very mature and responsible approach to the week. Several have said that they are really enjoying it and that it has been one of the best weeks of the year!! It has also been lovely to start the day with our SATs breakfast, a delicious selection of cereals, toast, juice and cups of tea in a relaxed, friendly and happy environment. Well done Y6 - you are doing so well and it is now nearly over. Keep working hard!
The Y6 children have been thoroughly fascinated by their science topic of light. Mrs. White organised a carousel of investigations and activities which were not only interesting but great fun. A lot of learning and laughter took place.
What a privilege it was to be invited to Holy Trinity Church in Tewkesbury to see the Watoto Children's Choir perform. Throughout the high-energy 45-minute concert, Tirlebrook's Y5 and Y6 children were joined by others from Queen Maragaret's, The John Moore, Mitton and Tewkesbury C. of E. to appreciate the fine singing and dancing. It was moving to hear that every child in the choir was an orphan and refreshing to hear the message of hope and love. Each of the Tewkesbury primary children were asked to appreciate their parents and their teachers. It was a great way to round off another week and an insight into the lives of other children of the same age from across the globe. Thank you.
We were delighted to have been able to participate in our second rounders tournament of the season. We played in Pool One of the Small Schools competition in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sports Network Level 2 School Games event. We ended up finishing 2nd in the pool, having lost our first game against local rivals Twyning before beating Andoversford 8-4, getting all of the team out in the process. We then went on to play Grangefield in the School Games bronze medal match. Tirlebrook worked extremely hard, encouraging each other and demonstrating fantastic teamwork to drive each other on to a fantastic victory, securing those bronze medals. Furthermore, two of our players were awarded School Games Values bands to reward them for their great attitudes towards sport. Oisin played extremely well and demonstrated self-belief and was therefore awarded the 'Self Belief' School Games band. Eve showed that she was a fantastic part of the team, even surprising herself at times, and she participated with great respect and a positive attitude. She was awarded the 'Respect' School Games band. This was another great achievement for Tirlebrook! Well done.
Squad: Ethan Whybrow (captain), Ciara Moran, Alex Oliver, Jessica Worrell, Oisin Moseley, Eve Sherbourne, Christopher Ballinger, Erin Hunt, Charlie Kendrick & Ellie Baker.
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