Elder Class have been busy today creating their own poems to share in tomorrow's Harvest Assembly. Everyone has worked really hard to create poems of thanks for the five elements of fire, earth, air, wood and water. The children worked in small groups to write and create their own poetry performances, including the use of instruments and actions. Harvest time is such a lovely time of year, where we can all spend time sharing and thinking of others. We look forward to sharing our performances with you.
Key Stage Two took part in the Eveque World Marathon Challenge event today. Each child represented their house in a 25 x 200 metre relay race (that's 5000 metres altogether!). There was a Y3/Y4 race and a Y5/Y6 race, from which the results were combined to find a winner in this first Inter-House competition of the year. Hastings won the Y5/Y6 race, followed closely by Beauchamp, Wenlock and then Montague. After combining this with the Y3/Y4 race results, Hastings were confirmed as the overall winners. Well done! Seventeen children from Elder Class also competed together to try to record their fastest collective time, the results of which have been submitted onto the World Marathon Challenge website. A time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds earned joint 13th place on the national leader board. Well done to everyone for participating and to the House Captains and several other Y6 children for showing great leadership skills.
Well done to all of the Y6 children who ran in today's first cross country race of the season. You all did a fantastic job and should be very proud of yourselves. Congratulations to Effie, Molly, Ellie, Ciara, Niamh, Jemima, Eve, Ashleigh, Oisin, Charlie, Tom, Sam, Ethan, Christopher and Finley. Great running!
It's that time of year again ... or is it? Elder Class got into the Christmas spirit in September by creating cards to be sent away and produced professionally. These will be available to purchase later in the year. Using the lowly potato, they first printed a background in a variety of colours and followed this by using some tasteful paper offcuts to stick Christmassy shapes on top of their print. There were some very impressive results. How festive!
In Science, the children have continued to develop their understanding of circuits by designing and making electricity games. Well done to everyone!
Fifteen Y6 pupils and three members of staff took part in today's Paddle Power Boat Race in aid of the Levana Hanson Trust. Donning suitable safety equipment, they took to the water in KataKanus in teams of six and completed one practice race before competing in the final. All three teams put in lots of effort and paddled hard, but could not challenge for victory due to some slight directional issues! However, it was great fun, a chance to get wet and, most importantly, an opportunity for us to show our support to Tewkesbury School and the wider community in participating in this event. We hope that the money raised goes a long way to enabling Levana to achieve her sporting dreams by being able to purchase a pair of prosthetic running blades. Well done to everyone who took part at the event.
Our KS2 children discussed the issue of Scottish independence in their houses and then gathered together to cast votes in our very own ballot. The result was 83% in favour of Scotland remaining in the Union. This was compared to the actual result through discussion on Friday morning. This vote could well turn out to be one of the most important political landmarks in the children's entire lives. Mark the day and the result.
The children have begun working on some patterns and designs as part of their RE topic on Hinduism.
The children worked in teams to create simple circuits from a range of components. They then began to design games that used circuits.
To kick off our new English unit on scary stories, Elder Class enjoyed a slumber party. The children read each other's short stories that they had written last week and enjoyed some snacks in their pyjamas! To add to the fun, there were a few spooky noises and some scary banging on the windows. As the door handle mysteriously turned, it turned out that it was only Mr. Lockley hiding under a sheet! Great fun!
Elder Class enjoyed their first dance lesson with Coach Jasmine today. After an energetic warm-up, the children worked individually, in pairs and in threes to explore different ways of creating a WOW! phrase. The results were great!
We were delighted to welcome Julie and Harold from the Life Education Team to school today. The Y6 children had a good final session in the bus learning about assertive behaviour, peer pressure, choices associated with risk taking, having opinions and drug education. They even managed to have a final sing-song with Harold about believing in ourselves. It was a great time of discussion and activity and the children came away with lots to think about. Thanks to Julie and of course to Harold for a great session.
The new Y6 children and their teachers got off to a great start in Elder Class by completing some outdoor and adventurous 'House Challenges' on Tuesday. It was great to see the children working in teams as they tackled the 'Card Run', the 'Trim Trail Blindfold Challenge', 'Shark Infested Custard' and the 'Battleships Maze'. All of the children joined in well and did a great job. Congratulations to Wenlock who completed the 'Card Run' in the quickest time (7 mins 59 secs), narrowly beating Montague (8 mins 3 secs), Beauchamp (8 mins 55 secs) and Hastings (9 mins 15 secs). Well done to everyone!
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