Years 5 and 6 competed in the first round of this year's Inter-House Cross Country Championships on the final afternoon of the half term. The event was hosted at Tewkesbury School and our Year 3 and Year 4 Sports Council representatives (Fraser Matharu, Grace Baker, Luke Sherbourne and Ava Baker) helped to officiate the race. All children participated with great enthusiasm and team spirit, even though it was quite a challenge for some. Every competitor earned points for their House team which will be collated alongside the results from races 2, 3 and 4, before the winning team is announced later in the year. Well done everyone!
It was fantastic to take the entire school to Tewkesbury Baptist Church to perform the songs that we have been learning as part of the iSingPOP project. Two excellently attended concerts were appreciated by parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, children and teachers alike. Thank you to everyone for contributing to an amazing project that we hope has been a great experience for everyone involved. Well done!
Year 6 joined the whole school in taking part in a sporting event to raise money for the NSPCC after a visit from Fiona Meredith and the charity's mascot, Buddy. Elder Class took part in a Super Circuits Challenge in pairs involving 15 stations such as ball bounce, ladder run, sit ups, bench press, skipping and step ups. Each station activity lasted for one minute; the children had to work at high intensity throughout this time whilst their partner counted the number of repetitions. It was a great fun event for both teachers and pupils ... and of course, all for a great cause! Fiona has since been into school to inform us that Tirlebrook has raised over £800 for the charity and that Elder Class had the highest proportion of pupils collecting sponsorship. We have displayed our certificate in the classroom window. Well done everyone!
Following on from the excitement and excellence of the K'nex Challenge, we were delighted to welcome Mo Follis back into school to work with the children on a K'nex Fairgrounds project. The children worked in teams of three to construct a fairground ride out of K'nex. The one stipulation was that the fairground ride's movement had to be rotational. Once constructed, the children attached this to a motor to provide the power for the movement. The second part of the project was learning how to control their ride using flowol software. The children systematically learnt how to use this software to write a computer program to control their ride's lighting, music and movement. At the end of the day, the Reception children were invited to visit the Y6 Fairground. All in all, it was a brilliant day and everyone really enjoyed it - as well as learning a huge amount. Well done to everyone!
It was fantastic to have the opportunity to enter the Albert Dix Memorial Tournament at the All Saints Academy on Friday. This tournament is played annually amongst the schools of Cheltenham and it was great that we were invited to join in. We played three games in all, winning twice and losing once. In the opening game, we fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Gardner's Lane Primary School, before returning with a 3-1 win against Hester's Way, with all three goals being scored by captain Charlie Kendrick. This was followed by a 5-0 victory against The Ridge Academy, goals being scored by Christopher Ballinger, Finley Gardiner, Oisin Moseley, Charlie Kendrick and Aaron Lund. In this section of the competition, we finished in second place overall and therefore do not qualify for the next round. However, it was a great experience and the team equipped themselves well, both in terms of performance and attitude. Well done to everyone!
Team: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Finley Gardiner, Sam Mills, Christopher Ballinger, Tom Prosser, Dylan Coxshall, Ethan Whybrow, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver & Aaron Lund.
It was fantastic to welcome Mrs. Follis and John into school on Friday morning from STEMworks to help our class through this year's K'nex Challenge. The brief was to design and build a building with some sort of defence system. This could have been a building from the past, for example a castle, a building from the present, such as a bank, or even a futuristic building, e.g. a home needing protecting from aliens! The children chose their own partners and had one hour to construct a building out of K'nex that matched the brief. After tidying up and some evaluations based on the quality of the model, teamwork, communication and problem solving, it was announced that Nathan and Charlie had been chosen as the winners and that they will represent Tirlebrook in the county finals next year. It was not an easy decision as all of the pairings had worked well together and there were some outstanding and really creative models on display. Well done to all!
The final race of the Autumn season of Cross Country races was a very successful one for our school and for many children in Elder Class. In cooler but still rather humid conditions, the team were determined to put in a strong performance. The girls went off first and did a great job. Performances of note include Ellie Baker finishing third and a strong run from Eve Sherbourne after returning from injury. Charlie Kendrick returned to winning ways, crossing the line in first place in a highly competitive race. Tom Prosser was thrilled with his fourth place finish and Sam Mills managed a top twenty finish after stopping to help an injured friend from another school! The boys race had only just finished when the heavens opened for torrential rain the like of which had never been seen before. Needless to say, we all got soaked! Every runner can be proud of their performances and there were some excellent personal bests. Well done to everyone!
Y6 members of the team: Ethan Whybrow, Charlie Kendrick, Finley Gardiner, Sam Mills, Christopher Ballinger, Tom Prosser, Jemima Dinning, Effie Birch-Scanlan, Ashleigh Latter, Molly Johansen, Ellie Baker, Eve Sherbourne, Ciara Moran and Niamh Moran.
We have really enjoyed learning the songs and dance moves as the week has gone on. Today, Mr. Lockley and Miss. Featonby tried out some dance moves as we learnt the final song. It was very funny! We are looking forward to recording for the school album tomorrow and can't wait for the concerts next week. Thank you Sarah for being an amazing iSingPOP tutor.
We were delighted to welcome Sarah Haughan from iSingPOP into school today to begin a week of singing special songs that support our school values. The week is designed to help promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. The children will be learning songs and actions all week before recording a school album on Thursday. Following on from this, there will be two concerts next week at Tewkesbury Baptist Church and we hope that you will all be able to come and enjoy the fruits of the children's efforts.
Elder Class worked in learning partners to explore the function of gears and pulleys. We found out that when two gears mesh that they move in opposite directions. This can be changed by using an idler gear. We found out about changing the speed of the output by gearing up or down. We also found out that a vertical gear could control a horizontal gear and vice versa when they are bevelled. We found out about pulleys and drive belts too, including what happens when you cross the drive belt. We will be using gears and pulleys when we design and make our own motor-powered moving fairground rides.
Inspired by ‘Caine’s Arcade’, Elder Class worked individually or in pairs to let their imaginations run wild and create their own arcade games using boxes, cardboard tubes, milk bottle tops, cling film and much more. The children then shared the games with the rest of the school, who all enjoyed playing them and winning prizes and tokens. This event was held as close as possible to the Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge Day, which occurs on the first Saturday of October every year. For those of you who haven't heard of 'Caine's Arcade', it is all about the inspiring story of 9-year-old Caine Monroy, who spent his summer holidays building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store in the USA. You can find more information about the project and the work of the Imagination Foundation at cainesarcade.com Thank you to everyone who donated cardboard for our special day - it is greatly appreciated.
We were delighted to welcome Neville Bassett into school today with some of his models of traditional fairground rides. Neville gave a brief talk on the history of fairground rides in Tewkesbury and focused on Walker's in particular, who made fairground rides from their factory base in Tewkesbury in the early 20th Century. The models on view were the 'Gallopers', the 'Helter Skelter', the 'Cake Walk' and the 'Ben Hur'. These models had taken a lifetime's work to reproduce - over thirty years in fact. Each model is an exact scale replica of the original fairground ride and is constructed in such a way that it is put up and taken down as it would have been in real life. The pieces can even be stored in the model fairground trucks that have also been constructed! Looking at the models has helped to inspire us for our own upcoming design and make project. Thank you Neville and Angela for giving up your time and coming to visit us - it was great!
Our School Council have successfully led their first event of the year - Anti-Bullying Week 2014. Activities arranged included a blue cake sale, the designing and making of beat bullying wristbands, House Huddles in which the junior children developed a rap/song/chant about beating bullying and a march around the school playground declaring it a no bullying zone. The week finished with Blue Friday - everyone dressing in blue and donating to make a stand against bullying. Well done to the School Council for organising such a great week, but also to all the children who stand up against bullying here at Tirlebrook and beyond. Particular congratulations go to Margot Messenger, Tom Prosser and Ella Teasdale who lead the School Council and did a great job!
We celebrated National Poetry Day by holding our own Poetry Slam. Each class performed a poem to celebrate the day. Elder Class performed Michael Rosen's 'I opened a book ...' to fit in with our scary theme in English. Well done to all the classes for an amazing job and to Mrs. Oliver for organising the event.
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