We were delighted to be able to welcome Mr. Badham, local historian and one of Tirlebrook's governors, to talk to Elder Class about the Battle of the Somme. It was a highly interesting hour of facts, interesting stories and of course, the realities of war. Discussions centred around Pals Battalions, the reasons behind the war of attrition and also the role of Field Marshal Douglas Haig. The Y6 children listened well and asked some great questions. It was also amazing to see how much knowledge was in the room. Well done to all and many thanks to Mr. Badham for visiting us.
The whole school gathered together in House Huddles to create mini Christmas greetings. Each child created a message that would later be presented on the Tirlebrook Express in the main entrance. The Tirlebrook Express is our school's way of ensuring that everyone passes on a Christmas greeting to everyone else! It was great to see the children all working together and the Y6 children were particularly caring and supportive of the younger ones, especially so of the Reception children who were in their first House Huddles. The pictures below were taken in Wenlock House. Merry Christmas Tirlebrook!
Four members of Elder Class represented Tirlebrook's football team as they made a fantastic start to the league season. They won all six of their matches in the first round of the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League at Tewkesbury School, scoring 13 goals and conceding none. Their outstanding performance was matched by their excellent attitude and approach; teamwork and sportsmanship were clearly evident throughout the afternoon. The team represented the school brilliantly and they can be extremely proud of themselves.
Won 1-0 v. Carrant Brook (C. Kendrick), Won 3-0 v. Tredington (S. Janes, S. Fox, B. Radbourne), Won 1-0 v. Tewkesbury C. of E. (C. Kendrick), Won 2-0 v. Twyning (C. Kendrick x2), Won 2-0 v. Mitton (S. Fox, B. Radbourne), Won 4-0 v. Queen Margaret's (S. Janes x2, C. Kendrick (pen), F. Gardiner)
These results have left Tirlebrook on a perfect score of 30 points at the end of Round 1 and full of hope that we can secure the league title in Round 2 in the Spring Term 2015. Well done everyone!
Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Finley Gardiner, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser, Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Ellis Luker & Ben Radbourne.
Four children from Elder Class have had the opportunity to spend a day at Gotherington Primary School today being inspired to write! Author David Gatward has spent the day working alongside the children (see photo below). We hope they have enjoyed themselves and we cannot wait to see what they have to say and show us on their return. Well done!
Elder Class were set the challenge of constructing their own 3D shapes. They were able to use art straws and blu-tac for one activity, whilst creating their own template for a net of a 3D shape for the other. The children really enjoyed it and experienced great success!
Our Y6 footballers entered the local round of the ESFA 7-a-Side Football Competition and played extremely well. In a very closely contested competition, Tirlebrook finished in joint third place out of five schools altogether, winning once, drawing twice and losing just the once. It was a surprisingly warm afternoon and several parents and families turned out to support the team. The competition began with a victory in the first match - a 1-0 win against Tewkesbury C. of E. This was followed by a 2-2 draw with Carrant Brook after conceding a goal very late in the game. The team put aside their disappointment and battled well against eventual winners John Moore. This game saw some heroic defending as John Moore dominated possession and chances. A goal was conceded ... but only just! The referee rightly adjudged the ball to have crossed the goal line to give John Moore a deserved lead. However, Tirlebrook still found time to create chances and as the game went on the balance of play shifted. It was unfortunate that an effort from Oisin hit the underside of the crossbar ... but did not cross the line! The game ended 1-0. The final match in the competition was finely balanced, and having taken the lead against Mitton, the team conceded once more late on in the game as it ended 1-1. Everyone can be pleased with their performance and attitude. It was a good team effort and captain Charlie did a great job. Well done!
Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Dylan Coxshall, Finley Gardiner, Aaron Lund, Sam Mills, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser & Ethan Whybrow.
The Year 6 children have been working in pairs to design and make a fairground ride with a rotational movement. They had to design a ride that moved either through the use of a pulley system or through meshing gears. Following the design stage, the children had to overcome numerous problems in order to complete their fairground ride. The initial challenge was to make sure that their gear or pulley system was working. Following on from this, they had to construct their ride and add an electrical circuit to power the ride. The circuit needed to include a switch so that the motor could be controlled. Finally, the children were required to decorate their ride so that it was visually appealing. After a lot of hard work, including some fantastic teamwork, and a lot of mess, the rides reached completion. The children evaluated their models and then their own performance, including against the five R's characteristics of learning - Reasoning, Resourceful, Resilience, Reflective and Responsible. Well done everyone and well done to Mr. Lockley for remaining so patient!
After a very successful first round of the netball league in early October, the squad returned to the competition eager to perform to the very best of their ability and continue their good early season form. The first of three matches on the night saw Tirlebrook defeat John Moore by the healthy scoreline of 8-0. Great team play was rewarded as Lucie and Erin converted the chances that were created for them to score. This was followed by a challenging match against eventual league runners-up Carrant Brook. The team acquitted themselves well, and although they went down by 6 goals to 3, their determination and effort was outstanding. The final match saw Tirlebrook beat Queen Margaret's 4-2. The team finished in third position out of nine schools overall and should be extremely happy with their progress. Congratulations to overall winners Twyning and many thanks to Tewkesbury School for organising and hosting the league. Well done also to Miss. Featonby for the amount of time and effort she has put into developing the netball team.
Squad: Erin Hunt (captain), Charlotte Dare, Molly Johansen, Margot Messenger, Lucie Cummings, Dylan Coxshall, Christopher Ballinger, Ethan Whybrow.
In RE, we are continuing to study Hinduism. One of the aspects that we have been focusing on is Diwali, the 'festival of lights'. The children have been asked to create their own diva lamp out of clay to help to mark this occasion in the Hindu calendar, which takes place every October.
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