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Headteacher: Mr Adam J. Earle MA(Ed) NPQH

Time Week (April 17)

Normally we have one curriculum theme week each term but this term we had an extra one focussed on time.  The week began with a special assembly and a visit from "Dr Who" (Yes, we know it was really Mr Curtis) with his lovely assistant Sarah-Jane (Miss Whittick)! They were having problems with the time unit in the Tardis which was over 450 years out.

During the action packed week the children in different classes explored shadows, ways of telling the time through history, pendulums, telling the time using analogue clocks and timing events using different devices.

We also provided parents with a booklet about telling the time, time elements in the National curriculum and ways to practice and support time skills at home.  A copy of this booklet can be downloaded by clicking on the document below:

Comic Relief (March 17)

We always enjoy supporting Comic Relief and the fun of Red Nose Day and this year was nose exception!  The members of the school council planned some great ideas for raising money and Mr Earle was delighted that none of these (unlike previous years) involved him getting covered in beans, custard, cream or water!

On Thursday 23rd March (the day before Red Nose Day), with the help of Mr Lewis, we held a sponsored bounce. A combination of inflatable race track, floor mats and spacehoppers all combined to provide an exciting and energetic time for everyone who took part.

Friday 24th March was the big day with folk wearing their red noses with pride and many wearing hair and hats in the style of one of this year's red nose designs.  The school sold 160 noses this year (at £1 each).  The day concluded with a Red Nose Day cake sale which was very popular and there were very few cakes left at the end.  

We are pleased to announce that the children collected over £750 for the charity.  Well done to everyone!

Science Week (February 17)

Science is simply amazing and we enjoy a very special week exploring many different aspects.  Each day we focussed on a different type of science including Chemistry, Physics, Biology and even a day finding out about crime and forensics.

The week kicked off to a good start with Mr Earle sharing so interesting experiments in assembly - these included candles, burnt toast, colour changing cabbage and getting a boiled egg into a bottle using the power of air pressure.  The egg experiment was quite a surprise.

We explore the chemistry of cooking on the Monday and some of us had fun collecting "yeast farts".  We faced the forces challenge on Tuesday, in house teams, trying to build towers with pasta and marshmallows, making seats from newspaper and creating a marble run.  On Wednesday we had a crime to solve with the help of a real forensic police officer and on Thursday we had a visit from a number of animals.

The Xmas Factor (December 16)

This is the second year of our seasonal Key Stage 2 talent contest "The Xmas Factor".  The panel of judges made up of staff members (including a visiting teacher Mr Lyons) were presented with a very challenge task of choosing winners and runners up in each category.  The standard of performances was high, with many original and entertaining ideas presented.  

The winners and runners up in each category were:

Entertainers 1st Barnaby, Theo, Vinnie & Ruben, 2nd (Joint) Hadley & Hal

Dancers 1st Johnny, 2nd Ava & Sophia

Musicians 1st Ryan and Ben, 2nd Harry

Singers 1st Andre, 2nd Neve, Charlotte, Freya and Faith

The overall winners, recipients of the "Golden Christmas Tree" were Barnaby, Theo, Vinnie & Ruben.

Nativity Play (December 16)

Each year we try and find a slightly different way to tell the story of the birth of Jesus as part of our Christmas celebrations.  Our play this year was set in a card shop with various characters coming to life, from the pictures on the cards, to explain why they were so important as part of Christmas.  A snowman, a Christmas tree, a present and Father Christmas all took there turn before the Angel stepped up to retell the story of the first Christmas with its familiar innkeeper, Mary, Joseph, animals, shepherds, angels and wise men all playing their part.

The children did a fantastic job learning lines, lyrics and when and where to move.   The audience got one or two surprises as well, especially with twenty children hurled snowballs at them!   

Canine Partners (December 16)

On Wednesday 30th November we welcomed Fennel and her Puppy Parent Ruth to our assembly.  Fennel is in training to be an assistance dog for Canine Partners - the charity, chosen by the School Council, as our focus for this term.  Fennel and Ruth demonstrated some of the impressive skills that dogs can develop and how they can assist people in their daily lives.

On Thursday 1st December the children from each class took part in some canine challenges.  The Hedgehog Class had to hunt for bones under cones, the Squirrels collected body sections to make the longest sausage dog, the Otter Class took on the roles of dogs and owners for a agility course, the Foxes played fetch on the recreation ground and the Badger Class enjoy "walkies" with nine dogs joining them for the experience.  These sponsored events and the generous donations in response have, so far, raised about £360.