Remembrance Day

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On Friday 9th November the school took part in a special assembly to mark Remembrance Day and the centenary of the end of World War One.

In the lead up to the day, Year 2 worked together to create a beautiful poppy wreath which they presented to Father Edward in assembly, and all years took part in by individually decorating poppies for a whole-school display.

Form 6 wowed the school with a dramatic poem and Form 4 presented a thoughtful reading.

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them’
Laurence Binyon ‘Ode of Remembrance’

Remembrance Day in the Nursery

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The Nursery children have been learning about Remembrance Day. They listened carefully to the story ‘Where the poppies now grow’ and then painted their own poppy. Mrs Freeman kindly brought in some First and Second World War medals that belonged to her father and grandfather. The children thoroughly enjoyed looking at them and then designed their own medals.

   

Maths Workshop for Year 1 & 2

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On Thursday 1st November, parents from year groups 1 and 2 were invited to attend a maths workshop. Aimed at developing a collaborative approach to mathematics between school and home, teachers from these years talked through different techniques and strategies used in the classroom that can also be applied when at home. We are delighted to have received an overwhelmingly positive response for this first event, with feedback including the below comments:

  • “Thank you so much for organising the workshop. I found it very helpful…”
  • “Really helpful to understand about the importance of place value, counting in fives and tens, counting backwards etc. Also loved seeing the resources that are used”.
  • “Excellent resources. Impressive teachers. Thoroughly enjoyed”.
  • Really useful session – now have a clearer understanding of how Maths is being taught and how we can help at home”.

We would like to thank all those parents who attended, as well as everyone who sent us their very helpful feedback and hope to welcome parents again to another similar event in the future.

Happy Halloween from Nursery!

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This week the children have taken part in a range of exciting Halloween activities. They counted pumpkin seeds, used tweezers and tongs to pick up spiders and eye balls, and designed and painted pumpkins, spiders and bats. A big thank you to Miss Stotzky for coming in to carve pumpkins with the children.  Scraping out the pulp was messy but so much fun!

The Problem Solving Co. visits

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On Tuesday 30th October, every form got the chance to take part in a workshop with The Problem Solving Co., who run National Curriculum workshops across the UK for both primary and secondary schools. Each class took part in a fun and interactive challenge, with the aim of building problem-solving and co-operation skills.

All years enjoyed tailored activities including the working together on brain-teasing Lego constructions for Form 4, a number challenge for Form 5 and group puzzles for Year 2.

Yeats win the House Cup!

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Yeats were announced as this terms House Cup winners at Monday assembly, having earned an impressive number of house points since the start of term.

In all four houses, pupils have worked exceptionally hard and gained well-deserved points for a variety of reasons such as excellent work and showing kindness to fellow students.

Congratulations to House Cup winners Yeats!

1H Drama Workshop

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1H enjoyed a drama workshop on Tuesday 16th October 2018. They got to act out the story ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark’. They were engaged throughout and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

 

Autumn activities in Nursery

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The children have been taking part in a variety of activities related to Harvest and Autumn. They thoroughly enjoyed making their own bread, exploring autumnal colours through conker rolling and joining in with the Harvest Festival at St Michael and All Angels Church.

Sports Week (autumn) 2018

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On Monday 1st October the School took part in their first official Sports Week. The aim of the Sports Week was to positively promote physical activity to pupils, by encouraging them to be increasingly active through attending a range of Sports Clubs.

Sports Week was a great success, with 111 attendances across the 6 clubs which included Dodgeball, Football, Hockey, Running/Fitness and Ultimate Frisbee, with some of the more diverse clubs proving to be the highest attended. It was fantastic to see all of the clubs so well attended and pupils increasing their knowledge in a range sports whilst learning new skills and techniques, but most important was the pupils’ obvious enjoyment and enthusiasm in participating in the clubs.

In addition to the clubs, we were privileged to have Miss Gaunt from Downe House School come in to deliver an introduction to Lacrosse Workshop for the Form 5 pupils. They had a fantastic morning learning some of the most important core skills required to play the game including the ‘Triple Threat’ ball carrying position, collecting a grounded ball, passing, receiving and shooting on goal. The girls really enjoyed playing a new sport which some might get the opportunity to take up in secondary school.

A huge thank you to all the pupils and teachers who attended the clubs, making the first Sports Week such a success.

We look forward to delivering another Sports Week during either the Spring or Summer term.