Dear Parents / Carers,
We have had a busy few weeks in school, and there are lots more things happening between now and half term and beyond. Please find some brief details below:
Highlights & successes:
STEM day by Mrs Cocks
Monday 30th April was STEM day. There was a real buzz about school as the children spent the entire day immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities. Foundation Stage/ KS1 activities included: designing, making and testing straw rockets; finding ways to free an action figure encased in ice; exploring Tangram puzzles and making and testing a moving toy made from a pencil, elastic band and cotton reel.
In KS2 the children: made a volcano in a bottle; studied a range of materials under microscopes; made a nebula in a jar; designed an astronaut nappy and programmed a game. KS2 pupils were also treated to an exciting STEM show from Eddie Henbury, a visiting STEM ambassador, who works for ExxonMobil. This included a range of fiery and hair-raising experiments – the children were amazed and inspired by what they saw!
Ash class trip to Finkley Down Farm by Mrs Lampard
On Tuesday 1st May a very excited Ash class boarded the coach for their trip to Finkley Down Farm. This visit was organised as a follow up to the science work done in class last term about animals and also the recent work about spring. On arrival we were greeted by a guide who took us on a tour of the farm talking to the children about the different animals, what they eat and how they are cared for. Everybody had a go at brushing a pony and learned how to stay safe near horses. Rabbit handling was next with some very cute baby rabbits which the children were surprised to learn were called kittens. After that we went into the heat of the reptile house where most of the class were eager to touch the Royal Python and the Bearded Dragon. By this time tummies were rumbling so we returned to the marquee for our lunch.
After lunch all the groups had some quiz questions to answer before heading into the soft play area to run around. Despite all being full of lots of energy everybody showed great awareness of the other younger children who were also in the play area. It made all the adults feel very proud when a member of the public commented on how well behaved and polite the children were. Having gathered everybody together again we all went to cheer on the sheep in the sheep race before heading back to the coach just as the rain started.
TO celebrate May Day on Tuesday 1st May, the children in Years 1 to 6 enjoyed Maypole dancing workshops, organised and funded by the PTFA. The children learned dances including ‘Chrysanthemum’, and selected children performed dances to parents and the rest of the school in the afternoon.
Notices & reminders:
We request that children please stay off the mound before and after school until it has been repaired.
It is lovely having the warm, sunny weather back after a cold winter so it is important that children always have a sun hat in school for playtime. They should also have a water bottle, which can be re-filled from any tap, and sun-cream. Sun cream should be applied before children come to school and children should learn to re-apply sun-cream themselves.
Dates for your diary & Upcoming events:
Sports Day *NEW DATE*: Tuesday 19th June 9:15-12:30
Avon Valley College Mini marathon: Saturday 23rd June from 9:15am
Choir concert at Avon Valley College: Saturday 30th June 7pm
Dance evening: 12th/13th July
PTFA Summer Fair: Saturday 21st July 12-3pm
We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you at many of these events.