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This week is a monster round up of the last two weeks. After returning from Residential I didn’t get around to writing this blog last weekend – apologies!
Owl class, plus myself, Mrs Monk and Mr King went on the annual residential trip to PGL Hillcrest. Whilst it was rather wet all week we took part in lots of activities including abseiling, canoeing, aeroball, trapeze, street surfing, raft building and zip-wire. It was an incredible week where we saw children be courageous, conquer fears, be united in friendship and experience new things with a great attitude, resilience and huge smiles! Next year we have booked PGL Beam House which is a coastal site enabling us to experience different activities.
On their return from residential, Owl class took part in a STEM Junior Engineering Challenge. They enjoyed designing and making catapults, learning the practical tasks of using saws, drills, glue guns etc. This is an inspiring way to deliver the Design & Technology curriculum and the children learnt many new skills.
Dora and Mia took part in the Public Speaking Competition final. They performed very well, spoke clearly, engaged their audience and oozed confidence. Congratulations to the top three competitors and thank you to Thomas Keble for organising and hosting. Speaking is an important part of the English curriculum and public speaking is a real skill.
Some of our Y3-6 pupils took part in the throwing and jumping element of Stroud District Sports. It was an incredibly wet evening, however sporting spirit wasn’t dampened in any way. Finn and Alistair gave impressive performances in particular. Well done to the whole team and to parents for supporting.
Squirrel and Hedgehog class had a visit from the RNLI to learn about water and beach safety. This was a lovely afternoon which was full of important and interesting information. It was well timed with summer holidays on the horizon and our pupils potentially visiting beaches, swimming pools, lakes and water parks.
Mrs Scott organised a fun three days last week. Each child was able to take their dads (or uncles, grandads, step-dads, older brothers etc) to Copsegrove for a day of outdoor learning. Everyone had the most fantastic time! Activities included stretcher and den building, orienteering, pond dipping, pencil making and eating smores and marshmallows. We were equally busy in school with mixed groups of children enjoying a story writing competition about ‘Eric the Eastcombe Gnome’, painting ‘Eastcombe Gnome Hunt’ rocks for hiding, clay sculpting and junk model musical instrument making. This creative learning in mixed groups is a lovely way to watch the children working together, helping each other and enjoying each other’s company.
Squirrel class are preparing for their class assembly, they have been learning about the seaside. I know we are in for a treat on Wednesday when they perform. The whole school have also started practising the end of year production of ‘Porridge’. The songs are catchy and you can hear singing all around the school.
Phew, I thinks that’s a flavour for what we have been up to recently. Follow our Facebook page and website for further information. Fingers crossed for dry weather for our sports day tomorrow!
If you are reading this and would like to look around our school please ring 01452 770227 to book an appointment or alternatively come and join us next weekend (June 29&30th 1-5pm) for our 10th Anniversary Gnome Hunt.