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This week we have had a focus on sports. Our oldest children played Badminton at Cirencester Leisure Centre. They had great fun and their skills are improving each week. Meanwhile the rest of the school attends swimming lessons. I know one of the groups had to wear shorts and t-shirts in the water this week and practise treading water. I remember doing this in school swimming lessons!
On Friday afternoon we had Gloucester Rugby come in and teach us tag rugby skills. Thankfully the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. The children really enjoy these sessions and will be well prepared for the upcoming tag rugby tournaments we have entered.
Our Year 1 and Reception pupils were treated to a taster Street Dance session on Thursday afternoon. They learnt a basic routine, practised warming up their body and stretches. We were so impressed we have booked Street Dance sessions for the whole school after half term. We will use the village hall on Thursday afternoons for these PE sessions and also hopefully offer an after school club. Watch this space for further details.
Our youngest children ended the week by attending a local cross country running event. They ran with energy, enthusiasm and huge smiles! We are so very proud of their sporting spirit and how they represented our school. Well done to each member of our team.
We also offered our weekly running and football clubs. For a small village school with limited outdoor space, we certainly are sporty!!!
Whilst I mention we are a small school with limited outdoor space this isn’t restricting in any way. This week we have created a display in school to show how we use our local area to support our teaching and extra-curricular activities. It is truly amazing how many activities we do within a radius of a couple of miles. We have examples of using local schools, open spaces, woodland, halls, sports venues and our village. We cover many varied aspects of the school curriculum such as PE, art lessons, music, drama, DT, outdoor learning, collective worship and RE. This is enhanced further by our links with the local community and their events such as singing, performing, dancing and art. Please pop into school to look at the display which demonstrates how resourceful we are at using our locality. We are certainly not lacking in any way, quite the opposite. Our locality enriches our learning.
Squirrel Class enjoyed a visit from the Fire Brigade this week. They shared their visit with the children of Ridgeway playgroup and had a wonderful morning squirting the hose, dressing up and shrieking with delight at the sirens. Every child learnt about the role of the Firefighter and the Fire Engine. Squirrel class were spoken to about the Great Fire of London to support their topic ‘Fire Fire’. Thank you Ridgeway Playgroup for joining in the fun with us and thank you to the Fire Brigade.
The whole school had an assembly run by the NSPCC on Friday teaching them about personal safety, especially when online. Age appropriate workshops then took place to reinforce the messages. This is an essential piece of learning and I hope the children all enjoyed it and learnt lots.
This is a reminder that our Open Morning is this Wednesday, 9th October. No appointments are necessary, just turn up between 10.00-11.30am and we will show you around our vibrant, welcoming village school. We look forward to welcoming many prospective families to our school. Current parents, please like and share this post to spread the word about our school.