Author: Oona Gilbertson

Singing our way to support Children in Need

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We teamed up with Twinkl and joined lots of other local schools at the Crucible in Sheffield to attempt a Guinness World record for the longest song. After some silly action warm ups and several false starts ……. the man said YES we’d done it. All the money raised was going to Children in Need and so as you can see we also had a visit from Pudsey!

 

 

Inspirational Women – who is YOUR inspiration?

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The children have learnt about some famous women who’ve been an inspiration to others through their passion, leadership, can do attitude and determination to keep going for a cause they believe is important for society.

Emmeline Pankhurst was a founder member of the women’s Suffragette movement in the early 1900 – as a result of activity and determination women eventually were able to vote.

Rosa Parks stood up for the rights of black women in America in the 1950’s and helped end segregation and inequality.

Corrie Ten-Boom risked her life to hide Jewish children in the second world war,

and more recently Helen Sharman made an epic journey into space – Britain’s first woman into space!

The children also found out about Greta Thunberg who is helping the world focus on the dramatic effects of climate change – this of course linked to our topic on plastic in the ocean in 2018-19

The children reflected on democracy in our recent election and during Parliament week they talked about which countries still do not have a democratic system of Governance. Squirrel Class were thrilled to host a visit from the local Lib Dem Candidate – who answered lots of questions from the children.

Enjoy reading some of the children’s writing – and what it takes to be an inspiration!

Emmeline Pankhurst

Inspirational women – Emmeline Pankhurst

Our topic culminated in a day of Belly dancing – just proving that anyone can reach their goals and along the way bring fitness and pleasure to lots of people – the children took part with great enthusiasm and it also made us all smile – which is good for mental wellbeing too!

Celebrating together

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We began the year reflecting on our character – using mirrors to find out what others see and looking outwards through windows and onto the world. We considered how we should be looking after the world around us. Finally we thought about opening doors for other people – how can we help our family and friends as well as those that we don’t know but who need our help through fundraising and prayer.

‘I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it’ Revelations 3:8

We celebrated Harvest this year in church with lots of family members

We had been picking our own harvest of plums and apples. The older pupils considered the effects of global warming on harvest

Our theme after half term was compassion – we learnt about the many people who had given their lives to help others during  wars and unrest in countries all over the world. In particular we learnt about countries who work together to help each other in times of difficulty.

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In early November we enjoyed a visit to the church to look at the famous cake – our school can be seen here made of cake – its just to the right of the church. The whole village was made of cake!

 

 

Our annual residential – a fabulous adventure for Squirrel Class

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What a fantastic time Squirrel’s had this year taking part in adventurous activities – at Whitehall near Buxton.

The trip is all about team work and resilience as well as pure fun – usually getting wet and learning that we can do more than we thought. The children explore some new challenges such as canoeing and rock climbing and this year we enjoyed days of sunshine too and a moorland walk. The children learn to tidy their own space, organise and take responsibility for their own belongings and to follow instructions – such as what time to meet and what to wear. You can see we had a fab week!

Off to the woods for first hand discovery

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First it was time for games – even Mr Rignal joined in!

‘We liked playing, What time is it Mr Wolf game!’

 Then the class made clay owls – yes you guessed it, because they were Owl Class! These are on display in school

Despite the rain on another forest day the children were really creative and made sculptures using natural materials.

Hot chocolate is still our favourite part of the afternoon!

Finding out about our local history – the plague at Eyam 1665

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The children searched for historical facts and found out about their family history as well as taking a walk to the local landmarks to get a real feel for life in 1665 when the plague was brought to Eyam. They were thrilled by some gory tales brought to life by a local historian. In the Church the children saw the long list of families who had suffered and the famous Rev. Mompesson window.

The children enjoyed some acting and lots of myth busting

 The older pupils visited the museum and got some ideas about life styles, health and hygiene and the emotional challenges of living through such an ordeal.

 

During the walk, lead by one of our Governors, the children visited local landmarks such as the famous boundary stone and the Riley graves where Elizabeth Hancock buried her husband and six children here during 8 days in August 1666. They had died of the plague which had come to Eyam the year previous, carried in a roll of wet cloth from London.

Key ideas for the topic included a comparison to life in 2019

  • Chronology and time lines
  • Who was the King of England at the time – Charles II
  • Life style and life challenges
  • Food cultivation and eating
  • Home life and work
  • Health cures – fact and fiction
  • The idea of sacrifice and giving things up for the greater good of others – selfless acts

 

Introducing our leaders

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As Head of school I believe that we should set a good example to other pupils and help them to ‘let their light shine’.

One of our jobs is to represent the school and welcome visitors by showing them round and talking about what and how we are learning.

I am the Librarian – I respect our school by keeping the library tidy and helping people find the books they need.

We read a lot in school and have been learning about how to be a powerful reader!

We are the House Captains and the Sports Leader. As Sports Leader I make sure people play by the sports values, these are respect, teamwork, passion, determination, honesty and self belief. The most important part about sport is having a go, doing your best and encouraging others – its not always about winning. I also hand out sports awards when we celebrate good work.

The House Captains are Leaders of our four Houses – Chatsworth, Pevril, Haddon and Hardwick. They take part in play buddy training along with the School Council and in the warmer weather they lead mini games over lunch times. I think as House Captain we can help children to be friends at play time as well as show them what our motto means because when you work as a team – ‘Together Everyone Learns More’!

I am the Eco Leader this year, in the Summer we were awarded the Eco flag for the third time which means we have lots to do to keep this up in the future. We learn about water, biodiversity, healthy living, transport, global citizenship, litter, waste and energy.

The School Council are elected at the start of each year. We make democratic decisions and try to be good role models. In meetings we make sure everyone has a voice and listens. We choose equipment and make sure the guinea pig has food and we help to run the cake sales to raise funds which we spend on wet play and outdoor games for playtime. We met Mrs Gilbertson and the Premises Governor to talk about feeling safe in school and have also taken part in Play Buddy training where we learnt to read each others emotions and use this to help sort out issues in the play ground. This year we decided to give our Santa money to the Jan Tam school in Burkina Faso, we help to decide which charities the school raises money for each year.

 

Adventure to the Capital City

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Squirrels had their hard work rewarded by a visit to London.

Starting early at 5:45 and taking in many famous sites along the route made the day really memorable for everyone.

 

At last we arrived and were ready to climb up to the top of Tower Bridge – some of the parents were scared ! We were lucky to have a guided explanation about the winching mechanism for the bridge.

      

Then it was lunch time! In the sunshine  

  After  a photo snap by the London Eye we drove past New Scotland Yard, Downing Street, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Marble Arch and Harrods.

  Our adventure took us next to the renowned and beautiful Natural History Museum – parents and pupils alike were wowed by its awesome design.

 Time to shop – so many decisions to make and then to pay for!  A final count up after a visit to the loo!  The final treat was a visit to McDs which put a late evening smile on our faces before some of us had a snooze!     A big thanks to the parents who joined us and a massive cheer for Mrs Jones who was always there with her first aid and a big smile 🙂 A day to remember Squirrels.

Ending with a musical flourish

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Just look how many children are learning to play an instrument AND were willing to perform to an audience of enthusiastic friends and family.

As well as violin and cello, flute, clarinet and saxophone, piano, guitar and ukulele, trumpet and voice, we also have a school choir.

Every year one class learns an instrument – this year it was the fife and next year its the trumpet and trombone!

If you’d like lessons please talk to Mrs Gilbertson and we will put you in touch with our teachers who mainly work through the Music Partnership.

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