At Eyam we think about those who have looked after us as we grow up and say a huge THANKYOU for all they do for us – this might be an Auntie or a Grandma as well as a Mother or family friend.
Using fresh spring flowers and looking at the concept of still life paintings.
Hedgehogs showed great determination and patience and look what a wonderful result! Thank you to the team of magic helpers that we sneaked in to help with those tricky stitches!
The team at Eyam had put World Book Day on hold due to the snow but nothing puts a stop to reading here and so a week or so later we decided that PJs were the order of the day.
We welcomed Angie Cottle (creative writer and drama workshop leader) into school, who introduced us to ‘Finding Words’ a project about words that are being lost from our language and dictionaries. She read from her book and invited the children to take part. ………….. some of our entries will be in a future post so look out for them.
The children then went off and used the ideas about drawing they had learnt with Martin Olsson, the Illustrator.
Leading the way into reading – despite the snow!
All the children enjoyed illustrating workshops with Martin Olsson. On his website he say, ‘By a combination of drawing challenges and games Martin will inspire the children (and hopefully the teachers too!) to have a go at the often simple ways we can make drawings come to life.’ There are lots of inspiring ideas on his website http://olssonmartin.wixsite.com/professorillustrator
Michael and the children shared the poetry written by Andy Toose, a local poet who we have met at school at a poetry workshop 2 years ago.
Using the poems he showed the children how to draw faces – they all worked hard and showed their determination to create some really good images – you will be able to see these around school as we’ve then used them as part of our work on the Stone age!
‘We learnt a new style of drawing,’ ‘he was very friendly and it was fun,’ ‘instead of drawing being flat he helped us bring it to life – it became 3D.’
Owl class have been learning to play the violin through the Wider Opportunities Programme. All the Owls fluttered off to Manchester last week to watch a concert by the Halle Orchestra which took place in Bridgewater Hall.
They were wowed by the hall as well as the music and came back inspired and full of information about how music paints a picture, just how dramatic music can be – they even used scratch and sniff cards to smell the jungle! A huge screen at the back projected pictures which linked to the music as well as showing close ups of each instrument in the Orchestra. The class also joined in with a song – called Earth Sea and Sky which we will be singing in the Easter Service.
Thank you to the PTFA for making a contribution to this new adventure. We plan for next years Y3 and Y4 to learn an instrument so get ready Y2s!
Here are Owls Class at the recent performance in school
Our two lucky Cluster Parliament members have already been involved in the creation of an amazing sculpture – made from recycled materials and created at Lady Manners along with other Cluster Parliament members from the LMS Cluster of Primary Schools.
They then travelled to Derby to meet Bishop Alastair at the Cathedral to celebrate Parliament Week.
The focus was to learn how humans are damaging the planet and consider what we should be doing about making our existence more sustainable. The children explored coral reefs – and how increased sea temperatures effect their existence. ‘We need to recycle, reuse and not using so much packaging,’ wrote Jess. ‘We should reduce carbon emissions by turning lights off and walking instead of using the car.’
The group took part in a debate about fracking in the Peak district. ‘I liked the voting as it was interesting to see who voted which way after all the persuading from both sides of the argument,’ Marley reported. No won with 108 votes.
We also learnt about Jet engines with Rolls Royce. The whole trip was really interesting and we learnt loads of interesting facts.
Thank you to Mrs Perring for taking us!
Back at school we also went on a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament and the children talked in their Houses about the importance of a fair debate, hearing all sides of a discussion and giving people time to talk. We decided that parliament was good example of democracy and that our school council was a good example of democracy in our school. Owl Class have just voted 2 new members – Olivia and Prue will be representing their year group at our meetings.
At last weeks North Derbyshire Basket Ball finals Eyam were noted for their tough team spirit and fair play.
The children were thrilled in the early part of the evening to win their first 2 matches with Luke scoring a basket in the first 5 seconds
On Wednesday 31st , the A team went with pride and determination to win the basketball final, held at Anthony Gel School.
We played four matches. We had one win and the two games were joint but we did lose a game. We played with good sportsmanship even though we didn’t always agree with the referee.
We came 6th out of 8 amazing teams! We are all so proud of the A team for representing Eyam School so well.
Although we did not win we left with our head held high and a trophy in hand for the spirits of the game!
What an amazing day to launch our new topic – a massive room sized planetarium the whole class could fit into!
‘It was really amazing.’ said Hannah, ‘We learnt about the planets and some of the dwarf planets as well’
The children were thrilled to see all the constellations and hear about the names of stars and why they have these historical titles.
Just some of the questions asked in the afternoon:
‘Why can’t we go to Mars?’
‘How big is the International Space Station?’
‘How many moons are there?’
‘Why are x-rays a problem to us?’
‘What got you interested in learning about space?’
Is the ring around Saturn smooth?’
‘How do we know the shapes of the constellations?’
‘How many gas planets are there?’
‘Why is earth called Goldilocks?’
‘Does the earth rotate anti-clockwise?’
We worked hard during the months before the big day learning songs and lots of dances – the afternoon rehearsal is a tough run through and then the real fun begins as the audience start arriving and the lights come on – an action packed evening follows as the 4000 children are joined by another 3000 audience!
‘It got everyone into music and dance – Urban Striders were brilliant!’
‘It was a good time to be with friends and get to know each other as well as have fun’
moments of magical lights, dance routines, solo performances and surprise visitors as well as hard practising.
‘Everyone had fun it was the best experience ever!’
Dear Margaret, Simon and Alistair,
We are writing to say thank you for our awesome retreat day.
We all loved the activities, but our favourite one was the dragon and the magic stick. We also liked the magical little hut in the middle of the forest where we made the cairn and had a moment of silence and looked at the amazing display.
Our class love being together out of school. We liked thinking about ourselves and other people. We really enjoyed the mindfulness and it made us feel really calm. It also made us think about how to calm down in difficult situations. We also all loved choosing a button and thinking and saying what it made us think about, and drawing the pictures.
The parachute was fun, and was a great way to make us feel more relaxed about the day. It was really tricky to keep the ball going the right way and we had to work together as a team.
Overall we had a really fantastic day and we hope to come again some time.
Emily and Savannah
(on behalf of Eyam school)
Advent begins with creativity – hands on Decoration Day – relatives are invited to come and help with crafts and all those tricky twidly bits that need a few extra fingers!
Next we take a group to sing at the Village Church lunch and the older children help to serve the food – well done Team Eyam!
Just look how many children took part in the village carol service – despite the panic about heavy snow all day! This special part of Advent, included readings, our Bells players, wonderful singing and a playlet all about the true meaning of Christmas.
We embarked on a new venture this season – a Christmas Fayre. It was a huge success with local trees for sale, crafts made by the children, a hilarious photo booth complete with Elf helpers and the usual mince pies and a secrecy room which ensures all the children have something to give on Christmas morning. It was made all the more unique by not only the arrival of snow but by being opened by the band! Thanks to the PTFA for ALL their help making this a great evening!
Christmas lunch is another way of thanking all the Govs, clergy, volunteers and staff for all their hard work over the year – a super spread thanks to the dinner staff for all their organisation.
It did snow here – there was just enough for snow angels and a snow man club too!
Christmas isn’t Christmas unless there is a Nativity. There were dancing geese, amazed donkeys and even spiders in the manger as well as bay Jesus, Mary and Joseph of course. Well done to Hedgehog Class who put on several entertaining performances.
At Eyam the oldest Class, Squirrels also invite a special guest to enjoy a soup and a chat lunch – made and served by the children, its a chance to learn some social skills and to chat to local friends of the school – to give something back to the village. This year we were also entertained by the Bells.
Our final Community event of the year is a concert by any child who wants to share their musical skills. We now have 60% of the school learning an instrument and so its a wonderful chance to share our growing talents! There were solos, the band, duets, the choir and brave singers too! Well done all of you.
Remembering what Christmas is really about – thank you to Adam and Mike who help us make these important links. We especially remember to think about those who are not so lucky.
All the staff wish the families and friends of Eyam, who support the school in so many ways, a warm and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Happy holidays from Mrs Gilbertson.