Author: Oona Gilbertson

Nativity 2020

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The pictures tell their own story – we enjoyed being in church for this special occasion and hope you’ve been able to watch the nativity film we made using the links we sent home on seesaw.

The Angel talks to Mary.

Mary and Joseph are told they need to set off to Bethlehem – it took several days.

 

No room here but you can stay in the stable!

Angels tell the shepherds good news – a special baby has been born and they should visit him.

     

A bright star appears in the sky and wise men follow it to Bethlehem.

 

We can all celebrate the birth of Christ and his message of peace and good will.

Musical moments with a festive theme!

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Amongst the tinsel are some talented children who continue to have lessons online and in school depending on the teacher and the covid climate ……. they deserve a special well done for their determined spirit and a thank you to the music staff. One thing is for certain – they ALL do like the new room so a big thank you to all of you for helping to fundraise over the years, its made a special addition to our facilities here. 🙂

  2 bubbles of musicianship      

Good luck in your piano exam !

              

All super stars!

Happy Christmas

 

Christmas Decoration days

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Split this year over several days due to covid class closures …… but just as sparkly and fun!

Owls made quite an impact even though they were the only class in school that day!   There was a treat for Owls ….

…. it snowed!!

Hedgehogs got busy with some traditional and topical treats!

   Mrs Jones has been busy organising new trees – aren’t they fabulous?   busy busy!

Squirrels got their fun and and their very own jumper day!

 

We will remember them

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Remembrance day this year was a sombre affair and one that perhaps brought us all a little closer to the lives of those who lived through conflict and worked hard at home.

 

We have been thinking about serving – how did people serve our country in the II World War and who is working hard to serve our country now – we prayed for those in the NHS and people putting their lives at risk for our families health and safety. We said thank you to all those who who have made sacrifices for us to be healthy and safe.

Whilst every child made a poppy Owl class went to the church yard to look for the crosses which had been planted to represent each person from the local area who are mentioned in the War Graves list in church.  The crosses were simply made to show what the original war graves would have looked like. Squirrel Class helped to make some of these with Mr Brimer.

 

Here is a poem written by Squirrel Class which was inspired by a short animated video called ‘beyond the lines’. Squirrels have been learning to find, categorise and write using figurative language and so they worked hard to write their own war poems based on the video a poem  written in 1943 which describes the sounds and smells of the battlefield.

 

Rewarded for their resilience, respect and responsible attitude to life at Eyam School

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Congratulations to all the Y6 who have been awarded a range of roles throughout school – its going to be a different sort of year but already they have been deciding how best to support the school to be the best it can be. We have a Librarian, IT Champion and On-line safety Officer, Sports Lead and House Captains, An Equality Ambassador, Worship Leads, Mental Health Champion and a Head Girl!

Over their time at Eyam these children have worked hard and grown as people, they understand and model our school values and can all give examples of how working together helps everyone to do their best. We are proud of their attitude and the care they take over each other’s happiness. Well done to our Y6 team.

Run or walk in the stunning scenery and raise funds for the local community

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Many of the children have taken part in the ‘Masked Rat’ and gained a snug beany to wear with pride!

There is a walking route of 1km up to the adult fell path of 10km so challenges to suit everyone in the family. Look at the website for details! https://eyamhalfmarathon.org.uk/

 

Thanks to the Marathon Committee for organising such a fun event – some of the staff enjoyed it too!

The fell race was quite a challenge!

 

Rainforest Topic – what have we been up to?

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What a range of work the school produced during the first half term in our Rainforest topic.

Here is snap shot of writing, art and DT all linked to the topic focus. The pupils discovered what a rainforest looks like – all the layers that give it many unique qualities and make homes for so many plants and animals.

They reflected on what it would feel like to live in a rainforest.

Here are our new reception children in a phonics lessons !   Talk listen and ask session where the children bring in their own resources linked to the topic – some Infants even did a presentation on Seesaw!

Owls took inspiration from Henri Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a tropical storm’ to create a layered representation of the rainforest using different textures.

 

animal sorting in the Infants

Information texts in Y5

Finding out about who lives where in the rainforest

A letter to a friend from an adventure to the rainforest.

The oldest pupils investigated some of the threats to the modern rainforest and composed and redrafted a set of very fiery letters covering aspects of deforestation and land use. You can see the children are working hard to improve their writing using the steps to success and a range of persuasive techniques. Look at our amazing Rainforest moving pictures with levers and pivots!  Finally some self assessment of all we’ve learnt this half term.

We also teach reading comprehension skills through the topic themes as far as possible – this half term we therefore used alot of factual writing as well as creative, descriptive writing as sources for text analysis and for developing vocabulary knowledge and use.

 

White Hall was a wonderful escape and a fabulous challenge

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Just LOOK at the level of challenge and how well the children are working together – how their faces tell a story of determination, pleasure, fun, resilience, a little terror and lots of bravery, relief and excitement!

Squirrel children were fabulous to take to Whitehall – its was a super non sleepover residential and certainly established some good relationships and helped to gel the class together as a group.

           

Please enjoy looking at our presentation!

Go to this Sway

New life and fluttery feathers

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After 3 weeks of waiting …. we arrived at school and were greeted by cheeping! We could see the tiny hatchlings had a hatching beak so they could chip open the egg. We noticed how tired and wet the new chicks were as they hatched – and how long it took.

Quickly fluffing up the chicks were very soft and cute – look how gentle our new reception children are being.

We were interested in seeing how the chicks drank by lifting their heads back and quickly learnt to eat the chick crumbs. They enjoyed scrabbling through leaves and grass cuttings as well as being handled.

Hedgehogs were very quiet when we let the chicks out for a flutter around the art room – they were very funny, jumping onto the children’s legs and rushing around the space enjoying some freedom!

 

 

Worship Eyam style

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Mike and Adam have given their time to bring us peace and a moments calm reflection to our busy days this half term. They usually join us in school but due to the pandemic we are not meeting as a school and so this is our only time together and its become a special event each week for staff and pupils.

We celebrated Harvest by holding up the fruits of God’s spirit and talked about letting our light and our spirit shine on others. We also picked out own vegetables and  met in the garden to say a thank you to our giving, natural world.

 

Our theme has been Hope, which began with thinking about how the NHS has continued to provide hope as they sought a vaccine for the virus. We can also give hope to others by visiting them or doing their shopping or asking how we can help our neighbours.

‘Hope is a renewable option: if you run out of it one day then you can start again in the morning with some more.’

We all stood together and felt hope pass down our arms and into our hearts in the wonderful sinshine.

Mike has talked about Gods Love being a promise of things to come and of its size  ‘big and wide and strong and tall’.

 

 

Adam last week brought his easel and painted the day Jesus clamed the waves – we should trust in him to help us when times are tough.

Here we are thinking about a story in the bible where other people complain and blame each other – we thought hard about whether we should condemn others or admit that at times we all get things wrong. We thought about how to forgive each other.

This half term we’ve also found we can do whole school Worship on Teams – each class can see and hear each other and we can share ideas, videos, hand out certificates and hear from pupils through this online medium. Its a new challenge but fun to be able to come together and to be able to celebrate together again.

 We are celebrating our Mac Millan Coffee morning with home made cakes !