Eco Ministry – Bat and Bird Box building

On Monday 20th January Eco Ministry invited members of the Chalford Climate Action Biodiversity team in to school to help make bat and bird boxes for the school grounds. A willing team of volunteers arrived at school armed with tools to help members of Forest School Club and Eco Ministry to get building. I think you’ll agree it was a very successful community event and we produced some super bat and bird boxes to encourage more wildlife into our school grounds. A big thank you to Chalford Building Supplies for very kindly donating the timber and screws needed and to the Chalford Biodiversity team for supporting our school in this project.

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Young Voices 2020

What an amazing day we had at Young Voices on Friday 17th January! We travelled up to the  Resorts World Arena in Birmingham and joined 5000 other children in a massive choir for the Young Voices concert. We rehearsed in the afternoon and were joined by “Ruti” the winner of the Voice 2018, The Shires, Urban Strides and Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet. We sang songs such as a Disney mash up, a Queen medley, Pop medley and a wonderful African song called Kusimama. The children had a fantastic day and were so well behaved, they were a credit to the school. Thankyou so much to all the children’s parents, we couldn’t do this without your continued support. Enjoy looking at our gallery of photos from the day. 

 

One Planet Week

In October the whole school took part in a “One Planet” week to think more deeply about how wonderful and diverse Planet Earth is. Each phase learnt about a different habitat area including British woodlands in Rainbows, The Rainforest in Year 1 and 2, The Oceans in Year 3 and 4 and The African Savannah in Year 5 and 6. 

During the course of the week the children had visits from Gloucestershire wildlife trust, Ecocide and The Green shop where they learnt about topics such as recycling, plastic pollution and climate change. One of the highlights of the week was when we were treated to a fantastic visit from “Walks with Hawks.” The children loved learning about different birds of prey and were also able to hold some of the birds. 

Each class went on a trip related to the week’s theme to either Lea Woods, The Living Rainforest, Birmingham Sea life Centre or Cotswold Wildlife Park. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different animals and learning more about their habitats.

By the end of the week it was clear the children were very passionate about looking after our planet and were particularly keen to learn about climate change and the work of influential people such as David Attenborough and Greta Thunburg. 

Our week culminated in an open afternoon where we invited parents and governors into school to see the range of work the children had completed and to sing a song about looking after our World. 

Viking Residential Year 3 and 4

Year 3 and 4 went to the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset this week on a Viking residential. The children had a fantastic time living like Vikings. They had to make their own food, dress up like Vikings, do chores such as wood chopping, brick making and cleaning wool ready for spinning. They slept in a Viking longhouse on sheepskin rugs. Some people had hardly any sleep but they had a really good time. Here are some pictures of our trip.

World Book Day

We have had a great day today celebrating World Book Day! The children dressed up as their favourite book character and lots of them brought in their favourite books too.

All the classes took part in book-themed activities and designed bunting to go up around class Book Corners. We also had a ‘DEAR’ activity – Drop Everything And Read’ – where the bell goes at random times during the day and the children (and adults!) literally drop what they are doing, pick up their book, and read for five minutes! The children really enjoyed this during the day. Check out our photos of our costume competition winners.DSC_1050