Father’s Friday 2016

After another superb day in school, I wanted to summarise in a blog post  just what fun we had on Father’s Friday. As in previous years, dads, grandads and significant male members of the family were invited into school for as little or as much as they wanted to take part in and enjoy a day of learning. Once again, we were thrilled to see people turn up in such huge numbers, which made the day so special.

Beginning with our weekly celebration assembly, many dads had decided to come in for an early start and then stay on. With so much to celebrate, the day was off to a good start and then everyone filtered back to class for the beginning of lessons. From phonics to rounders, music and singing to reading and arithmetic tests, our dads took part in everything with a smile and a wonderful attitude and atmosphere, immersing themselves in everything that the day had to offer. Even at playtime and lunchtime, it was a joy to walk the grounds and to see everyone playing together on the field.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the time in their busy schedules to be able to come to school and join us today; we loved having you and it was a pleasure to work with you for the day.

Here are some photos of our day and we managed to catch up with some dads for their reaction to Father’s Friday too. Have a great weekend everyone!

International Day 22.6.16

This year we have really reached out to further our international links and global audience and I can truthfully say that I feel we are far more connected than ever with children and professionals from around the world.

Today we held our last international day of the year with each class taking their own focus for learning and exciting learning. Thistle learnt lots of interesting facts about India and read a super elephant story and Clover class wanted to know more about Canada. Clover also had the opportunity to link up with Mr Hamilton and Grade 4 of Bayridge School in Kingston Ontario to learn face to face with our international friends, which was super fun.

In KS2, Lotus class looked at France once more and Orchid class focused on Ghana – they also have a cake sale coming up next week, so please come along to that to raise much needed funds for charity.

Everyone had such a fabulous international day and we have pulled everything together into s slide show below. The children also explained what they have been learning throughout the day. Do have a listen!

Empty Classroom Day

Today,Thistle class took part in the national Empty Classroom Day initiative whereby teachers were encouraged to take their learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. With exciting, inspirational and engaging learning, the children have all had a wonderful time today and you will see from the photos below that their classroom stayed empty for most, if not all of the day. Organised brilliantly by Mrs Butler and Ms Brown, this was another super day to remember. For more information on Empty Classroom Day, please visit https://emptyclassroomday.org.uk/ According to the children it was the best day ever! That says it all…

Here are the children making the most of their outdoor learning in our amazing grounds:

Christmas around the World

The Christmas fun continued this afternoon as Clover and Thistle class linked up with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School in Hudsonville, Michigan, USA. We learnt all about Thanksgiving, shared what Christmas means to us in our households and also what our wishes for Christmas are. The children also had the opportunity to hear about Christmas traditions from each other’s country. It really was a super way to spend half an hour learning about the international meaning of Christmas. Of course, the children were so brilliant and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Please enjoy our experience…

Computing Fun

This afternoon we have been learning how to give instructions to a simple program with Mr Rockey in our computing lesson. We learnt that we had to make our instructions clear and accurate so that the rocket that we were programming was able to visit all of the planets on the screen. We all worked together and thought about our sequence of instructions, making sure there were no mistakes. Here we all are working hard

Autumn Fun!

We have had such a lovely day in class today, thinking all about Autumn. This afternoon we went on a super autumn walk and collected some leaves to make some artwork outdoors.

Here are the children enjoying their day: