WHAT A SCORCHER!

 

Finally, after a two-year break, Sports Day was back, and a most spectacular day of weather. Sprinting, egg and spoon, sack and obstacle races were the order of the day.

 

The Waka Waka dance got us off to a great start, followed by a hotly contested tug-of-war. There was cheering, competition and lots of hot but smiley competitors. It was great fun and the soaking that everyone got in the obstacle race was much-needed and a refreshing end to a hot, hot day. The parents’ race, as always, was very competitive. Well done if you took part – your children really do love to watch you and congratulations to all the winners. A huge thank you to all the staff, especially Mr Matt and to all your parents for cheering and embracing the sports day spirit.

 

Final winners were: Tug-of-war - CONDOR, House relay - CONDOR, Sports Day Cup -EAGLE Mrs Tabor, Head of Sport

 

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Year 5 were lucky enough to spend three days and two nights camping at Hooke Court, Dorset. For many of the children, this was their first great outdoors adventure and they all made the most of every opportunity and had fun. The trip started with some fantastic shelter building and continued with team-building tasks in the evening.

 

The next day transported us to Ancient Greece where they cooked, painted, wove and even fought using traditional methods. The highlight however was tasting the delicious creations and listening to Greek myths around the campfire. The final day was a step back into the modern world and rocket building. They constructed rockets as a team and fired them into the air, all of them achieving fantastic heights.

 

The Year 5s were praised by all the staff for their excellent knowledge of the Greeks and their exceptional manners. We are very proud of them and look forward to our next trip with them. Well done Year 5!

 

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On Monday 13th June, pupils from Years 2 to 6 took part in an inter-house maths quiz. The event was run by Quiz Club and the children were excited to be using ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ style answer keypads. Children sat in houses and answered a variety of multiple-choice questions which got trickier throughout the challenge, and which were worth more points as the difficulty increased. After some keenly fought rounds, each house were victorious in at least one of the year groups. However, once the points were totalled the clear winner was Osprey House. Well done and here are Aaron and Amanda proudly showing their trophy!

 

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In the week before half-term, Year 6 pupils spent a week in beautiful Normandy, France. Staying at a French immersion centre, Château de La Baudonniere, pupils explored a range of fantastic activities whilst improving their French.

 

Activities included ‘fabrication de radeaux’ (raft-building), parcours de santé (assault course) and ‘tir a l'arc’ (archery). The most popular activity was ‘fabrication du pain’ or breadmaking as the children had lots of fun shaping their dough which was then baked in the oven and eaten with their next meal. In addition, we had the opportunity to explore a nearby town when pupils practised their French and used their keen bargaining skills to make purchases of gifts for themselves and their families. We also visited Bayeux and the children enjoyed seeing the famous ‘Tapisserie de Bayeux’, hearing and seeing the story of the Norman Conquest in 1066. We also spent time at the ‘Cimetière américain de Colleville’, which was incredibly moving.

 

Throughout the week, everything was presented in French – the staff ‘animateurs’ ensured pupils used their French in activities as well as during meal times. The final night was a French Soirée and children donned their berets and strings of garlic before performing songs, gymnastics and magic tricks at a talent show.

 

It was a busy and fun-packed week for everyone. We returned, tired but happy, just in time for a well-earned half-term break.

 

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