We had a great turn out for our Harvest Festival today. Many parents, grandparents, carers, Governors and friends of the school attended the service with the staff and Reverend Lydia. Thank you to parents for all their donations that will make such a difference to others.
CPR and Defib training for Beech and Oak
With thanks to Mike Wood for the insightful training today. The children learnt CPR and how to use the defibrillator that is positioned outside of school. A very useful time spent with our community.
Maple Trip: Pizza Express
Maple class, staff and volunteers set off full of smiles ahead of their trip to Pizza Express to learn about ingredients, following instructions, tasting, kitchen safety and eating...
Is that a new playground?
Children, parents and staff were delighted to see our updated playground. Bright colours and new shapes have been added to support playtime activities and PE sessions. A great start to Monday morning.
Pupils Train as Bronze Ambassadors
Mrs Crawley (Oak class) had the pleasure of taking four pupils to St. Mary's, Shaftesbury to train as Bronze Ambassadors. The children already have an action plan and are wanting to meet with me to talk me through their ideas on how they can lead activities here at school. It's inspiring when the children take on such responsibility and are passionate with improving things for others.
Thanks to Mrs Crawley and Zena (for her transport) for overseeing this important opportunity. JB 04.10.17
Bee Keeper visits Beech and Oak class
A local bee keeper visited Oak and Beech class on Friday 29th September to share their passion and knowledge. The children were able to handle a comb and try on protective clothing. By the photos, it is clear to see the children had an inspiring time. This visits links to our current whole school topic.
Macmillan Cake Sale: thanks to all for your donations.
The Water Cycle with Beech class. 27.09.17
Drama was used as the vehicle for embedding the water cycle. Once we had the underground water under the table, the sea going from a liquid to a gas and the run off around the class, we applied our English skills of capitals, full stops and conjunctions (applying Mrs Clayton's focus). A great outcome.
Simply Football: John Flatter's Club started 26.09.17
Simply Football started this afternoon with seven eager players working with John. It's always great to see children from the different classes come together for a sporting activity. Lots of goals and lots of cheers for the hour. JB.
It was great to have such a turn out for our first Parent Voice. I was able to explain the changes to the school and the intended impact it will have. It is always pleasing to receive such positive feedback from our parent community regarding their children's happiness, the improvements made and the overall direction of the school. JB 22.09.17
Beech Class: noun phrases around the school and village shop.
Beech class had an active afternoon with me during their SPaG lesson. To consolidate Mrs Clayton's English teaching, we focused on noun phrases and trying to expand them. No one or thing was safe! Teachers, Mrs Spencer-Smith, the school and village shop were labelled. Great work by Beech. JB
A wonderful visit from our Year 1s: 19th September 2017
It was wonderful to have an unannounced visit from our Year 1 children today clutching, rather excitedly, their English books to share their sentences about Bog Baby. Apparently, it is spiky, has brown eyes, is round and lives underwater. The faces show their delight. Super!
Clubs have started at OF: September 2017
Nearly 50% of our pupils have already attended a club: books and biscuits, music, games, computing, arts and craft, board games, running club, gymnastics and dance have all been really popular. My thanks to staff and volunteers for making these happen. The children have enjoyed these opportunities of learning new skills and making new friends.
Roald Dahl Day: 13th September 2017
To celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday, the children and staff took the opportunity to dress up to represent a character from one of his books. We had such a range of costumes: Willy Wonkas, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mrs Fox, The Enormous Crocodile, a Golden ticket, Oompa Loompas and Charlie Bucket to name a few.
The day was linked to our learning with children studying the character Mrs Pratchett from Boy; which number the Enormous Crocodile would eat with the more than, less than symbols and we also took up the challenge of drawing like the illustrator Quentin Blake.
A fabulous day was had by all.
Please see our photos below for images from the day:
Our first day back at school was wonderful. Our children have been focused on their learning; getting to know their new teachers and heard about all the super activities we have planned over the next term. Many children collected their first team points today by working together and showing belief in themselves. Teachers have commented on how the pupils have made a positive start to this year - well done!
Here are a few photos from the day: