Sunday Funday – holding ducklings, herding sheep, apple pressing and an awful lot of mud

Today began after our daily chores around the farm with a long muddy walk. We climbed over stiles, rolled down hills and some of us got stuck in the mud and our wellies had to be rescued by Mr Eggleton.

Later we did our best to herd some sheep – not sure it was up to the standards of one man and his dog. We looked after some ducklings ( well we cuddled some ducklings), fed the cows and there were apples – it is that time of year!

Everyone is having a great time – Zac loves the ducklings but Joel is rather underwhelmed by the size of the turkeys – we are all learning a lot about where our food comes from!

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Peggotty Class Assembly

Today the school had the pleasure of enjoying the first class assembly of the year. Peggotty class really delivered with a mixture of excitement, enthusiasm and confidence. Parents and children were treated to a performance that involved Music, French, Humanities, P.E. and even Maths! Well done to everyone involved!

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French Day 2017

The whole school turned bleu, blanc, rouge on Friday 14th for Bastille Day!

Little Dorrit and Gargery learnt about the Eiffel Tower and the famous Bastille Day firework which happens there every year. Children had a chance to design their own Eiffel Tower firework and take it home! Reception children learnt about Paris with Barnaby bear and wrote postcards “from Paris”! They also worked really hard decorating their classrooms with beautiful buntings and big “Bastille Day” banner.

The year one and two children did 3 workshops: an art workshop, discovering the paintings of the Impressionist Claude Monet and reconstituting their own versions! They also did a Geography workshop, learning about different cities and food speciality from each region. At the end, they drew in their paper plate which dish they would love to try! Finally, each class did a quiz based on all the songs they learnt during the year, producing a beautiful “accordion of learning” ! They looked great! Special mention to Mr Oxenham and Mr Paul who organised a baked camembert tasting for their class!

The year three and four children rotated around 4 workshops. They got to discover the city of Paris through the very fun movie Ratatouille with Miss Spears, learning about Paris’ sewers, bridges and river! With Miss Fareeda, children were taken for a tour around the world of all Francophones countries, playing two different board games and giant puzzles! Mr Young held a workshop on the origins of Bastille Day itself, through a board game, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the very unequal society which gave ground to the revolution. With Mr Cannock, the children learnt about a very special group of men in Congo who called themselves “Sapeurs”. They are members of the “Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People”. Their movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies. The children designed their own sapeur outfit, using very vibrant patterns and colour block colours.

The year five and six children also rotated around 4 workshops. With Miss Rhys-Evans and Mr Kittoe they discovered 4 famous French singers and played a memory game, scanning QR codes and listening to extract of their songs. The children were taken on a tour of Paris in Peggoty class with Mr Bakas and Miss Worley, get on and off the “metro” and learning about famous landmarks of the French capitale. Next door with Mr Windle, children learnt about the origins of Bastille Day itself, through a board game, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the very unequal society which gave ground to the revolution. Last but certainly not least, children had a very fun workshop with Miss Jacobs learning about typical French regional food, reading the very clever story of “La grenouille a grande bouche”.

All children got to play Boules on the rooftop playground and enjoy a delicious French lunch!

Merci tout le monde!

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Trotwood Class Assembly!

Trotwood have been learning about the farm .
The children enjoyed retelling the story of Farmer Duck so much they decided to base their assembly on a retelling of the story. The children were confident to sing, act out and share some knowledge about making butter. Thank you to all the parents for getting involved in the churning of butter. It tasted delicious and only took ten minutes to make.

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Year 6 Thames Project

The year 6 children had the opportunity to take part in the Thames project. They had a great time scouring the shore line for old relics washed up on the shore. They returned to school to produce tiles from clay which were then fired in a kiln to produce some amazing results. The children when commended on their creative use of objects to make some beautiful and ornate designs.

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Year 5/6 Royal Observatory!

The year 5 and 6 children visited the Royal observatory. They were amazed at the amazing telescope that is housed inside the purpose built dome.

The 28-inch Greenwich refracting telescope is the largest of its kind in the UK and the seventh largest in the world. Completed in 1893, it was commissioned in 1885 by William Christie, Astronomer Royal between 1881 and 1911.

It was built to research double star systems and remained in use until the late 1960s. With the recent addition of a computer-aided guidance system and CCD camera, it continues to work as an excellent visual aid to observing the night sky.

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Hardelot – French Trip Day 3 and Feedback!

On Day 3 of our French trip, we first packed up our suitcases and said our goodbyes to the Hardelot Center as we headed for the Chateau d’Hardelot. We were lucky to have a very sunny morning for our guided tour of the Castle and its gardens. We also enjoyed some contemporary art installations, the children’s favourite one was the big river ! We had our picnic at the Castle before going to Cap gris nez to admire the British Coast line. Some of us were lucky enough to spot a seal! Others learnt about the different boats which travel up and down the channel.

Words of the children – Hardelot 2017

“The market was my favourite bit because I bought a lovely hat!”
“My favourite part was the corn weaving because it looks very cool.”
“My favourite part of the trip was going to the beach!”
“My favourite part was the forest because it was epic and the beach because we dug until we found water!”
“Breakfast was my favourite part of the trip! I loved the croissant, pain au chocolat and the baguette!”
“My favourite part of the trip was sleeping in a room with a friend because it made me overcome my fear of being homesick.”
“My favourite part was the beach because I found a crab!”
“My favourite part of the trip was the market because we got to find out what French people like”
“My favourite bit was making the beds because we had to work together and be responsible.”
“My favourite thing was meeting my penpal because you got to make new friends.”

What did you think of the Hardelot Center?
“It was very cool, I loved the rooms and the big forest”
“It was great, especially the forest!”
“I think stayig in the middle of the woods in awesome!”
“I really like it, it was like home.”
“I loved it and I really enjoyed the food!”
“It was really nice and clean and comfortable.”

The trip in one sentence:
“It was a great trip, I hope I can go again next year!”
“It was amazing I wish I had gone in year 4 as well!”
“It was the best trip I have ever been on”
“The Hardelot trip was wonderful!”
“Fun, joyful, exciting and good for your French.”
“It was an amazing trip where we did great activities!”

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Bockett’s Farm

We had a wonderful time at Bockett’s Farm in Surrey! From riding a tractor, milking a goat, watching pig racing to stroking baby goats the children loved being on a working farm. They were an absolute credit to our school as they treated the animals so kindly and were extremely safe on our school trip. One of our favourite moments was cheering on the victorious pig, in the pig race, called Voldesnort!

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