Both year 1 classes had special visitors this week for their lesson on identifying the features of birds. Mrs Ingles brought in two of her chickens, and to our great excitement one laid an egg in the afternoon! This chicken is friendly and tolerated being stroked by everyone in class 4. Both classes had the opportunity to study the chickens closely and discuss the specific anatomy – beak, wings, feathers and claws -which characterise birds. We were interested to note that birds have scaly legs, evidence of their evolution from the dinosaurs! Each child drew a detailed sketch of one chicken and labelled the features.
On Wednesday Year 1 visited Holy Trinity Church in Tewkesbury to learn about the Christian Baptism ceremony. We have been learning about belonging, and what it means to belong to a group – whether a school group, Rainbows, Beavers, swimming club or belonging to a faith. We learnt that Christian parents might choose to welcome their baby into the Christian faith by having their baby baptised. Lucy Betts, Holy Trinity’s Family Coordinator showed us how the parents introduce their baby, choose Godparents, and how the baby is baptised in the font. We sang a hymn too. Thank you very much to Holy Trinity for our lesson.
Last week, years 1-6 visited Tewkesbury Baptist Church to take part in Operation Bible. It was a fantastic event with year groups being set the challenge to investigate rumours surfacing about a man named Jesus who was performing incredible miracles. Complete with special ‘Operation Bible’ notebooks and pens, children went back in time and interviewed eye witnesses in order to complete a report on Jesus and his miracles! A fantastic time was had and much was learnt as some fantastic actors brought these stories alive for the children.
On Thursday 20th September, a cold, wet and dreary day, children from Tewkesbury C of E Primary School bid farewell to their parents and embarked on an evacuation adventure to discover more about World War 2.
Children arrived at Winchcombe Railway Station and were greeted by local farmers and villagers who were going to guide them through evacuation experience. Shortly after their arrival at the station, the steam train arrived and the children boarded. To keep them entertained for the long journey to Cheltenham, friendly villagers entertained the children with tales and stories as well as songs of the day.
Throughout the day, children were given training to learn how to fight fires caused by incendiary bombs, experienced an air raid and learned about what they would be expected to do while they were evacuated in the country for the duration of the war.
Click HERE to see more photos of the children’s evacuation experience.
Last Friday, Year 5 pupils got dressed up for a special day to launch their It’s All Greek to me theme. They experienced various themed activities including creating a 3D cyclops eye, painting a view from the Parthenon and decorating a Greek amphora.
A big thank you to Mrs Evans and Mrs Prosser!
We have welcomed our new Reception Class children this week. They have been amazing and settled into the routines incredibly well.
Thank you for your attendance at the individual Year group overview meetings this week. I hope you found them useful and informative.
Many of the classes also launched their topics this week and the school has been adorned with explorers, Greeks and Victorians! Please go to your child class webpage to see pictures of their day.
Visit to the Baptist Church
Next week some of the year groups will be going to the Baptist Church to take part in the 4front Theatre’s ‘operation Bible’ experience. It is an interactive walk around experience for primary age children. They are given a case file to solve and sent back in time to meet characters from 2000 AD. Each character tells the story of one of Jesus’s miracles. Below are the days and times the children will be going.
Year 2: Thursday 20th September 9.30am to 10.30am
Year 3: Thursday 20th September 11am to 12 noon
Year 4: Thursday 20th September 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Year 5: Friday 21st September 11am to 12 noon
Year 6: Friday 21st September 1.30pm to 2.30pm
After school provision costs
As from Monday 17th September parents using the after school care provision will have to pay the the hour that their children may be attending an after school club/activity. This is because a place has been secured, a pack lunch provided and staffing ratios incurred at the after school care provision. If you require further information please speak with me.
A reminder that nominations for two governor vacancies will close at 12 midday on Friday 21st September.
A huge thank you to all the families who have donated books to our school library. They have all been labelled and added to our wonderful selection for all our children to enjoy. Should you have any surplus books at home that you would like to donate, please do drop them in to the school office. Any publication would be very gratefully received. Also, should you wish to help with our school library, be that scanning and labelling books or contributing to the design of the learning space or simply to help children make the most of the wide range of books available to them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
After school clubs
Thank you for your patience and support with our Autumn Clubs sign up system. I am extremely grateful to the staff for volunteering their time to offer such a wide selection of extra curricular opportunities. I completely understand that some year groups have more options than others, mainly due to staff expertise and our desire to enter local tournaments and festivals, which specify age group entries. Do do try to provide additional opportunities by sourcing outside agencies, which of course comes at a cost. As the year progresses, and indeed as the years go by, we do hope that all of our children have the chance to experience a wide range of extra curricular activities for the enjoyment of all. Should you wish to help us broaden our clubs offer further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Up coming dates for September – for more dates please see the school website calendar
Wednesday 19th Tri-Golf competition
Thursday 20th September Operation Bible
Thursday 20th September Year 6 visit to Winchcombe
Friday 21st September Operation Bible
Wednesday 26th September Year 1 visit to Holy Trinity
Mrs C Scott
Today Year 1 enjoyed their dinosaur-themed topic launch day. We arrived dressed as paleontologists to hear that there were some dinosaurs on the loose in the school grounds! We set off on a dinosaur safari to find and photograph them. Later in the morning we made salt dough fossils and dinosaur skeleton pictures. Of course there was lots of time to read dinosaur stories and act them out in our small world area. In the afternoon we played dinosaur games in the hall. We had lots of fun!
A new and updated Tewkesbury C of E School prospectus will be uploaded soon to reflect changes made to our curriculum and uniform.