Boys County Football Final

Last Thursday, the Year 5 & 6 boy’s football team took part in the ESFA County Finals in Gloucester. We represented Tewkesbury as the best large school and were against opponents from: Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Wootton, the Cotswolds, South Glos and the Forest of Dean.

The quality of all the teams was immense and the matches very tough. The boys represented C of E phenomenally and powered through the freezing temperatures! After a number of gruelling matches we secured 7th place in the county. This is one of the best results we’ve had from this tournament so the boys should be incredibly proud of the work they put in. 7th place out of hundreds of primary schools in Gloucestershire is a brilliant achievement and should be celebrated by all! Well done boys!

 

GCHQ Visitors

Last week, we welcomed two GCHQ employees who taught us about the history of coding (from the Roman times, to more recently, World War II) and how coding has significantly shaped British history.

We were taught about steganography (the practice of hiding secret messages in plain sight). We learnt that people, through history, have used steganography. One way this was done was by shaving someone’s head and writing a secret message before waiting for their hair to grow back! Once their hair had grown enough, they would send the message to the recipient and have their hair shaved off again so the message could be read! More recently, we were told, coders have hid messages within pixelated pictures.

We also learnt about transposition. We were tasked with wrapping a slip of paper around wooden sticks (with different-sized diameters). We then wrote a secret message before passing this onto another group who had a different-sized stick. The code didn’t work! We were told that the recipient of the message would need the same ‘key’. We were shown Caesar’s Ciphers (a coding tool) and encrypted messages before passing them to another group who needed to decode the code.

After this, we learnt more about coding during World War II. We learnt about the various coding machines used, including: Enigma, Lorenz and the MK2. We also learnt how the team at Bletchley Park used the Bombe machine and Colossus computer to crack German encrypted messages.

Finally, we were given the opportunity to explore various WWII artefacts.

 

Pearl Class Make Do & Mend

For the past two weeks, Pearl Class have been learning about the World War II campaign, Make Do and Mend. This campaign encouraged people to get as much wear as possibly out of the clothes they already had. This could be done through making new items of clothing from pieces of garments they already had or by mending their clothes. Toys were also in short supply during the war so often mothers would make their children teddy bears from scraps of material they had.

Miss Davis set us a challenge of designing and making a teddy bear using odd pieces of materials. However, before we could do this, we needed to learn how to sew.

In our first week of sewing lessons, we were taught how to: create a running stitch, back stitch and over stitch, end a line of stitches and sew 2-hole and 4-hole buttons to material. We displayed excellent resilience and independence during these lessons, making Miss Davis very proud indeed!

      

During the second week, we learnt how to: pin a paper pattern to material, cut fabric carefully, sew two pieces of fabric together with a stitch of our choosing, stuff the teddy bears (with leftover materials) and finish them off with an overstitch to keep the stuffing inside. Some children even added ‘extras’ to their bears such as suitcases, clothes & charms!

         

We are incredibly proud of our teddy bears! Thank you to all of the parents who came in to assist us with our sewing project.