C of E going green!

C of E has, for some time, been considering ways to reduce the school’s carbon footprint, improve the playscape that we offer the children (OPAL) and encourage discussion on the importance of sustainability. We felt as though some new trees would be the ideal solution to these issues so, a few months ago, we took the decision to apply to the Woodland Trusts Free Trees for schools initiative.

We were successful in our application and last week the final trees were planted! We thought long and hard about which year group would plant the trees and came to the decision that Year 6 would be the most suitable, as it would allow them to leave a true legacy behind them for all future generations who attend C of E. The children worked hard, alongside Mr James and Cate Cody (Councillor for Tewkesbury), to plant and secure a mixture of Silver Birch, Rowan and Wild Cherry saplings.

The Trees will take time to grow but we know that they, and future children, will flourish in the new environment which they create.

Year 6 Dance Workshop

On Friday, Year 6 welcomed more visitors into the school. We were fortunate to attend a  dance workshop run by H&T Creative (an arts organisation) which taught us all about plastic pollution through the medium of dance.

 

The first task was to sort the everyday plastic items, that we frequently use, into how many years we thought they would take to decompose. We were quite shocked by how long some plastics took to break down completely!

After that, we discussed how plastics are made and we worked in small groups to create a dance based on factories producing plastics.

Here are some of our photos from the workshop:

Harvest Festival 2021

A massive thank you to all those who contributed food this year for Harvest Festival. This will be passed on the Tewkesbury Food bank.

Thank you to Lucy Betts and Stephen Walker for leading our Harvest celebrations assembly!

We can’t wait to get back to our usual routine of attending Holy Trinity church to perform our usual Harvest celebrations with parents in attendance, but this year we made the best of it by getting together as a school and performing songs, reading poems and giving thanks for the Harvest.

However, to give a sense of the wonderful singing ability of our pupils, have a listen to the this whole school performance of iSingPop’s “A Brighter Day”.

Year 6 are artists

This week, during our art sessions, the children have been learning about developing tone & texture in their work. At the beginning of the week, they learnt how different sketching pencils produce different tones and they also learnt techniques such as hatching, contour hatching, stippling and blending which would  build tone in their sketches.

As the week progressed, they learnt step-by-step how to draw realistic eyes, noses, eyebrows and lips before producing their own portraits using their new skills.

We can’t wait to see how their World War II leader portraits turn out next week!

 

Year 6 visit Winchcombe Steam

Yesterday, Year 6 travelled back to 1940 to experience a day in the life of an evacuee at Winchcombe Train Station.

 

After we had waved goodbye to our parents, we boarded the steam train heading for Winchcombe. We were enjoying singing wartime songs when, suddenly, a suspicious-looking man walked down the carriage and dropped a letter. After we’d read the envelope, our suspicions were confirmed-he was a German spy

 

Once we’d disembarked the train, we then learnt more about incendiary bombs and how problematic they were. The fire party in Winchcombe recruited us to join them and we learnt how to use a water stirrup pumps to extinguish any fires.

 

Suddenly, we heard the sound of an air raid siren, so we quickly had to dive into the nearest shelter. It was so dark in there that some of us were a little frightened. In here, we heard about some real-life experiences from people who lived through the war.

 

We were given the opportunity to meet Fred, a real-evacuee in World War II. We listened as he told us all about his experience and he answered questions we had about his time in the Oxfordshire countryside.

 

Towards the end of our visit, we visited the local museum where we learnt more about rationing and evacuation.  We also learnt more about children during the war and their schooling and what jobs they might undertake when evacuated to the countryside.

 

 

Year 6 Dig for Victory!

Last week, we began learning about rationing and how the British government restricted certain foods during World War II.

On Monday, we learnt how the British public were encouraged to ‘dig for victory’ and plant vegetables in their gardens and in public spaces such as parks, tennis courts and even the Tower of London! We then visited our school’s allotments where we picked runner beans and tomatoes and dug up potatoes and carrots. Afterwards, we had to wash the food so that it could  used later in the week for our wartime cooking sessions.

From Wednesday to Friday, we made a different dish each day. Wednesday we made homemade bread, Thursday we cooked corned beef hash and on Friday we baked apple fruit cake.