Medieval sculpture making

Medieval sculpture making

Medieval sculpture making

Over the past few days, Year 5 and 6 have been visited by some very talented artists, in preparation for the medieval festival parade. Throughout the day, the children worked incredibly hard to create some amazing sculptures, which will be paraded through the town. They look amazing, wouldn’t you agree!


Year 6 enjoy post-SATs celebration day!

On Friday, to celebrate the completion their SATS assessments, Year 6 enjoyed a day filled with fun activities. The sun was shining and the children were encouraged to relax and spend their time outdoors as the music played!

The children took the opportunity to play rounders and football; teach each other new dance routines and play the game ‘Smash the Moustache!’ In the afternoon, the children also enjoyed a picnic on the field.

We would like to say a HUGE well done to Year 6. You have worked incredibly hard this week and we are so proud of your attitude and focus during your tests.

 

 

 

Pearl class celebrate World Book Day

Last Friday, Pearl class enjoyed a variety of activities, encouraging them to read.

The day began with a quick tutorial from Rob Biddulph (former World Book Day official illustrator). The children learnt how to draw a cartoon-style bookmark. Look at some of their bookmarks below!

Then, they went into the Reading Den where they enjoyed snuggling in between duvets and blankets and listening to both Miss Davis & Mrs Tonkin read our Class Reader book ‘Goodnight Mister Tom.’ They also loved the watching the starry night sky in the den whilst drinking our hot chocolates!

Next up was the Reading Cafe. As our classroom has an extensive reading book corner, the children enjoyed exploring the different genres it has to offer. They spent some time devouring books (and biscuits).

After this, the class went on a Book Scavenger Hunt where they were given a list of items they needed to find on book covers…. we had such a fun time!

Finally, they spent the afternoon designing artwork based around the genre of Mystery for the school library’s competition.

                                    

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.

            

 

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 learn about Henry Moore

This week, Year 6 have been learning about the official World War II wartime artist, Henry Moore.

We began our REAL Curriculum lessons by visiting the Henry Moore Museum in school. The children read interesting facts about his life and observed the various sculptures and drawings he had created during his life. Once back in class, we created an information page all about him.

    

   

In the following lesson, we learnt about the colours Moore used in his shelter drawings. We then experimented, using various mediums of art including: ink pens, watercolour pencils, oil pastels and charcoal, to create colours similar to his work.

    

In the next session, we observed the figures in Moore’s ‘Shelter Drawings’. We noticed how the figures, whilst sheltering in the London Underground, were usually sitting or lying down. We then practised drawing figures.

  

During our final lesson, we learnt about perspective and the vanishing point. We then recreated one of Moore’s famous wartime sketches which showed the people sheltering underground within the tunnels. The children were super proud of their artwork and their work looks fantastic!

   

   

 

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:

PC Curtis visits Year 6

This week, on Thursday, PC Curtis visited Pearl Class to teach them about the role of police in the community. We learnt about the different teams that make up the police, how they retrieve evidence from crime scenes and most importantly, how they keep us safe.

During our lesson, we role played a crime scene and assisted PC Curtis in finding a stolen ring from a jewellery shop. It led to the children finding the ring and Miss Davis being taken to the police station for questioning! Luckily, it was all a bit of a misunderstanding as she had picked it up off the floor whilst on a run. The children made sure to check her story checked out and she was acquitted before they found the true criminal- Billy Burglar!

The children had a great time with PC Curtis & were very well behaved, listening to his stories with great interest. We look forward to welcoming him back later this month!

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”.