Pioneer Day 3

Wednesday morning started early with a lot of bleary eyed faces in Yukon Lodge, the teachers included! Once packed we headed off to breakfast where a choice of cereals, toast and a hot breakfast were on offer. This was quickly devoured and we headed off to our first activities of the day (Raft building, High ropes and Abseiling/Zip Line). Any tired faces quickly disappeared and were replaced with excitement and laughter.

Many of the children overcame their fear of heights and completed multiple abseils and climbed to the tallest obstacle on the high ropes (more than 10 metres high)! Afterwards all groups joined together on the field for some team building games. It’s safe to say that the children worked up an appetite and were soon asking what time lunch was. We settled down on the field, under a clear blue sky and warming sun and talked about our favourite activities. The instructors also handed out some awards to children who they thought demonstrated particularly high levels of determination, communication and teamwork skills.
It wasn’t long until lunch was over and the coach was calling us home. We quickly piled on, waved goodbye to our fantastic instructors and headed back south to home.
The Year 4 team hope that all the children thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Pioneer Centre and have taken away some important skills and powerful memories. Well done to everyone for pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone and giving every activity a try!

Pioneer Day 2

Tuesday morning started early with all children readying themselves for the day’s activities by cleaning their rooms for an early morning room inspection. The bar set was very high and children tried their best. This was followed by a hearty breakfast that would fuel us for the day ahead.

It wasn’t long until we were hanging from ropes, crawling though tunnels and swimming to safety after an unsuccessful raft build. Activities today included: caving, abseiling/zip line, rock climbing, archery and high and low ropes. The children engaged fully in all activities and continued to show dedication and teamwork throughout.
It’s safe to say they are all looking forward to a good nights sleep.

Community Recycle Scheme

As we look to develop our outdoor space, shade in the summer time is a key factor. A community recycle scheme has the solution.

Community Recycle Scheme

This new scheme donates second-hand, overstocked and end-of-line equipment to schools across the UK. A range of items has already been given away, including shade sails, post pad protectors and colourful fence pales. The full range of items can be viewed online, where requests can also be submitted. Several companies are involved with this initiative, including A&S Landscape a supplier of school canopies.

Ruby Class start school!

 We have had a wonderful time in Ruby Class settling in to our school community. We have been busy exploring the school environment, learning about our school rules and routines and making lots of new friends! Our topic this half term is Magnificent Me! We have been learning all about what makes us special and why …

Year 6 Oaker Wood Residential- Monday

What an exciting, adrenaline- filled day we have had! We arrived at 11am, had our camp induction and filled up on hot dogs before heading out to our first two activities. As you can see from the photos, the children participated in many different activities including: target shooting, zip wire, monkey climb and crate stacking. We are super proud of our classes as they gave all tasks a go and many beat the personal challenges they had set themselves!

Once activities were finished, we headed back to our camp for our evening meal- chicken nuggets and chips (from the fish and chip shop!) Meals were quickly eaten, the camp fire lit and roasted marshmallows were enjoyed by all!

We’ve had an incredible first day and can’t wait for tomorrow!

Letter from the Head, 14th December

Due to server outages for Google and others today, we have found that some ParentMail has not been getting through. As such, find a copy below.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. The positive test is for a member of staff.

Due to contacts having to isolate we have a significant shortage of cleaners available this week. As the cleanliness of the school is a key aspect of the Risk Assessment to prevent the spread of Covid we will have to close the school tomorrow for all pupils. This decision has been made in consultation with Gloucestershire County Council’s lead for Covid, their Health Protection Team and the Chair of Governors.

We will use tomorrow to ensure robust processes are put in place to enable us to open safely for as much time as possible over the rest of the week. We will open on Wednesday and Friday. It may be that we also have to close on Thursday to ensure the school is clean. I will let you know the plan as soon as possible.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep doing all we can to ensure your children’s safety at this time.

Teaching staff will move to online learning via Showbie/Tapestry for tomorrow and your child should access their learning there.

Yours sincerely

Tim Blakey

Headteacher

 

Crazy professor causes havoc in Year 4!

Last week, Year 4 had a very intelligent if rather eccentric visitor to help with their science learning. With a toolkit consisting of crackers, bananas, orange juice and tights (yes tights) Professor Plop successfully demonstrated the journey that food takes through the digestive system.

 

The tights represented the small intestine and the professor showed how food passes through this, into the large intestine, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into the body. It was a little messy and disgusting. With that in mind, Professor Plop suggested the children have a go! The next day, all children got their hands dirty and were able to demonstrate how food enters the body and travels through each part of the digestive system.

 

The professor says he would like to come back soon although some of the children are a little unsure!

A colourful welcome to our school!

Mr James braved the elements this week to begin planting in our large round bed at the entrance to school.

Morrisons in town have very kindly donated some beautiful plants to help us fill the flowerbed. Mr James has arranged the plants in a way to represent a rainbow of colour. It looks wonderful and we are all excited to watch as the flowers grow.

We send a big thank you again to Tewkesbury Morrisons!