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.

            

 

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.

Football Evening

Yesterday, C of E took part in multiple football competitions simultaneously!

One of our teams was made up of our Year 5 and 6 girls, who took part in the Tewkesbury Girls ESFA Football competition and secured 2nd place! They had a number of tough matches but showed brilliant determination and teamwork throughout. This commitment meant that it was all down to the result of the final match! The final score was a draw which meant that the overall winner was selected from a goal difference. Well done girls for a brilliant performance!
Our other team was made up of our Year 3 and 4 boys who took part in the first half of the League. The boys played a total of 5 matches and showed some real passion and resilience. We will have to wait until the Spring term and the other half of the league to find out whether we can keep our trophy and title of reigning champions!

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!

   

   

 

ESFA Tewkesbury Champions

Congratulations to the boys’ football team who represented C of E at this year’s ESFA Football tournament. The boys had some tough matches but were able to win 4 and draw the other 2! This success means that we are off to the County Finals in December! Well done all!

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: