As part of our celebration of reading at books at bedtime this week, we were thrilled to have lots of entries in our cupcake competition. Many families spent lots of time on their creations and could explain how and why their cupcake was linked to a story. Dionne undertook the tough job of choosing a winner, it look a lot of time to pick between such fantastic entries! Well done to Ileya and Theo. We are looking forward to hosting our next reading competition!
This week, we hosted our much loved annual reading event, books at bedtime. The children came in their pyjamas and had the opportunity to sit and listen to stories with blankets and cushions! This year we added a parent workshop and a craft area based on story telling. The children loved creating their favourite book characters, such as the gruffalo, using different art resources. One of the highlights of the event was the spooky story telling area, just for Year 5 and 6, hosted by Miss Scott and Mr Rowlands. All of the children and staff had a lovely time and we are very much looking forward to hosting our next love of reading event.
This week, some Year 6 children were lucky enough to visit The Derngate Theatre in Northampton to watch a performance of the best-selling book and film, Holes. As we arrived and found our seats we were happy to see that we had a great view of the stage! The performance was brilliantly done, with innovative props and unusual ways of portraying various characters, including the pigs! We all had a great time and lots of children are now looking forward to reading the novel later in the year after their trip to see the stage production.
Over the last two days, all children have been taking part in Great Linford's Great Big General Knowledge Quiz. Each class battled through a range of different subjects: from Sport to History, Geography to Maths... with some rather interesting General Knowledge questions dropped in for good fun! The top three children from each class will go head to head in a downstairs final, and an upstairs final. The winner of each will win their class the trophy! Congratulations to the following children for finishing in the top three in their class:
This week we have been out to the allotment we have on school grounds. Helped by our lovely volunteer Yasmin we started off the session by potting some seeds. She showed us how much soil to put in and where to put the seeds. After a little sprinkle of water they were ready to be labelled. The children will go to water these everyday and we will check their progress in a weeks time. She also showed the children how easy it is to grow things at home, a dried pea or a garlic clove that has just started to sprout can both be planted in soil and with the right care will start to grow into a plant of that very same vegetable. We then headed out to the allotment and Yasmin showed us what was already starting to grow there. Some children helped to tidy up a bit by collecting loose leaves and putting them in the compost and others had a go at digging in the soil. I think they were trying to find lost Roman treasures but all they unearthed was a couple of broken bricks unfortunately!
Note to self…….bring wellies next week!
This week in pottery we have started the glazing process on the pieces that we made over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, a few of the pieces didn’t survive the kiln but everyone had at least 2 items to glaze. Andy began by talking us through what glazes are and how to use them; how the shade and intensity of the colours when they come out the bottle is very different to how they come out dry from the kiln. In fact the end colour is much darker than the glaze you paint on to the pottery. Andy then went on to explain the best way to apply the glaze and that you need several layers of the same colour to achieve a nice coverage. Most importantly, don’t paint the bottom or your piece will get stuck in the kiln!! The children and adults alike really enjoyed this part of the process and all worked very hard to give a nice finish to their pieces. I can’t wait to see them next week!
A huge thank you to all our families who attended our English Open Morning earlier today. Parents were engaged and asked some great questions before watching some learning taking place throughout the school. As always, feedback is essential so feel free to add comments / suggestions for future workshops to the school office or child's class teacher.
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The House Captains have been busy crunching the numbers at this mid-way point in the half term. It's a close race (as always) so every point counts. Check out the overall totals on our home page!