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  • Wednesday 13 July 2022 Cotswold Farm Park We had such a lovely trip to the Cotswold Farm Park. We spent time stroking chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs and then went outside to feed the larger animals- they were very hungry! After that we had the opportunity to explore all the areas of the farm park. We had fun bouncing on the bouncy pillow and then we went into the woods to cool down. Here we built dens, made pretend food and played games. Finally we visited the play-barn where we climbed and played in the huge sandpit. It was a fabulous day and all the children behaved beautifully- it was a pleasure to take them.
  • Thursday 7 July 2022 Litter Picking The children had a fun and productive session collecting litter from the playground. It is now spotless!
  • Monday 4 July 2022 Year 3/4 Drama Workshop What a brilliant morning we had with Rich, Rob, Josh and Charlie from 4Front Theatre! Making the most of the good weather, we did our drama workshop outside on the playground. We warmed up with a variety of games including 'Splat', 'Pufferfish, Sharks and Catfish' and 'Fishy fishy'. We then started thinking about how to use our bodies to make objects beginning different letters. We did this first individually, then in groups of different sizes. Finally, as a whole class we created a freeze-frame of a football match.
  • Saturday 25 June 2022 Ahoy me hearties! Reception had the most amazing day on Thursday as we set sail for Bowood House. We spent the morning completing team challenges where we needed to earn treasure from our captains to access our pirate ship in the afternoon. We had lunch overlooking the beautiful lake and were joined by three very cheeky ducks who were after our sandwiches! They even enjoyed a game of 'Grandmother's Footsteps' and provided great lunchtime entertainment. After lunch we headed to the adventure playground, complete with huge pirate ship, where the children made us especially proud with their bravery, teamwork and support of one another. We came home after ice lollies, tired but very happy.
  • Saturday 25 June 2022 Ship's Biscuits Reception tasted some ship's biscuits made to a recipe that pirates would have used many years ago. They were made with just salt, flour and water. As you can see from the photos, the children weren't overly impressed by the flavour or the texture - we could certainly see why they were otherwise known as 'hard tack!!' Thankfully, the biscuits we tasted weren't full of weevils too!
  • Monday 20 June 2022 Exploring the garden We had a great afternoon exploring our school garden. Our Science topic this term is 'Living Things and their Habitats'. We looked for living things in our school garden. We identified and sketched some of the different trees, plants and flowers growing there and looked for invertebrates too.
  • Monday 13 June 2022 In the Net Year 4 had a super afternoon at Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School watching an interactive play, ‘In the Net’, presented by the Alter Ego Company. The play told the story of Dotty, a 7 year old girl, who gets a new iPad for her birthday. She spends the day online making a new best friend called Jenny, posting information and pictures about herself online, exploring websites and being unkind to a girl called Ava on FriendsNet.
  • Friday 27 May 2022 Necklaces fit for a Queen The final step in our jewellery making was stringing all the beads together. Look at the finished results, they are fantastic and definitely fit for royalty!
  • Friday 27 May 2022 Painting our beads The next step was painting our beads and again, the children worked really hard. They used cocktail sticks to hold the beads steady whilst they painted each one.
  • Friday 27 May 2022 Making Clay Beads As our topic is all about the Queen, we decided to make some beads fit for royalty. We used clay and moulded it into individual beads. Then we used a skewer to put a hole through the middle of each bead. Look how hard they are concentrating.
  • Friday 20 May 2022 Year 3/4 Finished Bookmarks These are the stunning bookmarks the class designed and made. We are super proud of the perseverance and determination the children showed. I am sure you will be as impressed as we are.
  • Friday 13 May 2022 Year 6 End of SATs Picnic To celebrate finishing their SATs Year 6 had a picnic on the field. Thank you parents for coordinating your VERY generous contributions, it was fair to say they all had very full tummies by the end!
  • Friday 13 May 2022 Year 3/4 Sewing In our Design and Technology lessons, the children have designed book marks on the theme of 'Red, White and Blue', to be made using sewing. The children's designs include the UK flags, national flowers, names and ornate borders. They have certainly set themselves a challenge! They have started sewing using embroidery threads and binca. These photos show the children following their designs, threading needles and persevering through some challenging moments. Hopefully, in a week or two, we can share photos of the finished designs.
  • Sunday 8 May 2022 Plants Continued This term we have continued to think about plants. We have looked for signs of a plant's life cycle in the garden, designed seed packets and planted potatoes, runner beans and sunflowers. Next week we will think about what plants need in order to grow so that we can look after our new plants as best as we can.
  • Friday 29 April 2022 The Queen This term our topic is 'The Queen.' We made a start by looking at photographs showing key moments from her very long life. The children really enjoyed explaining each photo and then placing them on a timeline.
  • Thursday 28 April 2022 Explorers Bubble Homework Year 6 shared their wonderful Explorers Homework at the end of last half term. Their creations were amazing and included: air-ship models; sketches of Shackleton's ship: Endurance and fantastic poems about Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. Brilliant work Year 6!
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 Experience Easter Year 5/6 explored the events of Holy Week through a range of interactive activities at the Church this morning. A huge thank you to Laura, Liz, Patsy and Judy for organising and guiding us through these activities. We had a brilliant morning.
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 Experience Easter Year 3/4 explored the events of Holy Week through a range of interactive activities at the Church this morning. A huge thank you to Laura, Liz, Patsy and Judy for organising and guiding us through these activities. We had a brilliant morning.
  • Thursday 31 March 2022 Year 3/4 Making Switches Year 3/4 have thoroughly enjoyed this half term's Science topic 'Electricity'. We have built electrical circuits, investigated complete and incomplete circuits and used circuits to find out which materials are conductors of electricity and which materials are insulators. This week we have made switches to control our electrical circuits.
  • Wednesday 30 March 2022 PE on the Tennis Courts This term in PE, we have been learning how to play tennis. As a chance to practise our skills, we visited the Northleach tennis courts. We had great fun playing on an actual court and were able to use all of the skills we have learnt to hit the ball over the net. Some of us even moved onto having a rally with our partner.
  • Friday 25 March 2022 Mock Trial On Tuesday 22nd March Year 6 travelled to The New Baptist Hall in Cirencester to take part in a Mock Trial competition.The competition provided a fantastic opportunity for pupils to gain insight into the justice system. The competition immersed pupils in all aspects of a criminal trial, as they took on the roles of barristers, witnesses, clerks, ushers and jury members. The children competed against another school as the defence team andwere scored on the authenticity of their performance. We are awaiting the results of the competition but the children were delighted that the verdict of the trial was not guilty!
  • Friday 25 March 2022 Year 6 Diffusion Art As part of the Animals including humans Science unit, Year 6 have been learning about how both nutrients and water are transported around the body. They created diffusion art to help them understand this process in more detail. The "spreading" out of the colour represents the nutrients and water diffusing across the membranes in the capillaries to/from the bloodstream/intestines.
  • Friday 25 March 2022 Tennis in the sunshine Year 2 had a gorgeous afternoon in their P.E. lesson. Rob, our sports coach, set up the nets and the children practised their tennis skills. Everyone worked really hard and we have some very talented players in our class.
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022 Year 3/4 Brass Concert We performed our amazing cornet playing to the Reception class. We played many pieces of music, demonstrating how to change the dynamics in 'Shark Bait', how to change the tempo in 'Making a Cuppa' and how to improvise in a jazz piece. Mr Richards showed us many different brass instruments and we listened to the sounds they can make.
  • Saturday 19 March 2022 Plant Detectives As part of British Science Week, Reception became 'plant detectives' on Friday. They were asked to look for plants growing in unusual places. They used their magnifying glasses to good effect and found plants growing in all sorts of places they didn't expect. They were surprised once more when they were told that we were going to plant some seeds on our windows!.... In cotton wool! The children chose a seed each and will watch the progress of their seeds over the next few weeks. Which seeds will germinate most quickly Which plants will grow most successfully
  • Friday 18 March 2022 Year 3/4 Red Nose Day We donated money towards the Comic Relief charities today and wore our home clothes. We had lots of fun competing in a 'Red Nose' race!
  • Wednesday 16 March 2022 Y5 and 6 Netball Festival @ Cotswold School 6 children, from Year 5 and 6, represented Northleach at a Netball festival this week taking place at the Cotswold School. They played 7 matches in total on full size netball courts (which was particularly tiring as it was 5 a side) and ran their hearts out.
  • Wednesday 16 March 2022 Year 5 Science Day 2022 On Monday this week, Year 5 had a whole day of science to celebrate British Science Week. Our day involved researching Gentoo Penguins with the aim of building a suitable nest for them to raise their young.
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022 Year 3/4 British Science Week As part of British Science Week, we have been designing our own planet-friendly burgers. We started by creating a list of ingredients usually used to make a burger and finding out where in the world these ingredients usually come from. We learnt what food miles are and calculated food miles for the ingredients used in 2 given burgers. We watched 2 video clips and then, using what we had learnt, we designed our own tasty and planet-friendly burgers. One that is healthy for us and healthy for the planet!
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022 British Science Week On Monday 14th March, Year 6 took part in the British Science Week. They were set the task of researching, building and evaluating nests for Gentoo penguins. They had a great day and the results of their investigation were brilliant; they produced some extremely robust nests! Once they had collected their materials and built their nests (after some very careful planning) each design was tested to see how well it would withstand the elements of wind and rain (simulated by a hairdryer and watering can).
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