On Thursday 19th May, a team of Year 6 children took part in the Stroud area ’24’ mental maths challenge at Amberley Parochial School. 24 is a mental maths game from America. To play it you have to pick up a card containing four numbers which have to be used to make 24.For example:4 x 3 = 124 – 2 = 22 x 12 =24 Some cards are easy (like this one) but some are really tricky. We competed well and came second in one of the rounds but overall we were no match for some of the Schools who knew the game really well. This was our first ever entry in a 24 competition but we will be back stronger and better prepared next year – watch out!A massive well done to Fin Hill, Ruby Brook, Dan Ponting and Kyra Cooke who represented the School admirably!
We have all had an amazing week. The activities at South Cerney and Jumptastic were exciting and we all gained new skills. The visit from Gloucester Rugby Club was exciting and lots of the class wanted to sign up to the Junior Club straight away. The climbing wall and inflatable obstacle course were great activities to finish an action packed week.
What a busy and fun Sports Enrichment week we have had. Reception weren’t involved in as many activities as the other classes but I think some of us might have exploded with excitement if we had! On Monday, we all brought in our wheels and helmets and had a wheelie morning in the Infant playground. Soon, a bike fixing workshop emerged and everybody lined up to get their bikes fixed.Later in the week we had a fantastic afternoon at Jumptastic. The children listened brilliantly to the instructions, waited really patiently for everyone to put on their socks and then bounced and played all afternoon, with regular water breaks. The coach ride there and back was also very exciting and we sat with our friends and looked out of the window.Then, just when we thought things couldn’t get more fun, an enormous inflatable obstacle course and slide turned up in the field! Mrs A was very proud of the way we took turns and tackled this. Some of us needed help climbing the steps but some of us are clearly chimpanzees in disguise!Have a restful weekend and pray for sunshine for next Wednesday!
Wow! What a week! The children must be exhausted by now, I know I certainly am. This week has seen the whole school taking part in a huge variety of different sporting activities and challenges.KS2 South CerneyThe children took part in a range of activities including sailing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing. Whole School JumptasticOver the week the whole school visited Jumptastic. All the children had brilliant fun bouncing and were certainly tired at the end of the hour!KS1 Wheelie DayThe infants all brought in their scooters, bikes and heelies to wheel around the playground. Yr 2 RowingYear 2 had an afternoon learning how to use the rowing machines with Mr Pritchard.There have also been lots of PE lessons going on over the week with class teachers. Year 1 and 2 PE with Miss BeebeeYear 1 and 2 had a fun and games session with me. We played the pirate game, volcanoes and craters, target throw, tennis, relays and hurdles. Year 2 and 3 Cheerleading/ AerobicsThe two classes had a session with Louise Sweetland. They did Zumba, Cheerleading and Aerobics. Whole School Inflatable Obstacle CourseOn Friday there was a great buzz around the school as the 52ft obstacle course arrived. Yr 1 – 6 Climbing WallAll of the children showed great courage and determination as they scaled the climbing wall. The speed at which some of them flew to the top was incredible! It was also lovely to see the team spirit and the children cheering on their classmates. Gloucester Rugby ClubKingsley, the club’s mascot, arrived to meet and greet us all on our way into school. We then had an assembly from some ex-Gloucester players (who had also played for England U21’s and Terry, who had played for England in 2 World Cups!). Don’t forget to look out for the letters inviting you to join the Junior Supporters Club. This is a free club, which gets the children free tickets to Kingsholm as well as huge discounts to other major attractions in the county! I’m only upset that I am not under 15! Finally, the staff have also been busy having fun with the children!
This week we have had an incredibly busy but exciting week at school. On Monday, Year 3 and 4 were off to South Cerney. We had bags as big as us, full of things we might need; luckily we all fitted on the coaches! When we got there we were sorted into groups and went to get changed. One group did Kayaking, 1 group did Katakanu’s, 2 groups did canoeing and 2 groups did sailing. We wore waterproof overalls to keep us slightly drier and warmer. We also wore lifejackets, just in case we fell in! After a busy morning of activities we all stopped for lunch. Luckily it was nice and sunny so we didn’t get too cold. After lunch we swapped activities, before getting changed and making our way back to school. Tuesday had us playing Football with Mr Szkrybieniec. We played different games which worked on different Football skills, including our teamwork.On Tuesday we also went to Jumptastic – a particular highlight for some of us! We had great fun bouncing on the trampolines, flinging ourselves into the foam pit, playing dodgeball and practicing our acrobatic skills! On Thursday we had a cheerleading and aerobics session with Louise Sweetland. We warmed up, then learnt two new cheerleading/ dance routines. This was great fun! In the afternoon, we then played a mammoth game of Rounders, with Yr 4 and Yr 6, while Miss Beebee took Yr 5 Swimming. On Friday morning, Kingsley (Gloucester Rugby Club’s mascot) came to school to meet us. We then had an assembly with players and coaches from Gloucester Rugby Club. Adam and Terry told us all about their careers as professional rugby players – Adam playing for England in the U21’s and Terry getting to play in two world cups! We saw some of their kit from different teams and saw Terry’s world cup medal. They also told us about the Junior Supporters Club, a completely free club and a great way to get discounts and free tickets to lots of places across Gloucestershire, including Kingsholm! We then went outside and played a modified game of Kwik Cricket, before tackling the 52ft Inflatable Obstacle Course! This was quite a challenge, particularly climbing the steps up to the top of the slide, but we all managed it. We had great fun racing our friends and flying through the obstacles. In the afternoon we had our final challenge: to scale the climbing wall. Some of us flew to the top, incredibly quickly, others found it more tricky but the determination, courage and team spirit that we all showed, was fantastic. I think we all need a well deserved rest over the weekend now, before a short 4 day week next week. Fingers crossed sports day will be on on Wednesday!
It all started on Monday with football with Mr Szkrybieniec, where the children concentrated on skills, thinking, team work and most of all fun. There wasn’t time to hang around; after a quick lunch we joined up with year 6 to go to ‘Jumptastic’ in Gloucester. What an amazing afternoon where the children were able to jump together. Again it was great to see all the encouragement to try new things; everyone was having a go.Tuesday had no rest time as we went to South Cerney for a day on the water. The children experienced sailing, canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing. Despite a difficult breeze the children were all prepared to have a go and it was great to see the smiles and laughs the children had with each other.It hasn’t all been sports; we have also had time to write about how to be a sports person; to compose a newspaper report about our favourite sporting story and finally we have carried on our Egyptian topic by turning some children into Mummies!This week we will be looking forward to the end of term when we will attempt to build our milk bottle pyramid!As always if you or your children have any concerns do please do not hesitate to come in and see me. Mr HalliwellHere are some pictures from Friday 20th May.
Phew!! We’ve had the most amazing week- we’ve challenged ourselves, worked as a team and had a lot of fun.On Monday, we brought our bikes in to have a wheelie day. We made a course on the playground and whizzed around having fun and keeping fit and healthy. On Tuesday, we did team games with Miss Beebee. In the afternoon, Mr Pritchard taught us how to row. We really enjoyed challenging ourselves.Yesterday, Thursday, we had such a busy day – football followed by Zumba. It was tricky to learn all the movements but once we’d mastered them we looked so good!In the afternoon, all of Key Stage one went to Jumptastic. We had “the best day of our lives” according to Thomas.Today, we began the day with a visit from Gloucester Rugby. We were inspired! Then we raced on the inflatable obstacle course. Such fun!Finally, we conquered the climbing wall! We should sleep well tonight!
Monday – Wheelie Day We loved riding our scooters and bikes around the playground. We raced in groups of four around the track and timed each other using a stopwatch. Tuesday – Games In the morning we played lots of games with Miss Beebee. We did tennis, a pirate game, throwing beanbags in the hoop, baton racing and volcanoes and craters. Also, we measured our long jumps and throws with Miss Ward. Thursday – Football and Jumptastic In the morning, we learnt lots of skills in football with Mr Szkrybieniec. In the afternoon, we went to Jumptastic and had an AMAZING time! Practically the whole class said this was their favourite activity this week. Friday – Climbing wall and obstacle courseToday we were slightly nervous but incredibly excited to go up the climbing wall. The obstacle course reminded us of the bouncy castle we had a few terms ago. WHAT A FANTASTIC, FUN-FILLED WEEK!
What an exciting week! The week has been full of sports and outdoors activities and we have loved every minute of it! On Monday, Mr Szkyrbieniec did some football coaching with us before we headed off to Jumptastic! We bounced ALL afternoon and were very tired by the end of it! On Tuesday, we spent the day at South Cerney on the lakes, learning to kayak, wind surf and sail. We got a little wet and cold but we all still had smiles on our faces! It was great to see some people overcoming fears to get stuck in. We have also been very busy in school with a giant Rounders tournament that involved all of the juniors! On Friday, we were also visited by a climbing wall and a giant obstacle course! Overall we have had a very exciting (and tiring) week!
Firstly, what a fabulous trip Beech Class had to Cadbury World. I think both year 5 and Mr Boulton enjoyed their trip. The children were amazing and they were able to show our guide how much they had learnt. I think it was a fantastic way to end our chocolate topic.This coming week we have Sports Enrichment week and I know that the children are very excited and looking forward to the activities planned. On Monday we will be going to ‘Jumptastic’ so don’t forget your socks! We follow this up on Tuesday with our visit to South Cerney for an amazing day of water sports.Throughout the rest of the week we will be taking part in sports related activities with Sports Day on Wednesday.As always if you or your children have any concerns do please do not hesitate to come in and see me. Mr Halliwell.
We were back at Archway for our DT. Half of us made apple and cherry muffins and half of us continued working on our wooden clothes pegs.In Maths we have been exploring Roman Numerals. We looked at the similarities and differences between the Roman system and the Arabic (which we use). We learnt that the Roman system had no way of writing 0.In English we have been doing some writing linked to Theseus and the Minotaur. We wrote a letter to our favourite characters to persuade them not to do something. Today we then wrote a diary entry, putting ourselves in the shoes of our favourite character.
In English this week, we have been learning to write instructions. We made yummy smiley face biscuits. The next lesson, we wrote instructions to tell other people how to make them. We tried to use bossy verbs, numbered steps and adverbs. We’ve also written instructions showing how to make a marvellous medicine like George’s.In Maths we have been learning how to tell the time. Today we looked at digital clocks and did really well writing o’clock and half past times.In the afternoons, we have been making our hot air balloons and our new student teacher, Miss Price, has taught us all about growing seeds in Science.
Year 6 have done themselves, their teachers and St Matthew’s proud this week. They have worked really hard during their difficult SATs week and have even kept a smile on their faces! They have risen to the challenge with a really positive attitude and have shown great determination and perseverance. However, the week hasn’t all been about tests! We have been introduced to our production of “Alice – the Musical” and have started to learn some of the songs. On Friday, we auditioned for our parts and are eager to find out which part we will have. We have also created a coastline model each, using recyclable materials and a lot of paper mache! We celebrated the end of SATs with a pyjama day – even Miss Szarko came to school in her pyjamas! We then snuggled up on the floor with blankets and cushions to watch a film. This was a perfect treat to end a tricky week.
This week we have been working on our Friendship Wall. Over the past few weeks the children have taken a photo of their friend and they were so good we thought we would make a Friendship wall. They have cut out the photo and written about their friend. We know that to be a good friend you try to be kind all the time and share.Today we visited Hazel Class (Y1) to tell them our innovated story of Dear Zoo. Instead of a puppy, the zoo sent us a guinea pig, because we all love our guinea pigs. We told it really well and Miss Ward particularly was impressed. The sandpit cover has finally been fixed (by Mr Armstrong!) and we enjoyed playing in the sand all week. With the sun shining, we pretended to be on a beach! We are looking forward to next week! On Monday we are bringing in bikes and scooters (with a helmet) and then we have our first ever Sports Day on Wednesday! This week’s Certificate of Achievement went to Lilly Kerry- for her willingness to learn AND to improve. Lilly will always listen to advice and try even harder the next time- especially recently with her writing. Have a lovely weekend! Mrs A and the team
We have started learning a set of instructions about ‘How to steal a treasure chest.’ At the beginning of the week we went on a quest to steal a treasure chest…the treasure chest was in the sand pit!How to steal a treasure chestDo you have a thirst for gold and a heart that is cold? When the sea is rough and there be a whistling gale do you have the courage to set sail?What you need: A ship, a callous crew, a treasure map, a spade and a compass.What you do:1.) First, gather a motley crew full of robbers and thieves.2.) Now, put on your pirate hats and roll up your sleeves.3.) Next, steal the treasure map from Davy Jones’s locker so that when he next looks he be in for a shocker.4.) After that, set sail on the Black Pearl but don’t forget to give your compass a whirl.5.) Then, when you find X marks the spot you must dig, dig, dig until you reach the loot.6.) Finally, do your best to stay ahead of the rest so that the booty can be all yours!Top tip – Remember to celebrate with a bottle of rum. Drink up me hearty, yo ho!Here we are retelling the instructions… We have been practicing for sports day in our PE lessons. Here are some photographs… In Maths we have been measuring. Here we are ordering ourselves in height order.
On Wednesday we enjoyed an action packed, busy day at The Clifton Suspension Bridge Education Centre. It poured with rain all day but this did not prevent our very enthusiastic guide from taking us across the bridge, telling us so much about the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and explaining the huge project to restore the bridge.The afternoon session involved designing and building a bridge using newspaper, string and masking tape. We were asked to work in teams and the bridges we built had to carry as much weight as possible. It was good that none of the bridges collapsed and we were all congratulated on our designs by the judge. Pictures of our visit will follow soon.Our puppet theatres are taking shape. We now have scenery and puppets and are working on props and painting the theatres.We are all looking forward to Enrichment Week and Sports Day. We can’t wait to take part in all the activities!