What an amazing World Book Day that was!

Thank you to everyone for making World Book Day such a success. It was a wonderful to witness so many children reading for pleasure and experiencing a range of stories read by different staff members. Our first book raffle was a popular event with many children finding a winning ticket and choosing from a selection of brand new books!

Please remember to come and visit the spectacular classroom door designs after assembly tomorrow!

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Learners make decisions

Gerald knew he wasn’t great at dancing but rather than letting this decide his fate he made a decision. Learning is the same, do you give up when you find your learning or dancing difficult or do you use it as an opportunity?

How do your feelings and emotions impact your decisions?

How do the thoughts in your head impact your decisions?

What decisions will you make in your learning?

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Take a moment…

Here are some views from our playground  that literally made me stop in my tracks.

The ones with the lines going across the sky were taken at about 7.45am this morning. If you look carefully, you can still see the moon.

The other photo was taken at about 4.30pm from virtually the same position.

What is similar about the photos? How do they differ? What questions come into you head?

When was the last time you just took a moment for yourself and just thought, ‘wow’.

(update – I just added one taken at around 5.30pm a few days later – what do you think?)

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Google Expeditions: KS2 go on a virtual school trip!

The whole of KS2 went on a virtual school trip today using Google Virtual Reality Headsets! To tie in with their topic learning, Years 3 and 4 went to a tropical rainforest and Ancient Greece, while  years 5 and 6 took a tour of a Lancaster Bomber and then went to Africa to look at the Namibian Desert, The Cape of Good Hope and the Kruger National Park.

After that, we went off topic and went to a variety of places including Antarctica, under the sea at the Galapogos Islands, prehistoric earth (dinosaurs!), the International Space Station, the solar system and lots more. We went to so many places i’ve forgotten them! Can you remind by commenting below?

Huge thank you to Rumana from Google Expeditions for bringing all the equipment and helping the morning run so smoothly.

What did you think? Did you enjoy learning in a different way? Was it better? Why?

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Christmas Celebration Service – War Child Donations

I really hope everyone enjoyed a good sing down at St Thomas’ Church earlier today. I thought you were all in fine voice!

At the end of the service, we read ‘Refuge’ by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. This is a beautifully written and illustrated re-telling of the famous nativity story. The donkey and it’s precious load simply needed the kindness of strangers when they were in danger: a very topical theme.

Lots has been written, and many opinions have been shared about the plight of the refugees; it remains a contentious issue. However, what my class, year 5, unanimously agreed is that the children caught up in dangerous situations are innocent and really should be helped.

This is why we took a collection for War Child at the end of the Carol Service. War Child is a charity that gives aid, support and education to children who are caught up in dangerous and frightening situations; whose lives have been torn apart by war.

If you didn’t manage to donate at the end of the Service but you still want to donate, please see any member of staff and they’ll make sure your donation gets added. Also, if you’d like to buy the book, you can buy it online here. £1 from every book sold goes to War Child. You can get a sneak preview below.

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