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Archive - Summer 2013

Jousting Tournament

Years R, 1 and 2 have been learning all about Castles. We had a very exciting 
morning recently as they became Ladies and Knights. All of the children made either a hat or a shield. The ladies supported their knights who took part in a jousting tournament which was watched by the rest of the school. Great fun was had by all!

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakepeare - Year 6 Play

This year’s play was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The children rehearsed over a five week period; learning their lines and their many entrances and exits. This was a very challenging project with the children speaking in Shakespearean verse and language throughout. However, by the time we reached our first dress rehearsal in front of the school, all of the children not only knew their lines but also could speak them clearly and with expression that illustrated that they fully understood their roles and the meaning of their lines etc.

The acting improved during the course of the rehearsals so that on the night of the final performance the children were truly astounding in their delivery of lines and in their general presence on the stage.

Lots of parents contributed towards costumes and helped out with make-up and face painting. During the lead up to the performance the children also had the opportunity to work with a writer, Fred Sedgwick who is currently writing a book about Shakespeare in schools, and the children wrote some wonderful poetry based on the play.

Class 6 Residential Trip to The Lakes 

During the course of the week, the children climb a mountain, canoe 
on Derwent Water, do ghyll scrambling (climbing a mountain stream), orienteering, den building, fire lighting, ‘brashing’ in a forest (sawing off lower branches on trees to allow more light in to the forest) river studies and generally learning to look after themselves and each other; many of them being away from home for the first time.Our Year 6 pupils enjoy a week long adventure in the Lake District during the Summer Term.

We stay at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre where the children embark upon a series of outdoor adventurous activities which besides being lots of fun are also aimed at finding out about the environment and caring for the environment  with a view to receiving the John Muir Discovery Award.

The trip was highly successful and all of the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Class 3 Animation Assembly

Class 3 have been practising stop-frame animation. They were allowed to make an 
animation about anything they wanted using a program called ‘Monkey Jam.’ We were incredibly pleased by the results. We are now going to be moving on to making an animation about Dunwich ‘The City Lost to the Sea.’