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Class 1 and 2 Visit: We The Curious

Class 1 and 2 had an exciting day out at Bristol’s Interactive Science Centre ‘We the Curious’ on Tuesday 5th June, to support their topic on ‘Space’. Both classes attended a ‘Destination Space’ science workshop, as well as having plenty of time to explore the hands-on exhibits. In addition, the children visited the Planetarium and Class 2 did some ‘seasonal stargazing’ while Class 1 went ‘‘space exploring.’

Class 3 and 4 Visit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

The children in Key Stage Two thoroughly enjoyed their visit to The Cotswold Wildlife Park on Thursday 24th May. The visit was linked to their Project Based Learning. Class 4 took a trip into the rainforest to meet squirrel monkeys, sloths and fruit bats, learn about some of the amazing plants that you find there and explore the importance of this biome. Class 3 focused on Australian animals and meet Alligators, Kangaroos and smaller reptiles from Australia.

Ascension Day Service

On the 10th May staff and children from across the school led our Ascension Day Service at St Faith’s Church in Shellingford. The focus of the worship was on ‘Comings and Goings’ and how saying goodbye is always difficult, but how Jesus promises to be always with us. Some of the pupils in Class 4 performed a liturgical dance as a way of illustrating what happened on Ascension Day.

BeSpace: prayer and reflection

We welcomed back to our school ‘BeSpace’ on the 25th and 26th April, an Oxford based charity who set up prayer and reflection spaces for school communities. The aim of BeSpace is to ‘help Christians serve their local communities through prayer and reflection spaces and exploring other ways to help people ‘be’. A bespoke tent with four ‘stations’ featuring different interactive tactile activities for the children to experience was led by local volunteers from St Faith’s church. Every child was then given time and space to reflect on different themes such as ‘thankfulness’ or ‘our world.’

Easter Service

Our Easter Service was held in St Faith’s church for parents, governors and the wider school community to attend during the last week of the spring term.  Class 4 led the service and reflected on the story of salvation.  As always, the school were in good voice and raised the roof with their singing! A lovely way to end the term and to celebrate Easter.

RE Big Question Open Morning

On Monday 26th March the whole school debated the story of salvation and the meaning behind Easter.  Class 1 thought about why Christians put a cross in an Easter garden, Class 2 discussed what Christians believe about being saved, Class 3 reflected on why Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’ and Class 4 considered what Jesus did to save human beings and what difference the resurrection makes for Christians.  Parents and Governors were invited into the classrooms to join the staff and the children in their learning.

Poetry Recital

To celebrate World Poetry Day, we held a workshop and Poetry Recital’ on Friday 23rd March led by Oxfordshire based poet, James Carter.  The event was organised by Mrs Roberts and involved each class reciting poems they had learnt during the day which they then performed to parents and family friends.

World Book Day Celebration

Although our World Book Day was postponed due to the snow we still managed to dress up as book characters and have some fun listening to stories on Friday 9th March.  The day culminated in our weekly Celebration Assembly when parents found out about what the children had been getting up to and viewed the wonderful array of costumes that children were dressed up in.

Children on the Edge: Enterprise Weeks / Friday Fundraisers

This term we have organised a series of Enterprise Weeks and Friday Fundraising events to support the charity ‘Children on the Edge’ and to raise money for an Early Childhood Development Centre in the slums of Masese II in Uganda. A grand total of £291.25 has been raised following Class 4’s ‘Fairy-Tale Packs’, Class 3’s ‘Grow your own Beanstalks’ stall, Class 2’s ‘Edible Mini-Beasts’ and Class 1’s ‘Book Sale’. Thank you for supporting the children in their fundraising projects and for donating money to Children on the Edge.

KS2 Baylab Science Workshop

Class 3 and 4 visited Baylab in Reading to participate in a Science workshop. Class 4 learnt about DNA, what it is and where it is found, and how the structure makes each person different. Class 3 thought about how science is applied to our everyday life; from the air we breathe, and food we eat to the products in our bathroom cabinets. Friends of Shellingford School (FoSS) very kindly agreed to cover the cost of the coach transport for both workshops.