The children had a wonderful time with Mosaic Artist Jo Webster. Jo worked with each class on a unique piece of work based on our school values which we have installed in our school library.
During the week before half-term the school had a focus on ‘e-Safety, Science and Technology.’ The whole school spent a day learning about internet safety and a range of age-appropriate activities were taught to each class. On the 9th February the whole school was involved in a series of Science and Technology workshops lead by staff and parents. The children worked in their ‘Family (mixed-aged) Groups’ and learnt about stargazing, meteor impacts, made rocket mice, programmed LEGO robot rovers and designed computer programs using Scratch to navigate a maze. This culminated in a school Open Afternoon for parents and family friends to view the school as a ‘working school.’ The children always enjoy these occasions and the opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning to their parents.
The Coram Life Education Bus returned to the school for a second year to deliver sessions for all classes in Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education. The sessions are designed to help the children’s self-esteem, to encourage positive attitudes towards themselves and their health and for the older children to recognise the risks associated with all drugs, including medicines, alcohol and tobacco. We are incredibly grateful to FoSS and The Rotary Club for their generous contribution making this valuable experience possible for the children.
We welcomed Marcel Pusey from the award winning ‘Bassistry Music’ to lead a ‘Live World Music’ workshop. Marcel worked with each class in an interactive, energetic and fun workshop using body rhythms, movement and dance. The children were introduced to new songs and used percussion to explore world and popular music. Marcel and each class performed all they had learnt during the day at our ‘Music Serenade’ for parents. We also invited instrumentalists to ‘serenade’ us and a number of pianists, guitarists and a violinist took part in the performance. It was lovely to be reminded of what a musical school we are!
Class 1 and 2 had the experience of meeting and handling a variety of snakes, spiders and stick insects! This gave the children a first-hand opportunity to observe the similarities and differences between the animals and to learn about the many different types of life cycles which animals go through as they grow. We had a wonderful time with Jonathan and all his animals!
We ended the Autumn Term with our Christmas Service at St Faith’s Church on Friday 15th December. This service was led by the pupils in Class 3. The children recited the Christmas story, reflected on Bible verses and helped lead the prayers. Our School Choir sang ‘The First Nowell’ and the whole school sang their hearts out - it was a joyous occasion!
Pupils in Class One took centre stage in our Nativity production of ‘The Very Hopeless Camel.’ Children in Class 2, 3 and 4 helped narrate the play and joined in with songs. It was, as always, a lovely occasion for the whole school. An amazing £305.03 was raised in donations for Crisis, a national charity which works directly with thousands of homeless people every year. Crisis provides vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. Thank you for supporting this charity. FoSS organised refreshments of savouries and hot soup, mulled wine and cakes and a fantastic £236.10 was raised. The Christmas Hamper Raffle also raised an incredible £252.
Our School Choir took part in ‘The Big Christmas Sing’ in the Oxford Town Hall with other primary schools from across Oxfordshire. The event celebrates the festive season while raising funds for Christian Aid. The children performed beautifully. Thank you to Mrs Roberts for directing the choir and to Mrs Thorp for accompanying the children on the keyboard.
We all enjoyed our recent visit to the Watermill Theatre to see ‘The Borrowers’. The children are always totally captivated by the wonderful costumes, the colourful stage set and all the different musical instruments that the cast play. The school would like to thank FoSS for covering the cost of the coach transport for this event.