On Friday 31st March the whole school debated ‘What does it mean to be a Christian in the world?’ as part of the school’s enquiry based Religious Education curriculum. The oldest children travelled to Jerusalem and learnt about the claims of the different world religions on the city. They held a debate and split into groups to come up with a Christian charity to support people of all faiths around the world. Other classes focused on different ways of Christian worship and baptism across the world. Our youngest children in the school began to think about how Easter is celebrated in different countries.
To celebrate World Poetry Day, we held our own ‘Shellingford School Poetry Recital’ on Friday 24th March. The event was organised by Mrs Roberts and involved class reciting a poem that they had practised in school which they then performed to parents and families. Along with performing with their classmates, the children were also invited to participate individually by choosing their favourite poem to perform in front of the whole school.
We celebrated Pi Day is on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The children explored different activities around this theme in their classes from using balls and hoops to exploring... Size and shape Circumference (measurement) Bounce-ability! Incline plane Time Gravity ... to creating dream catchers, pizza pies and cylinders to solve geometry problems.
The Faringdon Partnership HI5 Netball Competition was held on Tuesday 7th March and we are pleased to report that we won the small schools award and came second out of the eight teams in the competition overall! The children played energetically and with focus. Our team are now through to the next stage of the competition which will be against the 1st and 2nd winners of the Abingdon and Wantage Partnership.
We held a special day of activities at school on Friday 3rd March. The children were invited to come to school wearing a costume that reflected a character from a book or story that they particularly enjoy. The children worked in their ‘family groups’ (mixed ages/classes) on a range of literary activities throughout the day. The day culminated with 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.
Throughout 2016-17 Shellingford CE (A) Primary School and ‘The Simon Drew Foundation’ are working together to support the charity ‘Children on the Edge’. Over a million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and have ended up in refugee camps in Lebanon. ‘Children on the Edge’ is working to provide education for Syrian refugees living in tent school in the camps, as well as employing teachers from the refugee community. Our second big ‘Children on the Edge’ fundraiser took place in February when we held an ‘Ultimate Sporting Challenge’ sponsored event when pupils and staff took part in a run, hike and scramble in and around the school grounds. The week culminated in a family walk up at White Horse Hill with FoSS providing us with refreshments. An incredible £2379.90 was raised. Your generous donations will have made an enormous difference to the lives of vulnerable Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Thank you for your kind support.
We planned yet another exciting day for the children on Monday 27th February. FoSS kindly funded for Science Explorer Dome to visit the school to enrich our science curriculum and engage the children in live, hands-on chemistry experiments.
On the Friday 10th February we held a whole school Open Afternoon and opened our doors to parents and family friends to view the school as a ‘working school.’ The whole school had spent the day learning about internet safety. A range of age appropriate eSafety learning activities were taught to each class throughout the day which then culminated in an Open Afternoon. The children always talk about how much they enjoy these afternoons and the opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning to their parents.
‘Wise Moves’ provided an African Drumming Workshop for the children. All the children learnt to play different African call and response rhythms and were taught about the culture of Ghana. The day culminated in our school Music Serenade with each class performing to parents and family friends all they had learnt during the day. We also invited young instrumentalists to ‘serenade’ us and a number of pianists and a violinist took part in the performance. It was lovely to be reminded of what a musical school we are!
We welcomed Beatrice Hoffman, a local professional sculptor, art therapist and experienced tutor to the school for a week’s hands-on clay sculpture workshop for pupils in Years 3-6. The children learnt about observation, tool use and the handling of clay and had an opportunity to sculpt animals. The clay animals will be fired and then permanently exhibited in the school’s garden for the school and local community to enjoy. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they created some wonderful animal sculptures. Beatrice Hoffman lives in Garford and offers Sculpture Workshops for both children and parents of all abilities.