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  • 13
    May

    Art Competition Deadlines Coming Up!

    Posted by Mrs L Baker
    We have two exciting art competitions coming up! The first is being run by Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Society, who will provide the school with a wheelbarrow and 2 bags of compost. Using the theme "Follow the Yellow Brick Road – At the end of the road you will find good things,” the children need to design a garden to go in the wheelbarrow with vegetables or flowers. How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you. We will then use the winning design and create the wheelbarrow by appealing to local suppliers to help with the contents. The wheelbarrow will be judged at Berkeley Show on Sunday 24th June. A prize fund of £500 will be awarded to the winning school. We would like the children, on a rota basis, to stay with their wheelbarrows to answer any questions from the general public, so we will be asking for volunteers who will be given free child entry tickets to the show by The Show Committee. Entry forms can be found on the school website on term pages and the closing date is 18/5/18. The second competition is to design a wooden castle to be carved into the top of the large wooden stump in the courtyard near Year 1 and fairy doors to go at the bottom. The winning design will see their creation carved by a real wood artist who will be working with the school. The design could be based on Berkeley Castle, a fairy tale/ book or completely from your imagination. Entry forms can be found on the school website on term pages and the closing date is 18/5/18.
  • 13
    May

    Table top art

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    Massive pieces of paper donned the tables when the children came in first thing to allow the children to express themselves in what ever form they wanted.
  • 13
    May

    Maddie

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    Jenny and her beautiful, calm and very forgiving spaniel spent half an hour with us. She made sure everyone got to stroke her, performed tricks and Jenny answered all our questions. By the end of the session the die hard cat lovers and the slightly nervous of dogs were all well and truly in love with Maddie. Come back soon!
  • 13
    May

    Colouring .... but not as we know it!

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    So who needs the top of the table when you can use the underside. With the idea of creating something a little alternative but also very grounding we found the colouring pages had been stuck to the bottom of the tables! Interesting to see how the children adapted to this - some were totally bemused and tried to take them down, some gave it a good go lying on their back and trying not to get arm ache, some turned into contortionists and others took to it like the proverbial duck to water! Well done all for trying something new.
  • 13
    May

    Cosmic Kids

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    We also tried our hand at a spot of Yoga. Something I think it was safe to say everyone really enjoyed and we will try to find room in our timetable to do again. The children were totally absorbed and worked hard to perform the poses. Maybe this is something you could try at home with your families!
  • 13
    May

    Thoughtfulness

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    Earlier in the day we held circle time where the children centered themselves by passing a smile, a hand squeeze and sharing a compliment with the person they were sitting next to. We discussed how these simple acts of kindness can really change other peoples day from bad to good and that knowing we can show we care in such an easy way makes us feel good too! Later in the afternoon we continued that feeling of getting rid of troubles and having joyful fun by popping bubbles.
  • 12
    May

    Art Gallery

    Posted by Mrs L Baker
    It is just over a week to go until our Art Gallery. We hope to see you there! Held on Monday 21st May, 3:15pm until 6pm. Refreshments will be available. Cash only please. 1 picture will cost £10, 2 will cost £18 and 3 will cost £24.
  • 11
    May

    Mindfulness Day

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    Warning there may be rather a lot of photos because we had so much fun today!
  • 10
    May

    Fractions

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    ...yes this week the children have begun learning about fractions. We started the week by linking our learning on equal groups to making halves. We used real things like bread and apples to demonstrate this before moving on to more abstract representations such as shapes and pictures of shapes. The next session was all about recognising a half and seeing different ways of halving a shape or object. We will begin to learn how to half an amount when the whole is more than 1 and will use this to help solve problems. The children are really enjoying the practical nature of this learning and it could be something you are able to work on at home especially during mealtimes - no trying to get away with the "bigger half" of the pudding!
  • 10
    May

    Science

    Posted by Mrs L Trotman
    We are learning about our senses and which parts of our body they relate to. This week the focus has been on the eye. We spent some time looking in mirrors and gazing into our Talk Partners eyes to find out if our eyes just one colour? What are the red lines you see? What happens when your eye tries to see without much light? What happens to your pupil when it goes from a dark to light environment? We drew and labelled diagrams with technical vocab, iris, pupil, eyelid and eyelash. The children used great observation and discussion skills in this session - well done Class 1.