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After a fantastic effort earlier this year by the Reception team, including pupils and parents, Reception were able to raise enough money to buy an incubator; their efforts, and 3 weeks of patience, have been rewarded this week after the first egg hatched! It was swiftly followed by several more yellow fluffy bundles overnight and, as of today (Wednesday 17th May), 11 chicks have hatched.

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The Blah, Blah, Blah theatre company brought their fabulous show, ‘A Tale to Tell’ to Year 5 this morning. The children were delighted with the performance especially the shadow theatre scenes. They also had the opportunity to use their imaginations and create their own tale of Sinbad and perform it to the rest of the class.

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At the end of last term, before the Easter holidays, we said goodbye to Mrs Mills, our SEN coordinator, music coordinator and class teacher of 13 years. It was only right, that as music coordinator, she was serenaded in her final good work assembly! Years 4 and 5, who are learning the ukulele, played and sang ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and The Waves for her to say goodbye and thank her for all her hard work at the school.

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Today we celebrated Red Nose Day in aid of Comic Relief! Our assembly hall was a mass of red as lots of our pupils wore in scarlet for the occasion, and some even dressed up back to front, in pajamas and, of course, with red noses!

A big thank-you to all the pupils and parents who donated a pound today!

 

Last week we put Fair Trade in our break to raise awareness about how what we eat and buy can help the people who produce it and grow the ingredients! We had a stall for both Key Stages during our morning break selling small bags of dried pineapple and banana, cookies and fresh bananas.

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Craft Club, run by Juliet every Monday after school, has shown itself to be full of budding Year 4 designers and sewers this week! The group showed us their drawstring bags they’ve been working hard on, sewing all the buttons and decorations on themselves, as well as designing the bags!

Their current project this half term is knitting.

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As part of World Book Week last week, we hosted a ‘book in a box’ competition! The idea was to recreate a story of your choice in a box, using any kind of materials and lots of imagination! We received lots of fantastic entries of all shapes and sizes, and stories, and Miss Bonner had a tough job deciding a winner from each class.

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After considering all of the boxes our winners were:

Nancy – Reception

Ralph – Year 1

Penny – Year 2

Hannah – Year 3

Hollie – Year 4

Noor – Year 5

Pandora – Year 6

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Congratulations to all of our winners, who each received a book card to spend on their favourite stories!

 

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A record sixty-four KS2 children entered our Bananagrams competition this year! There were many impressive and skillful rounds over several weeks and eventually two children were left to battle it out in the Grand Final – Rishi Chohan from Y3 and Kitty Gilbody from Y5. After a very exciting final, Kitty won to become Spring Bank’s Top Banana! She will now battle it out in online rounds against other Top Bananas from schools right across the country. Good luck, Kitty!

 

To celebrate World Book Week this week, our Key Stage 1 pupils were visited by Stephen Waterhouse, an illustrator and author, whose books include ‘My Pop-Up World Atlas’ and ‘The Runaway Chapati’.

Stephen showed the original artwork he created for his illustrations and his own books, and read a story too. He showed our students how to draw a character for a book, and drew an ice-cream, which one lucky student who suggested the idea received to take home! Everyone became illustrators with their own sheet of A3; he helped them draw food as characters, then themselves as characters and finally, the creature who could eat the Runaway Chapati at the end of the book. It was a wonderful interactive assembly!

Visit Stephen’s website here:

http://www.stephenwaterhouse.com/

 

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Today we welcomed Andy Seed, author of children’s books including the ‘Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff’, filled with fun facts and jokes to tell, and ‘Prankenstein’, a mystery novel.

Andy told us some knock-knock jokes from his book, as well as some funny scientific names of animals (who knew a Magpie’s scientific name was ‘Pica Pica’?!), we tried a terrific tongue twister (Irish wristwatch) and we guessed how many Year 6 pupils it would take to balance on a see-saw with a gorilla, a crocodile and a blue whale! Lucky participants who got the correct answers were given a pencil with a moustache on the end and some were given a bookmark. Andy also told us about receiving his Blue Peter award for Best Book with Facts in 2015 and answered questions from our own budding authors about publishers and which writers inspired him.

Check out Andy’s website here:

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