We have said a fond farewell to Miss Tansey, who has been working with the children in Oak Class. She has successfully secured a new teaching role within our Academy Trust! We are so pleased for her, and very grateful for all her work and support over the time she has been part of the team here at Ullesthorpe.
We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Wale who has been helping with our intervention work with our KS1 children. Her work has been invaluable and it's been wonderful having her back in school!
We would like to say a big thank you also to Mr Watkins, he will be leaving us at the end of term.
Sports Day! Friday 2nd July
It was wonderful to have an 'almost normal' sports day, with bubbles of parents being able to watch and cheer our athletes on.
Although the children remained in their usual bubbles , they were allocated to new colour teams just for the event. The teams were: Aqua, Coral, Indigo and Lime. Every child took part in a sprint, the egg and spoon race, javelin throw and an obstacle course. There were some very close finishes that kept us all cheering loudly!
The overall scores were as follows:
Indigo 253, Coral 231, Aqua 219 and Lime 214
Our KS1 children were lucky enough to take part in our mini bikers sessions this week. They have all thoroughly enjoyed learning more skills on the balance bikes and have grown in confidence! Well done to all the children in Willow and Maple Class!
To find out more about Mini Bikers click on the link below:
Willow Class developing their cycling skills!
Maple Class enjoying their cycling session!
We have been running Forest School every Monday during this Summer Term, the children from Birch class that have been attending have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Forest School provides inspiring and long term opportunities for everyone. It offers a wide range of ways that children can experience key learning beyond the classroom. It is a safe environment, that offers a powerful way to help children develop in confidence, build independence and encourage resilience and positivity. Learning is developed in a holistic, sensory way. Forest school allows children to take supported risks, while learning how to risk assess the environment around them. It pushes their boundaries and develops them as a person.
Forest School can provide children with opportunities that they would never experience otherwise. It gives them a fantastic springboard to form a greater understanding of the world that we live in and helps them to appreciate and care for the natural environment.
Over the last term, we have learnt so much about the natural environment and how to look after our world. We have created bug hotels to place around our school. They have been extremely creative, using a range of natural materials to make dens for our little friends in the forest.
As well as building large shelters for themselves using the roles and tarps. They had to make the shelters water proof and to test them we had fun throwing a bucket of water over them (they were so well built that no one got wet!!)
Some children have been very creative and made their own swings using the ropes and planks of wood.
Every child has had a go at fire lighting using a flint and steel. We then used their fires to start our large camp fire. We talked about fire safety and why it is important to kneel in the respect position. We have cooked a range of yummy food on our open fire: ‘smores’, pizza wraps, toasting marshmallows and hot dogs.
The children have used a range of tools in the forest area:
loppers and secateurs to cut down stingers and over grown plants;
hammers and nails to make a piece of artwork, which involved weaving wool around the nails;
potato peelers to whittle sticks and then moving onto sheath knives, making sure we are wearing a glove on our helping hand.
They have been playing a range of games that involved both pair and team work. They focus on turn taking, sharing, and supporting each, while building their own confidence and resilience.
The children have enjoyed climbing trees and travelling along the slack line; learning to task risks, building their confidence and risk assessing for themselves while they are climbing.
The children all say a very big THANK YOU to Miss Carvell and Mr Tailby for leading these wonderful sessions!
This week the children in Willow Class have had a fantastic time on the balance bikes. They have shown perseverance during their daily training sessions and it has been amazing to see how much their balancing skills have developed. By the end of the week the majority were zooming over the super cool ramp! They wrote letters of thanks to the coach, using their amazing phonic knowledge.
In mathematics we have had a great week making repeating patterns. Also, learning the Numberblocks rhyme ‘Ten Again,’ to help us remember our number bonds to 10. If you’d like to listen the link is below.
Birch class have had a busy few weeks learning about natural disasters (volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis).
Did you know that there was a possible earthquake near us (near Leamington Spa) on the 19th of May? (It has not been confirmed as it has not been reported by an official seismological agency.)
In English we have been working on a simplified version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. We have learnt about William Shakespeare and read a story version of the play as well as reading some scenes from the play.
Here are some of the forest descriptions we wrote as part of this unit:
As I was walking through the forest I saw some bright, yellow birds. The bright, golden birds flew down from the gigantic, messy nest in the tree. There was an egg in the best and the mother was getting some more sticks for the nest. Then finally I saw the sunlight shining on the smooth, wet grass and the birds loved the sunlight on their nest. I was looking in the nest when suddenly I saw the egg hatch. When I was walking I saw a fox hunting for its prey. The fox was as fierce as a hyena hunting for a Giselle. By Eva
I walked through the stunning, sun-kissed canopy of trees. The breathtaking, glorious bird sat on the multicoloured, blossoming canopy. By Charlie
I was walking through the forest where the fluffy, peaceful birds were chirping. The birds were as loud as leaves rustling against each other. Whilst I was walking, I felt the cold, misty air oppressing against my cheeks. I could smell the fresh rain on the hard, rough trees. The barky, damp path led to the running, clear water from the stream. Suddenly, a fox snarled! The fox scared off the deer so we didn’t get to see them. The pine cones whistled through the air like a bullet. By Isabella
I was walking in the forest, all I could see was a vast, empty wood. Rain dropped on soft, wet, green leaves. Streams started to flood. A small, little squirrel ran only to be flung off the long, slippery branch. He fell into a pile of long, thin, spiky thorns. All of a sudden a flash of lightning hit a tree causing the forest to set alight. You could smell the trees burning. By Thomas
Swimming - We are hoping to start swimming sessions in the autumn term, we are currently liaising with the leisure centre and more details will follow if we are able to get bookings secured.
During these final few weeks of term Oak class has been busy continuing their work on the Ancient Greeks.
We are pleased to share with you our new menus that will launch in the Autumn term, we have been advised that there will be a price increase with effect from Wednesday 25th August 2021, the beginning of the 2021/22 school year. The price per day will increase by 5p to £2.45 per day.
Please ensure that any dinners are booked by Friday 21st August for the first day back.
Our school uniform supplier has launched an online shop, they are based in Lutterworth so you are still able to go into store to try things on and order direct either in the shop or online. The PE hoodie that we have launched recently will be available to order from 12th July. Details of the online shop can be found here:
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