We welcomed our nine new starters into school and they settled in very quickly. Our children in Year 3,4,5 and 6 took part in the duathlon event at Fitz Park, Keswick as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Children in Year 5 and 6 also completed their bikeability training with Nick from Cyclewise and all of our Juniors have enjoyed their multi skills sessions with Rob from the Allerdale School Partnership. We held our annual Harvest Festival and the theme was ‘The history of the harvest.’ We enjoyed singing songs and we learnt our new school song ‘together.’ Well done to everyone who stood up and did a reading or prayer, you were brilliant!
Year 3,4,5 and 6 enjoyed exploring the woodland at Torpenhow as part of their forest learning sessions. They have made wood crafts, cooked on the fire, played team games observed the changes in the forest in Autumn, built shelters and explored the stream. Our Junior children took part in a live Zoom question and answer session with Dr Asher Best from the NASA space programme. Our Infant children enjoyed having a tea party as part of their learning on ‘The tiger who came to tea’ story. We welcomed the children’s author ‘Chris Alton’ to our school for a full day’s workshop. We enjoyed our activities and especially learning more about some of his stories including ‘Knight School’ ‘Terrible Teacher’ and ‘Embarrassing Dad.’ PC Clare Parker visited us to talk to us about keeping safe on Bonfire night which is really important. Year 5 and 6 children have been learning to play the guitar this term with Colin Hendra from Cumbria Music Service.
Everyone enjoyed our whole school History themed morning where we made Roman oat cookies, designed Tudor coats of arms and viking shields, made papercraft stone age mammoths, created a middle age feast and learnt about the history of Cadburys. Julia from Tullie House Museum presented a Remembrance drama workshop for us. We dressed up and acted out different parts- soldiers, civilians etc. and observed and handled real artefacts from the war years. The session was particularly enjoyable and made us really think about the sacrifices people made during the war and what life was like for them.
Our school council organised some activities for us to celebrate Children in Need and we raised £68.00 altogether. We also raised £62.00 for ‘save the children’ on Christmas jumper day.
We really enjoyed our Christmas activities: our concert ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’ our Christmas craft morning, our Christmas dinner, our party with the children’s entertainer Lee Towers and our Carol service at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland.