After a drive to Ely, the children looked at the impressive Ely Cathedral on their way to the Museum. At the museum, there was an engaging `mock` archaeological dig where various differently dated artifacts from the stone and bronze ages were looked at with a lively discussion, and a real sense of the range of time covered was evident. A detailed handling session followed with a real insight as to how the use of fire and food supply was done in the prehistoric cultures, the children loved the practical `hands-on` process. Antler carving with flint knives followed as a practical task, really stretching the children! In the afternoon an outstanding basket making session was a real success with very good `fish` basket weave shapes produced by all, a most successful day overall! Mr Slater
Larch Class performed a play for their assembly. It was set in a Victorian classroom and was written to try and help the children appreciate how different life was life for a Victorian school child. The children had great fun dressing up and singing songs. They gave some super performances. I was very proud of them. A big well done to Isabella and Jasper who had to stand in for children who were missing due to the snow. Larch class also showed off their artwork they had been working on over the half term, based on the artists Mondrian and Kandinsky.
On the 16th of October The Grove was pleased to host a delegation from Barclays and Barclaycard. They came to school to run a workshop with years 7 and 8 covering life skills and financial management. The sessions included:
Practical financial management.
With case studies and working exercises with the pupils covering:
Security Basics (PIN numbers, Passwords).
Online Security – scams via cold calling, social media
Good vs. Bad Spending Habits, checking statements, only withdrawing money required.
Budgeting, savings and basic accounting.
Self Confidence and Meeting challenges.
The Pupils then undertook group work on inspirational characters / success stories / heroes. Through discussing the character traits of inspirational people, the pupils were encouraged to analyse and identify the attributes that made these people exceptional. The kind of qualities that came out in the discussions were determination, leadership. The kind of people mentioned were Muhammed Ali, Christian Coleman (World record holder for 60M dash). Mr Owen
The students arrived keen and ready at school for six thirty AM, despite the early start they were full of beans and ready to go. We headed for the Channel tunnel and managed to get on an early crossing which was very good news as what awaited us at the other side was a huge traffic jam through Brussels. The students sang lots of songs and stayed in good spirits until we arrived at the hotel in the evening.
The students were out of the car and ready to go in ten minutes and after a quick dinner they were out on the slopes and ready to ski. The students had a fun couple of hours skiing learning some new techniques and skills. After packing up they were straight to bed and asleep in moments.
The following morning the students were up early for a good breakfast and then straight out on the slopes for their morning lesson. They focused on their technique getting their arms forwards and engaging their body to ski down the slope with carving style turns and get ready for the gate training later in the day. They started to make progress in this before going in for a well-deserved lunch. The students headed out with us to warm up their legs and get ready for the afternoon gate training. We worked again on their technique before they went off to have their first run at the gates.
In the afternoon the students had their first run at the gates completing some good times but still needed to work on their technique for turning into the gates. Luckily after dinner they had video analysis feedback to improve this.
Looking at the video analysis the students studied their techniques and knew how to improve the following day. After an evening hot chocolate they were soon straight to bed sleeping through the whole night.
Sunday morning came, and the students were up and out on the slope practicing some technique before going into the gates once more, where they started to use their body to turn and kept their hands up. The students stopped for an early lunch and were back out onto the slope ready for the final session. They hurtled through the gates trying their best to improve upon their scores from the previous day. After a final group picture, we were of the slope and ready for the journey back.
The journey back was much quicker, we got back just after the scheduled time. All of the students were exhausted and promptly fell asleep as soon as they were with their parents.
All of the students had a great trip and look forward to their upcoming competition later in the year. Mr Thorne and Miss Keates
A resounding win for the first fixture of the year. The Colts boys are off to a great start this year with a good win against Broughton Manor School. The boys started the fixture in high spirits, they couldn't wait for their first Rugby fixture of the year. For the year five boys it was their first opportunity to continue their successful run of wins from last year at an older level. The boys started well with Findlay scoring an early try to get the ball rolling. The boys then traded scoring with some great Rugby being played by all. Going into half time the boys were leading with a score of five to three.
After a team talk the boys were ready for the second half they came out very strong against the opposition raising their score to nine to five as the closing result. The boys scored some superb wins and demonstrated great tackling and pitch positioning throughout the match.
Grove 9 Broughton 5
The boys are looking forward to their next win in the upcoming fixtures. Mr Thorne
I can tell that this year is going to be a very special one. The children who performed in the first lunchtime concert of the year were brilliant. It was a delight to hear all of their contributions and can’t wait for the next instalment.
Harini Sivavakeesar’s piano piece ‘Allegretto Grazioso’ was played with great musicality, she felt the music from the bottom of her toes to the top of her head. Emily Foster sang ‘We’re off to see the wizard’ with a rich round sound and Barnaby Davison’ ‘Catch a falling star’ was beautifully observed, full of confident feeling and the last note was awesome.
Elijah’s Speech and Drama poem ‘Cats Protection League’ was wonderful, funny and scary all in one great rendition! Freddie Lancaster’s ‘Theme’ was a stunning Mozart-like piece that sounded very tricky.
We say ‘Ye Ha!’ to Chibugum Iwuagwu, ‘Yo Ho Ho!’ to Giovanna Opoku and ‘AHHH!’ to William Lam for their fun filled performances. Teachers who are cowboys, pirates who play the piano and sharks for Father’s Day cards were a big hit with us.
Isobella McCall played ‘Old Mac Donald’ on the black notes for her very first piano recital after only five lessons and Tabitha Simpkins sang a beautifully sunny ‘Ride on a rainbow’ after only a handful of lessons too. How amazing girls!
All of our performers remembered to bow and we were very proud of them, especially the ones who carried on even if something went a bit wrong.
Please don’t forget to come along to our next concert. You will be amazed at the talent that is being nurtured in our school.
Practise makes perfect everyone!
Beech and Holly had a wonderful trip to Pizza Express where they went through the rigorous training to become a Junior Pizzaiolo. We had a very informative workshop about all the ingredients that come together to create the wonderful flavours in a pizza. They explored the different tastes of Mozzarella and tomatoes and then the exciting dough appeared. We discovered what we needed to make the dough and then we had to knead it, flatten it, spread it and roll it. It was so much fun and the children finished it off by throwing the dough in the air and catching it just like the professionals! Once our dough was safely in the pizza dishes they added their cheese and tomato toppings. They went into the stone ovens and then came out pipping hot and scrummy yummy. This was one of my favourite trips I have ever taken children on as they were so excited and engaged with everything that they did. The children were beautifully behaved and a credit to the school and I was so proud of them. Well done Beech and Holly- I look forward to our next adventure together. Mrs Collins
Our half term activity week begins on Monday 22nd October. Please click the links below to view the timetables.
ETA: 6:10pm (please check twitter for updates during the journey)
Friday: What a week, we are looking forward to seeing you all very soon. The children are all taking part in team games and challenges on the pitches with the group leaders and instructors. Our bags are all out ready to load up once the coaches arrive. Most of the photos from Thursday are now on our gallery site.
Thursday: Today is our last full day on Travel Week. We have had a fantastic time this week, the children have been amazing. The impromptu cricket match last night went down well!
Pre-Prep groups (1-4) will be taking part in camp craft and beach activities. The Prep groups (5-8) have power boat driving, canoeing and raft building.
We have arranged for all of the children in Pre-Prep and Prep to have some time together on the beach at the end of the day as a treat for our last night.
Wednesday: Some incredible views this morning, the mist is rolling over Poole harbour, the children are enjoying breakfast and talking about their activities.
Morning Activities - Groups 1 and 2 are visiting with beach for power boat driving and canoeing. Groups 3 and 4 have archery and team games. Groups 5 and 6 have camp craft. Groups 7 and 8 have low ropes and high ropes.
Afternoon Activities - Groups 1 and 2 have archery and team games. Groups 3 and 4 have power boat driving and canoeing. Groups 5 and 6 have low ropes and high ropes. Groups 7 and 8 have camp craft.
Tuesday: Good morning, we are enjoying the cooler start to the day. The children are all awake and getting ready for breakfast, an exciting and busy day lies ahead.
Morning Activities - Groups 1-4 will be heading to Burnbake Ropes Course this morning to work their way around the low ropes course.
Groups 5-6 will be climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs this morning, and Groups 7-8 will be taking a ridge walk to Corfe Castle.
Afternoon Activities – Groups 1-4 will be taking on the high ropes course after their lunch. Groups 5-6 will be taking a ridge walk to Corfe Castle and groups 7-8 will be climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs.
Monday: We left The Grove at 9:30am this morning and began our journey to Brenscombe Outdoor Centre. We stopped for a short break and then again for lunch on our way.
There was a spot of traffic on the way down, but we have now arrived at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre (3:05pm).
We will unload our luggage and settle the children into their rooms. Once the centre have completed their safety talks and fire drill the children will be free to get to know the centre and staff. We will gather the children into their day groups for the group photos before dinner, these will be uploaded here.
What a beautiful part of the country, the views towards the closing stages of our journey have been incredible. The children are very excited, Travel Week is amazing!
Evening update: The children in Pre-Prep are in bed resting for their first full day of activities tomorrow. Prep are showering before bed. All of the children have had a great day today and we look forward to waking up bright and early tomorrow.
Photos from Monday have now been uploaded to our gallery site.
We (Sycamore) are having a great time on our educational visit to Liverpool. We arrived yesterday and visited Lady Lever Art Gallery. After supper we enjoyed a walk along the Albert docks.
We woke up bright and early for breakfast at 7:30am. We are walking to the cathedral this morning before our visit to World Museum where we will see the Terracotta Warriors.
After visiting the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral designed by Gilbert Scott we visited the Terracotta Warriors exhibition where we took part in a special interactive workshop with replica items to find out about the first emperor of China.
We are on our way back to The Grove now.