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Happy Easter – as we end a short but busy term!

Big Walk and Wheel

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is designed to inspire pupils to make active journeys to school, improve air quality in their neighbourhood and discover how these changes benefit their world.  To start this event we had a Viking visit school, he was able to walk up to school with many pupils and talk about the different modes of travel throughout the ages.  Think travel, from Gloucestershire County Council led an assembly to promote the event and encourage walking and wheeling to school.  In the afternoon a team brought a ‘smoothie bike’ to school, a static bike that older pupils could ride to power a blender to create their own smoothies!  Following this launch event many pupils have continued to walk and wheel to school or altered plans slightly to enable this to happen.  Thank you for your support with this event.  During the two weeks, pupils are asked daily how they arrived at school and this is recorded on the Big Walk and Wheel website.  You can search for Blockley School to see how we are doing against other schools in the county. 

Rankings for Small primary schools — Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2024

Healthy School

As well as exercise and improved air quality we continue to promote healthy lifestyles in school with fruit and vegetables for snack time.  Class 1 have been continuing learning about keeping healthy – learning the importance of regular teeth brushing.

Mars Day

As part of their space topic, class 4 had a ‘Mars Day’ where they were able to tune into a session with Tim Peake and other notable figures from the space industry.  An exciting interaction to inspire a future generation!

 

Space Centre Leicester

Class 4 continued their learning about space with a visit to the Space Centre at Leicester.  With six interactive galleries and the UK’s largest planetarium there was something for everyone to see.  The pupils were also able to enjoy a ‘Journey through the Solar System’ workshop.

 

 

 

World Book Day

Once again we focused on the real point of World Book Day – a love and celebration of literature.  Dressed in our comfy clothes we enjoyed a day surrounded by thoughts of our favourite books.  Some great book related art work was created and the whole school enjoyed ‘A Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Horse Called Now’ while cosily sitting in a the twinkly hall – thank you FOS for the lights.  A special day which Class 4 were able to celebrate the day before.

 

FOS

Well done to all those who have completed their ’20 days to raise 24’ challenge.  Pupils have come up with inventive ways to raise money and many have become fitter in the process of completing physical challenges – climbing, running, cycling, tennis or more creative with artwork projects.  Thank you for all the money that has been raised.

Youth Speaks

Class 5 wrote their own short speech on ‘If only I’ for the annual Chipping Campden Rotary Club Junior Youth Speaks competition.  With many great speeches to choose from, two were finally selected and went forward to represent Blockley School.  Pupils performed very well and made the school very proud.  A high calibre of entrants so well done!

Panathlon

We took 14 children to Chipping Campden School to take part in the Panathlon Games – which are organised by the children’s charity Panathlon Challenge to support children with Special Educational Needs, disabilities and those who generally need a little additional boost.

All of the children were very well behaved, encouraging of one another and worked well as teams. They thoroughly enjoyed the morning and everyone got a medal – with one of our teams being awarded a Gold medal and will be invited to the county finals later in the summer.

Dance Festival

Class 2 had a wonderful time at the county dance festival at Cheltenham Town Hall.  Thank you to all those who battled the race week traffic to support them.  Much practise during PE lessons had taken place to ensure that they were well prepared to perform on the day.  As the youngest group there, they were able to wow the crowd with their performance.  Proud staff and parents!

In between practising and performing they added in a visit to the art museum and were able to see the talent and creativity of local people.

Parents Evening

Thank you for your support for parents evening.  Face to face meetings with parents are very important so that we can ensure a strong school home partnership to enable every child to flourish. 

Some Class 5 work parents have been able to see during parents evening:

Anxiety Workshop

Dr Rachel Coles, Educational Psychologist led a very informative session for parents to enable them to be better equipped to support children experiencing anxiety.  The event was well received and there has been a request for a follow up workshop to teach some of the strategies they were told about.  More information about this will follow in due course. 

Parent Support Group

The SENDCo will be hosting another Parent Support Group coffee morning next term for parents of children with SEND or parents who are worried about an aspect of their child’s learning/behaviour. It provides an opportunity to meet and chat over coffee/tea, ask questions and meet other parents for practical and emotional support.

Pupil Led Collective Worship

A group of pupils worked together with Revd Dana Delap and Mrs Luff to lead a session of Collective Worship in school.  They established the focus of the session (The Parable of the Lost Sheep) and gathered material to present, chose the hymns and took the worship session for the whole school.  Very well delivered and enjoyed by all.  They will continue to lead sessions throughout the year. 

Experience Easter

On Tuesday this week each class was able to walk to church for an interactive session on Easter, led by the Church Youth Workers and local volunteers.  Pupils had the opportunity to move around 6 workstations on the Biblical Easter topics.

Primary Engineering Event

We were able to secure places on a Primary Engineering Event that gave pupils and teachers across the Key Stages, the chance to participate in a rail programme.  Pupils built models in class with engineering professionals, tested these in school and a sample of pupils attended a joint school event to celebrate their achievements at the end of the programme.

Ruben was selected to attend the event at Long Marston and won the category: Best Theme for his NASA themed locomotive at the Porter brook Stem Rail celebration event.

 

 

 

 

 

K’nex Challenge

The whole of Class 4 had an afternoon session with a K’nex team with the best team selected to attend an interschool competition later on in the year.

K’nex Challenge winners chosen by the Stem Works team to attend the final – Ezra and Rafe. The boys made a refuse/recycling truck with moving parts.

Cyber presentation from the police

The police cyber team came to school to deliver an internet security talk to parents to help us all to keep our children safe while online and be up to date with the latest internet trends.

This followed from the earlier visit by the police to the pupils – who were impressed with the car!

Easter Service

The Easter service this year will be led by Class 3 – from chocolate and Easter bunnies to the Christian Easter message.  Well done Class 3!

Church Chat from Blockley Church

This Sunday, 24th March is Palm Sunday. You are welcome to join us as we process from the Jubilee Hall to Church at 9.30am for Palm Sunday Holy Communion.

On Good Friday, 29th March, we have an All Age service starting at 9.30am for the Stations of the Cross.

On Easter Sunday, 31st March, we have a service of Easter Celebration at 9.30am, followed by an Easter egg hunt in the churchyard from 10.45am. You are welcome to attend both or just turn up and let the children enjoy an Easter egg hunt.

Value

Thankfulness

‘Count your blessings’ is an old saying, but it reminds us to be thankful and not take things for granted.  As a family you may like to talk about
• Remembering to let other people know when you are thankful
• Not taking things for granted
• Practical ways of showing gratitude
• How it feels when someone thanks you!

Thought of the Day

Thankfulness

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say thank you?”