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Date

The school is looking amazing at the end of the term with great displays of Native American inspired totem soap carvings, pupil paintings that inspired their writing, gargoyles with the associated art and design background work, Egyptian artwork and writing, Earth Day windows, science investigating plants, local geography, decorated Venetian masks.  A reflection of the diverse, inspiring but hard work that has been put in by all this term.  Especially well done to the year 6 for demonstrating, through the SATs papers, all that they have learnt – a calm and positive time to showcase their skills.

Attendance

A reminder that absences for holiday’s during term time are not authorised unless under exceptional circumstances.  Pupils who are absent from school miss out on vital sequential learning whatever their age.  As staff, who have to holiday in the expensive time, we understand but kindly ask that holidays are taken during the holiday period.  Please see the Gloucestershire leaflet regarding school attendance (LINK).

Piano recital

The whole school was treated to a piano recital by the internationally recognised pianist, Clare Hammond, at the beginning of the term.  In the interactive session pupils were able to hear a variety of music alongside stories and context with the opportunity to ask questions.

Classes 1 and 2

Science and geography work in Class 1.

   

Earth Day in Class 2

Class 3 Judaism

In RE Class 3 have been learning about Judaism and a Jewish visitor was able to visit to explain more about Jewish festivals with the pupils trying matza crackers.  As part of the topic they have built sukkah in the forest, constructed by Jewish people for use during a week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.  The pupils have had great fun – whatever the British weather throws at us!

Class 4

The pupils have thrown themselves into their topic of Italy.  They are in the middle of a book called The Thief Lord which is set in Venice and has truly ignited the interests and imaginations of the children.  This theme has spun through all of their learning.

The biggest highlight of the term for Class 4 has been their art and design unit – Gargoyles – which is evidenced along the main corridor of the school

The pupils were given a homework task at the beginning of the term, to research gargoyles and they truly went above and beyond in their efforts.  They then worked hard to improve their sketching skills (a theme that runs throughout our whole school art and design programme).  The children first used sketching pencils but then graduated to chalk and charcoal.  Children then designed and made their own gargoyles from clay and their efforts are amazing.

Continuing the Italian theme, at the end of term, children were able to dress in the colours of the Italian flag or wear Italian themed clothing.  They made Venetian masks and sampled Italian cuisine.

Class 5

As a post-SATs celebration year 6 pupils went out for a meal as Ask Italian with Mrs Furniss and Mrs Barry.  A wonderful time of celebration after showing off their skills in the SATs papers.  On the Friday of that week, the class spent a glorious day on a steady orienteering, nature, farming and geology day in the environs of the countryside around Blockley with a picnic halfway around. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure the pupils are best equipped with information to keep themselves safe, PC Leah Davies, the Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Schoolbeat Officer, visited to deliver a lesson on online relationships.

For more information to help you keep your child safe visit

https://www.ceopeducation.co.uk/parents/                        

Knex Final

Well done to the two pupils from Class 4 who took part in the Knex final.  No placing this time but a great effort.

 

 

Sports

On 24th April, 10 children from Blockley School were selected to join children from other local schools to take part in the Cotswold School Sport Network’s Health and Wellbeing Day. This was held at Stow Rugby Club and involved activities outdoors as well as some mindfulness activities inside.

The children fully embraced the teambuilding and problem-solving activities and tag archery as well as clay modelling and smoothie making. It was a fun day and the children immersed themselves into the activities even if it was slightly outside their comfort zone. They all agreed that they had had a good day by the end of it all.

 

Year 5 pupils have played a friendly football match with Bourton-on-the-Water, they will return to play us in term 6.  Very well played and with great sportsmanship although not winners this time. Hopefully we will be able to arrange something for the year 4 pupils next.

House events were due to take place at the end of the team but heavy rain meant the ground was too wet so will take place at the start of next term.

Ten pupils from year 3 have travelled to Chipping Campden School to take part in the Quad Kids event.  A great time to shine against other local schools.

Our Panathlon team made it through to the final at Oxtalls Sports Hall for the Gloucestershire Panathlon finals which will take place at the start of term 6.

Other sports events are due to take place in term 6.  Please ensure you have saved the date of 28th June, when Sports Day will be held (weather dependant – reserve date 12th July).

Summer Production

Key Stage 2 pupils have auditioned and received their parts for their production of The Wind in the Willows.  Rehearsals have already begun, with lovely songs echoing down the corridor. The afternoon performance will be held on 10th July and the evening performance on 11th July.

Have a wonderful break – hopefully the sun will shine!

 

 

 

 

 

Value

FRIENDSHIP

Learning to be a good friend, someone who can be trusted and is loyal, takes a lifetime. Talk together about how friends come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are young, some are old.  Some are always there, some we see only occasionally.
• How do we choose our friends?
• What makes a good friend?
• Are we a good friend to others?

Thought of the Day

“A good friend is worth their weight in gold.”
Anon
That’s a lot of gold! Why do you think that this is such a popular proverb?