As always we can’t quite believe we’re at the end of the term, let alone such an extraordinary year. 

Many of our pupils have been following Mr Cox’s words from Wednesday’s Assembly this week where he encouraged our pupils to reflect on the lessons they will take away from this lockdown period and to decide what is really important to them as a result.

Our Year 2 pupils patiently waited to finally get the huskies they created glazed and fired in the kiln. The huskies were sculpted from clay in March as part of their Arctic Adventure topic. They were so happy to be able to finally finish their art pieces and have a beautifully finished piece of sculpture to take home.

Our Year 7 pupils savoured their lunches outside in the school grounds this week and enjoyed a chat with friends, realising perhaps more than ever how important these school forged friendships are.

Our Year 7 pupils had to plan, write, and most importantly, perform a poem considering vocabulary rhythm and rhyme and metaphorical language when writing, and eye contact, movement, facial expression, tone of voice and pace of delivery when performing. They first watched Michael Rosen perform one of his poems for inspiration. Although they could write about any topic they liked, it seems the environment and reflecting on the impact of lock down were the overriding topics that they wanted to explore further in their poetry.

In Year 6 the children have also been writing and reflecting using poetry as a medium for their thoughts and emotions. You can hear one of our poets reading her poem by clicking on the photo below.

This week the winners of Mrs Williams’ Saturday School Middle and Upper School Humanities project competition were announced. Prizes were awarded to a Year 5 and Year 6 student who put a lot of thought, planning and hard work into their neatly presented projects.

In Year 3 the children reflected on what was most useful for them to know when they began Lower School and then wrote a welcoming message to our current Year 2’s and new joiners so they they could pass this important ‘moving up’ knowledge on. It’s also a timely reminder for us all to remember the things that really make a difference to a child’s school journey. Here is a really super message created by one of our Year 3 pupils in Power Point.

In Pre Prep this week our Year 1 children have enjoyed a fun Pirate Day to celebrate all their hard work throughout the year. They dressed in fancy dress, played fun pirate games and sang pirate sea shanties!

Having been able to enjoy a few successful weeks in school again together at the end of term and, seeing our pupils’ ability to adapt to any situation as well as their effort and achievements over the past year has re-energised us all for the beginning of the new school year in September.

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