Here at The Federation for Newent Schools we are passionate about outdoor learning and feel that children thrive when given plenty of opportunity to learn outside. Every child takes part in regular outdoor learning sessions led by our experienced outdoor education leader.
This term we have been developing our site and planting 420 new trees which have been donated by the Woodland Trust. Each and every child has had the chance to plant their very own sapling and will be able to watch it grow as the years go by. In years to come we will have the most amazing wooded area to learn in. 14 November 2018
Reception Clean Hands Experiment
We did a clean hands experiment - we put Vaseline and glitter on our hands and then shook hands with our friends and watched the 'germs' spread. We then learnt how to wash our hands properly. 27 September 2018
Healthy Week: World Cup activity days
Monday 11 June - Friday 15 June was Healthy Week. The children learnt all about healthy lifestyles and most importantly getting outside and making the most of our fabulous outdoor areas. The most exciting part of the week for most was the build up to the start of the Football World Cup with our themed World Cup activity days. Children were placed in teams to complete various footballing challenges and also competed in mini-tournaments. On two separate occasions England lifted the trophy – possibly a sign of things to come!
Healthy Week: fruit kebabs
Children in Y1/2 studied the Eat Well Guide and discussed what makes for a healthy diet. Then they planned and made a healthy snack - a fruit kebab. Delicious!
Healthy Week: staying safe at the seaside
Glebe received a visit from the RNLI on Friday 15 June in preparation for the trip to Barry Island next Wednesday. Top tips for water and sun safety were shared as well as learning what the different flags mean for going into the water. Huge thanks to Fraser, RLNI Volunteer for a fantastic assembly.
Gorgeous Guinea Pigs
On Friday 25 May Years 1 and 2 were visited by some guinea pigs, and then wrote about their experience:
Today at school Poppy's mum came over with her guinea pigs. They are so cute! My favourite one was Barbie. I hope they come over again. Why did they come over? Y2
Today we got to hold very, very, very cute guinea pigs. Their names are Mitty, Luna, Dell-boy, Chocolate, Princess and Barbie. All of them love to eat grass. It was amazing! Will we get to see the guinea pigs again? Y2
We got to hold a guinea pig today. It was amazing! They were beautiful, so beautiful. Barbie was my favourite because I liked her beautiful pony tail and she is beautiful! Will I see them again? Y2
Today I met some guinea pigs. Their names are Luna, Chocolate, Mitty and Delboy, Barbie, Princess. Y1
I like the guinea pigs and the names are Chocolate, Princess, Barbie, Mitty, Luna and Delboy. Be careful because if their nails are too long they might scratch you. Guinea pigs are quiet. Y1
Royal Teddy Bears' Picnic
In celebration of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle we held a special Teddy Bears' Picnic on Friday 18 May. Local pre-school children and their parents joined us on Picklenash playing field.
On 2 May Y3/4/5 had a visit from Dentist Julie Simpkins to learn more about teeth and how to keep them clean. Not only did the children get to see how well they had each cleaned their own teeth; they got to see how well their teachers had cleaned theirs too! But that wasn’t the best bit, they got to see and touch some real teeth from hippos, giraffes, elephants and crocodiles! The children were talking about the visit well into the afternoon and were inspired to write leaflets. A big thank you to Julie for making this so special!
Celebrating World Book Day - 1 March 2018
Our Reading Together Sessions with parents which were very popular, and were followed by some truly fantastic activities. The children responded very well to having different teachers in their class. The activities included searching for a dragon's egg, making stick men, creating a wombat stew, creating a personalised character, making clay aliens in underpants and writing postcards. The behaviour and engagement was phenomenal and the weather didn't stop us from having fun!
We had a FANTASTIC time at the picnic today. We ate together and played together and enjoyed the sunshine, it was fun!
Thank you to the lunch staff for making our lovely lunches and giving us an ice pop! We were very lucky!
Also, a big thank you to Little Pickles, Children's Centre, Whippersnappers and all the lovely parents who joined us. We hope you had fun at the picnic!
Science and Engineering Challenge at King's School
On Saturday 25th March, a team of 4 pupils went to King's School to represent Picklenash in the Science and Engineering Challenge. Their challenge was to create a marble run using a range of objects provided to them but the marble had to take the longest possible time to reach the table. It was an exciting morning and I was very impressed with their collaboration, communication and team spirit.
Thank you to all the children from Glebe that came back to join us for an evening of bedtime stories on Friday! We started with a few games to tire us out. Then we had a yummy biscuit and a cup of milk. We finished with some lovely stories read by Mrs Pratley.
24th March 2017 RED NOSE DAY!
Well done to all the children (and staff) who came to school in their pyjamas. It was a very comfy day :) :)
British Science Week 2017
As part of Science Week, Glebe and Picklenash enjoyed a Science Day on Wednesday 15th March. Each class got to spend some time with Miss Bloxsome and the Science Club children, participating in exciting Science activities and in the afternoon we completed a whole school investigation.
Glebe Art Exhibition - 14th March 2017
All the children in Glebe created some lovely art work that explored different art techniques. Reception classes focused their art work around 'Daffodils' and created different pieces of work. Some children used iPads to create edited photographs of daffodils, some did collage work or used oil pastels and some children used ink wash.
In years 1 and 2, the children focused on 'Dawn over the Lake' and created beautiful mirrored work and wrote fantastic poems. Well done everyone!
Some of the children's art work is being judged in an Art Competition. We will post on the website when we know the winners and runners up.