There was great excitement in school just before Christmas and not linked to the usual festivities!
There had been reports of strange lights around Newent and when everyone arrived at school, the following Monday, huge crop circles had appeared on the school field. Whilst outside, with the children, checking for signs of pranksters or possible alien visitors we noticed television helicopters circling overhead. The Y5/6 children, who coincidently were studying space, were enthralled and instantly began coming up with theories and were inspired to write some great news articles.
It was not until after lunch, when I had caught our school caretaker chuckling in the staff room that I realised we had all been hoodwinked! Mr Mitchel had noticed the children had been studying space and thought it would be fun to sneak in over the weekend and mow some crop circles on the field!
Because the writing was so awesome I think we’ll forgive him this time!
New outdoor equipment thanks to Bellway
The Federation of Newent schools received a donation of £500 from Bellway, which is building new homes nearby at Picklenash Grove, off Ross Road. The money will be used to purchase new outdoor equipment to use in the school’s woodland area.
Headteacher Tony Larner said: “We are really grateful to have received this generous donation from Bellway, which will help us to develop our outdoor learning provision. The pupils love playing and learning outdoors, and we are looking forward to creating an inspiring space which the children will be able to enjoy for many years to come.”
Billie Oaten, Sales Director for Bellway Wales, said: “We are committed to supporting local schools within the areas in which we build new homes. So when we found out the school were hoping to transform its outdoor play area, we were more than happy to help.”
Emerald class painting mini-beasts as part of 'under the magnifying Glass' topic. We are painting them to take home!! 15 July
Rocky Monster Show
Y5/6 put on a fabulous performance of their Rocky Monster Show and performed brilliantly. There were excellent performances, amazing costumes, incredible make up and some stunning solo singing. 9-10 July
Move Up Day
Thursday 4 July was transition day when everyone got to move up a year to the class they will be in from September. The new Emerald class (Years 1 and 2) had great fun making 'Supertatos'.
Jade's Rainforest Display
Everything displayed was created by the children. The animals were done individually and the backdrop was created by amazing team work! 1 July 2019
Years 5 and 6 took part in the Pulse Games. This year the programme focussed on The Cricket World Cup, exploring the value of ‘Trust’ in a morning of activities that involved games, drama, team work & reflection. 20 June 2019
Years 1 and 2 had some unusual visitors: Turbo the tortoise, a leopard skinned gecko and a range of stick insects. These creatures inspired the children’s most recent descriptive writing and also allowed them to display our current value of courage. 17 June 2019
We're going to the zoo
EYFS had a fun day at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, near Bristol. They saw lots of different animals, learned more about some farm animals, had a picnic, played in the park and had an ice lolly. It was a brilliant day! 6 June 2019
Years 5 and 6 have been taking part in the Junior Wardens Scheme with Two Rivers, the street warden team and the police. They took part in a community walk, litter pick and worked with the police to using the speed camera van and hand held radars to monitor the speed of traffic outside the school. When they caught people travelling over the speed limit, the police officer pulled them over and the children spoke to members of the public about the importance of reducing their speed. 6 June 2019
This week we were very surprised to find that there were two butterflies waiting to be released after the others had been set free over half term. We all went outside and watched them fly away. 4 June 2019
As part of their Science topic on the circulatory system, Years 5 and 6 have been dissecting hearts. 20 May 2019
Years 5 and 6 were given the challenge of building a marble run. They worked in teams using a range of resources provided and the winner was the team whose marble took the longest time to reach the bottom. 17 May 2019
Butterfly Life Cycle
Last term in EYFS we found out about the life cycle of plants and this term we are following it up with humans and animals. To help with this we have some caterpillars in our classrooms - we will watch them closely and actually see the changes that they go through. Very exciting! 1 May 2019
Jack and the Beanstalk
In EYFS we looked at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We learnt about the bean life cycle and then we looked at what a plant needs to grow. We all have our own bean diary too which will help us monitor the seeds that we planted. We have to take our seeds home for half term to make sure we continue to look after them. 28 March 2019
Terrific Turnip Soup
EYFS all worked together to make turnip soup. We peeled and chopped the vegetables and put them in the pan with some stock. We then watched as the soup simmered on the hob. Some of us even blended the soup at the end with a hand blender. We ate the soup with bread at snack time but most of us didn’t enjoy eating it, but well done for trying the soup everyone! 20 March 2019
The Enormous Turnip Workshop
Today EYFS had a visit from the Storyteller, the children acted out the story of The Enormous Turnip with the storyteller. She brought along a small turnip and an enormous turnip. We had great fun acting out the story. 15 March 2019
Years 5 and 6 held their Quidditch tournament in the playground. Riding broomsticks, seeking the snitch and passing the quaffle. Loads of fun was had by all and the result was a resounding win for Gryffindor and man of the tournament, Ansu S, lifted the house cup after his fourth successive snitch capture! 8 March 2019
KS2 Visit to Raglan Castle
To support Year 1 and 2's topic 'Raise the Drawbridge' the children visited Raglan Castle to learn what it was like to live and work in a castle. The children also had the opportunity to try on armour and be a soldier. 7 March 2019
KS2 Homework Exhibition
Amazing homework was produced by KS2 children this week. The Harry Potter, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Volcano / Mountains projects were phenomenal. There was everything from narrative writing, art work, videos, models and even a Nimbus 2000. Thank you to everyone who completed a project. 5 April 2019
Last week Reception read the story The Little Red Hen and it made sense to make bread this week just like the hen! The children were fantastic at following the instructions on the recipe. We talked about the ingredients and measurements and the children worked in their groups really well. The bread turned out amazingly well and the children enjoyed eating their bread with a choice of spread. 5 March 2019
Reception children had a fantastic time at the ball. We danced, played games and made lots of crowns, tiaras and wands. There was glitter everywhere! We also had 'The Best Dressed' Competition which was won by Finley, Seb, Tiffany and Yanna. 15 February 2019
Jade class has been looking at time, especially when it is o'clock. They made a clock with human hands - well done everyone for getting the time right each time! 12 February 2019
It's snow time!
Key Stage 2 having fun making snowballs and snowmen at break time. 1 February 2019
In EYFS we talked about what we know about forests and what we would like to find out about forests. The children then had a go at painting a picture of a forest. We talked about the colours we would be using and we talked about paintbrush techniques that could be used. The end results were AMAZING! 22 January 2019
Let's get baking!
Key Stage 1 have been busy making bread rolls this week, and then writing up the instructions on how they made them. 21 January 2019.
Three Little Pigs Drama Workshop
EYFS had so much fun taking part in a drama workshop based around The Three Little Pigs. We had a visitor called Liz who took the children on an imaginary expedition around the village to help Mother Pig find her three sons. The children became explorers and helped Flora the Explorer find out what happened to the Three Little Pigs. The explorers met some interesting characters along the way. The children are looking forward to Liz coming back again with another surprise next term.
15 January 2019
Raise the drawbridge
Key Stage 1 held their Medieval banquet dressed in traditional outfits. There was Tudor dancing, medieval food, jousting competitions, shield making, a visit from King Larner, a knighthood or two and even someone placed in the stocks! Great fun was had by everyone. 11 January 2019
Climb Every Mountain
Years 3 and 4 started their ‘Mountains’ topic with the opportunity to experience rock climbing first hand. 7 January 2019
The Christmas Story
What amazing performances Glebe children gave - they sang beautifully, lines were read clearly and dances performed excellently. It was great to see every child fully involved with the singing and having their moment on stage too. Over the three performances we had more than 220 visitors! 10-12 December 2018
KS2 Homework Exhibition
The Stone Age and WWII projects were phenomenal. There was everything from handmade axes, an edible Stonehenge, military uniforms, informative posters, narrative writing and so many more really creative and inspiring pieces. Thank you to everyone, parents and children, who embraced this project and produced the most amazing display. 6 December 2018
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
Years 3 and 4 had a fabulous time at PGL in Brecon. The children gain so much from this opportunity to spend three days (and two nights) away from home/school and really get the chance to overcome a great many personal fears and challenges. 19 October 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!
Great Fire of London
The long awaited burning of Years 1 and 2 replica model of London took place and inspired the writing of some incredible pieces of work. The children had painstakingly created the most wonderful Tudor houses from cereal boxes. Nearly 100 houses were fixed to a board and members of the local fire fighting team allowed the children to witness the controlled re-enactment of the Great Fire of London using their model! "It was amazing!" – Poppy, "It was jaw-dropping!" – Leo, 5 February 2018