Fairthorne Update Number 2!

Good evening from Fairthorne!

Day 2 started wet and grey but a breakfast of sausages and hash browns soon raised our spirits. Group 1 headed off for the zip wire while group 2 went into the woods to find insects. The rain continued but everyone was doing their best to be their best and challenge themselves to attempt the zip wire, then the abseiling wall and finally the climbing wall.

Even Mr Burt abseiled and climbed the wall. Mrs Dudley and Mrs Ingledew were very busy taking photos!!

This evening, it’s fish and chips for tea then relay games in the hall. The instructors here have lots of enthusiasm and are proving to be a big hit with the children.  The teachers are hoping for an early night for everyone!
Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne Manor!
[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]

NSPCC – Speak Out & Stay Safe Assembly!

This morning, our assembly was led by the NSPCC who spoke to the school about speaking out and keeping safe.

The volunteer also spoke to the school about coping with their worries and making sure that they knew a trusted adult to go to during a worry or concern. Children also discussed what type of worries children might have, including keeping safe out and about and making sure that we protect ourselves from harm too.

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This Friday, children across the school will be wearing their Christmas jumpers and joining in with the Big-Buddy-Danceathon, listening to Christmas tunes across the day and dancing along with our friends, to remember the NSPCC’s message.

The children received information on different types of abuse, including bulllying online too and how they could contact ChildLine to seek help and advice for their worry or concern.

If you are concerned or worried about anything from this morning’s assembly, please speak to your teacher or an adult that you feel you might be happy to speak with.

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[Written by Mr Thorns]

Penguins Class Assembly – World War 2!

Children from Year 3 Penguins class performed their class assembly this World War Ii Memorialmorning, explaining how World War 2 affected people and places in Britain.

Children explained how they had written diary extracts from the perspective of children affected by the war. They also explained how the allies (Britain’s friends) worked together against Germany during the war, but that many children were still forced into evacuating to the countryside.

Children explained their thinking from different characters and how they might feel when they were being evacuated away from their families. The Penguins also explained the Blitz bombing raids, helping the rest of the school to understand how difficult it must have been to have your food rationed and not have very much to eat.

The Penguins then performed an excellent performance of a traditional World War 2 song from Gracie Fields, as they “left to their work for the day”. A fabulous assembly, filled with information and great examples of work!

Housepoints this week were won byAderin-Pocock (Blue) =  667 points

Attenborough (Green) = 664 points

Hawking (Red) = 662 points

Turing (Yellow) = 583 points

The assembly finished with a great performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by the Makaton Choir, with signing supported by the whole school.

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Year 4 Explore the Lost Thing Book!

Children have been working on hard on the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. The story is about Shaun who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle tops near a beach, he discovers a strange creature. This creature is referred to as “The Lost Thing” by the narrator.

The author has described The Lost Thing as a combination of an industrial boiler, a crab, and an octopus and we have encouraged the class to select adjectives to go with nouns and adding verbs for movements when they have describing an image of The Lost Thing:

A good description was: ‘The lid was spiky and the machine’s legs were yellow as rotten teeth!’

As the class has read through the book we have also focused on emotions of the characters featured in the story and the class has been developing their skills into describing how the characters feel by using the striking visual images featured in the story and short film.

This is one of the final scenes and the children having built up their writing skills, the children wrote a description of what was happening such as: ‘Back I stepped from the door, I felt sad for the Lost Thing because he can’t see me any more as the door closed.’

Great work Pelicans on this interesting book.

[Written by Mr Blows]

Turtles Class Assembly!

This morning, Turtles from Year 5 performed their class assembly, reflecting on their work throughout this half-term and the learning and successes along the way.

The children began by explaining their work on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” including writing diaries, using connectives and including paragraphs too.

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