Grow a £1 (PTA summer holiday project)
The PTA set the children a challenge. Each child was given a £1 coin and invited to consider how they could ‘grow it’ over the summer holiday. The aim was to develop their creativity, entrepreneurship and to raise further funding for the PTA to support the school. We received a fabulous response with the children undertaking all sorts of activities from car washing to plant growing, from cake baking to stone decorating.
In September we held a Project Celebration for the children and families to come into school and see the posters, photos and project books the children had created to share and remember their achievements. It was great to see the children learning from each other’s ideas and starting to think (a long way) ahead, to what they might decide to undertake next summer. From an initial outlay of £130 the children have raised over £800 for the PTA through this project. Another valuable experience about how we can all work together to make our community more supportive and strong.
Sports Morning and Picnic 2017
Another enjoyable, active and successful Sports Morning. The older children took part in sprint and relay races, as well as long jumps. The younger children enjoyed completing an obstacle course. There was also a range of team activities, from the water race to bean bag throw, from mat rolls to football dribbles.
This year Team Green won the competitions with 266 points. However it was a close competition with only 21 points separating the teams in first and third places.
Pictures of Summer Art Gallery
Many children from across the school created art pieces at home to represent their view of summer. There was a range of different styles and techniques. The children and parents were able to visit and enjoy the Gallery during the picnic lunch on Sports Morning.
Ground Force day 2017
Volunteer children, parents, staff and governors gave time on a Sunday to rejuvenate the school grounds. Weeding beds, planting flowers, tidying the willow tunnel, clearing paths in the copse and building a den together. The grounds are now more colourful and more ready for outdoor learning and adventure!
Pirates v Mermaids
This show took place in April 2017. A review of the performance will appear here shortly.
Red Nose Day 2017
The children enjoying coming into school wearing red to help raise money for a range of good causes supported by the national charity. They had a chance to compare noses, share their jokes on a Joke Wall and Year 4 pupils shared with the rest of the school some facts they had researched about how challenging life is for some children in other parts of the world.
Christmas Fair 2016
A festive, fun and successful Christmas Fair took place on Saturday the 3rd of December. There were a range of stalls, activities and games plus drinks, cakes and an outdoor barbeque. The school choir entertained the crowd during the event and Santa’s Grotto helped to make it a magical and memorable event for the children and their families.
Mrs Quick, Miss Pretty and their team worked with a cast of children from Years 1 to 4, to rehearse and produce an entertaining show. As always it was a great opportunity for the children to experience acting, singing and dancing to an audience. The show was highly successful and well received by the audience. As a school we are very proud of the children.
Big Olympic Sports Week 2016
We had a fabulous and active week taking part in a range of different sports: hockey, air rifle shooting, football, gymnastics, cheerleading and Choi Kwang Do. The week culminated in our Sports Morning and Picnic.
Rather than the staff writing about the week, we would like to thank Josh, Lyla, Dylan and Erika who as a team recorded the exciting events in the following report.
The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
The pupils and staff enjoyed a range of activities to commemorate the Queen’s birthday on Friday 10 June. Everyone came into school dressed ‘regally’ or in red, white and blue. Chalking messages on the playground, signing a large birthday card, creating a large ’90’ on the playground with the pupils and staff, and an impressive and delicious open air street party at lunch time.
New Trim Trail equipment.
With many thanks to the hard working members of the PTA who have raised money and secured grants for our new Trim Trail equipment. It opened in June 2016 to great excitement, big smiles and lots of determined climbing. A fantastic resource for the children to share.
World Book Day 2016.
Everyone young, and not quite so young, in our school community enjoyed celebrating World Book Day. Everyone came to school creatively and colourfully dressed as characters from books, for example Oliver Twist and Isabella from Spell Sisters. The children created their own chocolate bars for Willy Wonka, designed dragons, made paper dolls and designed knickers for the Queen, amongst other activities. Classes undertook other challenges, visited the newly improved school library and shared their thoughts about the day in a special celebration worship.
Eddie the Penguin saves the world!
Some of the Year 1 – Year 3 children were busy rehearsing after school for many months in the run up to this spectacular school show. The acting, singing, movement and dancing were all of a high standard and well received by the audiences. The children explored issues to do with our environment and how we should all look after our world through this production.
The children in Years 1 to 3 have been exploring why and how different people pray. They have learnt that many prayers have elements of: Praise, Thank, Sorry and Please. They have begun to generate ideas for a school prayer which we will write and agree together.
Many thanks to Mrs Sims and Mrs Miller for providing such a wonderful Christmas dinner to the children, staff and some of the governors. A lovely roast dinner, and Christmas cookie was enjoyed by all, with the obligatory crackers and paper hats.
We were delighted to welcome Whiteley Church back on Sunday 6th December for Messy Christingle. Many activities involved the children thinking about light, the coming of Jesus and how important this time of year is in the Christian calendar. Everyone gathered together to light their Christingles, before sharing a lovely meal, which this time included mince pies as well!
Mrs Schwartz from Hampshire Music Service came into school to teach the children about different instruments in the Woodwind and Brass families. She also played a range of tunes for the children to try and recognise.
Big Maths Day
All members of the school community took part in this hands-on, practical, problem solving day. A wide range of learning activities were enjoyed by mixed aged groups. Lots of learning and lots of fun.
Sports Morning and Picnic
The whole school community enjoyed glorious sunny weather and an exciting range of activities for the children to take part in. Team multi-skill games, were followed by a Year R obstacle course and then relay and running races for Year 1 and Year 2.
Mums, dads and toddlers all took part in their own running races, before everyone settled down to a lovely picnic lunch together.
Ground Force Day
Volunteers from Lloyds Bank came into school to work with the children and staff on improving and updating our school grounds. Paths were remade in the Copse, a new circle of wooden logs was built in the corner of the field, weeds were removed, seeds planted and new flower pots added to the fence. A fantastic, enjoyable and colourful day for all with results we can use for the months and years to come.
Easter Messy Church
On Good Friday over 170 people packed into the school to enjoy a range of activities, songs, and food together to think about the Easter story. Messy Church was organised and run by volunteers from Whiteley Church. It was fantastic to see so many members of the wider community coming together.
Easter Collective Worship
It was a lovely occasion this week when parents and other relatives came to see the children sharing what they had learnt.
Year 1 acted out a play that they had written themselves about the events in Easter week. Year R performed a traditional spring dance called the “Floral Dance”. Year 2 then shared their thoughts about ‘Beliefs’ commenting that everyone is different and everyone’s beliefs should be respected. All the children joined together to sing a song, before three of the Year 2 children read prayers they had asked to be allowed to write for the occasion.
“The Litter Muncher”
The Performing Arts Club again produced a superb show based on the idea of keeping the environment tidy and clean as a team. Amazing acting. dynamic dancing, super singing and all in colourful costumes.
Comic Relief Day 2015
The whole school community enjoyed the chance to make their faces funny for money. Sharing jokes, laughter and cakes to raise money for a good cause.
World Book Day 2015
It was fantastic to see the children and adults in our school community enjoying sharing books and stories in all sorts of spaces and at different times of the day.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the chance to play and explore in the snow in February 2015. Our Chair of Governors joined in with the fun, which included creative ways of drying hats and gloves afterwards.
Winter Warmers Reading Event
It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents attending this special event with their children. Mrs. Copestake worked very hard to organise and run the event, which proved enjoyable and successful. Many ideas about promoting reading with children, as well as many books, were shared.
During the last week of the Autumn term the children shared a Christmas Service with family and friends. They acted out the story of the Nativity using a script that the Year 2 children had developed, accompanied by beautiful singing and made visually impressive with a range of colourful costumes provided by parents. Nearly 200 people watched over the two services and there were not many dry eyes. It was a lovely occasion for the whole school community to reflect on and celebrate the true story of Christmas.
Billy No Buzz performance
Children from Years R, 1 and 2 had rehearsed since September to prepare for a double performance of this enjoyable and thoughtful show. Mrs. Quick and her team were rightly proud of their achievements, with a number of lines, a range of songs and quite a few dance steps to remember.
Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a memorable experience.
Remembrance Worship 2014.
This special time began by lighting a candle and sharing the sign of peace with each other.
Children from Bumblee Bees and Butterflies classes then laid poppies on the worship table, to mirror the act of laying of wreaths.
The whole school community then stood for the minute’s silence to remember the brave people who have fought in the past and do so now in the present to keep us all safe.
Some of the children in Butterflies then read our some of their pieces of writing explaining their thoughts and detailing what they had found out about in their research.
The Remembrance Worship closed with a prayer to thank the bravery of people who serve in the armned forces and to ask for everyone to work towards peace in the world.
Harvest Worship 2014.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning celebrating Harvest as a whole school community. It was lovely that over 50 family members were able to join us for this special occasion. Thank you also to all our families for the very generous donation of gifts.
The children from each class sang a song related to the theme of Harvest and growing.
The children in Butterflies class had spent some time researching the Fareham “Basics Food Bank” which including asking a range of questions of one of our governors (Mr. Rutt) who supports their work. Butterflies class shared some of this information during the Harvest Worship, and spelt out the phrase “The Basics Food Bank gives Hope” by holding up one letter each. All the donations will be going to this worthy group.
Reverend Philippa led the children in an interactive version of the story of the rich farmer, who greedily stored up treasures on earth.
Mr. Clarke closed the Worship with a prayer thanking God for all the gifts we have in life, the love people show each other in the way they help and support those in need and the hope this brings.
Below are some photos from our Harvest Worship.