Great days at Hooke Court Dorset

We have just returned from Hooke Court – happy and tired 😊😌. The children were amazing and had so much fun. During the first evening we settled quickly, making our beds (which was interesting!! How do we get the duvet into the duvet cover!!) and then eating before being taken on a night walk. We visited an agricultural college in the depths of the forest, beautifully peaceful. We saw evidence of badger, fox and deer tracks, and even found the smallest of frogs.

We returned full of excitement, ready to bed down so us teachers thought!!! And looking forward to the following day.

Up bright and breezy – first pitter patter of steps was at 5.30 am 😳 and then showers before a team meeting in the common room. Here, we mapped the day out and then had breakfast. Shelter making was fun, we spoke about triangular based pyramids, prisms and ridge poles. We then proceeded to make a den that would fit us all in, before accustomising it and creating our own chants …. I’m sure we could be heard by the village if Hooke at this point. Kayaking was fab, I don’t think the children could have got wetter and only two fell in the lake! The crocodile game was the favourite πŸ˜€πŸ˜€.

In the evening we had campfire fun, all I will say to that is, children have you asked your parents how they booga loo????

Our final morning on site gave us the opportunity to bridge a moat. The children had to problem solve in groups of 10 whilst their island was gradually getting smaller. They had to make a stucture that would support all of them when the tide had come in- some interesting thoughts and designs before at last, Dan our instructor, guided them through. After this they were taught how to make a slack line. Excellent tight ropes were made and used at this point. All these newly acquired skills then supported the children in making a bridge across the moat to save half their team!

A set of tired children climbed back on the coach with lots of memories to take with them.

Thank you Year 5, definitely a highlight of the Β year πŸ˜€.

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 A musical treat 🎼

Today we have taken a walk to the Town Hall in Cheltenham to be part of the music festival.      

Very inspirational! 

We began the day by being entertained by The Brass Monkeys and the Estonia choir. They literally raised the roof. We were introduced to different brass instruments and were given opportunities to listen to them individually. 

 Highlights were when the band played a medley of tunes from the stages – Matilda and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ The choir then sang a song of Silence – the whole room stopped and was transfixed: magical, beautiful and peaceful …  

Shortly after this, we thought about how music was written.  We even attempted to compose our own piece by deciding on which instruments we wished to be part of our music; a little bit like putting the pieces of the jigsaw together.  Lots of options to choose from and we even had an important part as the final piece was performed. 

The afternoon allowed the children to look at and handle a variety of instruments, and we definitely have some budding potential, which was really exciting. 

In short, another hot day which the children all dealt with admirably, thank you Year 5 for a fab day; Viking WOW next 😊


Super Humanities Day at Bournside School

Year Five had a superb day at Bournside on the 4th July 2017! We started the day with Religious Studies and a History workshop about American Independence Day -which was today!

We split into two groups and we played a game and we had to answer questions about life choices. We thought about codes for living and how we make decisions in life. 

In the afternoon we had a talk about going to university, did you know that there are 50,000 courses to choose from? Some surprising ones are Acting, circus skills and how to look after horses!

To finish the day off we made a water life cycle story, including all of the stages of water droplets πŸ’¦. 

We loved it! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€