Lots of awe and wonder in our garden this week as the sycamore tree and the wind treated us to a spectacular sight as the ”helicopters” flew from the sky. The Year 5 and 6 have been learning about living things, which has obviously stuck in their minds as they wanted to see what happened if they try and propagate the seeds!
Oak class have been learning about mechanisms in Design technology and have made their own windmills. They had a fabulous time making these beauties!
In Science years 3 and 4 have been learning about soil types and investigating the type of soil we have in our school grounds.
In RE, as part of the ”What do Christians learn about the Creation Story?”, the children were creative and made items that are in Genesis as God created the world in 7 days.
Head’s Blog – 11th March
We have had a week of having adventures at Clearwell this week. On Monday, a group of year 3 and 4 children represented Clearwell at the Panathlon at Hartpury College. They participated in new age curling, parachute games, table cricket and shooting into a hoop, to name a few. The ethos of honesty, self-belief, determination, passion, team work and respect was evident in all of our pupils. They also performed really well in the sports and came second overall out of nine schools. Thank you to Mr Tomley for training and taking them there.
On Wednesday KS2 visited Goodrich castle as part of their History learning, where they are studying an aspect or theme in British history that extends their chronological knowledge beyond 1066. They have been looking at a significant turning point in British History, namely The Norman Conquest. Visiting Goodrich castle enabled the children to learn about the design of castles, how life was influenced by the arrival of the Normans and what life was like for children. Using this information the children are writing a piece of narrative to entertain as well as it being able to inform their understanding of chronology. Most importantly, we all had a wonderful day, even though it was absolutely freezing cold!
On Thursday, it was Oak classes turn to have their adventure. We all went to ”We The Curious” in Bristol as part of their hands-on science learning. There are so many learning opportunities including forces, sound, light and the human body to name a few. As Bristol is the home of Aardman animation we had the opportunity to use light boxes to trace characters and make our own stop frame animation. It was a truly fabulous and exhausting day. I am sure that everyone involved slept well last night!
As part of our Collective Worship, Father Robert came in and carried out Open the Book. The children love this every Tuesday as they get to act out the bible stories. This week it was Daniel and the Lions’ Den.
Here we are at the end of 2018 after what can only be described as a week of highs and lows with our farewells. We know how to celebrate Christmas at Clearwell with our visit to the Caves last week and then our annual Christmas party at the Castle. The venue and the food were incredible, the children had the most fabulous time laughing and dancing, some mesmerised by the lighting on the floor. Thank you to the castle for inviting and hosting us.
After our Celebrations the children sang to the older members of Clearwell to an array of praise. This came on the day, via email and Facebook.
Our nativity play performed by Oak class today was superb. Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Stirrup and Mrs Lawrence have worked tirelessly with the children to get them ready to perform and they certainly did! The reading by all of Year 2 individually and the acting by Year 1 and Reception children was lovely and lots of memories were made.
The Christingle part of our celebration is so magical. Thank you to Mrs Baulcome and her team who make the Christingles for us and Miss Young for telling us what each element of the Christingle represents.
Thank you to Mrs Frith who has been the welcoming face of Clearwell primary school for her last 3 years. I don’t think anyone can appreciate the vast range of skills that you need to have as a School Administrator and Mrs Frith has mastered it! She is always smiling, supportive and simply wonderful in every way. OFSTED commented on the meticulous nature of the safeguarding documentation that she keeps. We wish her well in her new adventure and we know that we will keep in touch.
There were many tears flowing as Mrs Lawrence said her goodbyes today. She has been part and parcel of Clearwell for the last 17 years and I for one cannot thank her enough. She has been honest with me at all times and supportive beyond imagination. She has a way or letting me know that I have forgotten something without being critical. We will miss her massively and I know that I will be contacting her to find out where something is, she is the font of knowledge! We wish her every success in her future and am sure that she will be back to volunteer on school trips if she is available.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. The children have told us (and Father Christmas at the Caves) how important it is for them to spend time with their family and friends at this time of the year, not the gifts that they receive. Make some memories and we will see you in 2019.
After the delivery of our sheep from Gloucestershire Diocese we have had a sheep kind of afternoon today. Lots of activities related to sheep including poetry. Poppy has been writing a diary, from our guest’s point of view, which will be taken to all of the other church schools as the sheep continues its journey around ‘Forest South’.
More Greek inspired independent learning
We had the best attendance ever at school last week, two houses had 100% and one had 99%. Thank you to parents for this, good attendance makes all the difference.
Stars and top Table to follow