Recently, Ashwater juniors had a great opportunity and experience using equipment loaned by the Bideford Museum. The materials were donated by lottery funding.
The children used various components which enabled and allowed the children to make models with wood and card. Mechanical machinery, was part of another fun activity.
The children went on to write reviews and evaluations about the Engineering boxes.
Welcome back to the Summer Term 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
We do hope you had a wonderful Easter break and that you are looking forward to the busy term ahead.
We have lots of exciting things planned, including the Heatree Residential Trip for the older Year 5 and 6 Juniors. Our Topic this term is Geography based, and it covers Mountains and Volcanoes and Rivers. We do hope you can support you children's learning in researching and with their homework tasks.*See this terms learning map and planning as well as the other curriculum information to give you some further information.
There will be Sports day in mid June; and the other new dates will be given in the updated newsletter.
I will be continuing to run the popular gardening club on a Thursday and we will begin next week. I am also running an after school booster club with the hope that I can support the older children for their SAT tests.
This term has started off without Mrs. Moon and we hope that she makes a speedy recovery but at the same time we welcome Mrs Hazel who has been supporting the junior class in her absence.
Please feel free to ask any questions about your child/children and let us know if there are any queries.
Mrs Carole Gleed
Welcome to the Junior Class!
What a wonderful celebration for the Queen's 90th Birthday, a very big thank you for all the support from the community. Everyone enjoyed seeing the red, white and blue bunting and a matching long line of street party style tables that were decorated with pink aqueligia flowers. The children and adults all dressed up for the royal occasion. Fun was had by all, especially eating the delicious buffet lunch.
Our singing entertainment was appreciated and everyone joined in with the Royal art and craft activities; followed by a game of rounders. All the adults were invited to join in!
Just to complete the glorious day we were so delighted to welcome Parish Councillors VIP's Barry Parsons and Michael Taylor who kindly presented Ashwater children and the pre-school their £5 commemorative coins.
Well done to Keeley, Harriet and Lauren for winning a cheque for £25 for the school. We had a presentation ceremony in the school hall. The girls were praised for their spaghetti structure that held the most eggs. Phillip and Ziggy presented a framed certificate to display. A photo will appear in the local Holsworthy Post paper.
Well done the Emerald team for all your sports day achievements. But a special well done to all the other teams, the scores were so close this year. Luckily the weather held out and all the days events went ahead. It was great to see so many people at the event.
Thank you to our wonderful PTFA for organising a raffle, a barbecue and supplying other tasty snacks they were delicious.
The children also enjoyed receiving the choc ices and Solero lollies.
The juniors enjoyed sharing a range of books with infants and it was great when many parents joined in with the fun and book activities. Sarah Leach from Usborne books came in to join us and many children were able to spend their book tokens. As a result of the people buying Usborne books the whole school will be receiving some more new books. A very big thank you to all those who have supported the day.
On Tuesday 5th of January 2016, years 1 & 3 went on a wonderful trip to the pantomime to Plymouth to see Cinderella. It was another really great opportunity to meet up with the children from Halwill as a part of the federations SMCS trips.
"It was really funny and i liked the two sisters the best, because they were REALLY FUNNY." Year 1 Pupil
"I really enjoyed meeting up with my other friends i have made from Halwill". Y3 Pupil
The papier mache Greek pots have been sent home today. It will be good to see if the Greek patterns and details can be finished at home.
This has been a very busy term and we have had such a lot of new exciting experiences. The Greek topic has been enjoyed by the class; particularly learning about the ancient myths of Theseus and the Minotaur and Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa. The Greek characters have inspired lots of sketching and 3d clay models. This term papier mache Greek pots have been great work in progress.
Thanks to the PTFA for enabling a special opportunity to make a clay pot with Michael, a local potter, who owns The Lone Ash Pottery in Ashwater. He expertly demonstrated how to build a pot using a coil method.
It was an enjoyable day constructing Greek style pots and learning about various clay techniques.
It will take a while before the pots are dried and then they will be fired in the kiln at 1000 degrees. The pots looked stunning even before the firing, with the patterned details and subtle slip colours painted on. The works of art will be returned to school after Christmas and will be on display in the hall.
The Juniors have been working on decoupage; a technique that Mrs Hollidge shared with the children.
The juniors started out with their design boards, they worked out which parts to have raised up. In between each layer they used sticky fixers or blu-tac.
Keep your eyes open for the recent photos in the local papers.
The Holsworthy Post Photographer has been so busy taking pictures of the Science day (available in the main gallery) and the Christmas Play.
Watch out for some new photos which will be added to this web page.
The 'Play in a day' was excellent.
Peter Kyrke-Smith the musical director and song writer was joined by Polly the enthusiastic professional actress who motivated the children by teaching impressive improvisation techniques.
In a short space of time, the dynamic duo delivered a winning combination which included teaching a medley of five catchy songs, in a flash, they transformed readers into confident narrators. The story was based upon a Nativity theme with Mary, Joseph and the Innkeeper and not forgetting Yeknod the Donkey and a host of angel characters. The remaining children were singers.
'The Angels who couldn't Fly' was the name of the play, and before long Peter himself, was impressed with the standard of singing during the performance practices. Well done children!