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Year 6 went deep into the forest in Oxfordshire for their Bushcraft trip. What fun they had! From sleeping under shelters they had made themselves, making pizzas in a real wood-fired oven, to camouflaging themselves for a cut-throat game of Predator, the children took advantage of all the activities that were on offer to them.

 

We were incredibly lucky with the weather and only had to brave a couple of downpours and the occasional muddy track! The pupils were an absolute delight and we thank the instructors at Bushcraft and the teachers who braved the elements as well.

 

 

 

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Our children swarmed excitedly through the doors in a fabulous array of costumes and immersed themselves in all things book related. We had the pleasure of welcoming the renowned author Ali Sparkes who ran excellent and inspiring sessions for the Junior House.  Our older pupils were also treated to highly engaging sessions in the marquee from Gareth P Jones, whose detective books are as famous as his musical antics on a huge number of stringed instruments! Meanwhile, our younger pupils enjoyed ‘The Enormous Crocodile’, ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘Tiddler’ being brought to life in workshops delivered by the West End in Schools and a visit from an excellent and most convincing Alien, otherwise known as Mrs Tabor; not to mention book scavenger hunts and paper sculpture opportunities! The costume parade was a sight to behold - an absolute riot of fun and colour prevailed; the children undoubtedly had a fabulous and truly memorable day.

 

A huge thank you to Mrs Spicer and Ms Latif for masterminding this wonderful day, to Mrs Tabor the amazing Alien, to Miss Schafer for her wonderful artwork and designs around the school and to the children and all the staff for engaging so enthusiastically to make the day such a success.  Individual classes have said the following:

 

Mobai KGB: “I liked seeing everyone’s costumes. They were all fantastic”!

 

Aryeta KGG: “I loved being a fish in the Tiddler dance.”

 

Anna Yr 2: “I liked waiting in the stalls for the music to start and then we snuck onto the stage!”

 

Mia Yr 2: “I’m going to read ‘Dragon Detective’ by the author Gareth P. Jones because we met him today in the playground.”

 

Amaan Yr 3: “I liked the idiom competition. It was fun trying to guess who the teachers were, and their costumes were funny.”

 

Rose Yr 3: “My favourite part was when Mrs Austin gave us ‘money’. She must be ‘made of money’.”

 

 

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6J Book day 2021

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rem 2020 coverRemembering the sacrifices made by so many for the future of others is very important to our school community. Today, Year 6 held their very own virtual Remembrance Service which we shared with the whole school community. They recited war poetry which they wrote after studying John McCrae’s well-known poem ‘In Flander’s Fields’. The children noted the human tragedy, and most importantly, the burning desire not to forget. Even more poignant this year was their own recording of their speeches in front of war memorials and silent places across London. They sang heart wrenching hymns including Jerusalem, Make me a Channel of your Peace and Abide with Me; the emotion with which they sang and narrated, brought a tear to many an eye. Every class in the school made wreaths which the children laid in our Upton courtyard garden and which were subsequently displayed at the front of school for all to see. We are so impressed with our Year 6 pupils who put their hearts and souls into this service; they should feel very proud. A two minute silence was observed by all in school at 11am.

 

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It was a gloriously sunny day when Year 6 set off for Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre to participate in a day of water-based Team Building activities such as kayaking, sailing & canoeing. The objective of the trip was to promote teamwork, encouraging the children to support each other as a group, ahead of the challenges they face in their 11+ year.

 

Once Year 6 had mastered the correct use of a paddle, their instructors made sure they had plenty of fun-filled challenges to complete, such as edging out to touch the bow of the canoe with their noses & leaping up and down in a Mexican wave!

 

Next, the children were put into new teams of four to sail fun boats around a course. Luckily, the wind improved so the paddles were not needed after all!

 

After a very welcome lunch, the pupils set off in Canadian canoes. Again there were a number of challenges to complete once they had formed a raft and, despite the chants of “Hold On, Don’t Let Go!”, several children ended up in the lake! Fun was had by all!

 

6C’s Outing to Wimbledon Park Watersports and Outdoor Centre - Friday 11th September by Amelia M

 

Everyone was jumping with excitement as we filed off the bus. When we arrived at the water sports centre, we couldn’t wait to get going! We had heard that there was a series of activities, including kayaking, sailing and canoeing. When the instructors greeted us, we were delighted to find that they were also full of enthusiasm and good humour. They described how to manoeuvre a kayak and then it was time to get into the water. We were pushed into the lake and immediately tried to master the skill of working together as a pair to power our vessel. It felt exhausting but satisfying when we managed successfully to reach the instructor.
We were then told that one of us should climb out of our seat and touch our nose to the nose of the kayak. That involved crawling nervously on our stomachs to the end of the kayak without capsizing. Our next instruction was to move our shaking arms outwards as if we were sky diving and lift our legs into the air. Unfortunately, one of my classmates, tilting to one side, slid gracefully into the water and got thoroughly soaked!

 

We then played a game called ‘Stuck in the mud’, in which two kayaks powered around trying to tap the others with their paddles – a form of kayaking ‘IT’. Some classmates, in a desperate attempt to escape the pursuing paddles, over-balanced and capsized their kayaks. We laughed, as we saw their horrified expressions as they hit the water.

 

Next up: SAILING! On boarding the sailing boat and pushing off from the jetty, we began to discover our Swallows and Amazon’s skill set. There was a constant shuffle around the boat as we tacked and ducked to avoid our helmeted heads being bludgeoned by the boom!

 

Lastly canoes! The challenge given was to stand up in our canoes without wobbling and falling in. Our class sat on the bus home, shattered, but very content as we reflected on our day. And what a day it was! Three soaked, but all happy!

 

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