Our School Council’s initiative this term was to adopt one of the WWT otters.
After some fundraising, we raised enough money to pay for one year’s adoption.
Last week, the School Council members went to the WWT to test out some brand new educational resources and at the same time, purchased the adoption pack. They were very excited – especially about the cuddly otter toy we got as well – another welcome addition to our school!
As a school, we feel really supported by the WWT who are always very generous when we visit them for class trips. The school council felt that we ought to ‘pay it forward’ and support our local environment by adopting one of their many animals. The whole school are interested in adopting a bird from the WWT in the new year, so fundraising will no doubt begin again – but this time with a brand new school council.
Last Monday, we took a trip to the WWT. The focus of the trip was ‘Animals and their habitats’. We started the day by watching a video in the cinema which was about the past year and everything that has been happening in the centre. Then, we were set a task to label the different parts of the wetland environment on an aerial map- including reed beds, marsh lands and lakes. After that, we had the chance to go up the stair tower and look at the different areas of the wetlands for ourselves. There were lots of steps (around 75!) but it was well worth the climb.
We then had the opportunity to feed some of the birds and we looked at different feeding techniques. The highlight of the day for many was watching the 3 resident otters get fed- lots of the children had interesting questions and ideas about how the otters have adapted to their environment.
After lunch, the children had a project to think about how mammals live in a wetland. We focused on a beaver. An interesting fact we discovered was that beavers are born with orange teeth- the orange is a thick layer of enamel which means that they can gnaw on wood.
As a special treat the children were able to do some amphibian handling, which everyone enjoyed (after some reluctance by a few of us!) We all agreed that it was a fantastic day!
Many of our children now own a smartphone but are they fully aware of how to keep themselves safe from a whole number of online problems?
The following information in the link below aims to help you and your family be more savvy phone users. It talks about real CURRENT issues that crop up everyday in society – such as using ‘messenger’ apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Kik. It also touches areas such a cyberbullying, buying things online, sharing personal information as well as the dangers of sexting.
I am sure that for most parents, these issues seem like they belong in secondary school settings, but sadly these are real problems happening right now in primary schools across the country. With more access to the online world and the increases in peer pressure, we really need to help our children find their way through the online world. Please help them not to get lost!
Click on the handy links below to find out more information about staying safe online.
BE SMART ABOUT SMARTPHONES
TACKLING ONLINE PRESSURES
Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes Day.
Children can wear jeans to school for a donation of £1.00 which goes towards research into genetic disorders.
Some children in class 5 will be doing a presentation about the cause in the Friday afternoon assembly.
There will also be a whole school cake sale to raise funds for the school.
The last few weeks of the academic year are slowly creeping up on us all.
There are a number of events scheduled for the last few weeks which may apply to you.
These dates are detailed below for your information and are also on our website’s calendar.
- Monday 12th June – Friday 16th June – Year 5 children will be completing Bikeability. This is ongoing all week.
- Monday 12th June – Class 4 to Redwood.
- Wednesday 21st June – SPORT’S DAY – 1:30pm at Slimbridge Recreation Ground
- Friday 23rd June – INSET DAY. Only teachers at school.
- Mon 26th June – Wed 28th June – The Y6s are away at South Cerney on their camping trip.
- Thursday 29th June – STEP UP MORNING. All children will visit their new teachers and classes.
- Friday 30th June – Parents are all invited to their child’s classes for a maths calculation morning from 9 – 10am.
- Wednesday 5th July – Class 5 on a trip to Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
- Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July – DRAMA CLUB – whole day rehearsals at the Village Hall for The Lion King.
- Tuesday 11th July – THE LION KING – Morning dress rehearsal at the Village Hall and performance to the whole school.
- Wednesday 12th July – THE LION KING – Matinee performance for parents. 1:30pm at the Village Hall
- Thursday 13th July – THE LION KING – Evening performance for parents and family. 6pm at the Village Hall
- Friday 14th July – STEP UP MORNING – all children to visit their new classes. Year 6 to REDNOCK.
*****FRIDAY 21ST JULY – Y6 LEAVER’S ASSEMBLY 1:30PM AT THE VILLAGE HALL.