Creative Easter Activities
There have been a flurry of creative activities happening in the school today. From basket making, bunny ear wearing to card creating, the children have enjoyed being artistic and making some wonderful gifts to take home. A selection are below for you to see.
Always Good Club
During assembly today, we announced the latest members of our Always Good Club. These children always display beautiful manners, thoughtfulness and kindness. They are role models to their peers and make valuable contributions to our school family.
The children will be treated to a tour of Plymouth Argyle next term.
Congratulations and and thank you for being “Always Good.”
Today the whole school attended the Easter Service with half the school attending in the morning and half attending in the afternoon.
There was a wonderful demonstration of singing and acting as the children of various year groups told the Easter story.
Photos and video from the event are below.
The Enquiry Zone is awash with colour from the wonderful collection of Easter bonnets that have been designed and made by the children across all year groups. The winning entry will be judged by PCSO Phillips and the winners will be announced during assembly on Wednesday. This will be followed by a Easter bonnet parade at 2.30pm within the school grounds. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Sport Relief Dance Off!
Today for Sport Relief, we all dressed in our brightest and sportiest clothing and danced in the MUGA to a mash up of our favourite songs. We have managed to raise an amazing £159.61.
Pictures from our day are below and next week we will put up a video of the event.
SPORT RELIEF IS COMING....
On Friday 23rd March, you are invited to come to school dressed in bright and sporty clothing for a 50p donation.
In addition, you will be invited to join in with the "Sport Relief Mash-Up" where you will get to dance to some of your favourite songs.
Photos will be on the website after the event.
Before the school was closed for two days, the children managed to enjoy some fun in the snow during break time. Some images from the magical moment were taken by Mrs Skingle.
We have been celebrating book week and the children have been involved with lots of literacy based activities such as visits from authors and watching an artist paint our favourite characters on the library window. The children had a go at being authors for the day.
Our first author to visit was Jo Cotterill, author of the Electrigirl series. Jo held a writer's workshop and showed the children how she brings her characters to life. Children had the opportunity to purchase jo's books and many are now enjoying these as part of their weekly read.
On Tuesday, we held our annual book swap where children were able to bring in books from home and exchange them for different books donated by other children. This is a great way for children to discover new authors and explore new genres.
Next we were visited by author and illustrator, Petr Horacek. He explained to the children that he often draws his ideas first and the story unfolds later. He left each class with one of his drawings to enjoy.
Thursday saw the start of our library transformation by Scott Colton, who is an artist. He is painting the windows of the library with a selection of characters nominated by the children. Each class enjoyed watching Scott at work and asking him about his creations.
We ended the week with our "Dress as your favourite character" day. There were lots of wonderful and unusual characters roaming the corridors (adults included!) and once again the number of Hogwarts pupils were in abundance.
Be The Best You Can Be Week.
This week, the whole school has been celebrating "Be The Best You Can Be" Week. It has been an opportunity for each children to explore their hopes and aspirations for the future.
Paralympic triathlete, David Hill, opened our celebrations by taking assembly on Monday and sharing his journey to being a successful Paralympian in both swimming and triathalon. He took time to talk to each year group about the challenges of his disability and how he worked extremely hard to overcome all the obstacles he was faced with.
The children have been writing their CV's in class, sharing their qualities and responsibilities - both at home and at school. They even had the chance to give others positive compliments regarding the talents and skills they see each other demonstrate on a day-to-day basis.
On Thursday afternoon, the school was privileged to host a guest speaker afternoon where visitors from Babcock, The Royal Marines, Plymouth Aquarium, Music Makers, FoodBank, Sustrans, Plymouth Argyle, Stand Up to Cancer and Warwick House Nursing Home. We would like to thank everyone joined us - our children were really engaged and inspired by the talks that took place.
The end the week, all the children dressed up as their future aspiration; firemen, nurses, teachers, RSPCA inspectors and even a Batman or two were spotted around the school.
Please check out your child's year group page to see more pictures and samples of CV's from the week.
Upper Primary Christmas Production - Cinderella and Rockerfella
In a tale of good over evil, Cinderella won her Rockerfella when the shoe fitted. Her nasty (and gusty) sisters with the wicked interventions of Fairy Nasty Boots tried to thwart her happiness but the Fairy Brigade were on hand with a Whey, Hey, Hey and a healthy spattering of glitter dust to bring true love together. Teaser the dog found his voice to scupper the plans of Naughty Kitty and Buttons became the Next Big Thing.
A spectacular display of acting, singing and dancing were offered over the two performances and we are extremely proud of every single child that took part, both on stage and behind the scenes to bring the story to life.
The production has received rave reviews:
The best production yet!
What talent! Really impressive!
School governor, Judi Vine, was particularly impressed and has sent the children a wonderful email full of praise and Christmas cheer.
Well done everyone!
Lower Primary Phase - Christmas From Around The World
The children from Year 2, 3 and 4 put on an exceptional display of singing and jigging with a wholesome international flavour when they performed Christmas From Around the World.
Following the story of the angels who were yet to get their wings, the children taught us the traditions of Christmas from many different countries. As the Angels journeyed on, they finally were rewarded with some shiny, golden wings.
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, carers and friends of Shakespeare who came to watch and support the show.
Onesie Wednesday - Upper Phase Charity Event
This year, the Upper Primary Phase are supporting the charity, FoodBank Plymouth. Rather than collecting monetary donations, the children donate items for the FoodBank. Our latest event (Onesie Wednesday) saw the children enjoying a day in their favourite onesie or pyjama set. A massive amount of tinned fruit, vegetables, desserts and UHT milk was collected and we would like to thank all parents and carers for making this event a huge success.
Early Years Christmas Performance - I'm A Star, Get Me Out Of Here!
A wonderful display of singing and dancing was performed by the children in Early Years. Glittering stars and adorable elves all sparkled on the stage. An abundance of smiles and Christmas cheer were there for all to see. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, carers and friends of Shakespeare who came to watch our production and we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Empty Classroom Day
Last Thursday (12th October 2017), the whole school took part in Empty Classroom Day. The day celebrates the benefits of learning outside of the classroom environment. A wide variety of geography based activities took place such as orienteering, compass reading and Year 6 incorporated some science by investigating wind direction.
Some photos from the day are below. Please take a look at your child's year group page for more news about the day and other activities they have enjoyed this term.
The Colours of Harvest
The whole school gathered around a bumper "harvest" of donations this morning to celebrate the colours of harvest. A mountain of food, ready for collection by the Foodbank Plymouth, formed the centrepiece of our wonderful assembly.
During the assembly, that was also attended by School Governors, parents and friends of Shakespeare, we heard wonderful performances of poetry reading and singing. Our youngest members of the school took us on "A Leaf Hunt" whilst the older children sang to us the colours of harvest.
We ended our celebration with a school harvest tradition - the singing of Big Red Combine Harvester - a firm favourite with all the children and staff.
Katie from the Foodbank thanked the children for their donations and we will update you shortly with how much we managed to collect.
Reverend Andy Bowden led the school in prayer, giving thanks for the food we receive.
Photos from the assembly can be seen below.
No Pens Day!
Last week, we enjoyed a day in class with no pens. The day allowed both teachers and children to opportunity to learn without the use of boards, paper and whiteboards.
Everyone enjoyed the day and took part in many different activities. Here are some of the children's thoughts about the day:
Lily (Yr6) - It was fun and we got to be creative.
Lacie - (Yr5) - We learnt different ways of learning.... I think it helped me to remember things more.
Amelia (Yr4) - I thought it was different because there were no book work or pencils. I enjoyed it!
Mylee (Yr3) - It was good because it gave our hands a break for a change!
Krystal (Yr2) - I liked it because we went outside and used the number square.
Poppy (Yr1) - It was great! My favourite part was the acting.
Ethan (Reception) - We painted using cars, then we washed them. It was cool!
A book of quotes and photos of the day is being compiled and will be available to view in the enquiry zone.
Harvest Festival Approaches - Foodbank Assembly
During assembly, Katie from the Plymouth Foodbank came in to speak to the children about their work supporting families with food parcels within our local community. Last year, you donated 402.95 kgs of food as part of our harvest celebration and we are going to attempt to collect even more this year!
Katie talked about which types of food they would like to collect and the full list is pictured below. She has asked if we can refrain from collecting baked beans as they have quite the bean mountain growing at the centre! Any tinned meats, vegetables, fruit and fish are needed, in addition to cereal, pasta, pasta sauce and long life juices and milk.
More information about the Foodbank and their role within our community can be found here.
Harvest Festival will take place on Wednesday 11th October 2017.
The Shakespeare Exhibition
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, carers and friends of Shakespeare who turned up to our open afternoon - The Shakespeare Exhibition. The children always enjoy showing their work to family and friends and the event was a huge success. We hope you enjoyed visiting all the year groups and seeing the work on display.
Some really lovely comments were left in the visitors books. Here is a small sample:
"Lots of fantastic work on show. The kids have worked very hard."
"Great to see the work and progress the children have made."
"Good to see you have been working so hard."
Some photos from the event are below.
As a result of all the fantastic willow weaving that took place earlier in the term, we have been able to refresh the display in our enquiry zone. Please take some time to come and have a look at "Bruce" and his fishy friends. Will you be able to spot your fish?
This week, the children have been shown the art of willow weaving. Each class has enjoyed learning this new skill and have produced some wonderful willow fish for a new display in our Enquiry Zone.
Here are some of the wonderful creations.
Health Week 2017
Last week, the whole school enjoyed Health Week. During the week, each year group enjoyed a wide variety of activities relating to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The children had the opportunity to take part in yoga, free dance and a fun exercise activity involving the tune Pop See Ko (You have no doubt been shown this by your child)
Year 6 visited Bull Point to participate in the Junior Life Skills event, which gave them the opportunity to talk to members of the emergency services including Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire Service and the RNLI. Each station explained to them how to stay safe. Members of staff from Great Western Railway and Western Electric also attended to speak to the children about the dangers of railways and electricity.
Year 6 also visited Ham Woods to undertake some "Care in the Community" work; this time, they had fun bracken crushing!
The highlight of the week was the inflatable obstacle course. Lots of smiling faces and laughter emerged as both pupils and some staff took on the challenge. Great fun and lots of energy used to complete the course.
The week ended with the children discussing the pitfalls of too much sugar in a diet and which food combinations result in a healthy, balanced diet. A competition was launched for children to design a healthy plate and the winner will be announced shortly.
A range of photos from the week are available below.
Happy Birthday Shakespeare!
Last Friday, to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare, the whole school learnt more about the writer and his work.
Each year group chose one play and then performed an extract during a phase assembly in the afternoon.
Here are the plays they chose:
Nursery, Foundation and Year 4 - A Midsummer's Night Dream
Year 1 & 2 - The Tempest
Year 4 - Macbeth
Year 5 - Romeo and Juliet
Year 6 - Twelfth Night
All the children enjoyed exploring Shakespeare's descriptive way of writing, especially in Year 6 where they discovered many of his phrases are still used today such as "Dead as a doornail" and "Wear your heart upon your sleeve". They also enjoyed making up their own Shakespearean insults like "You slobbering, pigeon-livered toad!"
At lunch time, the kitchen offered a special menu of Fish and Chips or Macaroni Cheese.
Congratulations to all year groups for wonderful performances on both days of the Easter Service.
A wonderful variety of songs, stories and music was performed - well done!
Some pictures from the event are below.
We've had a fantastic day dedicated to art, in a variety of forms. Each classs has had the opportunity to try out two different styles of art today, with two different year group teachers.
In the Lower Phase:
Year 1 spent the day with the Year 2 teachers, creating wonderful silhouettes of trees in winter and cartoons.
Year 2 went to the Year 3 teachers to experience samba drumming and clay sculpting.
Year 3 enjoyed creating pop art and crafting with the Year 1 team.
In the Upper Phase:
Year 4 took part in media studies and dance (they performed the Haka!) with the Year 5 teachers.
Year 5 headed to Year 6 to try their hand at animation and spring themed pastel and paint pictures.
Year 6 were hands on with trick photography and origami with the Year 4 team.
Everyone had a great day and some excellent creations have been produced. Some of our favourite pieces are featured below.