Choose How You Move!
The Lower Primary took to moving around the school grounds on Friday in all manner of ways to raise money for their chosen charity, Stand Up For Cancer.
They hopped, skipped, ran and walked their way around the course in the gorgeous summer weather.
Everyone had had a great time and lots of money was raised. A final total will be announced soon.
Sports Day 2018
Photographs from Sports Day will start to appear in the year group folders over the next few days. Keep an eye on Twitter (@SPSPlymouth) to be alerted when each year group is live.
We really enjoyed the day and thank you to toddlers, mums, dads and grandad for taking part in the family events.
Active Travel Breakfast
Thank You to all the parents and children for supporting our recent active travel breakfast as part of Health Week.A massive thank you to Tesco for donating all of the fruit, water and the gift card for the raffle.
Sports Day 2018
The rain held off just long enough for the 2018 Shakespeare Sports Day and Family Picnic to take place on the school field. It was a sea of red, blue, yellow and green as the children assembled in their house colours to cheer each other on in the variety of events from: egg and spoon, skipping, sprinting, sack and the fast-paced finale, the relay event.
Good sportsmanship was shown throughout the year groups with children congratulating not just the winners but also the children who tried their hardest to finish their event. We couldn't be prouder of the children for how they supported each other throughout the morning.
As always, only one house team could win overall and this year, the team with the most points was Hamlet! Well done to all the children in Hamlet for your victory.
It was lovely to see so many siblings watching this year and we ran three individual toddler races. Mums reluctantly took the field for a super speedy mums race and we had two waves of dads and grandads lining up to stampede down the track. No fallers this year!
After the events, everyone enjoyed a family picnic and a fine time was had by all!
Thank you to everyone who helped support this event. Photos will be coming onto the website over the coming days so keep an eye on our Twitter account @SPSPlymouth to be notified when each year group page has been loaded.
Health Week 2018
Health Week was introduced to the children in a fun and interactive assembly, featuring Mr Norris and Mr Howe as contestants in our own version of Ready, Steady, Cook! The children asked questions about cooking and healthy choices whilst the teachers cooked up a lovely chicken and peanut stir fry and some fluffy breakfast pancakes, topped with a raspberry coulis!
Initially the judges thought they’d love Mr Norris’ pancakes over Mr Howe’s stirfry, yet it was Mr Howe who took the win after the tasting element. Well done!
Throughout the week, everyone will be taking part in a variety of fun activities such as: smoothie making, street surfing, golf, bike obstacle riding, blindfolded football,yoga and much more. We will also be offering fruit and water on arrival to school.
This week, we also unveiled our newly designed kitchen hatch which is vibrant and informative. A video of its transformation can be found below.
Photos from the week will be added here regularly .
Lord Mayor's Procession - Taiko Drumming
A troop of drummer's joined Hannah, Miss Spring and Mrs Beswetherick in the city centre to demonstrate their fantastic drumming skills as part of the Lord Mayor's Procession.
All the children were superb and we have received some lovely compliments from the community congratulating them for their performance.
Author Visit - David Lawrence Jones.
This week, we have been delighted to have had the author, David Lawrence Jones, visit our school. He held the children's attention captive during a vibrant and interactive workshop featuring a claw-footed bath! He talked to the children about how he went about writing his first book, its characters, settings and how he became published.
He encouraged the children to read more widely by inspiring them with his own story of how he had thought of characters and tales when he was a young as 9 but his reluctance to read meant he was unable to (at that point) create a truly engaging story. With the support of his mother and teacher, he increased his reading spectrum and found a love for literacy and books.
You can read more about David and his books on his website which can be found here.
On Thursday, David returned to sign copies of his books that had been purchased by the children of all year groups.
A Right Royal Garden Party
On Friday, the whole school joined together to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.
Reverend Andy Bowden lead an assembly discussing the official Christian marriage ceremony followed by the children exploring what other cultures and religions do to mark the occasion.
The children wrote well wishes to the new couple and they were hung in the trees for all to read.
A mass gathering took place on the field for garden party style picnic followed by an afternoon of games and a disco.
All the children looked amazing, the sun shone and a great time was had by all.
Be sure to check the year group section of the website to see images from the day.
Pre-loved Clothes Swap Success!
Thank you to everyone who supported the clothes sale and helped us to raise an amazing £158.50.
Special thanks to Mrs Hacker, Mrs Barnes, Mrs Kempster and the Friends of Shakespeare for organising this event.
Shakespeare’s Birthday Art
We celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd April with a special lunch and a session of art. We produced portraits of Shakespeare in the style of different artists. Can you recognise any of the styles in the picture below?
Please visit the enquiry zone where our best pieces are on display.
Beautiful Window Display in our Library
Our library area has been coming to life recently with some beautiful new window displays. Our super talented Mrs Whiting and Miss Patterson dedicated time to creating the wonderful displays to brighten the area and make the area even more attractive for the children.
The Big Pedal
This week, all the children, parents and staff will be encouraged to walk, scooter, cycle and even roller blade to school as part of The Big Pedal project. Children who live a little further away from the school can also take part by using the Park and Stride scheme that operates from the local Tesco car park.
Each day, we will be collecting information on how many children and adults took part.
Have you taken part today?
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.