“We had the best time at Mountfitchet Castle, learning all about the Vikings and how they lived. We were able to go inside Viking houses and we even put ourselves in the stocks! We learned all about how the Vikings cruelly tortured people and we really enjoyed feeding and stroking all the live animals that roamed the castle. The best part though, was using a huge catapult and getting the teachers soaked!” Elisa and Nazeefah – Honey Bees
Year 6 enjoyed their trip to Cadbury’s World on Tuesday. We began the day with a tour around the main building – finding out about how the Mayan’s realised cocoa beans could produce chocolate, then hearing about the history of the brand ‘Cadbury’s’ and the process of making chocolate…we even experienced what it was like to be a cocoa bean! After trying some of their chocolate, watching it being made and trying our hand at writing in chocolate we enjoyed a well-deserved break. The best was yet to come with a 4D experience like no other! The screams of excitement and smiles of joy were wonderful to see on all the children’s faces as we went on a journey in to a fantasy Cadbury’s World. We ended the day finding out all about the Mayan culture and history – with Pavol and Anastasija dressing up as a Mayan man and woman!
St John’s and Winyates’ staff had a packed two days of training at the beginning of this Autumn term. They used their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) alongside bags of creativity to work collaboratively in order to solve a problem posed to them.
The experience allowed them to appreciate the skills required by children in their class as we begin our journey to being a partnership of schools which offer excellent STEM teaching.
In addition to this, as all children this year will be involved in Forest School work to develop independence, teamwork and empathy skills, teachers and TAs were able to immerse themselves in Forest School activities. They took part in a blindfold challenge, climbed trees, learnt how to whittle, use bow saws, how to build a den and create art using natural materials!
On Tuesday, we welcomed Alice from the library to tell the children all about the fantastic Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!
Today all 5 chysalides hatched and five beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies emerged. It was such an incredible thing to watch. The red liquid you can see is called meconium and it is expelled from the butterfly as it’s wings expand. The wings take around two hours to harden and and tomorrow they will be ready for some food!
This week The Bear’s Den took delivery of some caterpillars! In a few days time they will make their way to the top of the lid and and hang in a J shape. They will shed their exoskeletons one last time and harden into chrysalides.
A camera is filming their transformation and the footage so far looks amazing!
We had another successful Sports’ Day – this time for KS2. The morning comprised of the same organisation as yesterday, with a carousel of activities followed by running and relay races. Congratulations to all the children who took part and supported their house by cheering them on. Resourceful were the overall winners with 1,351 points! Thank you to all the parents who came to watch – especially those who took part in the adult race at the end!
Congratulations to all the children in KS1 who took part in this year’s Sports’ Day. It was organised in to two parts – the first; a carousel of 12 activities comprising of skills the children have learnt throughout the year during their PE lessons, the second, running and relay races. We even had time for a staff and parent race at the end! Thank you to all the parents who came to watch and to those volunteers and adults who helped support the children. We are very fortunate to have Mrs Curtis as our passionate Sports Co-ordinator who organised a brilliant day!