It doesn’t seem possible that we can already be at the end of our first half term of this year. As usual we have been very busy and have had quite a flurry of new pupils this September with children joining not only in the Foundation year but throughout the school.
Our theme this year is ‘Survival’ and this term we have been looking at climate; this work has taken different forms throughout the school. One class has looked at temperate trees, another class has looked at Antarctica whilst another has looked at vegetables that grow in our climate and linked this with the RHS Big Soup Challenge.
We were pleased to be able to host the Sustainable Blewbury Celebration and we linked the work that the pupils did for this in with our harvest festival. Food miles and sustainable production of food was one of the many themes.
We have again be recognised for our International and global bias in our curriculum and have been awarded our 7th International School Award. We are now the only school in the world to have received this award seven times; continuously since its conception. Each award lasts for three years with assessed work in the final of those years.
We are also pleased to announce that we have been awarded another Erasmus + project and we are linked with schools from Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. We have just held our first organisational meeting and in March there will be a growth in school population when 10 pupils from each of the countries visit the school. Our pupils will be able to travel to Spain this year and Germany and Holland next academic year.
We have already had two teachers visit from Sardinia this year and will have two more from Finland in November. We have also gained a grant for travelling to job shadow and train in Europe over the next two years.
As ever the summer term last year saw successful trips to Shropshire for our Year 4/5 and Year 6 pupils, as well as a residential visit to Hill End near Oxford for our Year 3 children. These trips really do help with the ‘Resilience’, ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Resourcefulness’ elements of our curriculum approach, giving confidence to our pupils and helping them to be good risk takers and problem solvers. In November, 75 pupils will be undertaking the first residential of this year in Staffordshire – non-stop outdoor activities but more about that next time. Marion Mills