Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Flint and Reg, the Tawny Owl and Little Owl visit the Foundation Stage

The children in the Buzzards and Kites groups really enjoyed meeting a Tawny Owl ‘Flint’ and a Little Owl called ‘Reg’ on Monday, and on Wednesday the Kestrels met Leo, the Long eared owl and Parsnip, the Barn Owl.
The children are working on an owl story during their literacy sessions and we have been talking about light and dark and other features of the natural world.
The children returned to the class room inspired and have been doing some lovely work about our topics.
We would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to Tracey from Hawkwalk for bringing the owls to our nature area and for her lovely comments about the lovely manners all the children she met had.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Farewell to our House Captains

Today was the last day of house captain duties for our team of 8. They have worked very hard since taking on the role of House Captain, encouraging their teams to work hard.

This week's winners were Buckland House. The overall term winners were Iddmead.
Next term we will be voting for new House Captains. We look forward to hearing their speeches on the first day back.

Oxford United

Thank you to Oxford United and Grundon for a great half term's work.  Yesterday the school was presented with a signed shirt from the team.

Chinese New Year

Foundation Stage children have been celebrating Chinese New Year with their very own dragon.

Foundation Stage Forest School

This week the Foundation Stage children braved the gusts and carried out some experiments with tarpaulins on the playing field.

By Wednesday the weather had calmed down enough for us to visit the Millennium Wood again where the children found that an exciting blindfold rope maze had been set up by Mr McMahon.  The children showed lovely cooperation in guiding each other around.

We are enjoying working with the various challenges and opportunities that our British weather throws at us.

Thank you so much to all the parents who help make Forest School so much fun and possible to run.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lunchtime Buddying

Today children in Peacock class (Y5/6) had lunch with children in Welsh Dragons (Y1). They enjoyed getting to know more about each other and it was a lovely atmosphere.

School Council final day (& pancake race!!)

Today was our last school council meeting before we hold new elections after half term.

This year we have been making the school a better place by making a few changes to the school behaviour policy. A strong point to our actions was to make sure we don't get bullying at Cholsey Primary School.One thing we did was put up posters around school to show the effect,how to spot it,and,most importantly,how to stop it.

To help behaviour at lunchtime we introduced Lunchtime Buddies. These are year 5 & 6 children who patrol the playgrounds and help sort out any issues and help children make friends. 

Other things we have done this year include questionnaires in class to see how comfortable children are at taking risks and not being afraid to make mistakes. Most children at Cholsey were comfortable with taking on a challenge, which was good. To help the others some school councilors did a little role-play in assembly.

For any children who have personal worries we have suggested using a "Worry Box" in classes. This helps children to share any concerns with their teacher anonymously if they want.

As today was Pancake Day, we went to the Forty to have a pancake race vs the Tree house School. It was great fun. There were different age categories like pre-school, KS1 and KS2. You had to run a lap around the Forty with a frying pan and a pancake. They made us flip the pancake 5 times at least. We had a great time.

Good luck to the new school council !
Posted by Poppy, Thea and Oliver.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Christingle Service

Christingle was as lovely as ever this year. Thank you to all who came and to Rev Petit and St Mary's Church for hosting the event.
Clare McKeown has once again sent us some beautiful photos.