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There was mud, deep puddles and lots more mud on our day in the forest! The children were able to lead the way and navigate their way around the ‘Glow Trail’ following the arrows and clues. All the children were given high levels of independence and the discussions and learning opportunities for all far outweighed the muddy, wet clothes!
'Look Rachel, it's clue number 3,' said S.
'It’s round like a circle,' said W when showing us his log.
F laughed hysterically when he put a piece of flapjack in Rachel's cup of water and watched it sink to the bottom! This interest will be developed in class next term focusing on predictions of what will sink and what will float.
L challenged himself by climbing onto the wooden pig independently and saying, 'Carrie, I'm on the pig'.
Jake was able to listen well, slowing his actions down when requested which helped minimise the number of bruises he went home with!
H astounded us with his walking; he was able to walk the entire trail with verbal encouragement and a supportive physical hand on the odd occasion.
'Elm Class have been learning all about what happens in a General Election and why it is important that the public get the chance to vote for who runs our country. We talked about political issues that affect us and looked at the manifestos of some of the key parties involved in the General Election.
The students then wrote their own manifestos about what matters to them and in assembly on Friday they shared their manifestos with the rest of Upper School. They were very passionate about what they had written as they were anxious to start winning over the voters!
Students and staff will have the opportunity to vote in our very own Shrubberies General Election in school on Thursday 12th December. Who will become the Shrubberies Prime Minister? Watch this space....
We were very excited to welcome Gloucester's very own Super Hero Jamie McDonald AKA Adventure Man in to school. Jamie gave an assembly to the school and talked about how we all have a super hero inside ourselves!
He told everyone about his 2 Guinness world records, his 14,000 mile bike ride from Bangkok to the UK, his 5000 mile run across Canada and his most recent run of 5,500 miles across America where he encountered tarantulas and had a lucky escape from a mountain lion! He even brought his shiny new Pride Of Britain award to show us.
All of these adventures were to raise money for his charity The Superhero Foundation, which raises money to help sick children and their families. We all think he is amazing!!
New Playground Equipment
We are very grateful to HSBC who have kindly funded our new climbing frame on the playground. Tesco Bags of Help started us off with £2,000 and then HSBC generously offered to fund the remaining £6277.40. The Shrubberies was delighted to welcome Ryan Starr, Mark Richards and Lilian Jones from HSBC into school on Tuesday to make the presentation. After this they toured the school and were even able to try out the Clamberstack climbing frame, recently installed by All Out Play from Stroud.
Museum of the Moon
The Museum of the Moon landed at Gloucester Cathedral yesterday in preparation for our visit! The artist Luke Jerram was brought up in Randwick and attended the village school before going onto Archway School in Stroud. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition.
The children were extremely impressed when they first walked into the cathedral. 'Wow, the moon's amazing,' said W. Having studied the moon on the computer and discussed our solar system we were able to discuss aspects of the moon and use words to describe it. 'Those are craters,' said T. Several of the children had remembered that nothing grows on the moon because there is no air, very impressive!
The cathedral held many opportunities for the children to discuss what they saw or felt. 'It's very creepy,' said L as we walked through the darker corridors. 'I can see lots of numbers,' said W when looking at one of the marble bodies. Unfortunately T's hamster had died that morning so he wanted to say a prayer for him.
Outside, H spotted a plaque with a tank on which the children had been pretending to play with in the garden the previous day, 'It's really smooth,' he said when rubbing it with his hands.