Members of The Brentor Commoners Association welcomed the children, who then closely observed the wonderful flora and fauna of the common and created some beautifully detailed artwork, using pastels, pencils and watercolours.
The early summer sun shone on Lydford Primary school's wildlife champions, as they joined other small school wildlife champions, to explore Meeth Quarry conservation area, under the excellent guidance of The Devon Wildlife Trust experts. The children experienced pond dipping, studied butterflies & dragonflies, learnt about fabulous creatures in the depths of the ocean (theoretically!) and put their fire lighting skills to the test using steel strikers.
On Friday 1st July, we held a Rainbow Day. On this day the children are invited to wear any colour(s) of the rainbow. The aim of Rainbow Day is to recognise diversity within our schools and communities and celebrate the fact that we are all different.
Class 1 are awarded stickers for great team work, outstanding work and fantastic behaviour as a class. When they have filled their chart they have earnt a class treat.
On Thursday 23rd June after suggestions and a vote for what they would like as their reward, Class 1 enjoyed a disco followed by a few games of musical statues.
They have already chosen a 'wheelie day' for their next reward.
On Thursday 16th June Class One visited the National Marine Aquarium as part of their science topic. They enjoyed a fantastic interactive tour of the aquarium followed by a rockpool safari at Mount Batten Beach where they discovered lots of marine life. It was a fun filled experience which has really enhanced what they have been learning in the classroom.
Children due to start school in September 2022, enjoyed their first session in forest school last week. Class 1 children showed them around, shared their knowledge and explained what forest school is all about. Water play and shady willow den activities were particular favourites in the hot sunny weather.
The whole school is thoroughly enjoying singing lessons with Mr Arnold. Mr Arnold is a professional singer and music teacher who is very generously volunteering to come in to school every Monday morning.
Well done to our cricket team who played magnificently at the recent Cup finals. They scored over a hundred runs in the competition and were very credible runners up.
Year 2 pupils have really enjoyed their first two transition afternoons with Class 2. Last week they learnt and performed some dance activities, followed by some geography. This week they have continued with their geography; using maps and atlases to learn about rivers around the world. Year 2 will continue to have weekly transition sessions, in class 2, until the end of term.
Staff and pupils welcomed families and guests from our community, on Thursday 9th June, to join us in celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Celebrations began by planting four trees in our school playing field, as part of the Queen's Green Tree Canopy Scheme. These trees will offer shade and wonderment to our children and children of future generations; in addition to being a fabulous enhancement to our school environment. The four trees were Birch, Poplar, Beech and Hornbeam. The children enthusiastically sang a song especially written for the platinum jubilee; a commemorative plaque was put in place and Reverend Brook blessed the trees. This was followed by all the children being presented with personalised platinum jubilee mugs; which were most generously given by the Lydford village jubilee fundraising group. The National Anthem was played and celebrations were brought to a close by everyone enjoying delicious home baked cakes, buns and biscuits and cups of tea, very kindly donated and served by parents and friends of Lydford school. The showery weather only added to the occasion, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Emily, from The Devon Wildlife Trust, joined our wildlife champions to go on a very exciting mini-beast hunt. The children were introduced to the micro habitats of some very tiny creatures that live beneath logs, under leaves and in flower heads. Detection, identification and classification were great skills for the children to learn; they will share their new knowledge with their classes during forest school sessions.
Whenever opportunities arise in forest school, the children are quick to offer a helping hand and/or words of encouragement to each other. This shows an increasing awareness of their own capabilities and understanding the needs of others. It is so rewarding to observe the children supporting each other spontaneously.
Class 1 and 2 have enjoyed a variety of forest school crafts and artisan activities this term, from buddleia beads to clay boggarts (the old mythical name for goblins!), using a range of natural materials. This has encouraged intrinsic motivation and manual dexterity and also allowed the children to follow their own ideas and creativity.
Class 1 are aware that most of the planting and development of our Forest School site has been done by Class 2, so they were very excited to be able to plant a Silver Birch tree, just inside the entrance gate, to mark the final part of creating our forest school. In addition to this, each child also planted a bulb around the tree. Being involved in the planting and development of the site helps the children to foster a natural curiosity and interest of the forest school environment and to take an active part in it's care.
There are always jobs to do to make sure that the forest school site is kept growing and developing in a healthy way for all the flora and fauna within it. Class 2 are eager participants and love to plant, support, fix and nurture. This means they become totally invested in the site and are able to use their initiate, problem solve and develop their own skills in a variety of ways.
Class 1 spent time collecting a range of natural materials from around the forest school site, then created their own amazing transitional art. The end results were inspirational!
Class 2 used oil pastels to create their own contemporary impression of the Pentecost. This artwork was then presented to Reverend Brook, when he came in to school to talk about what the Pentecost means to Christians, as part of this term's Religious Education learning.
Many congratulations to our cricket team who won the Gold medal for Lydford Primary School recently. This was at a small schools cricket tournament held at Hatherleigh Cricket Club. What a fabulous achievement. Well done, everyone!
As part of Class 2's history project on the industrial revolution, the children enjoyed a visit to Coldharbour Textile Mill and working Wool Museum in Uffculme, East Devon. It really brought their learning to life; they experienced the cottage industry of wool weaving through to the intensely noisy and busy factory environment of the steam powered weaving looms.
The Industrial Reveloution, Georgia O'Keeffe, poety and more.
All children are expected to complete the following each week:
Homework projects / spelling / times tables: Activities and projects will be set half termly. Homework tasks consolidate learning taking place in school. Studies have shown that home learning can be extremely important in a child’s cognitive development.
The children will get more out of the homework projects if they apply themselves correctly and these are designed to encourage creativity. Children who rush their projects and do not spend an appropriate time on them will not gain the benefits of our homework policy.
Project homework tasks are for EVERY child to engage in. Choose one task to complete this half term and another to complete next half term. Please bring all homework into school on or before Monday 18th October so that it can be displayed and celebrated on Thursday 21st from 9-9.15 in the school hall, to which you are all welcome.
Thank you for the ongoing support with your child’s home learning,
A busy week for our youngest learners. Exploring the ice outside, phonics learning, counting, small world play and lots more!
As part of our learning in RE this week we walked through the village to St Petrock's to find out about the features of a church. We looked at the tower, the stained glass windows, the bells, the pews and the alter. The children's behaviour was exemplary and they asked lots of very thoughtful questions.