A Treasure Trove!

It was like Christmas had come early on Tuesday. We had a real treasure trove of things to give out: Bikeability certificates, Readathon stickers and bookmarks, PGL certificates, some very nice PGL baseball caps and the much-anticipated Y6 leavers hoodies! A big thank you to Mrs Buttle for organising the hoodies, and to FoGS for funding them. We've moved on to our Ancient Egypt segment of 'So You Think You're Civilised', starting with looking at the different roles in society, from the Pharaoh to the farmer. I think everybody is very much looking forward to learning about mummies! Our first Wellbeing Wednesday went well - our Rounders skills have definitely improved and Mr Major and Matty showed the Eagles to throw a ball properly. We're looking forward to some athletics on Friday afternoon - the track is looking very neat and tidy. Next week's Wellbeing Wednesday will actually be on Thursday.

Below: Jude sorting Ancient Egyptian society vocabulary

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Marchant's Hill

A long coach trip led us to a new PGL destination in Surrey - Marchant’s Hill. The children were very excited to finally arrive and look around the site. We had a quick peek at all of the activities we would be doing this week - and there were lots of them! We crammed in abseiling, raft building, zip wire, the giant swing, climbing and much more; 14 activities plus 4 evening events. We’ve eaten like kings, learned lots of new games and enjoyed getting to know each other in a new way. The children have accomplished so much - met their own personal challenges in the activities, learned to live and negotiate with others and developed their independence in being away from their parents. It’s been fab and I’m sure your child will tell you all about it over the coming days! Eagles under a climbing wall at PGL!

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Wellbeing

As Year 6 have Bikeability this week, we have had a standalone topic in English. We've been looking at wellbeing by listening to songs and talking about their themes. We've talked about friendship, change and our wonderful world. Although the lessons themselves are very creative, we've developed our discussion skills, our listening skills, following instructions skills and our ability to make links a lot this week. On Monday we made friendship bracelets using thread, on Tuesday we followed a 'How To Draw the Moon' tutorial and on Wednesday we made origami butterflies. On the back of the butterflies the children wrote the changes they would like to see in the world: an end to racism, no plastic in the seas, no fossil fuels and much more. On Thursday we expressed our gratitude with tissue paper silhouettes and we finished up our work on Friday with doodle sheets associated with our own special songs. A big well done to the Year 6s whose behaviour was praised by the Bikeability instructors - we are very proud of your excellent ambassadorship for our school!

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African Drumming

A well-written villain is key to an exciting adventure story and this week we looked at two of them: Herod Sayle and Mr Grin. The Eagles compiled secret dossiers about the evil men and their villainous ways, ready to go on display in the hall. We had a go at some African drumming using our set of djembe drums. After learning about several different African instruments and how they sound, we followed a YouTube tutorial on African drumming patterns. We became quite good at drumming slowly but we've got quite a way to go before our fast drumming is anything other than giggle-inducing! Our Anti-Bullying wristbands have arrived and so we spent Thursday afternoon comparing the way Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull treat others and thinking about the word 'respect'. A huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Bayes for donating the wristbands - the children love them!

Jemimah and Leo with djembe drums

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