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Sunday, 24 May 2020 14:17

Summer Half Term Activity Week

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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:43

Spring Half Term Activity Week

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:16

House Day - History Figures

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The children in Foundation and Pre-prep had a great time on History Day. They arrived at school very excited and in some amazing costumes. The children all spent the day working in their Hobby Groups instead of their class, this gave them a chance to work in a different group.

The Foundation children made some medieval jewellery with Miss Wood, some medieval biscuits with Mrs Jovic, royal crowns with Miss Ascough and castle construction with Mrs Maulkerson.

Meanwhile the children In Pre-Prep made medieval coin purses with Mrs Okuwadigbo, created Egyptian hieroglyphics with Mrs Vass, Plasticine fossils with Miss Casiraghi and decoupage castles with myself.

The children really enjoyed the range of activities and learnt lots of interesting historical facts. It was a great end to a busy first half-term.

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In History Day the children were asked to recreate a war between two neighboring territories separated by natural boundaries. They were asked to consider the origins of the conflict and how to respond once peace was lost.  We recreated several battles with progressively difficult scenarios. This included border defenses moving closer to the front line, enemy infiltration and more powerful weapons, so their strategies had to adapt to the new circumstances. To finish we had a discussion on the impact war had had on the lives of those affected, in both parties. The children really enjoyed the activity and put a huge amount of thought and energy into it. 

The children were taken on a journey into the middle ages, for our History Day. Through a mixture of problem-solving, art and drama, the students explored a section of the Bayeux Tapestry and analysed the images that it portrays. The part of the tapestry showing the build-up to the Battle of Hastings was split into ten sections and the children had to identify what was occurring in each section, using the clues they could see in order to match them with written explanations.  Once this task was complete, they chose scenes to represent through freeze-frames, which were brought to life and acted with great skill! In addition, the children had the opportunity to choose their favourite image from the tapestry, to sketch. Each house worked hard to complete the tasks and as usual, we saw some effective leadership skills from many individuals.
Mr Thorne and Mr Owen headed up the construction project for today. The students had the opportunity to discover the seven ancient wonders of the World. This developed their depth of knowledge and ideas surrounding ancient history. The students had the opportunity to draw and create models of the wonders before presenting them to the class. The best presentation was given to Dean. The houses ranked in order of Dean with 9 points out of ten; Wyre with eight points; Rockingham and Arden tied with seven points a piece. The staff present were really impressed by the student's interest in history and their application and resourcefulness during the day.
 
The children went through a careful explanation of how the dark ages Viking and Saxon shield walls were used and looked at re-enactments with people in costume. The various styles of decorative motifs were researched with the precursors of medieval heraldry in the form of eagle, bear and wolf icons as well as stripes and simple geometric patterns. They then went onto design their own motifs in pairs and painted them to include a central boss and rim. As a finale the house groups set up mock shield walls and provided an appropriate range of expressions for the “battlefield” photo!
Published in General
Friday, 18 October 2019 14:54

Beech & Holly Trip to the Leicester Space Centre

2019 10 16 11.50.28Beech and Holly had a fantastic first trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester. When we arrived we saw a real life rocket. It was enormous and the children were very impressed. We were invited inside to explore different aspects of space and travel. In the Tranquillity Base we explored the inside of a moon buggy and took it in turns to drive a hover chair. We also had a go at measuring our heights, weights and bone density to see if we could also be astronauts. In the solar system section we found a tiny-tarium. In the tiny-tarium we met Astronaut George who took us around the solar system. We had to answer his questions about the different planets by pressing the buttons around the walls. The children discovered that not all planets have water, air and friends. We also used our sense of touch to feel different types of rocks they have found on the earth, the moon and in space. In this section we also saw a model rover robot which could be steered with a remote control.

In our packed lunch we had sandwiches, yogurt, fruit and raisins. After lunch, we were fortunate enough to then go to the big planetarium where we discovered the history of light travel from Earth and were blown away by how many people it took to land men on the moon. At the end of the day we met some of the Space Centre staff who showed us how to make our own alien slime which we could take home with us. We had had so much fun on the trip that a lot of the children fell asleep on the coach trip back to school. What an exciting adventure!

Miss Ascough & Mrs Maulkerson

Published in Trips
Monday, 25 June 2018 15:04

Beech & Holly Trip to Whipsnade Zoo

Beech and Holly had a wonderful trip to Whipsnade Zoo in the glorious sunshine. We were fortunate enough to arrive in time to watch the very cheeky lemurs eat their breakfast then made our way to the penguins. We spent a long time in the African Animals part of the zoo and were delighted to watch the giraffes being fed and the sleepy lions doing what they do best-sleeping! Then we made it up to the tigers before stopping for lunch and a little play. The next part of our adventure took us on the train where we spotted the beautiful elephants and the rhinos wallowing in the mud. After a stop for an ice cream we visited the petting zoo and got very friendly with the pygmy goats and finished our trip in the butterfly house. It was here that the children were complimented on their wonderful behaviour and we were told that we were the best school to have come through this part of the zoo that day. With lots more still to explore we sadly had to leave but the children were brimming with excitement about the amazing animals they had encountered that day and eager to return at the next available opportunity! Thank you Beech and Holly for a wonderful day, we were all incredibly proud of you and impressed with the knowledge and facts you had retained from our exciting day at the zoo.

Mrs Collins

Published in Trips
Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:23

Pet Visit Talk to Foundation

The Foundation children were really fortunate this week to have a visit from Bruno, a beautiful labradoodle, from Pets As Therapy and his owner Julie. We invited Bruno into school to support our topic on animals. The children were able to have some hands on experience with a pet and they were very taken by him. Julie spoke to the children about Bruno and answered all their questions about how to care for him and his likes and dislikes. He loves to eat sausages and he gets them as a treat. We found out that Bruno has two lovely walks a day, both up to an hour. He loves running in dirty puddles and searching in the woods for his ball. He gets so dirty that he needs a shower each morning to wash the mud from his paws and around his beard! We all had a chance to give Bruno a stroke and he was lovely soft. Thank you for coming to visit Bruno.

Mrs Okwuadigbo

Published in General
Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:53

Summer Half Term Activity Week

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Friday, 11 May 2018 13:07

Lunchtime Concert, May 2018

Lunchtime Concert May 5In this May’s concert the tables were turned!

Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.

We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.

Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.

The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.  

A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.

Keep practising!

Mrs Hodges

Published in LVAC

On Friday 4th May on a gloriously sunny day the children at The Grove had the opportunity to take part in a non-competitive duathlon hosted by The British Triathlon Trust. Mike Jubb started the day with a whole school assembly and set us the challenge of cycling and running 717 Kilometres as a whole school.

The children in their departments then took it in turns to go over to the field and take part, cycling on static bikes for 1 minute followed by running on a circuit for 1 minute. This went on for 45 minutes!

Other activities were planned at school, the Foundation children made healthy fruit kebabs, and took part in other physical activities outside as well as creating a healthy menu. Pre-Prep designed a sports outfit to wear, talked about healthy teeth, created a new water bottle as well as making a healthy food plate.

In Prep the children took part in various other activities such as food tests, a skills circuit, designing an eat well plate as well as fitness tests.

The children all had a really enjoyable day and  managed to beat the 717Km challenge set at the beginning of the day, well done everyone!         

Emma Carlin

Published in General
Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:13

Easter Activity Week

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