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4 Collaborative and Shared Events

PE Day at North and South Cowton

On Wednesday the 17th of October we had an absolutely fantastic day of PE, the children literally did not stop moving from 9.30 am to 3.00pm.  Working collaboratively with North and South Cowton Community Primary School, the children took part in Skip2Bfit, football skills and relay races, Box2Bfit and then a selection of games designed to improve hand – eye coordination.  Even at playtime and lunchtime the fun did not stop. 

The day was helped by the lovely weather we enjoyed but more importantly through the commitment of all the staff who assisted.  I would like to say a huge thankyou to the staff of Melsonby and North and South Cowton for their supervision of the children.  We were also lucky enough to have Mike Layfield, Victoria Sellers and Dave Gibson (who ran the Skip and Box 2Bfit) leading all the sessions; many thanks to you for your help and expertise.

However, the real stars of the show were the children who thoroughly enjoyed themselves and absolutely loved working together, inter school friendships have been made!  I have had many children asking me, when next can we all work together?  We have separate whole school cycling days coming up in November and then a joint Archery Day in January.  However, I’m sure we will work collaboratively before January.

On a final note Dave Gibson told me at the end of the day what well-mannered, happy and enthusiastic children we have and you would think they were all children from the same school in the way they all got along and worked together.  Praise indeed.

Archery Day

On Tuesday, it was archery day so we had to go in our coats because it was cold and windy. In assembly, the man told us that the arrows were the most common weapon in the Saxon times. He told us lots of gruesome history.

 We all had a go, but I wasn’t very good at first. You have to pull the sting to the corner of your mouth with 3 fingers. At first, I hit the ground because I pulled it only as far as my shoulder. I got better as the time went on. We had a competition but a boy from the other school won.  By Tom

Macbeth – A Shakespeare Play in a Day

On Tuesday, we were treated to a fantastic day of Shakespearean fun and entertainment.  It was another great opportunity for everyone to work together and friendships are forming across our, new to be, Federation.  During the day the children practiced together, made props together, played together, ate together and performed (brilliantly) together.  It was also great to see just how many parents came to enjoy the children’s performance, together. 

Building a sukkah

Class 2 to have been learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot and Shavuot. These festivals celebrate ‘harvest’ and the time when they escaped the desert after spending 40 years living in a hut like building.

We also found out about Moses and him sharing the 10 commandments. There are similarities with Jewish people and Christians because their special book is our Old Testament

First class 1 and class 2 went outside to the adventure playground to decide where to make the sukkah. We decided to put the sukkah on the decking with the fence as one wall because the sukkah had to have a natural roof and at least three walls.

Finally, it was time to build the sukkah with our teachers. This is what we needed to build the sukkah:

  • Tarpaulin
  • Wool/string
  • Seats
  • Snacks
  • Wood
  • Bamboo
  • Plants

We had a great time! Ben and Daniel made some jam sandwiches whilst Mrs. Simpson chopped up some apples. We had a feast outside, in our sukkah, under the beautiful autumn sunshine.

Thanks to Mrs. Wilson for bringing in the special grasses we used for the roof.

By Daniel and Aidan

A Visit to our School by Bishop Helen Ann the Bishop of Ripon

On Thursday, we had a special guest to our school.  The Bishop of Ripon, Bishop Helen Ann, came to visit.  The Bishop started her day with a tour of the school.  She first looked in on the children of Class 1 who were eagerly engaged in some online phonics challenges.  Next she visited the children of Class 2 who just about to start their maths lesson on multiplication, division, perimeter and area.

After seeing more of the school, Bishop Helen Ann joined the children, staff and governors for lunch.  As always, it was a great success, thanks to Sarah.  The Bishop enjoyed chatting to our pupils over lunch.

After lunch she was invited to a special one -off short concert from our Monday Music Club, they were fantastic.  Her time with us ended by her leading an assembly about Advent. 

It was a lovely opportunity for everyone to meet and talk with the Bishop and it is indeed good to know we have her support and backing and that she would love to return to our school for another visit.

Do not panic, if you think the children in the photograph look unhappy, they were meant to be unhappy as part of their roles to help with the assembly.