World Book Day
On Friday 3rd March 2017 we celebrated World Book Day. All of the children were asked to dress up as a book character, and the staff joined in too. Two winners were chosen from each class for the best costumes, but it was very hard to choose due to the large quantity of amazing outfits! On the day, which formed part of our book week, we also had a book swap, where children brought in a book from home and swapped it with a book that a member of their class had brought in, and a number of the classes had a virtual visit, over Skype, from author Ian Billings. Each key stage also wrote a shared story, with each class contributing a section of the story, and all of the children shared the stories they had written across the week with children from other classes.
During the week we also had shared learning sessions, where parents were invited in to work on creating a book with their children. Photos from the day can be found on the Parental Involvement page of our website, here.
Below are some photos of the children and staff on the day, and watch as poor Stick Man gets chased by a puppy dog!!
Parent Learning Event - Acacias Has Talent
On Wednesday 26th January we held a parent learning event on the theme of ‘Acacias Has Talent’. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we looked at the various talents that people could have within the arts. The activities that we held were; sculpture, weaving, singing, poetry performance, music, art relaxation, drama games, photography, dance, collage and origami. Over 70 children and their parents joined us for the event, and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the staff. Children were given a record card to take round with them, collecting a stamp for their card from each activity they visited. Children who participated in 6 or more activities were given a certificate and a prize for their participation, following the event. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of Talents and being ‘stars’.
Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 15th December 2016
On Thursday 15th November we had our Christmas Jumper day, raising money for the charity 'Save the Children'. Children and staff all came to school in their Christmas jumpers, with a good mix of shop-bought and home-made jumpers. Two children from each class were chosen as winners for the 'Best jumper'.
Brilliant Britain - Parent Learning Event - Wednesday 16th November 2016
On Wednesday 16th November we held a parent learning event on the theme of 'Brilliant Britain'. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we looked at what makes Britain Brilliant, incorporating the British Values that are taught in school. The activities that we held were; voting for our favourite things, creating crowns, making our own Banksy art work, food tasting (scones and cucumber sandwiches), biscuit decorating, making poppies, creating a Union Jack from British things, mapping Britain, quizzes and cricket (indoor due to weather - rain couldn't stop our play!). Over 130 children and their parents joined us for the event, and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the staff. Children were given a record card to take round with them, collecting a sticker for their card from each activity they visited. Children who participated in 6 or more activities were given a certificate and a prize for their participation, following the event. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of healthy living.
Brilliant Brits - Stacey Copeland - Tuesday 15th November 2016
On Tuesday 15th November 2016 boxer, Stacey Copeland, came in to talk to Key Stage 2 about her career, and what led her to being a boxer. Stacey talked about how she became a footballer and travelled the world playing football. After being a footballer, she went on to become a boxer. In both careers she found difficulty initially due to her gender. When she was little she had to cut her hair really short to pretend she was a boy to be able to play for the football team. Also when she was young, it was illegal for her to become a boxer (she started going to the gym when she was 6 with her dad and grandad who were both boxers). As she grew up laws changed and she was able to become a boxer, which she did following a successful footballing career. Last year she became National Champion in her weight category in boxing, and won a belt which she brought show us. Since then she has unfortunately been unable to compete due to injury, but she will return to boxing.
Stacey shared with us some key ways she breaks barriers that would stop her from achieving to her potential:
- Be an Egg!! Don't give up on things you want to achieve, even if it's difficult
- Teamitude - working together helps you to get further
- Be like Mary (Kingsley) - believe you can achieve
- Think about what's important to you - use it to spur you on to be the best you can be.