Page 4 Carr Hill Primary School Inside This Month……... October 2015 Bigger and Better Senior Citizens Enjoy Visit Year 1 and 2 children from Miss Jones’s Key Stage 1 Class were recently invited to the Residential Home. The residents were keen to hear the children sing their Harvest songs and to talk about some of their work. The children sang two harvest songs for the residents; ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ and ‘ Waiting for the Sun’. The children also shared their ‘still life’ artwork with the residents and were eager and happy to answer questions about their artwork. Some of the children enjoyed asking the residents to guess which vegetables they had drawn. The children asked the residents a few questions about harvest time when they were younger and they were able to share with us some of their memories. The residents were keen for the children to sing more songs and have already invited them back again to stay in touch. Healthy Tuck Shop ……………………….2 Diary Dates November ‘15 2nd School closed to children INSET Day 3rd School re-opens after half-term 4th Jacqui Jones to lead school assembly 4th Bike Training for F2 and Y1 5th Travelling Book Fair 5th Bike Training for F2 and Y1 6th Open Morning for Parents and Friends 10th Y5/6 visit national media Museum 10th Governors’ Strategic Development Meeting 11th Time Travelling for Y3 children 12th Governors’ Working Group—Policy updates 13th Children in Need Day 16th Start of Anti-Bullying Week 20th PTA Christmas Fair 24th Governors’ Working Group—Solar Panels 26th Flu drops for Y1/Y2 am 27th The Mob Christmas Concert 6.00 pm December ‘15 2nd Foundation Nativity 8th Choir Event with Elizabethan Academy 9th Y5 / Y6 Christmas Production 9th Jacqui Jones leads school assembly 10th pm KS1 Christmas Production 10th 6.00 KS1 Christmas Production 15th Y3 / Y4 Christmas Presentation 16th Y5 / Y6 Christmas Party 16th Christmas School Lunch 16th PTA Christmas Disco 17th KS1 Christmas Party 17th Early Year Christmas Party and Sing-a-long 17th 6.00 pm Carol Concert for Parents, Staff and Children 18th Last day before the Christmas holidays 21st School closed for holidays January ‘16 5th INSET Day—school closed to children 6th School re-opens after Christmas February ‘16 4th Maths Event for Y6 group at Elizabethan 5th PTA Bingo Night 12th Last day before school closes for half-term holiday 22nd School re-opens after half-term holiday March ‘16 10th G. and T. English Event at Elizabethan 17th Maths Event for Y6 group at Elizabethan 24th Maths Event for Y6 group at Elizabethan Y5 Enjoy Art Event ……………………….3 Senior Citizen Visit ……………………….4 Carr Hill newsletter ‘a happy atmosphere with high standards’ Multi-Skilled Y2 Children Recently, Year 2 children had an exciting morning at Elizabethan Academy, participating in a range of PE based activities which were run by Year 10 and 11 students. The whole event was called ‘Multi-Skills’. Rather than concentrating on one or two particular sports, more general physical activities which apply to most sports were organised. These activities included running, balancing on a wobble board, completing an obstacle course and working with a partner to improve throwing and catching skills. Archie from 2MNe said, ”It was fantastic fun. I especially liked balancing on the wobble board with 2 bean bags on my head.” Similarly, Isabel from 2MNe remarked, “I liked working with my friend to throw and catch a ball. Working together was fun!” The wonderful behaviour of the children was commented upon by a variety of staff from other schools, and we are looking forward to attending other sporting mornings at the Elizabethan Academy. Page 2 Carr Hill Primary School Money for Old Clothes Our very own Clothes Bank continues to operate and is available during school hours for all your old clothes, blankets, pairs of shoes, curtains and sheets. Last half-term we received £70 from Savannah Rags, the company that collects the unwanted items for distribution overseas. Our simple clothes bank does three things; It provides money which we can then spend on our children It helps keep your house clutter free It provides clothes and other items for developing countries! Please continue to support our very own Carr Hill Clothing Bank. Carr Hill Primary School Year 3 Class Go Green On Friday 16th October , 3AB went to visit Mansfield Materials Facility. We had a fantastic morning learning about recycling. We began by having a classroom session where we learnt about the importance of recycling and what materials you can and cannot recycle. Following this, we had a tour of the recycling facility which was very interesting. We had to wear safety equipment which included hard hats, high vis vests and a sound system so we could hear our tour guide as it was very loud in the building! We watched paper arriving by lorry which was then moved by a 360 machine. Another machine higher up in the building was used to allow people to sort through it to check it was all paper and recycleable. It then emerged as a bale at the end of the process. From being picked up to becoming a bale took only fifteen minutes. Lorries were then ready to be loaded to take the bales away to be reused. We saw a range of materials going through the process including paper, cardboard and cans. We had a very interesting day and learnt a lot about recycling. Year 5 Art Day 1940’s Visit for Y3/Y4 As part of this term’s topic work, children in Year 3 and 4 recently travelled back in time to become WWII evacuees for the day. Recently, the Year 5 children from 5RD and 5RB took part in a specialist Art Day at the Elizabethan Academy. Children visited Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire which was used as a Listening Station during World War 2. Upon arrival at the Hall, children were immediately in role as evacuees as they were taken to the Billeting Hall where they learned many things about 1940’s etiquette such as removing hats indoors and gentlemen always letting the ladies go first. They were also warned to be on the look-out for potential spies and shown one way of identifying a suspect. Children then became code-breakers, intercepting German radio signals and deciphering their messages. They visited a 1940’s Greengrocers to buy ingredients with their ration books so they could make typical war-time food such as Woolton Pie and Rabbit Stew. Page 3 With art-shirts at the ready, we embarked on a whirlwind tour of Van Gogh style painting, collecting patterns from nature using microscopes, textile design, painting with cars and an art detective quiz. The whole day was a great success in that it provided a great deal of fun and some new experiences were tried out. The opportunity to work in a secondary school environment and of course get a little messy also meant that the day was rather a special one for our children. As usual, the staff at the Elizabethan praised the children’s attitudes and behaviour and wanted us to pass on a big well done to all of the children for the way they participated and represented the school. The day ended in dramatic fashion when an air-raid siren signalled a move towards the safety of Beaumanor’s cellars where the children experienced what an air-raid would have been like during the war. From the work that was produced, we can see that there are some budding artists here at Carr Hill. Healthy Tuck Shop Following requests from our children to widen the range of items sold in the school’s own healthy tuck shop, we have been able to source a more varied number of items for sale. All our ‘tuck’ needs to be healthy and free of sugar so that we can maintain our ‘Healthy Schools Award’ status and provide a healthy environment for our children. All the produce is sold at cost price to promote healthy eating and each item is sold for the princely sum of 15p! Since we’ve broadened the range on offer, sales have improved enormously so that even more of our children are able to eat a healthy snack at break-time. Pictured are Ella, Archie and Grace, our tuck shop organisers. On sale are fresh apples, pears, carrots and oranges along with our packs of Raisins and Sultanas, Sultanas and Apple, Raisins and Apricot, Sultanas and Grape and our very popular Blackcurrant Fruit Gummys. Our Tuck Shop, run by the children for the children, is open every morning break time at the Dining Room entrance. Fruitful Harvest Assemblies Our annual harvest assemblies were organised this year in aid of the Retford Bassetlaw Food Bank. Key Stage 1 and Year 3 presented their assembly to parents and friends in the School Hall showing the audience the importance food plays in our lives and how fortunate we are to have access to the range of food we do. This assembly was followed by children from Years 4, 5 and 6 showing even more parents and friends their work that they had done around the theme of ‘Harvest’. As usual, our parents donated generously and all the produce collected was passed to the Bassetlaw Food Bank. The school received great thanks from Carol Freeman, on behalf of the organisation, and received a certificate recognising the fantastic generosity of our school community.
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