It is that testing time of year again. Year 2 and Year 6 children are currently taking the national tests for seven and eleven year olds respectively. The rest of the school will also undertake assessments in literacy and mathematics, as we move towards the end of the year. The information gathered from this is invaluable for summarising attainment, setting targets for learning, and tracking pupil progress through the school.
For our Early Years Open Morning, Miss Shinner and Class 1 put on a lovely assembly and activities morning this month for current, new and prospective parents. The Reception children, supported by some older children from Class 3, entertained parents with a colourful re-telling of the children’s story, A Very Hungry Caterpillar.
There have been several educational visits. Class 3 visited Hampton Court and spent a day there studying life in Tudor times. Class 2 and Class 4 visited The Northmoor Trust at Little Wittenham to study Pond and River life respectively. The Trust has recently received a substantial subsidy to develop their facility and we are looking forward to being involved in their exciting Project Timescape next year. More recently we celebrated the Queens 80th birthday with a special lunch. Year 5 and 6 children participated in a Tag Rugby Festival at Wallingford School and Year 3 and 4 took part in a Football Festival at Cholsey. Both teams acquitted themselves well, showing good skills and a positive sporting attitude. Our children have done remarkably well to raise £648 for Barnardo’s by caring for an ‘egg baby’ for two weeks. They also raised £55 for Books for Africa, on World Book Day, when they paid to come into school dressed as a book character. Our Friends of the School (FOBS) have generously purchased a digital video camera for school and extended the adventure trail in the playground. We also had a cycle rack installed as part of our efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Finally, as a result of my request for villagers to get involved with the school, our older children will be entertained about Life and Death in Ancient Egypt. It is just the sort of response we welcome and offers the children a unique opportunity for learning.
Forthcoming events include our Summer Fete on Friday 23 June between 6-9 pm. Also, on the evening of Wednesday 5 July, 6-8 pm, we will be holding a sports event where the children compete in their House Teams.