Wow - what a fabulous day. The sun was shining as we continued with our activities. The highlights of the day were the 2 and a half hour play on the beach and the traditional Beacon’s Got Talent variety show. What a talented crew.
Our special moment was the compliment we had from a lady on the beach about how wonderfully behaved our children were - not sure about the staff!
All have had a good night's sleep after a very very busy day of activities. Crates were stacked up to 15 layers, archers enjoyed fun in the sun, and the traditional war paint was applied at the bushcraft fire.
Lots of fun, laughter and noise from our wonderful year 6s.
All good from the Beacon - day 1 complete. The sunshine was waiting for us along with the Beacon staff when we arrived ☀️
Bags were dragged up to their rooms, beds were made (?) and then the fun began with icebreaker games and a doughnut treat.
After a tasty chicken meal, and apple crumble pudding, we explored the estate before bedtime showers, story and of course hot chocolate.
On Friday 28th April, the Year 5s spoke about things we enjoyed doing and what we were looking forward to. This was a way of being mindful, appreciating how lucky we are and thinking about how enjoyable things can be.
We spoke about the new King and his love for the outdoors, especially plants and spoke about how his life would change and his responsibilities.. some would be hard and some would be more enjoyable.
We spoke about he would have lots of things happening, so he has to stay fit and healthy. We discussed the benefit of trees and looked at opportunities within the area to create a fun, and healthy way to get fit outside.
Each person created a station and then the group worked around each station until a phrase was announced.
The first groups stations included King of the jungle (with a swing!), Step up to the crown, Sceptre twists, Sword push ups and All the Kings horses
With the changing words being “Next palace"
Whilst the second groups stations included Hoist the flag, Crown him, The royal wave and Changing of the guards; With the changing words being “Golden Crown"
We then discussed which were our favourite stations!
Thank you for all your amazing entries.
We were overwhelmed by the baking efforts of pupils across the school, the judges found it very hard to pick two.
Well done to our winners!
It was the year 6 children's final outdoor learning session last week. They were whittling a hazel stick so they could toast hot cross buns, crumpets, rolls and of course s’mores over the campfire.
They were also given the task of making butter to spread on their toasted delights, so the tub of cream and a pinch of salt was shaken by every person to create churned butter just in time for spreading!
The children also decorated wooden cookies and made them into key rings as a keepsake.
With the sun shining, Explorer Class had fun on the balance bikes and scooters this morning.
Pupils from across the school took part in Chippenham Sports Partnership 'London Mini Marathon' this morning.
Thank you to the Chippenham Sports Partnership team for providing an energetic fun warmup.
Pupils from KS1 had a visit from Wiltshire Police this week.
The pupils were taught what number to call in an emergency and had the opportunity to try on some of the police uniforms.
Explorer class even heard the sirens and got to sit in the police car!
Thank you again to Wiltshire Police for taking the time to come and talk to our pupils.
Pupils from across the school had the opportunity yesterday of practising their balancing skills in another fun-filled session with The Sports Project.
Look out for more information regarding The Sports Project's new after-school 'Circus Skills' club starting after Easter.
Enrichment takes place on Friday afternoons. Miss Perkins leads the computing sessions.
The pupils learn to use coding to program on a variety of software. Pupils start with basic skills on how to move an object and as their confidence grows they progress into programming.
Everyone enjoys these sessions and it is visible to see how much they excel every week.
Below are a few pictures from the sessions.
Following on from the theme of “what happens after the current Year 6 leave”, we planted a series of plants. Ones for now – flowering violas, a selection of bulbs to blossom at the end of their time at St. Peters in July which have been specifically selected to attract bees and butterflies to the area to simulate the Year 6’s who have ‘flown’ the school and the importance of focusing on our future; and plants for the future Y6 children– red strawberry plants which will return every year.
The Year 6s also made a start on a hibernaculum (a place for newts to shelter) to encourage more wildlife to the school pond.
A series of labels with encouraging messages for new Year 6’s, accompany each of the pots or beds.
Pupils from across the school had an exciting morning dancing with the Year 6 pupils.
The fun continued throughout the day with colouring and even some cupcake decorating.
Thank you to everyone who donated.
With just four more weeks of outdoor learning left for Year 6, we focused on how Year 6 would like to leave St Peters school in terms of how they would like to be remembered or legacies to leave behind.
As we discussed the number of weeks left, we spoke about how long it took for items of litter to ‘disappear’ - We discussed a number of items asking ourselves - “How long,’til its gone?”. The children realised that if they were to drop a crisp packet whilst still attending St Peters, it would still be there in the grounds for 75 years if not picked up and recycled!
Year 6 collected between them, three large bags of litter from around the school and also completed a general tidy up of the area, Also a great way to be part of the ‘Big School Clean 2023’.(17 March- 2 April)
Well done to everyone who took part in the Chippenham Schools Netball Festival last week.
Finishing 3rd overall out of 15 teams is a fantastic effort and we are all very proud of you!
Thank you also to the Sports Project coaches and the Chippenham Sports Partnership ladies.
Quotes from pupils:
'This morning I was really nervous to play but the coaches gave me courage and we all did really well'.
'I enjoyed playing as a shooter and playing against other schools'.
'Our matches went really well, we gave each other courage and we all had lots of fun'.
'The netball festival was really good and everyone was amazing. I can't believe we came in 3rd place'.
Thank you to Music for Miniatures for providing a wonderful afternoon of storytelling and music.
Pupils from Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 were engaged hearing of Paddingtons adventures and his first concert.
A big thank you also to FOSPA for their support with funding the event!
Children across the school have enjoyed sharing their favourite book with their class today.
There were some fantastic costumes from both pupils and staff.
Pupils across the school had fun today holding pancake-flipping races. All of the pancakes were rendered inedible by the end.
A big thank you to FOSPA for supplying the pancakes!
On Tuesday evening, a group of Year 6 pupils donned their tutus and took to the stage at Chippenham Dance Festival.
A fantastic example of the school's worship values this term of courage and bravery. Well done to you all!
Thank you to PC Jenkins and PCSO Maplesden from Wiltshire Police for their recent visit to the school. An Online and Personal Safety presentation was given to Year 5 and Year 6 students. The children were very engaging and asked lots of questions! A copy of the presentation is available on our website Wiltshire Police Personal and Online Safety Presentation.
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