Members of St. Martin's Church come into school each year to lead Experience Easter. The Easter story is explained through a series of activity stations set around the church grounds. It's an opportunity for children to consider this important period in the church calendar and to think about how it affects their own lives today. We are most grateful to the volunteers who run this event.
The hockey club took part in a friendly match against Callowell primary this afternoon, to round off their weekly club sessions. Horsley played two teams of four and won some well-earned goals. The star of the match was Felix Kelly who managed to dribble down the field to score several goals; this was despite having quite a nasty fall but making an early decision to keeping going with a good deal of resilience and determination. Well done!
Even though we lost both games, the children played enthusiastically as a team and improved their stick skills throughout. They all agreed they had enjoyed hockey club this term, especially being able to try out a new sport and the opportunity to compete against other schools. Isn't that what primary sport is all about?
The Y3/4 team played well again on Thursday, with everyone enjoying themselves and winning 3:1 against Chalford Hill. So after a slightly shaky start at Minchinhampton that takes them to a fantastic four wins in a row (out of a possible seven). Congratulations to the Y3/4 Horsley team - a brilliant effort!
Josephine, Woody, Yasmin, Eden, Felix R and Pearl took part in a gymnastics competition held at Thomas Keble on Monday 16th March. It was a serious event with a set routine to learn and two vaults each. Judges were looking for pointed toes, good posture, excellent body control as well as core strength. The children put 100% effort in and performed well. Many had practised the moves over the weekend to give it their very best shot. They couldn't resist showing off their gymnastics skills for the camera!
The children looked fabulous dressed as clowns, some with crazy wild hair and the remainder in their own clothes. Thank you for all your efforts with costume making, as well as for the huge number of cakes that came in. The cake and drink sale was a great success and already we know that we have raised plenty of cash for Comic Relief. Thanks also goes to the new School Council for organising this event and for leading a thought-provoking assembly.
It was a pleasure taking six lucky Y5 children to Birmingham today to see the Science Big Bang exhibition. The children were treated to many hands-on science and technology activities including building a bridge from wooden rods, extracting DNA from a fruit mixture, making a simple motor, taking part in an engineering quiz and watching a 3D printer at work. They enjoyed seeing the presenter's hair stand up on end in the Van-der-Graaf generator demonstration and also finding out how the first light bulbs were made. The highlight had to be a giant model of a jet-propelled car completely made of Knex. A brilliant day with many memories of science in action.
Owls Mock Parliamentary Debate
After learning how the House of Commons works, (and even watching some clips of live debate),
Owls chose a bill to debate. We arranged the classroom to imitate the seating of the House of Commons, chose a speaker (Oscar) and MPs to present the bill and speak against it. The debate took off and all children choose to add their views to the debate for and against the bill. Eventually, they had to vote “aye” or “no”; a division of the house took place then the votes were counted by the tellers. Miss Brind will be pleased to learn that the bill: “To give children a legal right to wear their own clothes to school” was voted against by the majority of Owls’ ‘MPs’.
“I think voting using MPs from around the country is a good thing, as everyone gets to have their say, whether you are from Land’s End or Edinburgh, people are equal.” Isobel Y6
“I think it was really interesting and exciting to see what it was like being an MP.” Lily Y6
“I like the way Parliament is run, because only one person can speak at a time, which means no-one is shouting over anyone.” Ruby Y6
“I think our debate was really interesting, and at the end it started to sound and look like a real debate.” Nell Y6
“I thought a debate was just an argument, but it was a lot more complex and more fun.” Marcus Y5
“I think parliamentary debates are good because people have a say in what they think the law should be about.” Toby Y6
Otters class took part in a cluster world music event on Tuesday, with seven other local primary schools to sing, drum and perform. Led by two professional musicians, the children used their bucket and drumsticks to create a layered rhythmic percussion ensemble. Even the teachers joined with 7 large bass buckets. As you can imagine, it was not quiet! After a break, each school sung their chosen song to the audience. We chose India and decked out with a large flag and beautifully dressed in Indian costume, the children sung their hearts out. They bowed their heads and finished with 'Namaste' to much applause. Well done Otters!