Y3, 4, 5 and 6 had a fabulous morning on Tuesday as they took part in Pulse Games - based on the Rugby World Cup - delivered by a large group of volunteers from Psalms. The children were split into six teams, each representing a different country. Each team perfected a chant to perform to the group, took part in an opening ceremony and competed against one another in a range of fun sports activities loosely based on rugby. Points were accumulated with a large number reserved for sportsmanlike behaviour and team effort. The games were centred around the Christian value of honour. The final results were as follows: Tonga 220, Scotland 245, England 285, New Zealand 305, Japan 310 and the winning team was ......Argentina with 314 points. Each member of the winning team received a medal and all paraded their flags in the closing ceremony. Finally, one child from each team was selected for exceptional sportsmanlike behaviour and received a special certificate. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who made this great event so memorable.
We were treated to a fabulous assembly on Friday with Otters sharing all that they'd learnt on the Celts and Stone Age period. Dressed in tunics, sheep fleeces and skins and donning shields they'd made, the children not only looked the part but also explained this period of ancient history through a series of short role plays and excellent presentations. It was all very enjoyable and a real pleasure to watch. Thank you Otters.
This week has provided a great opportunity for cross cultural discussion and learning. Visitors from our Indian School have been in and out of classrooms all week, sharing customs and taking part in lessons. We had an interesting question and answer session with Owls class today, with questions like 'What is the national sport of India?', 'Do you have earthquakes and tsunamis?' and 'Do you like Britain and our school?' When asked if the children would like to visit India, the overwhelming response was 'YES!'. We will continue with this brilliant project, with planned collaborative activities in every class over the next two years. We would like to thank the British Council for their generous funding through the Connecting Classrooms award.
A special day was enjoyed by year 6 on Tuesday. They were treated to a morning at the climbing wall in Gloucester, it was good to see some overcome their fears and pluck up the courage to try something they hadn't tried before. Next the children took a guided tour of Gloucester cathedral and after lunch, joined 450 other Y6 leavers to take part in a special service. The theme was 'One Life', a reminder to make the most of every day of our precious lives. Our school banner was held high by Toby and Nell, the cake sale money was donated to Gloucestershire Young Carers and all took a moment to ponder on the journey that lies ahead.
Good teamwork was the name of the game on Monday evening, when eight Y5/6 children took part in rounders fixtures against Woodchester and Cashes Green primaries. Horsley won one game and also lost one. Well done to the team for great sportsmanship and for representing the school so enthusiastically.
Thank you for supporting the bingo event that was held during maths week. We raised an astonishing £206 for new maths equipment. The money will be spent on maths games for the four classes, a pack of 24 game cards and a class set of place value counters. We have also been fortunate enough to receive a generous donation of maths resources from Elizabeth Barr. The children can't help themselves getting excited about numbers now!
Can you make 24 from the card below? You have to use all of the numbers but each only once and you can use any of the four rules. That was the challenge set for nine Y3-5 Horsley pupils on Friday. They competed against Leighterton School and the pace was fast and furious, particularly in the sudden death round.
A specific mention goes to Marcus who happily filled a space on the Leighterton team who also happened to win.... a worthwhile move Marcus! Congratulations to both teams whose attitude, teamwork and enthusiasm (and their mental maths skills) were exemplary.
It's always a pleasure taking our children away as they get so much out of spending their first days away from Mum and Dad and on holiday with so many friends. Owls took part in kayaking, mountain biking, abseiling, a stream walk and a visit to the beach in Somerset. The best bit was getting soaked and utterly covered in mud! Otters stayed more local and visited Nympsfield, Coaley Peak and Uley Long Barrow, with the Y4s managing to complete a 5 mile walk and a night away in Slimbridge. Thanks to the teachers for giving up their time to organise and manage these residential trips. The children loved every moment.
Activities varied across the school but in all classes the theme was the same. Using number skills to solve every day life problems, with a particular focus on money. The oldest children were calculating the best food options from a range of menus to achieve optimum value for money and a tasty meal. The infants measured and weighed ingredients to bake 150 cakes for a community Bingo event. All the children and many parents took part in several bingo games organised by Badgers Class. Thanks to Y6 who teamed up quickly with their YR buddies to help find their numbers. Special magic maths workshops were also held for all classes.