We always look forward to the infant Christmas play, one of the highlights of the school year. This year was no exception. A combination of joyful singing, super costumes, groovy dance moves, quiet thoughtful moments and of course, funny moments - whether intended or not - all led to a very memorable performance. A real success, well done to Reception, Y1 and Y2!
Owls Class had a fantastic day last Thursday. They came to school dressed in period costume and began an immersive day of exciting Anglo-Saxon activities. Not only did they hone their weaving skills, including building their own looms; they also listened intently to a great story teller who retold the famous old English Beowulf poem. Later, a hand spinning demonstration was included, so too was some battle choreography! The day finished with a specialist quiz, challenging all the children had learnt about the Ango-Saxons this term. The highlight was of course, the grand feast, with a delicious spread supplied by parents and entertainment in the form of riddles and story telling, it really was a day to remember. Thanks to Miss Jamfrey for organising such a memorable day.
Our thanks go to Rednock School who brought their orchestra of approximately 30 musicians to the juniors on Tuesday. Amongst other pieces, we were treated to some Bach, the Blue Danube Waltz and a jazz ensemble. The Director of Music, Jason Andrews explained the structure of the orchestra and included some short solo examples demonstrating the different types of instruments. The final piece was played with two new conductors from Horsley School leading the way! What a wonderful opportunity - thank you to all the visiting musicians from one of our local secondary schools.
These were the words from the opening song, enthusiastically performed by the whole school in full voice. With two confident solo musicians, a dance based on Handa's Surprise, plenty of song and some moving poetry and prayers, the children reminded us of how grateful we are for this important time of year. Harvest was traditionally celebrated with the sharing of tasty bread, together with a beautiful plaited loaf forming the centre piece of the produce display. The food will be distributed to the pensioners in the village by Otters Class on Monday, with the remainder being donated to the Stroud Food Bank. The church was jam packed with supportive parents and grandparents. Thanks to Hobbs House for donating the bread and all the children for a wonderful celebration.
The playground was packed out with parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, all eager to see one of the highlights of the school year, the junior summer play. The audience was enjoying a beautiful summer's evening but they were magically transported to a mysterious island with tempestuous seas and giant waves (Y3 dance). The famous Shakespeare play was expertly narrated by Ariel (Lily) throughout, with Prospero (Nat), Miranda (Isobel) and Caliban (Archie) taking lead roles. The confident singing by both the soloists and chorus really held the play together. There were also some lovely comedy moments involving a washing line, bottles of drink and a Benny Hill style of dance! The Hobgoblins were superbly portrayed by the Y5s who brought these strange creatures alive. FHS provided refreshments and we were all treated to some fantastic entertainment. Well done children, you were all fabulous!
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.
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!
I thoroughly enjoyed BBC Ten Pieces, and found all the activities beneficial. I thought that playing Beethoven’s fifth symphony would be challenging, but with some brilliant help from Mrs Turner there was a good outcome. I am happy that Horsley School took part though not surprised because it is a very creative school. By Nat Y6
I have really enjoyed this week doing the BBC Ten Pieces. Overall, we have been very busy preparing for the performance which was on the 12th February. All the activities were really educational and fun, especially listening to the classical music which was really exciting. My all-time favourite out of the ten pieces was Beethoven symphony No.5 which was composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven; which we performed with the instruments. At first we all thought that it would be challenging but with some superb help from our teachers we managed. I am happy that Horsley School took part in this and all the other classes were fantastic too. I personally think we all did great! by Lily Y6
We are preparing for an exciting arts week w/c 2nd February, which will be based on the BBC Ten Pieces. This is a collection of music that has been put together by the BBC to promote classical music for children. The children have already been hearing the pieces during assembly time for the past month or so, and will be watching the film too but a focused week is also planned, where the music will be used as a stimulus for work on the arts. We are keen for you to see the children’s creative outputs so a showcase of their work will take place on Thursday 12th February at 2:15pm in the church.
Further information on this project can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w.