Beech and Holly had a wonderful trip to Whipsnade Zoo in the glorious sunshine. We were fortunate enough to arrive in time to watch the very cheeky lemurs eat their breakfast then made our way to the penguins. We spent a long time in the African Animals part of the zoo and were delighted to watch the giraffes being fed and the sleepy lions doing what they do best-sleeping! Then we made it up to the tigers before stopping for lunch and a little play. The next part of our adventure took us on the train where we spotted the beautiful elephants and the rhinos wallowing in the mud. After a stop for an ice cream we visited the petting zoo and got very friendly with the pygmy goats and finished our trip in the butterfly house. It was here that the children were complimented on their wonderful behaviour and we were told that we were the best school to have come through this part of the zoo that day. With lots more still to explore we sadly had to leave but the children were brimming with excitement about the amazing animals they had encountered that day and eager to return at the next available opportunity! Thank you Beech and Holly for a wonderful day, we were all incredibly proud of you and impressed with the knowledge and facts you had retained from our exciting day at the zoo.
The Foundation children were really fortunate this week to have a visit from Bruno, a beautiful labradoodle, from Pets As Therapy and his owner Julie. We invited Bruno into school to support our topic on animals. The children were able to have some hands on experience with a pet and they were very taken by him. Julie spoke to the children about Bruno and answered all their questions about how to care for him and his likes and dislikes. He loves to eat sausages and he gets them as a treat. We found out that Bruno has two lovely walks a day, both up to an hour. He loves running in dirty puddles and searching in the woods for his ball. He gets so dirty that he needs a shower each morning to wash the mud from his paws and around his beard! We all had a chance to give Bruno a stroke and he was lovely soft. Thank you for coming to visit Bruno.
In this May’s concert the tables were turned!
Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.
We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.
Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.
The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.
A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.
On Friday 4th May on a gloriously sunny day the children at The Grove had the opportunity to take part in a non-competitive duathlon hosted by The British Triathlon Trust. Mike Jubb started the day with a whole school assembly and set us the challenge of cycling and running 717 Kilometres as a whole school.
The children in their departments then took it in turns to go over to the field and take part, cycling on static bikes for 1 minute followed by running on a circuit for 1 minute. This went on for 45 minutes!
Other activities were planned at school, the Foundation children made healthy fruit kebabs, and took part in other physical activities outside as well as creating a healthy menu. Pre-Prep designed a sports outfit to wear, talked about healthy teeth, created a new water bottle as well as making a healthy food plate.
In Prep the children took part in various other activities such as food tests, a skills circuit, designing an eat well plate as well as fitness tests.
The children all had a really enjoyable day and managed to beat the 717Km challenge set at the beginning of the day, well done everyone!
Walnut and Maple headed excitedly on the coach to Shuttleworth Transport Museum on Wednesday. We had a lovely sunny journey and were then warmly welcomed by the staff and volunteers at the museum. We split into two groups and eagerly headed off to explore what Shuttleworth had to offer. The children were delighted with the sheer size and the number of aeroplanes as we headed into the hangers.
We had a look at the gliders hanging from the ceilings and an ornithopter, which is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings like a bird. We then put on some paper wings, tried to flap them and take off, but unfortunately we were unsuccessful.
We sat on a bench outside hanger 5 enjoying the sunshine, eating our snack and watching aircraft take off and land. It was all very exciting!
After lunch we were treated with a surprise journey. The staff had organised for the children to go on a beautiful Edwardian bus. We all climbed abroad and entertained the driver with a rendition of the Wheels on the Bus!
We saw a wonderful assortment of transportations and the children were thrilled to see such a variety of old vehicles. Shuttleworth were very hospitable and we were lucky to be looked after by such knowledgeable gentlemen.
We had a wonderful afternoon in Foundation on History Day. The children and adults all looked fantastic dressed up as different people from History. We followed the theme of Royalty in our activities and in our house groups each child turned into a Prince or Princess and created a bejewelled crown. They then visited the Royal kitchens and prepared their own tea party cakes using of course, Royal Icing. All of the Foundation team were incredibly proud of the children and how well they worked together. It was a pleasure to see the excitement and wonder on their faces throughout the day. We look forward to our next special day.
The children in pre-prep had a fabulous afternoon dressed up as their favourite characters from the past. After the excitement of the cake sale the children all took part in some historical themed activities during the afternoon. Working together in their Hobby Groups the children made some medieval gingerbread whilst listening to some medieval music. It was really exciting to taste the flavours and the smells of the ginger, honey, cloves and basil which decorated the gingerbread. The children also got the opportunity to learn some facts about Mary Anning and her discoveries in Lyme Regis of fossils. The children got an opportunity to make their own salt dough fossils which was great fun!
Our Harvest Festival this year was a celebration of wonderful water. Beech and Holly got the whole thing started for us telling everyone their favourite watery things to do and singing their song with wonderful actions to go with it. Next came the Science Bit! Autumn, Harry and Jessica from Cedar and Birch explained how an amazing H2O molecule is made using 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom, how they bond and come apart again to make liquid water and how the water cycle works.
Walnut and Maple sang us a very charming song about three little clouds. The clouds rained on the dry ground and the sun shone and three very colourful flowers grew. Well done Walnut and Maple!
Barnaby and Ellie read us their own evocative poems ‘Peaceful Stream’ and ‘The Brook’. These two poems were chosen from the many that the children had written in creative writing lessons. We thought you might like to read them again, so here they are!
Peaceful Stream, by Barnaby Davison
One Autumn afternoon
A little stream wandered across a Maldive Island
Drifting over the soft sands
It is not deep, it is shallow
And a vivid blue like azure.
Winding its way past palm trees
Sometimes feeling the gentle plop of a leaf
On its back
The Brook, by Ellie Ying-Clifton
Do you have a tale to tell?
As you chatter and laugh – guffaw and jump,
Through my Autumn-time garden.
As you babble, as you blow,
Smell the fresh breeze blow you along.
You’re fresh and ripe like a golden-apple tree.
Feel your ripples splashing my grass in the breeze.
But soon, it will be Winter – what will your tale be then?
Your eyes closed tight, dancing to your Winter song.
And the September raindrops drop straight on your palm,
Refreshing, cooling. You gather strength to move on…
And you wind past the flower bed, camping my boat.
Sing me the story of a brook…
‘Riversong’ was a triumph! The Prep children sang their song cycle with great expression, attention to detail and commitment. Working hard in their music lessons really paid off and after a couple of focussed rehearsals altogether they once again showed how they can work as one to make a wonderful sound that filled the church.
The song ‘Waterfall’ was a particular favourite with a soaring theme and two parts that sound magnificent when sung together.
The percussionists of Acacia and Pine showed that they could be sensitive, listen and play to enhance the effect of the water ‘crashing bashing down through the craggy rocks’ and add sparkle to the ‘lazy river’ that jazzily made its way to the sea. Hana and Emily played their string parts beautifully, warming the sound.
The percussion ‘on the seashore’ with it’s exciting chant ‘I can see the sea, I can see the sea, I CAN SEA THE SEA!’ brought the river to it’s end and as it flowed out into the sea Findlay, Elijah and Ryan’s dramatic rap took us to the finale.
The whole school thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic song ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ which in fact is known throughout the Grove as ‘Mark the Shark’ (for obvious reasons). Larch and Rowan had made some fabulous sea creatures which danced in the waves with colourful splashes and smiley faces!
Our last song was AMAZING!
What more can I say!