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!
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!
On the 26th of May we held our, now customary, end of half term House Day. This term the theme was celebrating our school Charity the Farakunku Foundation from The Gambia. All of the day’s activities were based around the customs, traditions and values of The Gambia. Activates ranged from designing a House Trip to the small West African nation, interpreting a traditional dance, playing Gambian games and designing Gambian Jewellery. As ever the houses were completely self-reliant during the day, in terms of deciding when to move from one activity to the next and who would be in charge or specific tasks in an activity. At the end of the day all the houses displayed their trip posters on the kick-wall and performed their dance to the rest of the school.
At the culmination of all the performances the final scores for the day were announced with each task awarding points for Growth Mindset, Self-Reliance, Timekeeping and Teamwork. All the Houses showed a great deal of empathy and understanding for a culture very different to our own and despite all the scores being very close, Arden came out winners of the day with Rockingham, Dean & Wyre close behind.