Watlington Primary School

Watlington Primary School

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Au café

Year Six have been practising their French today to order items in our café. They took turns to be waiters, waitresses and customers and enjoyed eating croissants, brioche, hot chocolate and ice cream! It was a great opportunity to practise their phrases in a real setting..perfect for any upcoming summer holidays!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Dorchester Abbey Singing

Congratulations to the choir for singing beautifully last night at Dorchester Abbey. A special thank you to Mr Harris, Mrs Ingram and Mrs S Hobbs for organising our participation, alongside Mrs Sterjo. Thanks also to Mrs McCarthy for accompanying the children.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Mission impossible!

Foxes had a brilliant time in gymnastics today playing the lazer game. We had to create awkward shapes with our bodies for our teammates to crawl through or climb over to warm up our bodies. Tom cruise watch out!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Rosh Hashanah

In Red Kites we were writing celebratory songs about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur. We then tried a traditional Jewish New Year treat of apples dipped in honey. Yummy!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Crate building

Den building


We had lots of fun around the campfire last night. We roasted marshmallows and sang some songs. We also played rounders and football. We must have been tired because the adults on the trip managed to get some sleep!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Year 4s safely arrived at Youlbury!

The sun has been shining for us. We have explored the site and some of us made dens this afternoon.

Year 6 Visit

Year 4 have arrived safely at Youlsbury, are having a lovely time and have already started “Den” building!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Castle Head

Year Six are all on the coach now en route home from Castle Head. We hope the roads are clear and that we have a good journey! Please check the blog for any significant changes to our arrival time.

Castle Head

Year Six are all on the coach now en route home from Castle Head. We hope the roads are clear and that we have a good journey! Please check the blog for any significant changes to our arrival time.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Castle Head Day 4

Another successful day here at Castle Head, accompanied by glorious sunshine and warm weather. 

The day began with a celebration – Lottie’s 11th birthday, and after presents and singing over breakfast, we quickly grabbed our wellies and set off to our first activities. One group started by raft building on the River Winster, which flows through the grounds of the centre, where we worked together to build a raft strong enough to hold 11 children (and Mr Gale!!). After being instructed how to paddle successfully, we competed against another school – and won by miles!!

The second activity of the day was the high challenges, where we pushed ourselves to our limits, climbing up a ‘telegraph’ pole, sharing the tiny platform (about the size of a tea tray) at the top with three of our friends, before jumping off in to the air. Predictably, laughter and screams spread across the centre. This was followed by attempting to climb Jacob’s ladder, which was rather wobbly.

This evening’s entertainment was bush craft, followed by hot chocolate and birthday cake around the camp fire, with bats flying overhead.

All of the children are now in bed and are ready for a good night’s sleep. Our cases are almost completely packed and we will be setting off at midday tomorrow.

Our estimated arrival time back at school is 5.45pm and we will keep the blog updated with any significant changes to this time.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

 Beautiful Morecombe Bay.
 Spotting crabs and jellyfish,
 Group talk.
 Sea-level traversing.
 Quicksand - pull your heel out first!

Look what I've found!
 and me too!

This week's soundtrack... laughter.

Beach art and rock pools

The children enjoyed creating artwork using natural resources this morning as well as discovering crabs and jelly fish in the rock pools around Morecombe Bay.

Castle Head Day 3

(Written by Edie and Lottie)

Year 6 have really enjoyed their third day at Castle Head. We spent the whole day by the coast where we found crabs under stones, climbed across rocks and squeezed through small  gaps and making each other giggle. After that we had to show that we could manage to get out of quicksand, which is a substance which you can sink in. To get out of the quicksand you had to pull your heel out first and then bring your toe out otherwise you would fall over!

After dinner we all got ready to go orienteering  then we got given a map of Castle Head and we had to go and find some posts then stamp our pieces of paper. When we got all of our posts and our pieces of paper marked we were all pretty tired and couldn’t wait to go to bed.

None of us can believe we are half way through the week already!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Rock Climbing for Team Two!

Castle Head Day 2

Thankfully, the weather has vastly improved as today has gone on: from clouds and drizzle this morning, to blue sky and sunshine this afternoon. We have been split in to three groups and will spend the week rotating through a variety of activities.

Two groups started off pond dipping, using scientific keys to identify and classify all of the pond life, which was fascinating. Some children found pregnant shrimps; others enjoyed looking at the water boatmen, beetle larvae, worms and dragonfly larvae.

Rock climbing was the highlight of the day for many: Kitty P in particular!! She zoomed up the rock face with a huge smile and enthusiasm. Elizabeth “loved the view because it was stunning”. Ella B told us she really developed her perseverance skills, keeping on going when climbing got hard. We realised how important it was that we trusted one another, as we were all responsible for holding the ropes tight and looking after each other’s safety. Rock climbing always pushes us to our limits, demonstrating how we can achieve our goals.

Some spent the afternoon in groups of 3 on Canadian canoes. We cooperated like a real-life boating team, using good communication and team work. Clare liked how it got “very competitive” when we all had to race to get back. We worked hard developing our determination (and strength!) to reach the end.

This evening’s activities involved being blindfolded on the night line. Tia felt that the senses of sight, sound and feel were particularly useful for this task. The laughter and excitement was infectious.

We are now all in our PJ’s listening to Mrs Sanigar read the next couple of chapters from ‘Wonder’, our exciting new page-turner, admiring the beautiful views and sunset from the huge windows in the common room.

Keep your eye out for more updates tomorrow!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Castle Head

All settled after an excellent first day at Castle Head... From problem solving to hiking, we've done it all. Weather leaves a little to be desired, but hoping the worst rain has moved on now!

Year 6 Residential

We have arrived at Castle Head - children all happy, smiling and full of laughter. Great journey with no traffic. We will try and update the blog as often as possible. Let's start the fun!