Musicians from Years 4, 5 and 6 performed for parents in a short Christmas musical extravaganza.
Violinists from Years 4 and 5 took to the floor with their instruments alongside Year 5 on the flute and Year 6 on the clarinet.
Songs performed included Bags, Suo-gan, Au Clair de la Lune, The Old Shepherd, Spring Time, Ode to Joy, Minuet, Jingle Bells and Old King Wenceslas.
The children have been learning their instruments for 30 minutes per week led by teacher Mrs Adams and Mrs Walters.
Year 6 had the fantastic opportunity to take part in the HEROs Programme delivered by our guests from Headstart. This involved a full day’s workshop, enabling the children to develop their skills in certain situations. Throughout the day, children were able to develop skills such as: team building, self-awareness, empathy, great listening and great communication, whilst applying these skills to scenarios and discuss how they may change how they deal with conflicts. The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and were able to openly discuss and apply the skills that they had developed! A great team building day was had by all!
On Friday 3rd November, children from Key Stage 2 watched a live First Aid show during school time hosted by St John’s Ambulance.
The Big First Aid lesson is a live show which is broadcasted nationally which includes practical elements, animations and interactive activities that aim to give our children lifesaving skills.
This year it was themed around the familiar scenario of Fire-work night, with a ‘Vlog’ presentation style, pupils observed real-life first aid situations that they could relate to, as well as demonstrations of relevant first
aid techniques, including important bonfire night safety tips.
As this event is run by St John’s Ambulance it aims to make first aid accessible, easy to learn and fun to all ages.
Children from years 3 and 4 had the opportunity to represent Elston Hall at the Change 4 life competition. The children took part in different activities where they achieved different awards for self belief, determination, passion, focus, respect and teamwork.
All children did well! We are very proud of you for your achievements and representing our school.
What a fantastic way to finish the half term. All the children in our school participated in a 'Health and Fitness Day' which was a huge success. Throughout the day children took part in a number of fitness activities, learnt about keeping healthy and had the opportunity to meet various sporting visitors.
There were aerobic sessions, the school nurse discussed hygiene with KS1 and first aid skills with KS2, Ross Ensor and Sharon Matthews spoke to the children about being chosen to carry the Olympic Torch, Matt Askin shared his experiences of being a Paralympic Cricketer, students from Our Lady and St Chad's organised a multi-skills session with KS1 and boxing and fencing with KS2 and lots more! A huge thank you to all of our visitors.
On Thursday 6th April children took part in a Science day. We began the day with an exciting assembly where Mrs Callaghan and Miss Knowles demonstrated some clever science experiments including making a balloon stick to the wall and holding a glass of water over someone's head without spilling a drop!! Throughout the morning all of the children took part in lots of different experiments including making slime, making volcanoes, making tornadoes, rockets, floating and sinking and lots more!
Year 1 children concluded their topic with a Victorian School Day!
The teachers and many of the children dressed in costume to make the day as authentic as possible.
During the day the children had a 'taste' of what being a child in the Victorian era would have been like! The children experienced many activities such as; sitting in rows, taking part in drill, writing on slates and learning by rote. A hand inspection was carried out by the 'school inspector', and some children were unlucky enough to experience the back straightener and finger stocks!!
A great day was had by all, although the children were glad to have their present day teachers back!
John had all the children from Nursery to Year 6 captivated when telling them one of his stories. Children had opportunities to act out and join in with the storytelling. He also played the guitar and with the children's help made up songs about the stories he told! A fantastic time had by all!
Children and teachers across Elston Hall came to school as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day! Thank you to families for taking so much effort, everyone looked fantastic and it was a wonderful day to celebrate reading! Each year group focused on a picture book during the week.
Nursery - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
Reception- Mr Wolf's Pancakes by Jan Fearnley
Y1 - Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne
Y2 - Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
Y3 -The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Y4 - Into The Forest by Anthony Browne
Y5 - The Last Resort by Roberto Innocenti
Y6 - The Shape Game by Anthony Browne
Throughout the day lots of classes also received a special visit from our resident storyteller Mr Grayson who shared a book with the children!
Children in Year 5 experienced using a sports wheelchair and practised self-propelling movements. They also played wheelchair basketball and volleyball. The workshop is designed to teach children how to be respectful towards wheelchair users.
Year 4 children really enjoyed meeting the staff from Fallings Park Fire station.
They were taught what how to safely evacuate a building, how to report a fire, the dangers of hoax calls and the importance of fire safety.
Thomas enjoyed learning about 'stop, drop and roll' and said "I enjoyed this because I learnt how to live longer if I caught on fire."
Georgie enjoyed learning about how to keep safe if her house caught on fire. "If a fire ever does happen, I now know what to do."