On Thursday 2nd November Holbeach Academy came into school to give us a taster of their performance 'Joseph'. It was a wonderful display of singing and harmony, it was clear that a lot of hard work and preparation had gone in to such a polished performance.
The children all thoroughly enjoyed the music and have taken home details of the times and dates of the performances.
On Wednesday 1st November we were lucky to have 3 fire-fighters come into school to teach us all about firework and bonfire safety ready for 5th November. We were shocked to find out that fireworks and even sparklers burn at 2000oC!
Mrs Upsall and Mrs Farrell had a race to see who could get dressed in the uniform the quickest; the time limit is to be seconds for fire-fighters!
Findley and Emilia practised how to 'Stop Drop and Roll' - the way to react when clothes are alight.
Thank you to the fire brigade for giving up your time for us, as they were on duty, and we were very pleased they were not called away to an emergency.
HARVEST FESTIVAL - FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2017
We held our Harvest Festival in school and invited our families to attend. each class had prepared a Harvest song which they sang beautifully. We had a generous collection of food and this was donated to Agape Spalding foodback.
On Friday 29th September 29 children and 3 members of staff departed on their trip to Aylmerton Field Study Centre in Norfolk. We arrived at Aylmerton at 11am and when we got off the bus we collected our luggage and waited for instruction from the staff at the centre. The children were all very excited as were the staff who consisted of Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Farrell, Mrs Smith and Miss Candler, who joined us in the evening. After we had sorted out dormitories, we got back on a bus and went to Cromer Church where we had our lunch and looked all around the church and also climbed up to the roof and looked out over Cromer. We then departed back to the centre where we went into the woods to have some 'Woodland Fun'. This involved walking around a course blind folded and also looking for objects which do not belong in woods. After our evening meal we went and listened to a storyteller. He was fantastic! Every evening, just before bedtime, the children had a drink of Hot Chocolate and a biscuit but on the Friday evening we were very lucky to have Birthday Cake which was from Hope as it was her birthday that day.
On Saturday, after the morning briefing, we departed the centre by coach and headed to West Runcton where we examined the beach environment, looking at rockpools, fossils, glaciation and erosion. We walked along the beach from West Runcton to Cromer and ate our lunch on Cromer Pier. In the afternoon we took the coach back to the centre and went into the Felbrigg Estate which is where we built a 'Hide. Each group had to make their hide and then hide inside it to see if they could be seen and also to see if it was waterproof. To test this, the teachers had a water gun in which they aimed at the children, some children got very wet whilst others stayed dry. After the evening meal we went back out on a twilight safari through the Felbrigg estate and had a story in Felbrigg Church. It was a very dark walk and the children had their torches to see where they were going.
On Sunday we took the coach to Blakeney. We examined the dunes and marsh and shingle habitats as well as walking to Blakeney point. We even got to walk through lots of mud in bare feet - it was very cold! We stopped and looked for cockles as well. One group even got to try some fresh Samphire straight from the marsh but not many children liked it as they said it was too salty. We then took a boat out to see the seals before we got back on the bus to take us back to the centre. This is where the children all said goodbye to Miss Candler who had to leave to be back at work on Monday morning. After our evening meal we gathered out swimming bags and got back on the bus to go to the Splash swimming pool in Sheringham where we had the pool to ourselves. The children all loved the wave machine and most children went on the slide several time.
On Monday, after breakfast and the morning briefing, we split up into three group and went on a 'Monster Trail' through the Felbrigg Estate. We had to find clues to a puzzle along the way and use a compass to find the right direction to go in. We all made it back to the centre and had our lunch. We then said a goodbye to all the staff and loaded our luggage onto the coach for our return journey back to Weston Hills. The parents were all there to greet us. We had a fantastic time and most children have signed up to go again next year.
Den Building Day
On 13th July Weston Hills C of E Primary School opened their doors to family and friends for a morning of den building in the school grounds. This was very well attended by many families but it was particularly lovely to see so many Dads, Grandads and Uncles who came along to work with the children, constructing dens from simple household materials. There were some incredibly creative ideas and we had everything from wigwams to castles! Everyone then enjoyed a picnic lunch outside in their dens. It was so much fun that there were lots of requests to repeat this next year.
Weston Hills C of E Primary School held their Sports Day on 5th July in glorious sunshine. Families and friends of the school came along to watch the children take part in 10 different sports activities where they accumulated Team points towards the Sports Trophy. Flat races and a relay completed the event and Team Witham were the overall winners for the second year in a row!
The sun shone at just the right time on Saturday 1st July so that Weston Hills C of E Primary School were able to enjoy a fantastic Summer Fayre organised by Staff, Parents and friends of the school. Some of the stalls and games had been designed and organised by the children who also helped run them on the day. There was a huge range of fun activities to try including: a bouncy castle, pony rides, tombola, raffles, games as well as musical performances form the school choir and a Taiko drumming performance by students from University Academy Holbeach. Over £1500 was raised and this will be used to purchase additional resources for the school.
SCIENCE WEEK- 13th-17th March
Science week started with a bang with our visitor Mr Peter West bringing in just a few of his huge kite collection. After an assembly, he visited every class to talk about kites and kite flying before showing off some of his large kites on the school field. Every child in school will be making and flying their own kite this week too!
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SCHOOL DISCO - FRIDAY 10TH MARCH
POP-IN MORNING - TUESDAY 7TH MARCH
On Tuesday 7th March we held our first Pop-In morning for parents/carers to come into school and find out more about how we deliver the curriculum in the classroom. It was lovely to see so many Parents/carers in school who also enjoyed an opportunity to work along side their child as they started their lessons.
SPORTS FOR SCHOOLS - MONDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2017
We were very excited to welcome GB Paralympic Triathlete Clare Cunningham into school on Monday 27th February as part of our Sports for Schools event. Clare was born without her left forearm and taught from a young age that it wouldn't stop her from achieving anything she wanted in life. Clare's sporting successes span over 20 years, most recently winning Gold in the Paratriathlon World Championships.
Clare led a sponsored fitness circuit with all pupils followed by any questions they wanted to ask. The aim of the event was to inspire pupils to take up sport generally, but more importantly to follow their passion in life.
The children and staff had a very enjoyable day and have raised £700 for this event, of which the school receives 60% to purchase school equipment.
WORLD BOOK DAY - WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH 2017
The staff and children celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as a character from their favourite book.
During December 2016 some of the Year 3 children achieved either their 10, 20 or 25 metres in swimming and received their certificates. Two children even achieved their 50 metres certificate. Well Done!
AYLMERTON RESIDENTIAL TRIP
30TH SEPTEMBER - 3RD OCTOBER 2016
On Friday 30th September a group of 29 children, along with Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Farrell, Mrs Smith and Miss Stafford, left Weston Hills School for a 4 day residential trip to Aylmerton Field Study Centre.
On arriving at Aylmerton the children had time to settle in before they left to go to Happisburgh to examine the beach environment. The guides from Aylmerton, called Skippy and Bo Peep, talked to the children all about the different types of pebbles and shells found along the beach, along with information about how the sea barriers are eroding away throughout the years. After this they then got back on the bus to go to Sea Palling and investigated the different beach environment there. We even managed time to have a break for an Ice-cream. When we arrived back at the centre we had just enough time to freshen up before our evening meal which consisted of 3 courses. Each child throughout the weekend took it in turns to be the table manager and looked after their table of friends serving them food and cleaning away afterwards. After the evening meal the children then went into the pavilion and listened to different stories from the storyteller. By 9pm the children were ready for their Hot Chocolate, biscuit and then ready for bed. Lights out at 10pm.
Term 3: School Production of The Wind in the Willows
Term 4: Our first ever Farmers' Market; School Disco
Term 5: Science Week- Dunking Biscuits! School Disco
Term 6: KS2 Big First Aid Lesson; Sports' Day; Whole School Trip