The Cricklade Chronicle
26th January 2018
Cricklade Manor Prep
You will have received today a letter about our upcoming Roald Dahl themed Open Morning. We are all very excited about the fizzwizzing activities on offer to our children and I hope that I can count on the parents' support by lending us your children for a few hours on a Saturday morning. Parents are of course welcome to stay at school for the morning as well if you like! We are about to do a mail drop of 'Golden Tickets' in the local area and a copy can be found opposite. Just tap and they will enlarge to full screen.
Well done to our Year 7 and 8 pupils who have been sitting their exams this week, They have all managed the pressure well and kept smiles on their faces. They all deserve a restful weekend!
Congratulation must also go to our amazing U13 Hockey team who beat St Hugh's 12-1 on Wednesday. They are a much bigger school with some 50 boys in Year 7 and 8 - but as Mr Davies said in assembly "its quality over quantity every time".
I had the pleasure of eating lunch with the Reception children on Thursday and I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm with which they described their topic of Dinosaurs - clearly we have some budding archaeologists within the school.
A quick reminder from me about the Senior Schools information evening next Wednesday. With 14 senior schools in attendance it should be a fantastic event!
Have a great weekend.
Come and watch our very
own Jessica M in the
Annual Panto at
NEXT WEEK'S MENU
THIS WEEK'S CORRESPONDENCE
NEXT WEEK DIARY DATES
AT A GLANCE
Year 1 trip to Gloucester Folk Museum consent form (1.2.18)
Reception Hearing and Vision test forms (date TBC)
Year 4 - 7 Senior Schools Information Evening (31.1.18)
Year 7 and 8 Parents' Evening (6.2.18)
New Cricklade Manor Prep Uniform
Open day letter (24.2.18)
Year 3 Roman Feast (6.2.18)
Weds 31st Jan
Senior Schools' Information Evening for Year 4 - 7 parents
7.00 - 9.00pm
Thurs 1st Feb
Year 1 trip to Gloucester Folk Museum
9.00 - 3.00
Fri 2nd Feb
Cricklade Award - Nationwide Money Matters
4.15 - 5.15
AT A GLANCE
Senior Schools Information Evening
On Wednesday 31st January we have our first Senior School Information evening starting at 7.00pm until 9.00pm. Parents of Year 4 - 7 pupils will have the opportunity to hear how we are preparing their pupils for their future schools and to talk to Registrars for many of the schools in this area about what they are looking for.
It will be an ideal opportunity for you to ask questions directly of both Mr Barrett and Mrs Heywood about the process for next schools and to decide which open mornings your should be visiting.
If you haven't already done so could you please let Jacky, in the school office, know if you will be attending.
Well done to the few parents who successfully answered last weeks question. The question mark was hiding the number 44. Clare Lacey, Graeme Ryder, Ravi Kandola, Bin Pang and Mokshada Raval were all correct.
Here is this week's question:
Yesterday I drove the one and a half miles to work, then later walked back at one tenth of my average driving speed.
The two journeys took 33 minutes in total.
What was the average speed of my walk home in mph?
As usual please send all answers
to email@example.com. Good luck!
Year 3 and 4 pupils love to improve their typing fluency skills on Typing Club. Some children have asked to log on at home. Here is the link
Pupils will have been given a card with their log in details.
Mon 29 Jan
U8 Netball Vs Westonbirt (H)
Start: 14:30 Finish: 15:30
U9 Netball Vs Richard Pate's (A)
Leave: 14:15 Start: 15:00 Return: 16:45
U8 A and B Football Vs Westonbirt (A)
Leave: 14:00 Start: 14:30 Return: 16:30
U9 A and B Football Vs Westonbirt (A)
Leave: 14:00 Start: 14:30 Return: 16:30
Wed 31 Jan
U13 CMP Netball Tournament (H)
Start: 14:00 Finish: 16:15
U10 and U11 Netball Vs Wycliffe (A)
Leave: 13:30 Start: 14:30 Return: 17:00
U10 A and B Football Vs Pinewood (A)
Leave: 13:30 Start: 14:30 Return: 16:45
U11 A and B Football Vs Pinewood (H)
Start: 14:30 Finish: 14:00
U13 A and B Hockey Vs Dauntsey's (H)
Start: 14:30 Finish: 16:00
Thurs 01 Feb
Year 5-8 Cross Country @ Pinewood
Leave: 13:30 Start: 14:30 Return: 17:00
Fri 02 Feb
Fencing Vs Pinewood (H)
Start: 16:00 Finish: 18:00
StartStart: 16:15 Finish: 18:00
Click here to find out what our sports teams have been getting on this week!
SPORT STAR OF THE MONTH!
next week's fixtures
Watch this space to find our who our sport star of the month is next week and read all about what they have achieved and how they have done it!
Year 1 and 2 have been enjoying their Games lessons every Thursday, a new addition this year. Since Christmas, they have been focusing on Football and this week thought about dribbling and shooting! We think that Toby W was great!
This week our Staff/Parent Netball Club grew, with more members coming every week. We play from 17:15 until 18:00 on a Tuesday evening, and is a great opportunity to play a new sport or increase your fitness! No prior experience needed! All children staying for Prep 2 or Supper will be collected at 17:45 and brought down to the sportshall. See you there!!
Team sheets for Wednesday's fixtures will be updated early next week once teams have been selected, so please check on the sports board or on the website.
Watch this space to find out who our Sport Star of the Month is and read all about what they have achieved and how they have done it!!
This week our 1st VII Hockey team impressed with a 12-1 victory against St Hugh's. Today they have been practicing their short corners in preparation for the IAPS competition in February.
NURSERY WOW! MOMENTS
Elliot was fantastic at taking turns playing a letter sound bingo game with a friend
Eliska wrote the letter "h" correctly on the white board
Rishik used the words hard and soft to describe given objects
SuShubh was able to make patterns from shapes at the making table
Connor is 3! Happy Birthday
This week our focus book was Super Safari by Tony Mitton. We discussed the meaning of the word safari and recalled the names of the animals spotted. We played a game called Describe and Find It whereby an adult described a safari animal and the children had to listen very carefully and guess which one it could be. As the children became confident with listening and identifying the animals, we asked for volunteers to describe an animal to the group.
For maths this week, we have been separating a group of 5 objects in different ways. We explored this concept by playing a game of skittles and talked about the outcomes by counting how many skittles were still standing and how many skittles got knocked down.
Our focus rhyme this week was 5 little ducks went swimming one day and the children used props to sing the rhyme in their play.
At Forest School, we talked about the names of birds that are seen in our immediate environment. Some soft toy birds were then hidden high and low in the garden and each child was given the task of finding a particular bird.
The children really enjoyed their messy play this week, having fun using scissors to cut up coloured spaghetti!
Home Learning Challenge
Go on a letter hunt! Look around at home or in an outside area and find things beginning with the sound ‘h’. Can you find 2 things beginning with this letter sound?
Emma is kind because she helped a friend put her coat on
Skylah pointed to the number 3 and said "I'm 3"
Darcy used her imagination and painted a rabbit human!
Alice is beginning to link sounds to letters. Well Done!
We have had a very busy and exciting week in Reception.
In Literacy this week Reception has found out about different dinosaurs from information books. We have thought about how fact books are different from story books.
We made our own Class book - “All About Dinosaurs" which we enjoyed sharing with Nursery.
In Mathematics, we sorted shapes and then went on a shape hunt outside. We found lots of circles, triangles and squares. What shapes can you find at home?
In Forest school this week, we made amazing dinosaur skeletons out of natural materials.
We made dinosaur teeth out of salt dough and then used our dinosaur teeth to make a necklace.
Hallie was pleased to discover a new castle to help our imaginative play!
Year 2 were thrilled to welcome Mr Guselli into class on Monday to be our 'real live Australian’ for the afternoon. The children enjoyed finding out so many facts and were able to ask questions and impress Mr Guselli with their current knowledge of Australian animals. The children said:
‘The most interesting thing was seeing the picture of the kangaroo and joey in the pouch, because I liked the fact the joey was sticking its head out.’ Ella P
‘The most interesting thing was when Cameron had a bandage on his arm.’ Pranavi.
‘Kangaroos can jump twice their height and snake poison will really hurt if you don’t go to hospital in time.’ Euan
‘When you catch snakes you should wear jeans.’ George.
‘The most interesting thing that Mr Guselli taught us was the Quokka. They are a smaller version of a kangaroo and a bigger version of a rat. The first people to see a Quokka thought they were big rats!’ Oliver.
‘The most interesting fact was when Mr Guselli told us how to pick up snakes because it will be useful for when we go to Australia.’ Tereza.
‘I liked when we talked about the snakes, my favourite snake was the Red Bellied Black Snake. I also really liked the Saltwater Crocodile. Mr Guselli’s cat brought a Tiger Snake to his door and he almost stood on it!’ Oscar.
‘The bit I found interesting was about the kangaroo and he showed us a picture of Jessica looking at the kangaroo.’ Lily.
Our huge thanks go to Mr Guselli for a really interesting afternoon.
The Australian theme continued into our English lessons where the children have been planning and writing animal stories. With their fund of knowledge on the different animals they have been able to create some super creative and imaginative stories.
In Computing, we have been learning about ‘coding’. We can put together commands to make objects move when the program starts or when the objects are clicked on.
During PE lesson the children were creating some new movements for their ‘Sun Dances’ they have been working on recently. They have been practising them as a group.
The children were trying their best to practise JOINED handwriting of ‘th’ this week.
In maths spider Norman was helping children to count in 10s from different numbers using 100 square board to help them if needed. The children worked in teams to create two digit numbers and adding 10 to them.o
For the next two weeks the focus of the Cricklade Award is "Money Matters" . We were delighted to welcome Harriet and Harry from Nationwide in Cirencester, who helped us to think about how much we spend in our every day lives.
We were amazed to find out that the average spend for a family is £18,000! We did think that was quite a lot to spend but when we looked at some of the costs of electricity, gas, water, mortgage and things like that it actually seemed quite easy! Who knew that 12 toilet rolls was over double the price of a fresh chicken?
Next time we are going to plan a party and keep within budget. We'll let you know how we get on.
Year 7 have begun studying Plant Reproduction. They have created imaginary flowers that are biologically correct! Choosing pipe cleaners, and colours and justification of their choices was really important. Hopefully they can now appreciate how wonderful nature is when it creates such biodiversity in the plant kingdom.
Last week Senior Lego Club put their building and programming skills with Lego EV3 to the test when they travelled to First Lego League Tournament at HP headquarters in Bristol. Our team “ Evolve” competed against teams from 19 other schools in the South West. This is an international competition
http://www.firstlegoleague.org designed to encourage children to think like scientists and engineers. We were delighted to meet up with our sister school’s team “Heywood Hydros”.
The challenge came in two parts. The first part was to design and present a solution to a problem in the Water Cycle on the theme of this year’s competition – Hydrodynamics. Our team presented their invention; a floating, robotic microplastics filter, confidently and articulately. hey fielded tough questions from the judges with great initiative. The most exciting and second part of the challenge was to pit the robot they had designed and programmed against the clock to accomplish a set of tasks in three nail biting rounds. It was tense, tricky and demanded on the spot decisions under pressure. The focus was on the children, no adult input allowed! After the first round several of the teams including ourselves had failed to score any points due to the precise nature of the tasks. After a break and some high intensity re-programming and strategic planning by the team, we were delighted to achieve a score in our final round and finish on a respectable 15th place out of 20 schools.
After a very lively final with a parade of balloon creations everyone had enjoyed the day. “It was really exciting!” said Rohan M.
Mrs Paddock, Head of IT said, “I am tremendously proud of the children’s hard work, focus and determination. Although we didn’t make it to the semi-finals in this, our novice year, we had a great day and learnt a lot. I can’t wait to see how the children get on next year with the experience gained.”
STARs OF THE WEEK
Reception: Fola O for trying hard with his sounds
Year1: Anjola O for consistent hard work in all areas
Year 2: Julian N for working hard on his reading and writing
Year 3: Alice B for super progress in maths
Year4L: Lily G for always being cheerful and enthusiastic and working to her best ability
Year 4C: Kinshuk S for hard work in maths
Year 5F: Rohan R for being so smartly dressed and for his positive approach
Year 5T: Simi B for her creativity in English
Year 6G: Dexter G for his excellent contribution to debating and all-round improvement
Year 6B: Lola O for her determination and learning to tie her school tie
Year 7: Finn R for his continued hard work
Year 8: David T for conducting himself excellently this week during exams
HOUSE POINT TOTALS
1= Clifford 281 (694)
2= Burton 272 (698)
3= Baines 258 (681)
4= Brownlow 255 (671)
Year 4 Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford - Art Trip
Mrs Brookes has been delighted with the Year 4 pupils who have used their free time to complete sketchbook research work based on the theme totem poles. They have studied the work of the Haida Canadian community and have used keywords, visuals, direct-observational sketches and other resources to collect ideas for future inspiration in their art lessons. Mrs Brookes has awarded two pupils from each class a small prize for their excellent efforts on this task.
Congratulations to: Roxanna P-S, Zachary B, William N, Aman P
Art Card of the Week
This week two pupils have really shown a fantastic start to the term in Art and therefore they have both been awarded an Art card of the week. Congratulations to Matty D in Year 6 and Jamie C in Year 3 for their dedicated and mature approach towards all tasks this term. Well done boys!
Artist of the Week
Congratulations to Maddison D in Year 3 for her excellent textiles cat design that she made during her free time. What a fantastic achievement, a purrrrfect cat! Well done, Maddison!
Darcy F - 3rd place U11 girls (foil)
Tolly P - 3rd place U10 boys (foil)
Freya P - 3rd Place U11 girls (foil)
Rohan P - 2nd place U10 boys (epee)
Aman P - 3rd place U10 boys (epee)
William K - 2nd place U10 boys (foil)
Emily G - 2nd place U10 girls (foil)
Jacob D - 2nd place U11 boys (epee)
Tharun K was Mangahigh champion of the week
Golden House point
Dexter G was awarded a Golden House point for helping a fellow student on the playground and putting his first aid skills into practice