Autumn Festival 2017
To celebrate achieving an RHS Level 3 gardening award, we held an Autumn Festival. The children put their 'green-fingers' to the test and worked exceptionally hard to weed, cut back and re-plant their classes raised bed in a spooky halloween theme. Once again, our families showed off their creativity in our pumpkin carving competition. I'm sure you'll agree we had some great entries and it was difficult to pick a winner from each class. Luckily the weather stayed fine and our families had a great time playing crazy golf and completing a spooky trivia quiz in the forest school area. Apple bobbing was a huge success along with our refreshment stall with lots of tasty autumnal treats made by the children such as pumpkin soup (EYFS), pumpkin cake (2W), parkin (1/2K) and chocolate apples (Yr6). Year 6 did a fantastic job running all the events and were a credit to the school. We are now working towards a Level 4 award and hope you join us next term for our spring festivities. Thank you for your support in making these events a great success.
Children, parents and staff had a fabulous afternoon at our flower festival. Luckily, the rain stayed away allowing everyone to follow a trail of beautiful, and very creative, 'gardens in a box'! From wellington boot gardens to caterpillar gardens, our families produced some magnificent designs. The trail led to the wonderfully colourful and exciting class planters in the KS2 yard and in EYFS. Each class picked a theme from their year's learning and designed and made their garden:
Rec: Under the sea
Year 1/2C: Brazil
Year 1/2K: Minibeasts
Year 2: Wind in the Willows
Year 3: The Tin Forest
Year 3/4 & Year 4/5: Romans
Year 5: Bees
Year 6: World War
After admiring the gardens, parents and children enjoyed a game of crazy golf and orienteering before having a well-earned rest with a cup of tea and cake.
Science Week at Thorn 2017!
The children and staff had a fantastic time during Science week. All children visited Thorn's very own science lab where they took part in a series of 'wow' experiments with plenty of pop, fizz and bang! We all got very messy but luckily we were wearing our lab coats just like real scientists. The children used their predicting, observation, comparing, modelling and evaluation skills in the lab. Fantastic scientific vocabulary could be heard from children of all ages.
Our science dress-up day was a huge success. The children, with help from parents, showed their creativity with fantastic costumes. We had astronauts, explorers, botanists, robots, surgeons, nurses, vets and many more. This really helped the children to see the impact of science all around them.
The week was topped off with a visit from Nick Hawken from Junior STEM www.juniorstem.co.uk. The children took part in thoroughly engaging and exciting Lego robotics workshops. Shouts of 'Wow!' and cheers of success could be heard as children successfully programmed their very own models. The importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in shaping our futures cannot be stressed enough. This workshop gave children an insight into jobs of the future and the children were inspired. Here are just a few of the children's comments:
"This is like actual engineering!"
"This is so cool!"
"I've got it! I can do it by myself!"
"I can;t believe I actually made it move!"
"I'm putting this on my Christmas list!"
World Book Day was a great success again this year with pupils and staff dressing up as their favourite book
characters. All the children looked great in their costumes and so did some of the staff! Winners chosen
from each class received a prize, see them below and lots of other photographs from the day.
The snow may have nearly gone but we have lots of memories of the fun we had!
We thoroughly enjoyed building snowmen, dens, igloos, snow sculptures and even snow trolls!
Each class designed their own den or igloo. Miss Riding and her class had an ambitious design for their igloo which was large enough to hold the whole class!
Miss Tierney's class did really well and nearly managed to complete their roof. It's all been very exciting!
As you can see from the photos... We worked really hard and the results were fantastic!
See if you can work out which teacher is making a Snow Angel!