Thank you to all of Year 6 for their effort, enthusiasm and of course the banter! We will miss you. Thanks to Jacob for the fantastic video. Year 6 Team
Rainbow day: our theme for this Rainbow Day was our Rainbow Values – all of the values focused on this with a real emphasis on community and team work. The day started with an assembly led by Mr Moore about ‘Go and be a goose’ looking at how geese fly in their V formation, how they work as a team and that they are 75% more productive flying as a team than if they fly solo. We linked many of the geese attributes to our Rainbow Values.
There was a rotation of 7 activities.
- Paper tower challenge: this involved 7 pieces of paper per team (representing the 7 Rainbow Values) and a roll of masking tape. Children were split into 7 teams within their colour and had the challenge of making the tallest free-standing tower that they could. The value they were focusing on was ‘Community’ – working together as a team.
- Singing: we had a singer in, funded from the Helen Foundation, working with every class over the course of the day. They learnt a song within their 35 minutes called ‘Build it High’. The lyrics were about working together as a team to solve a problem.
- Chiefs Rugby session: 2 representative from Exeter Chiefs came in to work with the children on team work, staying active and having fun. They played lots of games to children moving for the whole session, playing stuck in the mud, tag rugby and other running games.
- Friendship bracelets: children worked together to make friendship bracelets, choosing 3 of the Rainbow Values and their colours to represent them. They had lots of discussions about when they and their peers had demonstrated these values in school.
- Decorating leaves: these have gone on display in our office reception area (known in school as the ‘school lounge’). Children thought about their hopes and aspirations for the future, what they were proud of, what they work hard at and what they would like to get better at. They were focusing on our ‘Potential’ value.
- Construction: this session was about focusing on the community around us and the groups were representing landmarks of Exminster out of various construction materials. They used photos of these to support them and enjoyed working with the different age groups.
- Orienteering: in this session, children had to run around our school rounds, finding clues – 8 different ones in total. When they arrived at a clue, each year group had a different question to answer and record on their sheet. The older children were supporting the younger children by reading their question and supporting them with the answers.
It was a fantastic day, watching the children with mixed year groups. New friendships were formed, family groups enjoyed spending time with one another and the older children loved supporting the younger children. The younger children enjoyed working with the older children and making these new connections, which we then saw going over to the playtime as well. Thanks to the staff for the range of activities and to Mrs Coville who worked hard to organise the day.
KS2 has wowed different aged audiences with a brilliant production. Lily from 6JS drew the front cover of the programme for everyone to look at. Gina Walledge said " The production was brilliant and think it is definitely something to be proud of. " The play definitely had a great response from the audience as they laughed at every joke. Thank you to Mrs Burnham for all the amazing props and to the Year 6 children for their enthusiasm and hard work.
Children from across the school enjoyed a fantastic evening watching the film 'Sing'. Not only did the children love watching and dancing along to the film, they also enjoyed the tasty popcorn and juice!
We'd like to say a big thank you to all those who helped to organise the event. An amazing £350 pounds was raised to go towards the climbing wall!
A huge thank you to the community of Exminster Community Primary School. You have raised an amazing £386.45 today from the non-uniform day. You have also raised over £120 from bob-a-job so far. To this, we can add the £146 that Mrs Whalley raised from having her cake sale at home in the holidays. Our total so far is £652.45 and still people are raising more. Every single penny of this money will be spent on buying books and resources to fill our suitcases and leave at Nayamba school. Thank you!
Last Friday the school choir were invited to sing at the Memory cafe which takes place every third Friday of the month. The choir sang a medley of songs with the folk songs being particularly popular. After singing the children went and spoke to those who visited the cafe. The children shared their experiences of being in the choir and their learning at Exminster. We will be sharing more experiences with the memory cafe and also the Westbank over the coming months.
The results are in for the Tremendous Tessellation Competition, they were judged by a group of Year 6 children. We have to thank everyone who entered their design to the competition. The winners from KS2 are:
And from KS1:
Calling all budding song writers age 8-12, this is your opportunity to show off your talents and enter a national song writing competition. Details of this exciting competition are below.
Week one of our Lent challenge, where all classes are noticing random acts of kindness in one another, sees 2B as the kindest class this week. Lent has delivered his new challenges for the coming week. Keep up the good work everyone.
On Thursday afternoon, the school had a super science assembly from Astro Alice!
Astro Alice introduced the children to a range of exciting experiments that could happen within our science club this Summer Term. The children all took part in the assembly, helping to investigate how friction works all around us.
Even Mr Slingsby took part in the assembly. He had the chance to experiment with the homemade hovercraft!
On Friday, a letter was sent home with children from Year 1 to Year 6. If you did not receive a letter, please see the office for spares.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
This week is our Maths Problem Solving Week. Throughout the week the children will be taking part in many challenges and problem solving activities in maths. We will keep you updated on some of the exciting maths throughout the week.
As part of the week, Mr Moore has set the whole school two challenges to complete at home.
Challenge 1: Tremendous Tessellations
The first competition is to design, draw and colour your own tessellation/repeated pattern, like the ones below. Hand them to your teacher or straight to Mr Moore. The best patterns in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two will be displayed in school and put on the school website for the world to see!
Challenge 2: Times Rhymes
One example (to show you what to do) is below, but there are no strict rules. Be creative and catch the eye of the judges with something fresh and different (you could even get a parent to film you singing your song or reading your poem and send in the video or audio file, it doesn't have to be written down).
Foundation Stage: a rhyme to help you count in 1s or 2s would be perfect.
Year 6: how about impressing us with your 17x table, or your 3.1x table?!
Mrs Troy the lollipop lady sadly leaves today. She has been the school's lollipop lady for 10 years and 3 months. She will be greatly missed as she guides adults and children to the front gate with a smile on her face. Mrs Whalley held a special assembly for Mrs Troy. She had to complete some road challenges. At the end of the assembly the children sang a special song by the Spice Girls to Mrs Troy before she went to do her lollipop lady job for the last time. By Faye and Lizzie
On Friday, Exminster School Choir made the epic trip to the Genting Arena, in Birmingham, for the Young Voices concert 2017. They joined 6500 other children from across the country in an amazing concert including the Urban Striders dance group and the Beat Box Crew. It was an incredible experience and the children are still buzzing.
Have a look at some of them in action below!
This term we will be inviting parents/grandparents/carers to our games assemblies. 1MS kicked off the games assemblies; the children's special adults joined them in playing a competitive maths game. Then table groups worked together as a team on a phonics game. The adults had a chance to engage in the type of learning activities children undertake in school and everyone was able to reflect on which of our school's Rainbow Values we used.
Esme said: 'We used our potential building the words.'
Lily: 'Enjoyment because I liked making the words.'
Oliver. D: 'Inclusion, including other people to play if they really want to play.'
Bethany: 'Community, working as a team.'
Jenson's comment shows everyone was motivated, he said: 'Perseverance because we had to keep working.'
Thank you to everyone for supporting this session. Mrs Miller, Mrs Stapleton and the children really enjoyed it.☺
Today the teachers at Exminster Community Primary School performed a pantomime for the children. It was very funny and all the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr Mammola and Mr Slingsby were the two ugly sisters, Miss Bevan was Cinderella and Mrs Whalley was the step mother. Also Mrs Martin and Mrs Norris were the fabulous narrators of the show. All of the children were laughing and having a lot of fun. Merry Christmas to one and all.
Today some trainee teachers came in to our school to learn about what we do in Exminster Community Primary School. We met with them and they asked us how we became Digital Leaders and what Digital Leaders do to help the school. We(Ioan,Lizzie,Dylan and Ollie) said: "Change the paper in the printers, install computer software, print for teachers ,Sphero-a type of proggrammable robot, coding and of course blogging. They were impressed with all that we do and they want to borrow us in the future!
Lizzie and Sophie