Easter fun at Forest School
We had a lot of fun at Forest School for a special Easter morning. We hunted for eggs which had pictures inside of creatures that laid eggs and then had to order them in alphabetical order. We also found 4 real eggs which were decorated like Miss Berry, Mrs Kear, Mrs Bennett and Miss Oatey! It was great fun exploring Forest School, making dens, hunting for mini beasts, bird watching and digging. At the end of the morning we enjoyed a story together and had an egg and spoon race with the real eggs, decorated as our teachers, balanced on the spoon. Some of our teachers had a lot of cracks in them by the end of the race!
Year 2 become stars at Loughborough Town Hall dance festival
Seven of the Year 2 children represented Thrussington at the Jump2it dance festival. They performed an amazing dance based on the book ‘Captain Underpants’ by Dav Pilkey. Dressed with their pants on the outside of their clothes, they showed off their superhero moves, positions and flying ability in a brilliant dance and the audience cheered and clapped excitedly at the end. They thoroughly enjoyed being true professionals, having their own dressing room and proper lighting on stage. Being the youngest performers out of all the schools, they did the school proud, showing their confidence and enthusiasm and energy.
Comic Relief 2019
We dressed up in red, in fancy dress and in our own clothes for Comic Relief and found out about how our money might be used to help others. We learned about what a refugee is and how their life would be hard. We raised an amazing £93.05.
Space – the final frontier! Class Two and Class Three have recently been on a trip to the National Space Centre. During our time, each class visited the planetarium which, for many of the children, was their first time experiencing it. There were gasps of amazement as the planetarium was revealed and began to move.
Both classes took part in a workshop. Class Two learnt about the way that different types of weather are formed and, to Mrs Castilla’s delight, were able to answer lots of questions following our earlier Geography topic. Class Three became petrologists, studying rocks from Mars to find out if there was water on the planet and any signs of life. They really looked the part in their white lab. coats.
We also looked around all the exhibits including the rocket tower, models of the International Space Station and simulators. All in all, we learnt lots of new things and had an amazing time doing so!
Let’s get growing
The whole school has begun chitting their potatoes for our annual potato growing competition. There are two varieties of potato. Next week we will be planting them out and working hard to try and grow the heaviest crop of potatoes.
Philippines morning for Villa Sofia Elementary School
We spent the morning learning more about the Philippines. We all wrote to the children at Villa Sofia School and told them about our school and about what it is like to live in the U.K. We also made maps of the Philippines, building houses, vehicles and schools and adding animals that might live there. Everyone brought in 1p and 2p coins and we laid them over the lettering saying ‘Villa Sofia Elementary School’. We were hoping to have enough coins to represent the 6986 miles from our school to their school. We had 7551coins and, in total, we raised £100.75p
Gem 106 appeal - Christmas jumpers
Thank you to everyone who supported the Gem 106 appeal. The children looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers and it raised £87.70. You were all very generous with your donations of toys and games for children in the local area who may not have a present to open this Christmas. Thank you to the Donaghey family for organising it.
The Thrussington School Choir had a wonderful time on Sunday evening performing at the local Christmas Lights Switch On. Thank you to everyone who came to see the children sing.
Rosalind and Nathan’s fundraising for Villa Sofia Elementary School
A huge thank you to Rosalind and Nathan for organising a sweet stall to raise money for our friends at Villa Sofia Elementary School, Philippines. They put a huge amount of time into preparing the sweets, working out the costs and deciding how much to sell things for to make a profit. It has already raised £71.50 and there are still sweets to be sold. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.
We are delighted to have received the level 4 gardening award with RHS. The whole school participated in this level of the award through growing our own potatoes, harvesting them and making various different potato salads with them last year. As a reward we have received £100 worth of seeds so watch out for lots of vegetables and flowers growing over the course of the next year!
We were then even more delighted to find out that our evidence for the level 5 award had also been successful. This was achieved through our growing activities during the summer months and the harvesting of the produce this autumn. We sold some of our produce to the school community but also sold some at the autumn fayre, allowing the wider school community to be a part of our school garden. As a reward for receiving level 5, we have received a voucher to spend on making developments in our school garden…watch this space!
A big well done to Martha
Thank you to Martha for selling fruit and vegetables, grown on her Grandma’s allotment, over the summer and kindly choosing to donate all the money to our friends at Tugop Elementary School, Philippines. Her generosity has enabled them to purchase a digital camera for them to use in lessons but also to use in interschool journalism competitions, something that they have been longing to do for a while. Thank you Martha for being so thoughtful. Here’s a message sent to Miss Oatey from Ma’am Yen, one of the teachers at Tugop – ‘Please say a big thank you to the young girl in your school. who has such a kind heart at such a very young age. She is a real blessing to our school and we feel so privileged that she has so selflessly thought of us. Maraming Salamat (thank you very much)
Starfish mathematical project
Class one have taken part in a project with the University of Leicester in which they hope to help children see how our number system is built on tens, hundreds and thousands. We have done this by making little starfish from salt-dough.
The starfish will be on display from Saturday 17th to Wednesday 21st November in the New Walk Museum in the Victorian Gallery, across a dark blue sea made from yoga mats.
‘Treachery at Traitors’ Quay’
It's World War II and London isn’t safe. The five Dawson children are evacuated to the coast to stay at the large home of Eggin-Drake, Minister of Information. They're thrown in amongst all sorts of characters - from the dishevelled Home Guard and air-raid wardens to the surly gamekeeper and the retired sea captain. It soon becomes apparent to the children that there is a spy in their midst. Determined to investigate, they head down to the Quay and snoop around the smugglers’ caves. But who is the spy? Can their plan be foiled before it's too late? And just what IS the strange secret about the JAM?
Harvesting our hard work
This week the gardening club harvested all the vegetables and fruits that were ready. We pulled up a few onions (many more to come!), some beetroots, lots of lettuce, some gooseberries, some strawberries, some beans and even some mint. We then made our own signs and set up a stall to sell what we had grown to our family and friends. We were proud that we made £7.55 and will be using the money to support gardening club next year.
A night at Forest School
Year 2 children spent a fun night at forest school. First we had to put up the huge tent that we were all going to sleep in and then we could set up our beds. We had some time exploring forest school and then Mrs Bennett lit the fire. We ate hot dogs and jackets potatoes cooked on the fire and whittled some sticks to toast marshmallows. Once it got later, we put on our pyjamas, brushed our teeth in the wild (spitting out our toothpaste as far as we could!) and had a sing song before settling down in the tent. By 5am we were all awake and Miss Berry cooked delicious pancakes and toast on the fire. We even had some of the jam made from Lauren’s strawberries she picked. After packing up, taking the tent down and having a little more time in forest school, it was time to go home. What a fun evening and night we had had!
Class Three embarked upon their exciting three day trip to Beaumanor Hall. The children had great fun, not only by taking part in adventurous activities like canoeing, climbing, archery and learning survival skills but also through developing relationships with each other, encouraging and supporting each other to overcome difficulties. Throughout their time at Beaumanor Hall, behaviour was exemplary and it was a pleasure to spend time with them.
World Book Day
We dressed up as our favourite book characters today and learned how our 50p would be used by the charity Book Aid International to support people in Africa. There were some amazing costumes that people had put a lot of time into and we enjoyed guessing who was who. We raised a fantastic £44 which will help to buy books for people in Africa. We had a lot of fun sharing our books with children from other classes. Thank you.
The Year 2 children took to the stage to perform a fantastic dance, called 'Steam Heat', to a packed audience at Loughborough Town Hall. After weeks of choreography and rehearsals, they excitedly put on their smart trousers, waistcoats, cravats and bowler hats and danced under the bright lights on the huge stage. They proudly represented Thrussington School with a fantastic performance.
We all made a donation to come to school in non-uniform. The money will be used to enable us to adopt Tugop Elementary School, in the Philippines, for another academic year, ensuring that the children at the school receive paper, pencils and pens to study and the teachers receive chalk, marker pens and large sheets of paper to teach effectively. During the day, we learned about the Philippine culture, made information booklets for our friends at Tugop, had an assembly about school life in the Philippines and found out what Tugop pupils have been doing recently. We re-enacted riding a jeepney in the Philippines, learning some key phrases such as alayon (kindly/please), salamat (thank you), pasahe (fare) and para (stop). We also had a flag ceremony at the end of the day, with the Philippine national anthem, just like our friends at Tugop would.
African street dance
This term, Class One’s street dance club headed to Africa for their dance routine. They learned different African movements and performed as a whole group, in small groups and in pairs during the dance. A great performance!
Let the planting begin!
The competition has really started now. Each class has now planted out their two varieties of potato (Rocket and Regional) into the sacks on the playground.
We half filled the bags with compost, placed the chitted potatoes in and covered them with more compost. Now we must watch for when they start to push through the compost and have to keep covering them over with more soil until they reach the top of the sack. Of course we have to also remember to check whether they need watering! We have also planted one of the potatoes into a plastic bottle inside the classroom. That means we can watch it grow and change and see what is happening underneath the soil.
Potato growing competition
We have begun an inter-class competition to see who can grow the heaviest crop of potatoes. Each class has begun chitting their potatoes and soon we will be planting them out, looking after them as well as we can and watching them grow. This is also a nationwide school competition so we are hoping that Thrussington will show themselves to be great gardeners and will be one of the schools with the heaviest crop in the whole country!
Bringing some Christmas cheer to others
Some of the recorder and clarinet children took their instruments and singing voices to Rearsby Residential Home to entertain the residents with carols and Christmas songs. It was greatly appreciated by all and the children enjoyed chatting to the residents afterwards about the school, their instruments and Christmas time. They were confident in their singing and playing and respectful when speaking to the residents. What a pleasure!
A King is a Born
It’s time to snuggle up by the fire and see the story of the very first Christmas come to life as Mum reads it to the children on an exciting Christmas Eve. Relive the miraculous story of the birth of Jesus, the baby king. Meet bossy Caesar and his census-takers, the angels, the shepherds and join the kings on their journey as they follow the star and come with wonder and awe to the stable.
Class Two embarked upon their exciting three day trip to Beaumanor Hall. The children had great fun, not only by taking part in adventurous activities like canoeing, climbing, archery and learning survival skills but also through developing relationships with each other, encouraging and supporting each other to overcome difficulties. Throughout their time at Beaumanor Hall, behaviour was exemplary.
‘Topping out’ ceremony held at Thrussington Primary School to celebrate major extension.
An exciting event took place at the School, last week, when staff, pupils, governors, engineers and visitors attended the ancient ceremony of “Topping out”, to celebrate the completion of the roof of the major construction works at the School. Everyone signed a timber roof brace which was then hoisted and positioned at the highest point of the building.
"Work through the Easter holiday has seen significant progress; it is really taking shape, now!"
One child recently wrote to Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra about an idea for a new book cover for their Supertato books! Imagine our surprise and how thrilled Early Years were when a surprise package arrived at school! A handwritten letter from the authors and a signed book!
Berry’s Beautiful Baked Beans
Year 3 and 4 have been busy this term at forest school making homemade baked beans. The children thought they were delicious and some even created a tin label for Miss Berry to market the beans. Miss Berry has even written to Heinz and Tesco to tell them about our wonderful beans.
World Book Day
We had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day. We were so impressed with the children's creative costumes. Thank you for all your efforts in making your amazing book character costumes.
We started off the day with a whole school assembly where we talked about the joy of learning and 'getting lost in a book'. We also learned about where our £1 donations go. We saw pictures of excited children from around the world gratefully receiving their donated books.
During our school day each class visited another class and had a story read to them and all the children had the opportunity to share their favourite book with a friend.
Class 3 took part in the BBC's live lesson in the afternoon and were thrilled to have their answer read out live on air!! You can still catch it on iPlayer.
We all really enjoyed dressing up and participating in World Book Day and look forward to another year of reading!
Let’s get planting
The potato competition has now really started. We have split into 4 groups for the competition: Early Years, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. Each group have now planted out 3 regional potatoes and 3 rocket potatoes that have been chitting on the windowsill for the last week. We must now look after them, keeping them watered, but not overwatered, and noticing when the shoots are coming through in order to cover them with more soil. Some of us also have a potato inside in a bottle so that we can watch how the roots grow beneath the soil.
The Greatest Showman
The children in Class One’s street dance club performed a dance based on the music from the Greatest Showman. It was a delightful performance with clowns, jugglers, tightrope walkers, acrobats, lions, elephants and, of course, the greatest showman. They all worked extremely hard to learn the dance over a number of weeks.
Lights, Camel, Action!
The Bethlehem Broadcasting Company is recording a dazzling dance show to celebrate the special occasion of Jesus’ birth and the cast is jam-packed with nativity celebrities. Personalities, including some funky camels and a disco star, have come together again to recall their roles in the miraculous story. It’s a Christmas celebration like never before, with dance styles ranging from tango to line dancing and ballet to disco. The judges have gathered their scorecards, dancers are waiting in the wings and the audience is assembled for Lights, Camel, Action!
Supporting our new friends at Villa Sofia Elementary School, Philippines
The school councillors from Class One and Class Two have spent time scanning the books, CDs and DVDs which have been donated to make money for Villa Sofia Elementary School. So far we have raised around £18. This is great work, considering that not every item that is donated is accepted and the items can give us anything between 1p and £3 but the average is around 25p. Please continue to keep them coming in and the school council will be happy to sort through them and send them off.
Children in Need
What fantastic spotty outfits we had for Children in Need! You all made such an effort to dress up in spots. Thank you to you all for your very generous donations you have raised £96.11p on the day plus £120 through the selling of Pudsey pin badges. A fantastic amount for such a small school.
Thank you for your generous donations of food goods for our harvest festival. These will be taken to Friends of Rothley Baptist Church who will distribute them to people in need from the surrounding villages.
Farewell Year 6
The results are in!
This week we harvested our crops of potatoes that have been growing since the beginning of March. We counted how many of each variety we had and then weighed each variety to see how heavy each crop was. We then weighed the heaviest individual potato as well.
The winner of the heaviest individual potato goes to Years 3 and 4 with a weight of 250g.
The winner of the Rocket variety of potato goes to Years 3 and 4 with a weight of 1.1kg.
The winner of the Regional variety of potato goes to Years 3 and 4 with a weight of 800g.
The most potatoes harvested altogether (regardless of weight) was jointly won by Reception and Years 1 and 2, both of which harvested exactly 78 potatoes.
The total weight of all of the potatoes harvested at Thrussington is 6.2kg, the equivalent to holding about 6 guinea pigs!
All results have been entered into the national school potato growing competition.
Well done to Years 3 and 4 for being such brilliant gardeners and tending to their crops so well. Watch this space for what each group does next with their potatoes!
We’re all going on a summer holiday
This term the street dance club have been preparing a dance about going on holiday. They packed their suitcases, boarded the plane and then visited a variety of different countries, performing a dance in the style of each country they visited. What a fabulous dance it is!
Performing stars at Jump2it dance festival
After many weeks of rehearsing, Year 2 children delighted a packed audience at Loughborough Town Hall with their dance in the style of Renee Magritte. Despite being some of the youngest children performing, they excelled themselves with their dance skills, their behaviour, attitude and, of course, their confidence to dance on a huge stage with bright lights and hundreds of faces watching them. It was a pleasure to have them representing Thrussington.
‘Salamat’ - A big thank you from Tugop Elementary School in the Philippines
A big thank you from everyone at Tugop Elementary School! We are once again adopting Tugop for another academic year, enabling the children at the school to receive paper, pencils and pens to study and enabling the teachers to receive chalk, marker pens and large sheets of paper to teach effectively.
Following Miss Oatey’s visit in the summer, we are pleased to say that the money from our non-uniform day before the summer holidays was used to purchase musical instruments. The staff really wanted to set up a marching band but did not have any instruments (or money) to do this. The money from everyone at Thrussington enabled them to receive 4 glockenspiels, 2 large drums and some tambourines. They were absolutely delighted!
As one teacher commented, “God bless your school and all the very kind people in it. We are so lucky that God has made such good people.”
The children in gardening club this term have been incredibly busy in the garden. Recently we have dug up all our potatoes that have been growing in sacks since the end of March. We had fun searching through the soil for them and then we cooked them and tasted them. We have made bird scarers for our vegetable beds using old CDs. We’ve also been doing weeding, litter picking, decorating plant pots and planting in them to brighten up the school grounds. Some of us have started the task of repainting the boundary fence, something which will continue into next year, but what a difference it has made! I’m not sure whether there was more paint on the fence or more paint on us but we had a huge amount of fun and showed great teamwork. We have also picked some of our blackcurrants and sampled our raspberries, peas and cucumber. Thank you to our parent/grandparent helpers who have given up their time to help us.
Red or Blue?
Thrussington Primary School live on Radio Leicester
Starring on BBC radio Leicester, we spoke proudly of our involvement in the space seeds project. We can't wait to be interviewed again as the seeds grow more and we have to be true scientists and record observations and take measurements.
Thrussington Primary School to grow seeds from space!
We are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
We will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which the children will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over a period of seven weeks. The children won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. We are all very excited about the project.
Click here to see our assembly presentation.
Sleepover at the National Space Centre
Years 3 and 4 had the opportunity to sleepover in the Space Centre. The children had a fantastic time and participated in space themed workshops, a trail around the galleries and had a Tour of the Night Sky in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
before setting up their beds in and around the galleries. The children finally went to bed at midnight amongst the aliens! In the morning we packed up our sleeping bags and watched an Astronaut planetarium show which showed us what it takes to become an astronaut. To experience a rocket launch from the perspective of being within an astronaut's body. We also explored the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to manoeuvring through microscopic regions of the human body. An out-of-this-world experience for everyone involved.
Fact and fiction for the Philippines
Many thanks to everyone who donated a book/books or money for the postage. We collected 360 books for our adopted school Tugop Elementary School in the Philippines. The collection took place during the week when our collective worship theme was ‘sacrifice’ and you certainly did sacrifice something for others. The children at Tugop will be so delighted to receive so many books to improve the resources they have available at their school. The books are now packaged up and ready to start their journey. It is estimated that they will take 10-12 weeks to get there so hopefully they should receive them before the end of the school year in the Philippines in March. Thank you to everyone for your kindness in helping our friends at Tugop.
Scare them off!
After Class One read the story of ‘Farmer Han’, who dressed as a scarecrow to stop the birds, the gardening club decided to create some scarecrows to protect their own seeds which they have spent several weeks planting in the raised beds. With a sea of straw across the playground, the children got to work stuffing clothing to make their very own Thrussington School scarecrows. Imaginations ran wild as they created faces, scarves and even pet snakes for the scarecrows! Mounted on their posts, the decisions over names began and finally ‘Bunny Rosie Cute’, ‘Jack, the skeleton scarecrow’ and ‘Redward’ (a mixture of Ryan and Edward!) were officially welcomed into Thrussington School garden.
The results are revealed!
The day had arrived…time to find out whether the red seeds or the blue seeds had gone into space with Tim Peake. We enjoyed looking at photos of views Tim Peake had had from the International Space Station and then voted with either a red card or a blue card as to which seeds we thought had gone into space. It was roughly equally split between red and blue but perhaps slightly more blue. Then came the result……BLUE seeds had been to space! We considered, looking at our, now thriving, rocket plants whether this looked possible and considered our results and measurements. Jo from Radio Leicester also came back to hear the result and find out our thoughts on the result.
Live on the radio!
What stars we are at Thrussingon! We have been live on Radio Leicester again, talking about what our predictions were for the space seed results. The results were then revealed by Tim Peake and then we shared our views on the results to the lady from Radio Leicester.
Radio Leicester Return
With great excitement, Radio Leicester returned to see how our space seeds experiment was progressing. Gia and Oliver spoke proudly of their involvement, how they had cared for the seeds, what tasks and measurements they have had to do. She asked them their views on which seeds they believe went up into space and any differences they have noticed.