It was fantastic to see so many families in Oak Tree Class for their 'Stay and Play' session on Monday. The children had a great time sharing some Maths, English, Art and Design activities to name just a few! They were also able to show off their developing cycling skills during one of their Balanceability sessions.
This term Year 2 are working on their topic ‘Homely Habitats’ and finding out about living things and how they are adapted to their habitat. On Thursday, along with Year 3, they were lucky enough to meet some animals from the wild - a Harris Hawk, a White Faced Owl, ‘Plop’ the Barn Owl and ‘Badger’ the rat! The children experienced the birds flying overhead and some of them were fortunate enough to hold an owl.
They learnt lots of interesting facts like: how an owl's heart shaped feather ruff directs sound into their ears; that the Harris Hawk is the fastest animal achieving speeds of up to 70 miles per hour!; that barn owls can't fly when it rains and they are lucky if they survive three years in the wild!
What a wonderful learning experience to be so close to some wonderful creatures and to find out about how they live.
We were also delighted to receive such positive comments from our visitors about our friendly staff and well behaved pupils! A pleasure
See Willow & Maple Tree Class blogs for lots of photos of their experiences!
On Tuesday 24th January to round off our football coaching with Coach Ryan, from Cheltenham Football Club, we kicked off a house football competition. Year 3 and 4 came together to compete in their houses, with each house group split into two teams of Year 3 and 4 children.
A team of eager Year 6 Sport Leaders volunteered to help lead the event which included: leading their house teams in a warm up before the competition, as well as organising their house group throughout the event. Some of the Sport Leaders were team managers, some were timers and scorers and some Year 6 leaders took on the role of referee.
Throughout the afternoon, each and every child contributed to their house team scores. The points gained in this competition will be combined with the points awarded in the Year 5 and 6 football competition to determine the
2016-2017 house football cup winners!
Throughout the competition, the children represented their houses fantastically, demonstrating their new and improved football skills. Their confidence and enthusiasm for football has grown week by week and Coach Ryan was thrilled with their effort and even more impressed with their positive attitudes. It was an afternoon enjoyed by all!
At the end of the competition the children said goodbye to Coach Ryan and thanked him for his hard work in coaching both classes over the last 6 weeks. They also said thank you to the Year 6 leaders who volunteered their time to make the event run as well as it did. Well done to Miss Streeter and Miss Featonby for their support in organising this event. The children in Year 3 and 4 really enjoyed themselves. Congratulations.
A team of Y6 children represented Tirlebrook in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Schools Sports Network's Swimming Gala at Tewkesbury School. The team spent two challenging hours swimming as fast as they could in a variety of races against seven other schools. These were followed by some fun non-scoring events, such as the most stylish dive, as well as some very competitive relay races.
The children had a brilliant time and it was a pleasure to take such a positive and enthusiastic group of children to the event. Well done to all of Tirlebrook's swimmers! Special mention goes to Zack who was awarded the 'Teamwork' School Games values band.
Read more about this event on the school website by clicking on the sports tab and visiting sporting reports for 2016-2017 or by visiting our school games blog via the sports event tab!
On Tuesday 17th January our Reception Class enjoyed a wonderful day out exploring their 'Bear Hunt' topic in the woods at Redwood Forest School. From hunting for bears, to eating toasted marshmallows around the campfire, they had an adventurous (if rather muddy) time.
Wow! Taking sixty of our junior pupils on a visit to experience the Mary Poppins production at the Wales Millennium Centre Theatre was totally incredible.
The staging was amazing right from the very beginning when the Banks’s house dramatically folded open and closed. The black and white interior of the bank where George Banks works was a particular delight and the rooftops of London with Bert the chimney sweep were incredible. The park where the statues came to life and danced with the Banks children and Mary Poppins was also highly memorable. The acting, singing and dancing and the light displays across the auditorium were all impressive and certainly enthralled the audience.
There were magical moments that thrilled the children who genuinely appeared to delight in the show – some were literally on the edge of their seats.
This was more than a musical – it was a theatrical experience which left many of the children in awe and hopefully with some great memories.
The show included several scenes not seen in the famous movie and some new musical numbers along with favourite songs such as ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, ‘Feed The Birds’, ‘Jolly Holiday’ and ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ – many of which the audience joined in with enthusiastically. From the Banks family and their nanny, Mary Poppins, to the tap dancing chimney sweeps, the show was truly breath-taking and when Mary flew over the audience at the end it was quite a moment - “practically perfect in every way”.
A group of twelve eager and excited Y5s and Y6s welcomed the return of the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Schools Sports Network's Small Schools Sportshall Athletics event at Tewkesbury School. After an energetic welcome, including the chance for everyone to warm up through the high-steppers, over the hurdles and on the reversaboards, the competition began with the obstacle relay, followed by sprints, a variety of field events and the relays. Within each race, the children demonstrated determination, whilst maintaining a positive and respectful attitude.
Congratulations to the team on a well deserved third place and being awarded bronze school games medals!
Tewkesbury Town Band
We were delighted to receive a kind letter from Tewkesbury Town Band thanking our choir for their wonderful performance as part of their Christmas concert at the Roses and enclosing a donation of £100 to support music provision in our school. It was a great experience for the children and our thanks go to the band for their support.
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