London Residential

The Year 6s had an amazing time in London exploring all the sights and museums. On the first day, we visited Buckingham Palace, which we travelled to by tube from the youth hostel. The children loved seeing the palace and trying to spot the royal family! On day 2, we visited the natural history museum, where we learnt about everything from dinosaurs to how our planet was created. We then went to the science museum where we got to try out lots of different experiments and learnt about forces, how light travels, how static is created and much more. After a busy day at the museums we went to see Wicked at the theatre; this was an amazing show and we were still singing all the songs the next day. On our last day in London, we went around the London eye where we could see all the famous landmarks in London. It was a brilliant trip !

Devon Cycling Championships

Congratulations to the team who travelled to Haldon Forest on Thursday to compete in the Devon Schools Cycling Championships. All of their hard work and determination really paid off and they were again crowned champions. The children also displayed wonderful sportsmanship throughout the day, not only cheering on their own team mates, but other school teams too.

Rosemoor trip

Years 3 and 4 spent the day at Rosemoor Gardens as part of our Changing Communities topic. We learnt about how to weave and use natural dyes, as they do in Cambodia. Our favourite activity was when we acted as a human loom to weave a matt and this took all our excellent teamwork and communication skills to complete. We were amazed by the colours we could produce with everyday things, like onion skins.

Bigger School Walk

This week, staff and pupils took on their BIGGEST challenge yet... The BIGGER School Walk. Leaving the school playground at approximately 9:15 am on Wednesday 8th February, the whole school took a walk around the local area, cheered on my some fantastic spectators! Whilst the Foundation Stage Unit and Key Stage 1 stuck to a familiar route around Broadlands, Key Stage 2 ventured on to BIGGER things, taking an extended walk up around the top of East-the-Water. Pupils were delighted to receive refreshments after their walk, which were kindly donated by Tesco East-the-Water. To top off this fantastic morning, children were able to proudly wear their golden stickers, to show everyone how hard they had worked. Well done everyone!

Safer Internet Day

Pupils in KS2 were treated to a very special event to mark Safer Internet Day 2017. They began the afternoon exploring some of the issues in their classrooms. This focused on how to become responsible digital citizens and how to practice this at home and in school. Following this they attended a performance by singer/songwriter and YouTuber, Rich Cottel. Rich was inspiring, engaging and entertaining. He drew them in by performing some hits and even had some children up singing. He was then able to give the children an important message on cyber bullying and how to make sure you don’t find yourself a victim when online. They learnt the 10 second rule, to pause for 10 seconds before you post or share anything online and to ask yourself "would I want the whole world to see this?". This message really got through to the children, who came away with a greater awareness of online behaviour from someone who has embraced social media responsibly. They were all desperate for an autograph after as well!

Viking warrior visit

Last week as part of our Viking topic, Years 3 and 4 were treated to a fantastic day with storyteller, Clive Pig. First, we were visited by a Viking warrior called Bjorni, who told us tales of Thor and Loki the Viking gods and how they journeyed to the land of the Frost Giants and competed against them. After this, Clive delivered three workshops, one with each class, in which we developed our storytelling skills through learning about how to control our voices and change characters to engage our audiences.

Panto 2017

Every year we dress up and are ready to join the fun of our school pantomime. This year M&M Productions treated us to an amazing production of Cinderella. We laughed, we sang, we boo-ed and we giggled a lot. Every adult and child dressed up as a fairy tale character and looked fantastic. Next year's pantomime will be Beauty and the Beast - can't wait!

Music Mark

East-the-Water Primary School has achieved the Music Mark for the development of our music curriculum and commitment to developing children as young musicians. To achieve this, we provided evidence of curriculum development, professional development of staff and the opportunities we provide for children in school. This year so far we have awarded scholarships for children for flute and ukulele and offer three music clubs: Recorder Club, Ukulele Club and KS2 Choir. We have also organised a successful trip to watch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Year 3/4 and run weekly singing assemblies.

Speech and Language Workshop

Mrs Smith and Ms Servaes ran a workshop for parents and their children in Year 1 and Year 2 in Autumn 2016. The workshop provided parents with ideas that would develop children’s speaking, listening and understanding skills. Parents were also given leaflets of activities to play at home. The children were invited into the workshop to play a variety of games with their parents. Games were set up to encourage language skills. Feedback from the parents was positive from ‘more of this surely is welcome’ to ‘I have learnt some new interesting things.’

Reception Post Office trip

On Wednesday 14th December, the reception children went on a trip to the local post office. We discussed road safety, and the children came up with their own ideas of how to stay safe when walking by the road, including holding their partners hand, and stopping by the crossing. They took it in turns to post their cards. They really enjoyed walking to the post office and posting home the wonderful Christmas cards they made.