Year 5 do Forest School!

Year 5 have had a brilliant morning learning all about Forest School – some of the boys had been before but the rest were all new to it!  The Leader Sam introduced himself then got all the Forest School instructors from Builth Wells High School to introduce themselves.

There were a couple of past pupils in Lanie and Finbar with the rest of the team being Harvey, Liam, Connor, Dan, Katie and Katherine with their school teachers Mrs Mead and Miss Shaw.

There will be more from the children but for now here are some pictures of the day.

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Groundforce Day 2016

Groundforce day 2016 came about from a meeting of volunteers and friends of the school realising there was a need to make changes to the outside learning environment of the school that were going to be too expensive for them to undertake alone.  This led to an intiative by the Busy Bees After school and Holiday club, the Board of Governors and the Friends of the school to organise a day when everyone who was available, could come along to school and offer their time and skills to try and make a difference to the outside areas of the school and grounds.  A date was set and letters sent out and the School were overwhelmed by the generosity of parents, carers, friends and families who said they would come along and offer their services!

The first stage began on Saturday, 14th May when Mr Andy Powell, with his son Ryan (who was a past pupil), came along to use some serious lifting gear to remove the old adventure playground at the top of the bank.  This setup had offered very many hours of fun for generations of children, but had now been deemed dangerous due to the wood having become rotten over time since it was built in 1998.   Mr Terry Conti was also on hand to assist as he was already clearing large areas of brambles from around the playing field.

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On Sunday, 15th May the army of volunteers descended on the school to meet with some of the staff and the headteacher to set about making lasting changes and improvements to the outdoor space at the School.  Here are some of the before pictures.

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After they had finished the school grounds were transformed!  The infant courtyard was improved no end and still more changes are in the pipeline.  The work on the bank above the playing field saw the last of the brambles and black thorn removed and this opened up an area just made for an orienteering course!  There was even a mini pond underneath it all and a beautiful clump of bluebells!  More of the beech hedge lower branches were cut off to allow the children to play under there, a favourite spot for many, and with the new seats, which were once the adventure playground balance beams, children who want to sit and chat can!  The willow classroom had a much needed ‘haircut’ as did the fedge – the height of the tops was causing the sides to become loose.  Today, I saw a group of children sitting in the willow on the log seats playing a game and chatting at lunchtime in the sun.  Others are to be found all along the banks and under the beech whilst those who want to tear around playing football on the field!

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The next day when we had assembly all the children and staff went out to see all the hard work that had been put into making their outside learning environment a much more enjoyable experience.  Everyone was amazed by what had been achieved in such a short space of time by an enthusiastic band of volunteers!  The whole school said a big Thank you!

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Polli:nation with Year 5

Year 5 are so pleased to have been chosen to help with the survey of pollinators being carried out UK wide with OPALS in conjunction with Polli:nation.  Today we went out to measure the 10 metre by 10 metre plots we are to use for the surveys.  The school can comfortably have 6 that will be taken over by other classes once Year 5 have done a baseline survey.

First of all we measured the plot on the yard to see just how big it was — it was massive!

Then we used our human quadrat to try out our chosen areas so that we can cover as many habitats and environments as possible to survey.  We went on the yard, up the bank and field as well as they class garden and FP2’s bug hotel and finally a very large part of the nature area including the pond!

In the afternoon Karen Limbrick came along to tell us all about the important work we were going to start doing and which we could then tell others about so they could carry on the research over the coming years.  This is an amazing opportunity to get involved with a National survey that will hopefully help to stem the decline in many species of pollinators which is a bad thing for our environment everyone agreed.

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Year 5 Class Assembly

Year 5 had their class assembly on Friday, 29th April 2016.  The theme of the assembly was the life of a child in the 19th century.  They wrote the scripts themselves, evaluated them and then improved on them to create a series of sketches to show what they had learned.  The sketches were introduced by our very own Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  The first sketch was about the life of a child in the mines. At the end of that sketch they went back home and the homes group took over.  In their sketch they told us how it was for families in the Victorian times leading us into what Victorian schools were like.  The final sketch was about the inspirational Dr Barnardo.

The children then sang a song in Welsh that they had learned for the Eisteddfod. ‘Daw hyfryd fis’ was sang as a round with a few of the children doing solo parts – it sounded beautiful and Mr Cornelius got them to sing it again at the end for him to record it.  It all ended with the class prayer which everyone contributed to.

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