The inaugural OWL Group meetings have taken place over the last two weeks in the grandiose surroundings of the main house. Split into two (the English and Social Science Group, and Maths and Science Group), our OWLS have been finding out what it takes to win a debate. Debating will be continuing for the next few weeks and then both groups will diverge into more subject specific projects. The Maths and Science Group will be exploring some ‘magical’ maths with Mr Loughton, whilst the English and Social Sciences Group will work on the creation of Christmas themed radio dramas for Radio Winterfold.
Month: September 2019
It was lovely to see children and their families at our inaugural Fun Time ‘Stay and Play’ on Friday 27th September. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next session on Friday 18th October where we will be doing colour mixing and making spider webs.
Many thanks to the Friends of Winterfold who organised the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September. Parents who couldn’t stay for the morning were given the opportunity of buying a ‘Winterbucks’ coffee to take away. The whole of the Winterfold community came together for this very worthwhile cause.
Join us on Friday 27th September to be part of what is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. For the price of a coffee and cake, you too can help Macmillan raise vital funds to help support people living with cancer. All welcome from 8.00am in Penryn Hall. For those who would love to help but can’t stay, try our ‘Winterbucks’ to set you up for the day.
Well done to our Year 3 boys who played in the Winterfold tag rugby festival this week. For many of the boys, this will have been their first ever game of rugby. Eight teams from local schools joined us for the festival and it was played in an excellent spirit, with all of the players learning greatly from the experience.
Year 5 had an enjoyable and sun drenched trip to the Elan Valley in mid-Wales last week as part of their Geography topic on water. The children were treated to a “not for the public” tour inside a dam. They learned that the water they could see provides Birmingham with its drinking water and that they were at the start of a seventy-two mile underground pipeline built 115 years ago. The water leaves the reservoir and travels by gravity alone at 1mph all the way to Trimpley, just outside Bewdley, where it is then pumped uphill towards Birmingham.
Year 3 recently went on a fantastic trip to Birmingham Airport to visit the Learning Hub and the Departure terminals. In CDT, the children are building their own airports, so this trip was a super way for the children to draw their plans, as well as experience the airport in a different way. They had an amazing view of the planes taking off and landing from the gallery, where they were keeping a tally of the number they saw for Maths. The children loved making their own passports, creating boarding passes and drawing the runway.
Reception children had an exciting day of exploration and investigation on Thursday 19th September. The children were introduced to engineering, from creating their 2D designs, to building them in 3D foam blocks. It was a great team-building exercise and they had lots of fun too. Outside in the sunshine, the children went into the Science Garden fun zones, looking at harnessing renewable energy to power a mechanical theatre, mechanisation, mobilisation and even had fun on a giant hamster wheel. Science really is fun.
On Wednesday 18th September, Year 1 visited Harvington Hall, a moated Elizabethan manor, where the children learned all about life in Tudor times, from looking at life as a servant, to dressing up as Lords and Ladies. They had a great tour of the Hall and got to hide in the finest surviving series of Priest Hides in the country. The children took part in a Tudor dance and loved playing with the toys from the era.
On Tuesday 17th September, Year 2 stepped back in time during their visit to the Black Country Living Museum. History and Art were brought to life, as the children walked the cobbled streets of Dudley and explored the architecture, texture and patterns of the buildings as part of their Art topic. There were many highlights throughout the day, including watching sparks fly as a Chainmaker forged a link of chain. One pupil said “Wow, I’ve been reading all about this in my School reading book and now I can tell Mummy and Daddy I’ve seen how it’s done!”