Year 4 have been busy at our new Forest School site, collecting natural materials as part of their Outdoor Learning programme. From this, they have made stars, mini Christmas trees and decorations to dress a tree for Worcester Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival.
Following the Opening Ceremony with the Mayor of Worcester, Winterfold’s Christmas tree is now on public view, along with trees from other organisations, which form avenues of glittering trees. The Winterfold Christmas tree will be included in the ‘People’s Vote’ run by Worcester Cathedral. A shortlist of 10 finalists will go through to the public online vote this year. Admission is free – please do go along and take a look and share your pictures on social media and tag us @winterfoldhs @WorcCathedral.
The Festival runs until 1st January and is open from 9.00am-6.00pm.
Early Years children wowed their audience on Wednesday 4th December with a variation of the Nativity Story.
At a Bethlehem inn, six children live with their parents – a kind innkeeper and his wife, who have just had a new baby. However, the children aren’t too keen on the new addition – they’d rather have a dog, a donkey, or even a camel!
In an effort to escape all the baby talk, the children go in search of their friend. On the way, they meet Mary, Joseph, three wise men and some shepherds, who are all talking about another baby – baby Jesus.
However, all’s well that ends well and the birth of the baby Jesus was celebrated with the song “Everybody Join in the Party”. Well done to all of the children and staff on this endearing take on the traditional Christmas story.
Year 4 recently spent an enjoyable day in Birmingham visiting Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum to support their study of Ancient Egypt. They took part in a fun but informative hands-on mummification workshop, where the pupils enjoyed taking on the roles of a variety of gods and then judging whether Pharaoh Eddy should be allowed to travel to the afterlife! Year 4 were also fascinated by the mummies in the Egyptian gallery and in particular, loved seeing the mummified cat and snake. Additional highlights were the Greek and Roman galleries and learning about how the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered.
Year 4 visited Birmingham Library and had the opportunity to visit the vast selection of children’s books housed on the ground floor. The children completed a Christmas trail and sat reading books of their choice. The children also found the section of Braille books and imagined how life would be being blind. The children all behaved well and had an enjoyable, educational day.
Parents, staff and children were given a treat on Tuesday 3rd December, when a star-studded line-up of nativity celebrities from Years 1 and 2 gathered in the stable once again to celebrate the amazing events of that first Christmas.
The judges gathered their scorecards, and gave many tens in their ‘Strictly’ styled judging of the performances.
With a retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth, alongside a fabulous range of dance styles, from gospel to hustle and ceilidh to conga, a packed Penryn Hall audience was truly entertained by the children, who were all stars in this performance.
On Wednesday 27th November, Year 7 and 8 pupils were treated to an excellent adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by the Young Shakespeare Company.
The YSC actors performed Shakespeare’s heartbreaking story of ‘star-crossed love’ in a fast-moving, fully-costumed, interactive production. The play was really brought to life, with the recreation of dramatic scenes, such as the masked ball where Romeo and Juliet meet and the street fight in which Mercutio and Tybalt are both killed.
Throughout the performance, the pupils were actively involved through carefully structured drama and language activities. They were encouraged to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters, with volunteers becoming individual characters in the story. All of the children had the opportunity to speak and enjoy Shakespeare’s words.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed interacting with this modern, fun version of Shakespeare’s classic play.
Wednesday’s Mini Me concert was the turn of Mr Tattam’s woodwind players. We heard a wonderfully diverse selection of music, ranging from Au Clair de la Lune, Lionel Bart’s Oom Pah Pah from the musical Oliver, to George Michael’s Careless Whisper. It was a great opportunity for their parents to see just how well they’ve done on their instruments. Well done everyone.
PCSO Becky Ruston and Kate Easthope visited Winterfold on Tuesday 26th November to talk to pupils from Pre-Prep and Prep school about the Police, to remove the fear factor around Police cars and to re-assure the children that they are here to help.
Both sets of pupils had lots of questions, ranging from “How old do you have to be before you can be arrested”, “how long have you worked for the police”, to “do you work with Santa Claus”.
The children enjoyed finding out about life in the Police, from their roles working with the community, to dog handlers and the types of dog breed they use. They were reminded that in School life, it is important to remember that words are often more powerful than a weapon.
Both Becky and Kate are part of a policing team and said “if we talk to children at a young enough age, they won’t be afraid of us.”
Congratulations to all of our Cross Country runners who took part in the District Cross Country Championships at Wyre Forest Visitors Centre on 22nd November. In rather inclement weather conditions, they all ran superbly. A special well done to Kasey who finished 4th and now qualifies to run for the District team at the County final in February.