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Exploring Transport Through the Ages

Year 2 pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable trip to Coventry Transport Museum on May 21st to support their History studies.

The day began with an interactive workshop looking at the development of the cycle through the Victorian era. During the session, pupils examined and discussed four historical cycles, arranging them into chronological order and learning about how the different designs evolved. The highlight of this session was the use of scooters to test friction and how this has impacted on tyre design over the years. The children donned their safety gear and used their team building skills to investigate and form their own conclusions. Observational skills were practically developed through drawing and recording key information about these cycles.

After a picnic lunch, the children ventured along the Transport Timeline exploring a variety of vehicles through the ages, from a Daimler Wagonette to a Humber Super Snipe and Ted Simon’s Triumph Tiger 100.  The museum also has the ThrustSSC which set the new land speed record and broke the sound barrier with a speed of 763mph.

Following an extremely successful visit, one of the children commented , “this is the best school trip ever!”

Aquathlon athletes

On Saturday 18th May, three of our athletes and Mr Dieppe travelled to Malvern College to compete in an aquathlon event.  Our aquathletes had to swim 200 metres, then jumped out of the pool and ran 800m, a third of which was uphll.

Well done to Ollie S, Archie S and Annabelle M who all performed brilliantly and competed well in a very strong field.

 

Mini Me Off Beats Concert

On Friday 17th, it was the final Mini Me concert of the term, with Mr Durham and the Off Beats. The event displayed the talents of these young musicians who will eventually move on to Winterfold’s house jazz band, The Groove Diggers. There was also an enjoyable series of solo items from Mr Durham’s bass guitar pupils.  Well done to everyone who performed.

Girls’ Mini Cricket Festival is a hit

On Tuesday 14th May, our Year 3 girls experienced their first cricket festival at home.  It was a beautiful afternoon and teams from local Prep schools joined in the fun. The coached games were played in great spirit and everyone enjoyed learning new skills, making new friends and having a good run around.

Year 1 learn about nutrition at Churchfields and Fuso

Year 1 enjoyed an amazing trip to learn more about food on Tuesday 14th May.

First stop was Churchfields near Droitwich, where the children learned about how cows are milked and how ice cream is made, and sampling the end product, of course.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the children weren’t able to visit Pizza Express as planned, however, Fuso in Bromsgrove stepped up to the plate and eighteen 5 and 6 year olds were kindly accommodated. The children learned about the various pizza toppings, then had a go at making their own. The highlight was getting to eat what they had made and it was generally agreed that they were ‘the best pizzas ever’.

 

 

 

 

Vocal Soirée

On Tuesday 14th May, parents, staff and guests were treated to some incredible performances at the Vocal Soirée.

The pupils did Mrs Richardson proud, with twenty-two soloists and the Girls’ Harmony Choir entertaining a packed Performing Arts Centre with songs ranging from W.H Anderson’s Omens of Spring, to Live Out Loud from The Little Princess, The Stepsister’s Lament from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and One Perfect Moment from the Broadway Musical Bring it On, to name but a few.  The award winning Girls’ Harmony Choir brought the thoroughly enjoyable evening to a close, with their amazing performance of For Good from the Musical Wicked,            which they recently performed at the Mayoral Ceremony, Kidderminster Town Hall.

The future looks bright for vocal and musical talent at Winterfold!

Year 3 Geography Trip to Somerset

Year 3 enjoyed an exciting trip to Somerset on Friday 10th May. The group visited Gough Cave at Cheddar Gorge.  They were amazed by the stalagmites and stalactites in a cave that is over 500,000 years old.  After investigating the evidence of Stone Age Life at the caves, the children moved on to do some field work on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare, topped off with a sand castle competition and ice creams.

Intrepid Year 7 Explorers in Snowdonia

Our intrepid Year 7 explorers had a great time in Snowdon. Their Geography fieldwork skills were put into practice on the beach at Criccieth, followed by survival techniques, white water rafting, indoor climbing, a mountain expedition and wild camp. The pièce de resistance was the challenging hike up Snowdon which proved very rewarding.

Bread making demonstration

Early Years and Prep children have been treated to a bread making demonstration by our chefs from Holroyd Howe. They learned how to make bread, felt its texture and even got to taste the finished article.

West Midlands Schools Orienteering Champions

On Saturday 11th May, over 15 schools took part in the West Midlands Schools’ Orienteering Championships, hosted by Walton Chasers Orienteering Club at Cannock Chase.

There were a number of 2nd and 3rd places in the Year 5 and 6 categories and for the first time, due to there being no miss punches or DNFs, all Winterfold competitors achieved scoring totals.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and to our pupils who came home with the Prep and Middle School trophies.