On Monday 18th June, we all enjoyed a 'Potted' Sports Day. In the morning years 4 and 5 and during the afternoon years 3 and 6 were split into 10 mixed teams, that rotated around 10 different activities. It became very competitive but the main thing was that everyone enjoyed themselves (as you can see from the the pictures below).
Black History Day
Monday 11th June
Today at Newlands we have enjoyed many different activities over the course of the day learning African drumming, African dancing, learning about famous black figures throughout history, stories from other cultures and African and Aboriginal art.
We also enjoyed some hot weather and were able to eat our lunches outside.
"I enjoyed the aboriginal art and drumming."
"I enjoyed all the activities today but my favourite was learning about all the different famous black people."
"I loved drumming today!"
"I enjoyed the art and dancing"
"I loved getting my own drum and practising drumming!"
"My favourite activity was the African Art where we made masks using contrasting colours"
This week, to enthuse the children and stimulate their imagination for our Golden Write, we decided to play a little trick on our Y4/5s. Mr Williams (our site manager) buried a replica skull in the mud at the bottom of our garden pond, which has been drained ready for re-landscaping to take place. We placed police tape round the area and PCSO Marsden, from Mansfield Police, kindly popped in to give an interview to the children. Mr Williams and Mrs Castledine were also interviewed and the children then wrote a newspaper article about our gruesome find!
Harvest Festival 19.10.16
As a school, we held a Harvest Festival which the parents were invited to. Many of the children and parents donated food which we donated to a local food bank.
A few weeks ago, a team of Year 5/6 cross country runners took part in a competition at the Manor Sports Complex. We were competing against four other local schools over a course that was 1500m (for girls) and 2000m (for boys).
Although it was a wet, miserable day, the children showed commitment, character and determination. Every child completed the course, enjoyed themselves and represented the school admirably.
In September we invited a professional golfer into school to impart his expertise to the children in Year 5. He was an excellent coach who taught the children about body position, grip of the club and weight of shot. The children had a really fun time and learnt a lot.
During this first half term the children in Year 3&4 have been taught squash by an external coach. He brought his own equipment, including a squash wall and taught the children all about the necessary skills. The children really enjoyed it and the coach was very pleased with their progress and improvement over the 6 weeks.
We are training hard for the upcoming cross country events that we wish to compete in!
We are increasing our fitness and stamina levels using our huge school field to train on!
Here's a picture of us after one of our training sessions.
International Week 2016: 4th -8th July
What a fantastic week we have had! During International Week, the children have learnt about different countries. Part of this week included our India day. All the school took part in a variety of activities which educated them about India. These included: learning about where India is in relation to the rest of the world; Indian culture and religious beliefs; Mehndi patterns; food tasting and last but not least, Bollywood dancing! All the school then performed the dance they had learnt to family and friends.
Many thanks to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and The People's Postcode Lottery (who funded the project) for a wonderful day!