It’s the start of the Summer Term – the school year seems to be racing by! So it is good time to reflect on some of the achievements of the Spring Term at Deansfield.
Deansfield’s ‘Take One’ whole school project in the Spring Term was inspired by the amazing documentary ‘The Blue Planet’. Each year group took one aspect to study in depth with the aim of making a large installation for display. ‘George’, the Year 6 super-model was a favourite with everyone as he took shape in the Dairsie Building. He is now on display with a blue footed booby bird, a jellyfish, a shark, creatures of a colourful coral reef and The Blue Planet itself in the Foundation Hall. The displays are cross-curricular and demonstrate research skills, science and creative writing as well as some brilliant art work and DT.
All years have been involved with the school visits programme. Both Year 2 and Year 3 welcomed Crew Theatre Workshop to Deansfield for Materials and Forces Workshops respectively. Year 5 were whirled back in time to the Mayan Civilisation when they were visited by Freshwater Theatre. Year 4 enjoyed their day at Hall Place learning about the Tudors and they all showed you are never too old to enjoy dressing up. Both Reception and Year 2 visited Woodlands Farm, Year 2 having two workshops on ice cream making and willow weaving. A visit to The Horniman Museum supported Year 1’s work on animals.
Year 6 had an exciting day as evacuees on World War Two Day, during which they had 1940s school lessons, tasted food from the era, and prepared for a VE Day party. They were interrupted every now and again by the air raid siren but enjoyed songs and stories, not to mention hot blackcurrant drink, in the air raid shelter. Their World War Two work was also enhanced by a visit to The Heritage Museum where they found out about the local area in World War Two.
At the end of term Reception children visited Wide Horizons Environment Centre. While they enjoyed learning in the outdoors, their own Reception Outdoor Area was transformed by volunteers from Taylor Wessing. They were delighted to try out the water play area, mud kitchen, big balance and chalk boards when they returned to school the next day.
Everyone became book character visitors to Deansfield on World Book Day. Although postponed due to snow there was no dampening of enthusiasm as Harry Potters met Mary Poppins and Wallys for book buddy sessions with different age groups, book swaps took place and everyone tried to guess the teachers’ favourite books from clues given in assembly.
School Council had an interesting visit to the Town Hall where they met the Mayor and found out how the council works. They had a chance to sit in the council chamber and even try on the mayoral chain of office. Back at school they planned carefully for Sport Relief Day during which every class had a ‘Record Breakers’ session at a variety of activities, timed and organised by Year 3.
Music, dance and drama
Our musicians had the chance to showcase their talents at the Spring Concert in March. The choir and orchestra sang and played beautifully, as did the soloists, duets and ensembles who played a variety of instruments delighting the parents and carers who came to watch. While the choir joined other schools in an amazing first Compass Concert on the same evening our dancers also put on a great performance at the Crown Woods Dance Festival.
Each week we look forward to the Friday Class Assembly in which classes share something they have been learning about in class. Last term we were treated to drama, singing and dancing based on The Emperor’s Egg, The Solar System, Storm, Little Red Riding Hood, Traction Man, Beegu, Sport Relief, World War Two and The Positive use of Words.
We are now looking forward to another busy term with Sports Day, the Eisteddfod Choir competition and a new Take One project on the horizon.