What a fantastic and very busy half term we have had! We have worked very hard on our ‘light and colour’ topic and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Christmas activities and events!
We began the term exploring and learning the story of Elmer. We learnt it by heart using just a story map to begin with!
We talked through the story making sure we didn’t miss out any of the messy parts!
We especially enjoyed having our mums and dads to help us make an Elmer!
Then just in time for Christmas we had an exciting “Gingerbread Man treasure hunt”
He had escaped from the oven!
We searched all over the school to find the clues
Finally we found him- he was on a time out for running around the school!
Then began ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS
We made decorations for the hall….
..Ate a yummy Christmas Dinner….
And celebrated with a party!
Last week the Junior children walked to St Paul’s Church to take part in our annual Carol Service. Miss Wilson put together a brilliant programme, and we were treated to some superb singing from the choir, an excellent performance from the brass band and beautifully read poems and passages by various children and members of the school community.
Best of all, once again, was the incredible singing of the Tubbenden children – it really is something rather special.
Congratulations to our budding artists, Dylan in KS1 and Isobel in KS2, whose designs were chosen to be printed on the front cover of the TFA Christmas Fayre programme.
Well done and thank you to all the children who entered.
The Year 6 children marked the end of their World War 2 topic with a celebratory tea dance performance. Parents and family watched the children dance and sing, before enjoying the presentation of Genius Hour work and trying some of the children’s ration cookery! Excalibur, Galahad and Lancelot have worked amazingly through the topic this term and have demonstrated a fantastic understanding of the World War 2 period.
Thank you to everyone who came along and helped contribute towards the performance.
The yule-tide season is truly upon us and we have been feeling extra festive this week, Merlin class and Yellow class children have been counting down the days to see Father Christmas and finally the day arrived!
We walked through the magical grotto and counted the penguins and polar bears in the wintry landscape !
Then it was time to meet Father Christmas, he read us an exciting Christmas Story and then gave us our gifts!!!
After all that excitement, we looked at the Christmas displays and settled down for a yummy hot chocolate before heading back to school.
Miss Davison and Miss Clark
Many of our Tubbenden pupils lead extraordinary lives outside of school, and demonstrate exquisite talents. This Boxing Day you can see our own Patrick Williams appear on prime-time TV in a modern version of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan! WOW!
Patrick plays Michael Darling, Wendy’s youngest brother in the show ‘Peter and Wendy’, which will be aired at 8.00pm on ITV, and then will be available on DVD later in 2016. WOW AGAIN!
Patrick is very modest about his achievement, and probably doesn’t yet appreciate how well he has done. We are all very proud, Patrick – well done (although we’re not sure about the red hair)!
A still from ‘Peter and Wendy’. Patrick is on the left.
The Christmas lunch was a great success on Friday. Many thanks to the cooks who put on such a delicious meal, and all of the school staff (Teachers, TAs and Admin staff) who devoted their lunchtime to serving the children, clearing up and laying the tables.
We are all extremely excited to say that our Year 6 team have won the regional round of the National Young Mathematicians’ contest! Over the past few weeks, our team of marvellous mathematicians have been taking part in two rounds of the contest and have worked fantastically together. For the junior assembly on Thursday 10th December, Lucy from Explore Learning came to Tubbenden to present our Year 6 team with their certificates. A huge congratulations to the four children and a big thank you to their parents for coming to see them in the assembly. Thanks also go to Lucy and Explore Learning for running the competition.
Our first “Lets get cooking” Cookery club has been a huge success this half term. The children have embarked on a 5 week course developed by the “Tesco Eat Happy Project” which aims to teach children how to prepare and cook healthy recipes as well as basic hygiene and food safety awareness.
Take a look at the skills we have learned and the delicious food we have made:
Chopping and slicing carefully,
Mixing and pouring
and eating of course!
To celebrate our Cookery Club we made pizzas and invited our families in to eat them at our last session.
And Mr Turvey came along too!
Miss Davison and Mrs Hodson
On the afternoon of Monday 7th December, Miss Venn took four excellent geographers from Year 6 to a Geography Quiz at Chislehurst School for Girls. The quiz challenged teams from primary schools in the local area on map work skills, landmarks and general knowledge. Our Tubbenden team did really well, however it was a close competition and they didn’t win but they should all be very proud of themselves!