Outspan School Project, Uganda (1.10.14)Posted: 02nd October 2014
Tim Street and Georgina came to school to talk to the Year 4 and 5 pupils. As part of our PSHCE and Tutorial work we are embarking on an International School link with Outspan School in Uganda. Tim and Georgina gave a very informative talk about Uganda and the development of the Outspan School. Education is scarce in Uganda and the Outspan School aims to give as many children as possible the opportunity to learn but, sadly, for many this is not affordable. With the help of Years 4 and 5 we aim to raise £300 to sponsor a girl called Flavia. This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to not only give Flavia an education but one which will also enrich and broaden our own pupils’ learning. Spratton pupils will have the opportunity during the year to correspond and develop new friendships, comparing and contrasting their own experiences, interests and hobbies. The first fundraising event will be to make a personalised Year 4 and 5 T towel with the proceeds going towards Flavia’s school fees so that she can join the school at the start of the academic year in January 2015.
Year 8 Visit to the National Portrait Gallery (15.9.14)Posted: 01st October 2014
Arriving at the National Portrait Gallery at 11.30 am gave us just over an hour to see the BP Award Exhibition. It was well worth the wait, pupils were amazed at how life-like all the paintings were. The Award is the world’s most prestigious competition of its kind, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting and has launched the careers of many highly successful portrait artists. This year it attracted a record-breaking 2,377 entries from artists in 71 countries.
The weather was good and we were able to take our lunch around the corner to Trafalar Square, but only for half an hour as we had to rush back for our talk. Pupils were engaged in an excellent dialogue of questioning and gained information on some of the paintings we saw in the exhibition. We were told about artists who painted their friends, a painter who spent two years painting his mother, expressing the hard work she did in a hospital and a mother who painted her son sitting chilled out in the middle of his large messing bedroom. We explored the moods and processes behind some of the most interesting portraits in the exhibition.
Year 8 will be doing their own portrait painting so this trip was very valuable in many ways.
Cake Sale for Cancer Research (19.9.14)Posted: 29th September 2014
Year 8 held a Cake Sale during our Happy's Circus event and managed to raise a fantastic £220 for Cancer Research.
Year 7 Visit to Kenilworth Castle (23.9.14)Posted: 24th September 2014
We had so much fun dressing up at Tudors in the exhibition. We also learned so much that our brains ached! It was a fascinating trip. Jennifer Wilson
We looked at the castle walls, the keep and the Elizabethan gardens. We also learned about the history of Kenilworth Castle and its defensive features. We had a lot of fun in our groups, dressing up and using our tablets to take pictures. It was a fantastic trip and I wish I could do it again! Lauren Duke
We enjoyed the Elizabethan gardens and dressing up like Tudors. Year 7 observed the defensive features and took lots of photos. Our guide, Molly, fed us lots of interesting facts about the history of Kenilworth Caste. We all loved our day out. Millicent Riordan
Author Visit: 'The Two Steves' (16.9.14)Posted: 17th September 2014
The school was visited by popular authors ‘The Two Steves’ who have written a total of 187 books! They became vikings when reading from one of their ‘I Hero’ books, much to the amusement of the children. They explained how to write a good story using your own experiences and read from ‘Return to the Lost World’.
They also talked about visiting schools and the ‘Stickies’ they encountered – very young children who had no idea what an author was!
In the afternoon they gave Year 8 a master class, emphasising the use of the ‘Magic 3’ elements when writing a story.
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