Hinduism Day (13th Sept 2017)
"Thank you for inviting me on behalf of Hinduism Education Services to run workshops at your school last week. Apart from being a small friendly and pleasantly situated school, there was one aspect I noted. It struck me at the end how smoothly my first session had gone. Although keeping the delivery lively I did not have to animate myself too much in order to grab the pupils’ attention-as is often the case. Even the youngest of 3 or 4 years were peaceful, secure and focused, yet alert and engaged with the subject. That stood out; I suppose that is the real meaning of outstanding!" - Indri
Hunter The Sinraptor Dinosaur Assembly (Monday 5th June 2017)
To support our work on evolution and our topic the land before time, we were visited by a two-legged super-predator known as the Sinraptor! At over seven metres long, it is one of the largest predators ever discovered in China. The children got to ask lots of questions and it was the perfect assembly in preparation for our school trip later in the term.
Healthy Lifestyle Assembly (Friday 28th April 2017)
To support our work on healthy living and to complement the extra exercise we do with Fit4School, Mr. Tatterson visited us to talk about the importance of a healthy diet. He talked to the children about choosing the right foods, explained the Eatwell Guide and showed the children just how much sugar was in their favourite drinks! It was a very interesting assembly and we are all so grateful for Mr Tatterson's time and advice.
Number Day! (Friday 3rd February 2017)
As a school, we decided to help raise money for the NSPCC by completing a number day! The children had a lot of fun, learnt lots of maths and spent time thinking about others and the importance of charity. The day began with the children arriving at school for a numeracy themed non-uniform day. Many children had numbers on their tops and some had numbers on their faces! There were also shapes on some of the jumpers and many repeating patterns. The children then completed a range of exciting maths activities, including measuring and baking and making their own maths games. They also worked in teams to solve numeracy challenges and shared their work by making the answers with their bodies. The day culminated in a whole school 'Who wants to be a mathionaire!' quiz. The children had a fantastic day and raised nearly £70 for the NSPCC.
Science Week in the Owls (31st October - 4th November)
Exploring the skeleton
We looked closely at the human skeleton, deciding what its key functions were and how we would or would not cope without a skeleton. We then investigated the key bones and found out whether their function was to protect vital organs, support the human body or allow us to move. We also discussed how we can look after our body through exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Having investigated the human skeleton and its functions, we focused more closely on how and why the skeleton supports us. We undertook an experiment to find out how a structure can support a load effectively. The children had to design and construct a structure that would support a ball as high as possible above a table. The structure had to be made out of paper and could not be fixed to the table!
Exploring exercise and nutrition.
We investigated our heart and the effect exercise had on our bodies. We found our resting heart rate and then looked at what happened after undertaking several activities. We also worked out the recovery rate of our bodies and devised 'cool down' activities to help our bodies recover more effectively. We also watched a video about what is in our food and then became scientific advisors for the BIEC. We looked at nutritional information for different snack bars and debated if we would endorse or ban a 'fictional' snack bar.
Exploring the digestive system
We looked closely at the digestive system, naming each important part and investigating their function. We wrote about the journey of food, with some children writing as the food itself! We finished this aspect of Science Week by making 2D and 3D models of the digestive system ready for our display.
Exploring health benefits
We investigated the health benefits of snack bars; looking at nutritional information and tables showing the recommended daily allowances. In the style of 'The Apprentice' we were given the task of creating our own healthy snack bars, by Lady Sugar. We tasted some different types of snack bars and then set off on our task. In our groups, we elected a manager and then split into sub-groups for marketing and advertising tasks. We completed our work on healthy eating, by looking at the 'Eatwell Plate' and comparing our daily intake with those recommended on the healthy diet plate. We used bar charts and pie charts to present our data.
Wrens Autumn Walk (18th October)
"I liked seeing the horses." (Pupil aged 4)
"I liked picking up the leaves." (Pupil aged 4)
"I enjoyed looking at the views." (Pupil aged 5)
"I enjoyed looking at our shadows." (Pupil aged 4)
Islam Faith Experience Day (14th Sept)
"I loved the Islamic experience because we learnt about a different culture." (Pupil aged 8)
"I enjoyed finding out about a different culture through interactive learning." (Pupil 10)
"I really liked learning about how other people live and seeing it from their point of view." (pupil aged 8)
"All the children were so welcoming." - Ken & Muhammad (Visitors)
To the staff at North Clifton school,
My husband and I would like to say how lovely it was to see photographs on the school website of our grandson being educated, and in such a diverse subject as Islam. We are living in an Islamic country at the moment and have many Muslim friends who were delighted to hear how a small rural school, 3000 miles away, are preparing their children for the cosmopolitan world they will inherit. Thank you team NC school for enabling us to share, we look forward to seeing what's next.
Lynne and Roy McKergan (grandparents of Y2 child)
Roald Dahl Day! (13th Sept)
"I liked working with and helping the younger children on Roald Dahl Day!" (Pupil aged 10)
"Roald Dahl wrote great stories!" (Pupil aged 6)
"I loved dressing up as a famous Roald Dahl character!" (Pupil aged 8)