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As part of National Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February, all of our pupils and parents took part in “Learning Together” sessions about keeping ourselves safe on the internet. The activities were designed to get a conversation going between parents and children about what they’re doing on the internet and how to keep themselves safe. Activities were different across the school according to the pupils age.
Mrs Reeve, was the session leader, said “It’s important in this day and age to teach children about keeping themselves safe on line and the children and parents found lots to talk about – mobile phones were a hot topic as it had been highlighted in the news recently.”
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One of the highlights of this term for Class 2 has to be our visit to Colchester Castle. The museum provided some great interactive activities for us including: building a Roman villa, constructing a Roman archway, stepping into virtual reality to see what the castle was like in Roman times and dressing up as Roman soldiers. All children were a credit to the school; well done to all involved.
It’s been great to see how constructively the children have worked together making the school the ultimate festive place to be!
Christmas has come to Charsfield
On 1st December the Early Years children decorated our Christmas tree, whilst the rest of the children made various scenes based on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', which are all hanging around the school.
Class 1 worked really hard to put on their version of 'Jester the Best Nativity' in the church. Well done to all of the children who were amazing.
We then ran the Christmas Fair that managed to raise an amazing £378 for the school including selling the children's fabulous Christmas cards.
Cross Country at Framlingham College
A huge congratulations to all of our Key Stage 2 pupils who all took part in the Schools Cross Country Race on Thursday 2nd November and who ALL finished the course!
A special mention to the following children who came in the top 5 for their year and gender. They go through to the next round of the competition.
Yr. 4 Boys - Francis 2nd Place Yr. 5 Girls - Megan P 2nd Place
Yr. 5 Boys - Findlay 2nd Place Yr. 3 Girls - Maria 4th Place
Yr. 6 Boys - William 4th Place
Watch this space for the next update!
As part of the Inter-schools sport events, our Year 5 and 6 football team travelled to Hartismere High School in Eye and played against other local schools. There were about 20 teams in total and we were incredibly thrilled to win the whole tournament! The picture left shows our delighted team posing with their certificates and gold medals.
The team (L-R): Ed, Daisy, Findlay, Lucas, Stephen, William, Ella, Will and Isaac.
The school council have been busy this term organising the “Dress up for Christmas Day” on Friday. Not only did the children look amazing, we raised £47 for Save the Children Charity. The reverse advent calendar was also organised by the School Council, whose collections were collected by Gill Dean from The Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Ipswich on Tuesday 19th December.
We hope that as a result of these two events, that some people will have a better Christmas this year.
Thank-you for all of your support.
Well done to the children across the school who have treated us to musical renditions this term. Six Yr. 6 pupils treated us to a performance on their cellos and violas and some of the pupils that have guitar lessons played to us as part of Mrs Jones’ leaving celebrations.
The KS2 Play did not leave us disappointed this year! With fabulous casting by Mrs Reeve and hers and Mr Harris’ dedication, the 33 pupils put on a performance to rival any larger school. Thank you to the children and parents who, (both I’m sure,) worked very hard learning lines and providing some amazing costumes.
What a truly talented and musical collection of pupils we have here at Charsfield! We are all very proud of you.
On the 21st of June we entered the Suffolk Schools Kwik Cricket Tournament at Worlingworth Cricket Club. We played Worlingworth, Helmingham and Wickham Market Primary Schools before reaching the finals to re-play Helmingham again.
After all that practicing, sadly we lost however overall we came 3rd out of 12 teams, a super effort as we were the smallest school there.
After making rolls in science week, we decided to have a "Bake Off". Children were invited to bring in an extra ingredient and worked independently to make some great tasting rolls.
Mrs Jones and Mrs Butcher had the difficult task of judging. Isabella won with her assorted seeded rolls and Ben and Megan were runners up.
This half term Charsfield School took part in the Small Schools Football Tournament between us, Dennington, Earl Soham and Bedfield Schools. The games were played after school by a dedicated team of 10 pupils from KS2. Alex, Daisy, Fin, Findlay, Jacob, Maisie, Tristen, Will, William and Wilf all committed to practicing in lunchbreaks and played some tough games.
The results came right down to the last match where we needed Bedfield to draw with Dennington to allow us to win, however, Bedfield won taking us to a fabulous second place.
This term Class 3 have been learning about life in Victorian Britain and to help the children have a better understanding of life back then we visited Gressenhall Workhouse and farm. This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to experience life as a poor Victorian child in the workhouse and on the farm.
As part of the day the children had to solve the crime of the stolen candlesticks and were able to question the characters and use their skills of observation to find the culprit. Pupils took part in a Victorian school lesson, where their teacher was very strict and demanded to be called “Sir”! Class 3 were brilliant and entered into the spirit; although one child said she found him very scary! In the afternoon we found out what life was like on the farm and watched some Suffolk Punch horses in action ploughing the field.
At the end of the day we all gathered to solve the mystery of the stolen candlesticks and find out what happened to our four suspects. The children really enjoyed the experience and thank-you for providing such lovely costumes – it really added to the authenticity of the day.
Charsfield's Class 2 linked with Dennington's Wrens class for their overnight camp here at Charsfield School. Great fun was had by all, which - for some pupils - was their first time staying overnight away from home.
We have had an amazing time this week during our Science Week. The children completed many amazing experiments in-cluding wind turbines and Alka-Seltzer Rockets. All of the children had a workshop over at Dennington School with ‘Dr Dan the Danger Man’ who the children all loved! He got them to blow up a balloon using just chemicals, make a pot of slime and the children watched what dry ice does when hot water is added. The children thought this was amazing!
On Wednesday we held our Learning Together sessions on drugs and alcohol. We had a great turn out from parents and we would like to thank you all for coming and sharing your child’s session with them.
Class 3 headed off to Thomas Mills High School for a science lesson with one of their sci-ence teachers. They had an interesting afternoon seeing how objects can change when other factors are involved.
During Parents’ Assembly the children demonstrated just how enthusiastic and excited they were about Science Week. They demonstrated one or two experiments that they had done during the week. The teachers then finished off the week by sharing with the children facts about some of our famous scientists and what invented. All in all, the whole school had a great week and are now inspired to be scientists.
After a well-earned Easter break Class Two returned for a school trip to the Suffolk Farm and Country Fair at Trinity Park. We were kindly supported by Mrs Haird as our steward for the day, and explored a number of activities including: watching a sheep being shawn, tasting exotic meats, watching how sheepdog work, finding out about farming in Suffolk and what it’s like to work for the emergency services.
World Book Day was celebrated by the children dressing up as characters from their favourite stories. There was a great deal of thought put into these costumes and we had fun finding out who was who! The children went around in groups to share favourite stories from all of the members of staff.
The children had a fantastic time during Drama Week. It started with rehearsing and performing to many parents from both schools a potted version of three different fairy stories. This prepared the children in KS2 for their drama workshop with an actor from The New Wolsey theatre on the Friday. The children learnt many different techniques which we hope to see when they perform their end of year performance. It was very interesting to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the theatre, especially the ‘trapdoor’ for raising and lowering the actors.
Tom Tawell officially christened the story chair donated by Mrs Wheeler Rowe in memory of Findley and Keir’s grandmother on Friday 3rd Feb. It’s residing in the hall at the moment until we put it outside when the children and teachers can use it for storytelling. Tom followed up reading his own story by working with each class on being a writer and the art of storytelling. We are hoping to have him work with us in the future on writing and how we can all become authors. On behalf of the children and the teachers a big thank you to Mrs Wheeler Rowe for this very generous gift, including this poem.
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn.
Tell me the truth and I’ll believe.
But tell me a story and
it will live in my heart forever.”
Native American Proverb
We were luck enought to have Miss Rosie Cable come and and run Forest Schools on Thursday afternoons for all of the classes to partake in. The children all helped decorate wellies for the Suffolk Show competition and also enjoyed outdoor studying on a Monewden Meadows trip.
During this term the children have been learning about fairy tales. Towards the end of the term the children were very lucky to take part in drama week organised by Mrs Crane. The children joined Dennington to perform the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to parents of both schools. Later on in the week the children created costumes, masks, scenery and props for The Enormous Turnip.
During this day children practiced the story to create a short performance. They then performed The Enormous Turnip in parent assembly with confidence and pride. They even incorporated the new story chair into their scenery!
In Class Three we have been continuing with our WW2 topic writing about the Blitz – we had some great descriptions that made us feel we were actually there experiencing the bomb-ing.
Class 3 had the opportunity to attend BT at Adastral Park, Martlesham for a Co-Space day where they were shown how to program a robot to collect points. A competition was run at the end of the day where some of our teams did particu-larly well and narrowly missed out on a place in the final. All of Class 3 will be attending a further opportunity to complete the next session of this next term.