We need to get the spring flowering bulbs in this month so our main job this week has been to prepare the planters outside classrooms. Weeds were removed, existing blubs were carefully removed and set aside for future planting, and soil was refreshed. Sarah has ordered two tonnes of compost which with can use to refresh the existing soil in the planters and then we can get the bulbs in. We also started work on clearing the polytunnel which was, in the words of one of the year 6’s, ‘a jungle’. When the polytunnel is sorted we will get the winter salads in along with onions and some winter cabbage. There is a lot to do.
Global citizenship is new this year. We have been introducing elements of global citizenship into our work over the past couple of years, but during the summer term we made the big decision to reframe our curriculum around the themes of global citizenship. We will be launching our first major citizenship project towards the end of September….
Gardening gets back underway as the new term starts. This year, gardening is part of the new PPA carousel which sees children enjoying four 9 week blocks across the year covering circus skills (with our partners Lost in Translation), Forest Schools, cooking, and music and gardening. In gardening we started by creating packs of sunflower seeds – enough for every member of the school community – that will be distributed in the Spring. Over the course of two afternoons the two gardening groups created 220 packs. Each pack contains 2 – 3 seeds. The remaining seeds (of which there were many!) will be planted around school. Over the coming weeks the gardening group will be:
- weeding the beds to remove the last remnants of summer growing
- refreshing the soil in the planters with new compost
- tidying the poly tunnel
- cleaning the tools
- planting bulbs for spring flowering
- planting winter salads and onions
The show finally opened this morning. We had over 160 visitors today, including a number of members of the public who came in off the street to see what it was all about. The work looks amazing and the feedback from everyone has been really positive. They think you rock as artists! Good work, everyone. Remember that the show is open again tomorrow between 10 and 2 so if you haven’t done so already, come and take a look.
The torrential rain this afternoon found its way into the gallery this afternoon so Clare and I had to dash down to sort it out. There is always something! Fortunately the work was unaffected. Looking forward to tomorrow. Hope to see you there.
Thursday afternoon and we gather on the field for Wensum Sings! This was the first time that we have been together as a school since March last year and it was wonderful. Each year team had been learning a couple of songs to perform to the school and also performed instrumental music with their Sistema tutors. The weather was beautiful and there was a great, almost festival-like atmosphere as we shared in music and song together. An impromptu rendition of ‘Three Lions’, led by Year 5 provided a special opportunity for a whole school sing along. Enjoy the gallery.
This week your teachers have been busy behind the scenes, working in the gallery after school to get the work up and ready for the weekend. Things are starting to look very interesting indeed. All year teams are now represented, but there are a few finishing touches needed before the big reveal. Year 6 visit on Friday before we open to the public on Saturday morning. Enjoy the gallery of the, er, gallery.
Exciting times. Suzy and Pete transferred the kid’s art work down to the gallery on Thursday morning and then Pete and Amy went back in the afternoon to start setting up the Year 3 show. Over the coming days the other year teams will be getting their artwork up and installed. Afterschool, our friends from Lost in Translation came on site with Paul and his team to set up the tent which will be our arts base for the next two weeks. Story telling workshops, Wensum Sings and performances from Sistema all await. Hopefully you have booked the dates for the exhibition. If not, then it’s the 10th and 11th July, 10am-2pm. Hope to see you there.
It has been a total joy to welcome back all our amazing children today. They seem so happy to be back. It has been wonderful seeing them reconnecting with friends, peers and teachers. Please enjoy the gallery of pictures.