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Year 2 had a super time at Lower Smite Farm looking at different habitats. The children were very excited to explore different types of habitats to see what wildlife they would find. They got to experience pond dipping, grass sweeping in the meadow and hunting for minibeasts in the woodland area. We even got to see some of the minibeasts up close when they were put under the microscope! We all had a great day and were very lucky with the weather! Thank you to the staff at Lower Smite Farm and to all of the adults who came to help us! 

Year One have had a lovely day today trying some of the wonderful fruit from the story that we have been learning called 'Handa's surprise'. The children got to try banana, orange,  pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine, mango and avocado. They even got to taste kiwi, pomegranate and dragon fruit which they were very excited about as lots of the children had not tried these before! We were very impressed because all of the children tried each fruit and they absolutely loved them. Hopefully we'll see lots of exotic fruits being eaten in the future. We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to our local supermarket @waitrose for providing this amazing hamper of fruits for each class. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and are very grateful for your kind donation.🍌🍊🍍

On Thursday, 10 of the Year 3's attending golf club went to represent Chawson at a School Games competition. The children did brilliantly and scored highly on all the stations. They positioned 6th on the leaderboard out of the 11 schools. Paige (3C) got the best score out of all the children at the event for the target chipping and Ted (3K) got one of the longest drives!

Well done to all!

Year 2 had a fun end to the term by designing and making (and eating!) their own Madagascan rice dish. The children tasted each ingredient before deciding what to put in their dish and then enjoyed making the dish. Thank you to all of the parents, carers and grandparents who were able to attend to support the children - we hope you enjoyed it too! 

The year 3 and 4 children taking part in our dance clubs this half term got to perform their routines at a Dance Festival this week. They have worked so hard learning the choreography each week and the children did a brilliant job and absolutely loved it! We hope you enjoy the performances as much as we did. Well done to all of our amazing dancers!

 

A special thank you to Lois from ENTW9 Dance Company and Charlotte from Oddstepperz for delivering such incredible dance clubs to the children at Chawson and inspiring them to be the best dancers they can be.

Today the children in 4C got to entertain their parents and show case their learning on the Ukulele. They have worked hard in their music lessons and their skills in both playing and performing shone through today.

A group of 10 Year 3 children were invited to compete in a cricket competition at the University of Worcester and came 3rd! Their skill and sportsmanship was incredible! The children loved fielding and worked well together to stop many balls from reaching the boundary and when batting, they hit fours over 40 times! They were quick to praise one another and they made Miss Cullen (and all of Chawson) very proud! Go Chawson! 

On Friday, 12 KS2 girls went to a Girls Football Festival where they participated in lots of drills to develop their football skills. The children were brilliantly behaved and had lots of fun!

As part of World Book Day, this year we got cosy to share and listen to stories and the children took part in a book swap. There was a great atmosphere and the children were all keen to start reading their newly selected books! 

'Year One have had a very exciting week as they have gone back in time to the Victorian period. The children have certainly been on their best behaviour and enjoyed experiencing what school was like during this time. The children learnt the 'three Rs'- reading, writing and arithmetic, they have done a school drill, practiced their sewing skills and technical drawing, learnt how to do the washing and gardening.  We know the children thoroughly enjoyed the day but we are sure they prefer school as it is now!'

This week Year 4 joined in with a live archaeology session live from the London History Museum and explored a range of artefacts linked to their Stone Age Topic.

Year 4 were proud to showcase  and discuss their Polar Homework in the junior hall today. All staff, including Mrs Smith, were extremely impressed by the standard of the work. Take a look and see what you think.

As part of their Eco Minister roles, today (22.2.24) the children took delivery of a new clothes recycling bin for the school. The team are promoting the recycling and reusing of old textiles across the school and our to parents. Whilst helping the planet, filling the bin also helps to raise money which goes to our wonderful PTA, who then use the money to provide items needed or subsidise trips for the children.

 

As part of On line safety week, the E-Safety Ministers delivered an assembly to the whole school to introduce the week. The children have been challenged to create their own posters over the half term holiday as part of a competition. The children talked about different aspects of staying safe, protective behaviours of what to do and speaking to trusted adults.

The children did a great job and delivered their messages confidently!

Year 2, 3 and 4 were treated to a special assembly today with musical performances from Rosie and her dad. We were all so impressed with how talented they both are and learned so much about the history of the piano and trumpet!

Everyone was feeling very inspired after the assembly!

Thank you so much to both of you- we look forward to hearing you play again soon! 

4H have been learning about Hinduism in RE and Mrs O'Hara kindly organised a Diwali celebration for the children to experience. They enjoyed trying new foods and taking part in other cultures traditions and creating rangoli patterns. 

'This week Year One have been writing letters to lonely Old Bear who was stuck up in our Chawson attic. They came up with a plan to save him and thought of lots of lovely things that they would like to do with him when he's down including lots of cuddles, stories and even a party. What a lucky bear he is! The children were extremely excited today as not only did they each receive their very own letter from him but he finally made his way down from the attic to join each of their classes. He really is one lucky bear as we know all of the children are  going to make him feel so welcome and loved. What a lovely way to end the half term! 🧸'

Last week, Chawson had Ollie from FLICS visit and deliver gymnastics sessions to Year 1 - 4. The children had a great time practising their balances and rolls. Thank you Ollie!

Year 2 enjoyed going back in time to 1666 today to the time of The Great Fire of London. They enjoyed getting an experience of what it was like to live and work in Pudding Lane and were very excited to share their knowledge with 'Mary'- a resident of Pudding Lane! 

 

Thank you so much to Dawn from Freshwater Theatre Company for such an enjoyable and engaging workshop! 

Last week, 16 Year 3s had a very fun morning taking part in a variety of team games delivered by Mrs Goddard, a visiting PE specialist. The children developed their communication skills as well as their resilience in more competitive games. 

Cooking Time

This week, year one have had an enjoyable afternoon baking delicious crumbles. The children each decided whether they wanted to take apple or pear crumble home to enjoy. They chopped the fruit very sensibly and weighed out the ingredients. This is what some of the finished crumbles looked like. We think they look rather scrumptious and we hope the children and their families enjoyed warming themselves up with this tasty treat. Yum!

Multi-Skills Festival

Year 2 had a fantastic time at Westacre taking part in the multi-skills festival. They enjoyed taking part in a range of sports activities that were led by Sports Champions from Westactre. The children represented Chawson so well and had a really enjoyable afternoon! 

23/11/23 Year One have had a very special visit from Blossom the hedgehog this afternoon. The children enjoyed learning all about hedgehogs and how to care for them. They were very excited to meet Blossom and couldn't believe how cute she was. The adults felt extremely lucky too as they each got to have a special cuddle with Blossom. A big thank you to Jane and Mimi from Clent Hills vets who spent the afternoon with us. What a wonderful afternoon we have had! 🦔

The children that went to Malvern had a brilliant time and achieved their targets of building team work, resilience and independence. They have created many long term memories from their 3 days.

This week the children who didn't go to Malvern enjoyed Chawson activity week. On the first day our theme was dragons. We watched how to train your dragon with breakfast, made dragon eyes from clay and painted dragon wings that we could wear. On the second day we enjoyed a cosy autumn day making and eating apple crumble, playing board games, drinking hot chocolate, playing in forest school and then finally warming up with a game of dodgeball. On the final day we had the theme of space. We spent the morning at Witton making different rockets. Look for the photo of the children's faces when the first rocket launched into the air. In the afternoon, the children had the challenge of building a rocket escape pod that would leave the astronaut (egg) unharmed when it landed on a planet. We were mostly successful!  We all had a lovely week.  

Improving the school grounds

The Chawson PTA have been kind enough to purchase a large amount of daffodil bulbs to make the grounds bloom in spring and put a smile on both the children's and staff's faces the other side of winter. Each class has had a session of planting and this is 4R in action.

Bonnie has been enjoying getting a brush so that she is ready for Halloween. A relaxing time was had by all!

Arts Week

What an amazing week we have had for our Arts Week! The children have been non-stop with creative activities linked to our 'Save the Planet' focus. Children have participated in a number of workshops from across the arts as well as activities in the classroom.  Look out for the Arts Ministers recount of the week after half term! 

Special thanks to Severn Arts, ENTW9 Dance Company, Tribe Theatre and Oliver Bliss for their expertise and enthusiasm this week- the children had a fantastic time!

Year 3 had their VE Day celebrations on Thursday and had a wonderful, fun filled day. The children baked war time recipes, created spitfires, played war time games and did war time singing and dancing. They looked brilliant!

A group of 20 children from Year 3 went to Westacre to compete in a football festival to showcase the skills they have been developing in football club this half term. They had lots of fun and won lots of their mini matches at the end of the festival. Well done!

A group of Year 3 and 4 children went to a bowling competition today and did a brilliant job. They were praised for their brilliant behaviour and encouragement of one another. They are looking forward to showing off their medals and certificates in celebration assembly!

Year 2 have enjoyed following instructions to make marmalade sandwiches this week! We hope Paddington Bear keeps a close eye on his as we have two classes full of children who love marmalade sandwiches too!

Year 4 have made healthy pasta bake as part of their topic work and they even made the pasta themselves. Whilst not everyone felt the same, Miss Peck and Bonnie gave it a solid delicious!

Year 4 have been busy making teeth with their adults this week as part of their Science work.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, all of the children came to school wearing something yellow and talked about what mental health is and suggested things that could be done to make someone have better mental health.

The school was an even more bright and happy place!!

Open Trail - Learning to ride a bike

After 2 days of workshops 18 children from Year 4 have learnt how to ride a bike! A big thank you to Will from Open Trail for your amazing encouragement and skill in helping the children learn. 

Science Visit to Witton Middle School

Year 3 went to Witton to have a light lesson with Mr Watson and Ms Chorley. The children explored how opaque, translucent and transparent different materials were and then got to design reflective and non-reflective t-shirts. The children had a great time and were able to articulate well what they have already learnt in their light unit.

Sports Crew

Our sports ministers went to Worcester to complete their Sports crew training. They did a brilliant job and are very excited to implement new sports initiatives across the school! They have already shared how they will support other children in their role during Key Stage 2 Celebration Assembly.

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