Spring has well and truly sprung in the last few days and the chilly days of January seem a long time ago! It has been another busy and successful term here at Checkendon School with lots of exciting learning opportunities, sports events, thoughtful moments, music, fun and laughter.
Children in Owlet Class enjoyed winter and springtime walks through the woodlands with Owl Class to observe the changes caused by the seasons. They went on an exciting visit to The Story Museum in Oxford, the highlight being going through the door to Narnia! They had a great time finding out about animals including stroking a cockroach, snake and frog(!) when they were visited by Wild Science.
Owl Class pupils have been out and about locally with visits to the church and Tim Corbishley’s garage, and further afield to the Oxfordshire Bus Museum. They had fun using information gathered from these visits to design and make their own vehicles.
Panda Class pupils dressed up as Tudors for their exciting visit to Ufton Court and then as Victorians for their workshop at Reading Museum’s Victorian schoolroom, experiencing a morning as a pupil from that era. They were all surprised at how strict Victorian school teachers were!
Children in Rhino Class were made extremely welcome by their hosts at the Reading Gurdwara and enjoyed learning first-hand about the Sikh religion. They had a fascinating visit to the Science Centre in Winchester, learning how the planets rotate and trying on an astronaut’s space suit. In addition to these class visits, pupils in Year 5 had a fantastic time taking part in science workshops held at The Oratory School; carrying out various experiments using Bunsen burners and different chemicals to see what colours the flame turned. Year 6 pupils visited Townlands Hospital for the Junior Citizen Programme to develop their personal safety skills.
Children of all ages have participated in a wide range of sporting events including Sportshall Athletics, football, netball, cross country and swimming. Thank you very much to Sara Walker for her excellent organisation of these events, to teaching assistants and parents for their support and to all those children who took part and represented the school.
Whole school events hosted by the school have included World Book Day, International Happiness Day, Ash Wednesday Service , Comic Relief Joke Competition, PSHE Day, and RE Day. We have also had a very successful Health and Safety Audit and lots of brilliant fund raising events.
A big thank you to our hard working, enthusiastic pupils, our dedicated, skilful staff team, the tireless efforts of the brilliant School Association and all the parents and governors who volunteer their time to support us.
There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:4