Oak Class have been learning the signing for our school prayer so that they can teach the rest of the school
We had a great afternoon with M & M production Peter Pans. Thanks to the PTA and parents for funding this fantastic afternoon enjoyed by all
We had yet another inspirational Messy Church assembly which was based on an Award ceremony, the children loved it
We had a really great time dressed in Red & Black, thanks to one and all
We are a very artistically talented school and a celebration of our creativity can been seen in our magnificent Big Jurassic Classroom display in the Hall. Acorn Class created the fabulous giant Tyrannosaurus Rex, Holly Class the smaller herbivouros dinosaurs, Oak Class the Pleiosaur fossil, Chestnu Class made the volcaoes and Pasta fossils, Ash Class the striking papier mache pterasaurs and last but by no means least, Willow Class designed ammonites in the style if French artist Robert Dulaunay. WOW
Aren't Fossils FANTASTIC. Willow and Ash Classes had a wonderful trip to Charmouth as part of Big Jurassic Classroom. Arriving at the Fossil Centre we were given a fascinating fossil talk and watched a video about our coastal heritage. We then a walk and fossick on the beach looking for fossils, we found some ammonites made from fool's gold, part of a shark, fossilized wood, a plethora of belemnites and a Victorian bung! Many thanks to the Boyle's Trust for making this trip possible.
We had a fantastic challenge of creating a story in mixed age groups with given randon words,phrases which they paid for with tokens, ten in all. We had half an hour to write the stories which you can see below. The words underlined in stories were the given ones which were a mixture of story settings, story openers, characters, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, punctuation and connectives. .. and the winners are... Hetty and her group with Binka the Space Cat
We had a lovely evening with stories galore, hot chocolate, marshmallows and bicckies. Thanks to all mums and dads for your continuing support; we were able to purchase some extra books for both key stages
We had a visit today from the Jurassic Van and the whole school had the chance to learn more about fab Jurassic Coast, find fossils, make fossils and learn how they are made. Real WOW factor
Eddie and PhiIippa, from Folk South West, came up with the brilliant idea of creating a willow cross structure, comprising six cuboids, each to represent and celebrate the stages of the Easter Story. Following an Easter assembly they spent the day in St Andrew's CE Primary sharing their knowledge and expertise with each class so that every child was empowered to create a piece of artwork to hang from their willow cuboid.
Each class, of which there are six, were given a willow cuboid structure and a theme form the Easter story. These cuboids were then stacked on top of each other with one hung on each side to make the shape of a cross.
They were then transported and constructed into a willow cross, firstly to St Andrew's Church, Yetminster to take a pivotal role in our school's Easter Praise. They then moved onto St Andrew's Church, Leigh to be enjoyed at their Easter service.
These are the themes
1) Palm Sunday Oak Class (ages 6/7 years)
Palm Sunday takes place usually during the seven to eight days celebration of the Jewish feast of the Passover. They prepare special food, families get together and it is the Jewish custom to set extra place and glass of wine for the unexpected guest. Also all the Palm Sunday things of palms - leaves, branches, donkey etc
We used real oak and other leaves to decorate our framework and we made some out of paper. We plaited reeds and raffia to wind around our structure and we made 3d goblets out of card and fabric and drew 2d goblets on paper. We also made a donkey and created fabric and paper T shirts to represent the clothes abandoned on the road and placed on the donkey as a saddle.
2) Last Supper Holly Class (ages 5/6 years)
Jesus and his friends gathered together to have a meal.We thought about being with friends to have special meals and the symbols from the last supper - bread, wine, washing of feet. We also talked about leaders looking after those that they lead, team captains looking after their teams, head teachers look after their pupils (and staff!) and parents looking after children etc
We made all sorts of symbols of the last supper - bread of various sorts, grapes, wine and had feet to decorate and write on them ways that you look after your 'team'. We also included a picture of the last supper.
3) Carrying the cross Ash Class (ages 8/10 years)
We discussed the expression "having a cross to bear" which is something our grandmothers might say. We all have difficult things to do sometimes and it is good to have people to help us as Simon helped Jesus to carry his cross.
We made decorations showing people helping each other - using hands to show how we can help others. We made symbols such as crosses to show what Jesus had to bear. We decorated our structure with materials woven through the willow sticks. We also made decorations that showed how Jesus was helped by people during the time he had to carry the cross.
4) Saying Goodbye and looking forward to the future Willow class (ages 9/11 years)
Jesus died on the cross and then rose again to be with us in spirit. We talked about and had a chance to think about people and pets who have left (or died) and how we remember them (it is no always comfortable talking about sad things). We were told about the Widow's Bun Ceremony in the London Pub the Sailors' Return. We also explored what we will feel when we leave our primary school and how we would like to be remembered. But also as one door closes another opens and so there are all sorts of things to look forward to.
In Willow Class we had two cubes to decorate, one side of the cube was things we said goodbye to - when our pets or relations dies and when someone leaves Willow Class to go to another school. We used sombre colours and covered one end with dark tissue paper and weaved in and out black ribbon. We found the other side much easier with things that make us happy - our pets, sunny days, flowers, cartoons and we used bright and cheerful colours. We covered one end with bright coloured tissue paper and wove in and out white ribbon. We made hot cross buns to represent the Widow's Bun Ceremony.
5) A Loving God Chestnut Class (ages 7/9 years)
As God loves us so he urges us to love each other. There are many Easter traditions that are about Charity and looking after each other. Maundy Money, Marvyn Dole, Biddenden Dole and other Graveside Doles, Bread and Bun Doles etc as well as the giving of eggs. There are other traditions which involve egg rolling symbolising the rolling away of the stone from the tomb and church clipping showing the church at the centre of people lives.
In Chestnut Class we have been thinking about our loving God. We thought about our own ways of looking after people and helping one another. We made a variety of different things to show how we give to others including flowers, eggs and money. Our paper chain people represent clipping the church which is an old tradition. The red and white stands for the Maundy purses and money given by the Queen to pensioners.
6) New Life Acorn Class
The Easter story is about new life and new beginnings and coincides with spring and hopes for the future. We looked at how the time of year makes us feel more optimistic. We talked about Easter Bonnets which were meant to represent the new clothes worn after baptism.
We collected and added leaves, pussy willow and flowers to our structure. We have woven fabric ribbon in and out of our shape and added chicks, eggs, lambs and eggs throughout. Finally we added some pink blossom.
Our grateful thanks to Philippa and Eddie from Folk SouthWest who also wrote us our very own Easter Carol
Yetminster Easter Carol
On donkey's back He rode,
Cheered by a happy crowd.
With friends He sat for one last time,
A meal of bread and wine.
Remember me, He said,
Long after I am dead.
Treat one another peacefully
In loving memory.
When He was dead and gone,
His spirit still was strong.
His life of kindness shows the way
For all we do and say.
Our Easter Story was an integral part of our end of term Easter service. Click on the videos below
It dawned a beautiful sunny April morn. Organisers Sharon Bowditch and Dulcie Bowditch were in school at the crack of sparrow's to set up closely followed by the rest of the PTA and gradually by 9 runners started to come in to register. After the warm up and opening speech 66 runners took off for the 5km and 10km circuits. Runners included mums and dads, grandmas and our very own Julie Hardy and Jacki Pitcher. Those of us left behind enjoyed bacon butties and cakes and a bounce from kindly donated Barfoots' Bouncers Castle.The first runners were back in half an hour to much applause. Thanks to many sponsors including Rocky Road. The culmination of the morning was the official opening of our community swimming pool and the planting of a field maple given by Castle Gardens, Sherborne.Many thanks to Anna Taylor, Rubblestone for these.
On May 1st our year 6 went to meet the Queen and Prince Philip, click on Caitlin and Alex to see more photos.
Aren't we lucky to live in Dorset and to be hosting the Sailing with so many Gold medal winners. Be inspired by the video
We had a really fabulous community afternoon with 13 teams of local folk competing for the coveted trophy. The games comprised three legged races, dead chicken relay, hunt the golf ball in the bubble pond, tossing the egg, catching water in bucket and the grand finale chubby bunny which involved putting as many marshmallows in your mouth and still being able to say chubby bunny. Many many thanks to all who helped, all the PTA and notably Anna Matthews, Chair of the PTA...and of course not forgetting out great comperes Gary Sturgess and Rob Barfoot. It was a truly fab afternoon.
St Andrew's Film Academy are very proud to present Jellyfingers the movie, a whole school production.
This was our first Olympic challenge making a whole school animation based around an alien character from Neptune called Jellyfingers. Jellyfingers was created by Eve in Ash Class who won a competition to design an alien who was then made into a physical being by an old pupil Anna Trower's granny, Ann Trower for which many thanks.
Each class then wrote a film script which was then produced in varies ways: Acorn Class used a flip camera, Holly Class used stopframe animation and playmobil figures, Oak Class used lego figures and Chestnut,
Plasticine figures they made. Ash made a flip book animation with PowerPoint and lastly Willow Class used Moviesoup to create their film. The story follows Jellyfingers who, having heard about the success of the Olympics, is looking for Olympics 2012 so that he can share it with his fellow Neptunians. He time travels to the time of the dinosaurs with no luck, and then onto ancient Greece, the first modern Olympics in Paris, finds out about the Olympic Rings, Flame and values and finally ends up in Weymouth via London. It was quite a challenge but we were very pleased with the result. Enjoy our animation!
Ash class took part in the Mini Games on Friday. They performed brilliantly winning silver medals and two football matches! Well done to everyone, you did a great job representing our School!
Our Year 6 Leavers' Church Service at our parent church, St Andrew's was a lovely end of year affair. Check out the videos of the service
We were very privileged to have a visit from Folk South West, Leigh, who gave class workshops on lantern making. KS2's topic this term is India and thus we embraced our multiculturism and created lanterns suitable for celebrating Diwali, popularly known as the "festival of lights,". This festival is celebrated between mid-October and mid-December and for Hindus it is one of the most important festivals of the year.
KS1 created their lanterns as part of their learning about fireworks, the gunpowder plot and firework safety.
Philippa, Eddie and Hannah also helped us write some songs which we performed in our assembly. Enjoy
Children in KS2 had a great time learning how to play hockey. They even competed in a mini tournament at the end of the day!
We have been training for the Tag Rugby tournament next week with Mike Trew from SRFC. We are really good! Thank you Mike. We are also really lucky as we will get to continue with our rugby sessions as Mrs Sparks will be running a rugby club after 1/2 term!
We were set a challenge to grow as large a pumkin as we could. These are the results
We played our first tag rugby match of the year today V Sherborne Primary School. We won 15 - 10! Everybody worked together as a team and showed off their excellent attacking and defending skills. Well done to Angus,Tom, Jade, Callum, Ashley, Frankie, Rhys and Rob (who scored 4 tries!)Yr 6's remember to bring your striped shirts on Friday.
Year 6 competed in the Area Tag Rugby Tournament last Friday and were victorious, winning all of their matches. The final match was won 10-1. They played with real skill and determination and were equally fantastic at defending and attacking. We now go on to compete in the North Dorset Tournament, well done Team!
Our Year 4 / 5 team also competed however were not so lucky. They tried really hard and we had some great defenders! Archie V scored a try and Ashley T was great at dodging. This was the 3rd time some of the children had ever played, well done!
Wow! Well done to an absolutely amazing team today. The boys and girls played with skill, determination and talent. Once again our team were superb at tackling and defending and attacked with force. We made it all the way to the final where the scores were neck and neck throughout. In the last 10-20 seconds Chilmark scored the winning try. We will now continue to the Dorset Level 3 Games in March!
Here are the scores from the day...
Yetminster V Milton 3-3
Yetminster V ST Andrews Fontmell 7 -4
Yetminster V Hazelbury Bryan 6-5
Yetminster V Milldown 6-3
SEMI FINALS Yetminster V Milton 7-4
FINAL Yetminster V Chilmark 7 -6 We were so very close!!
Hats off to captain Angus for leading the team so well and a special mention to Rhys, who scored many many tries!
Dorset here we come!
We had a super day cooking Indian food, making Rangoli patterns, making Mendhi hands, creating the Mumbai skyline and the day was rounded off with a Bollywood dance off which was won by Ash Class. What a great day.
Enjoy our dance off which was very deservedly won by Ash Class
Well done one and all to the fabulous PTA Christmas Fair. There was so much to do: visit Santa, browse wonderful handmade crafts made by the children, enjoy the choir singing, and band playing, purchase Christmas presents and imbibe Christmas cheer...and over £1,000 was raised. Thanks to our super PTA, staff and of course to all who came.
We had very successful dress rehearsals with everyone really enjoying themselves. Acorn, Holly and Oak Class' play is Bethlehem BabyClick on the girls to enjoy our photos.