End of term news…

Sporting Award Winner

East Claydon belongs to a partnership of local schools to develop our sporting skills and encourage friendly competition. This term we have been to the annual KS1 Sports Festival, run by Buckingham School and hosted at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. All of our children in Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic day honing their skills, challenging themselves against children from other schools and learning from older pupils at Buckingham School.

The final event of the sporting year was the award ceremony. Grace in Year 2 was awarded the Play Leader of the Year, which is a fantastic honour and is well-deserved for her contribution to fun and safe breaks and lunches at school. Well done Grace!

Family fun through the night

The last Friday of term saw many brave souls pitching their tents in the school grounds for the night. Families started arriving early to get the best spot and so that they could have everything set up and ready to go before the BBQ started. The Mushroom kindly opened its doors from 5 o’clock and Guy fired up the BBQ to satiate the appetites of hungry adults and children alike. We had a fantastic turn-out from the school and community and the weather held off with the rain, even though we didn’t get the heat of earlier in the week. Surprisingly everyone managed to get to bed reasonably early and sleep through the night. It was an early wake-up though – with everyone out, breakfasted and gone by 9:30am!! From the feedback we’ve got from the children it sounds as though this will be an annual fixture in our summer calendar!

Expedition celebration

The children have been working really hard this half term, finding out all about pirates and explorers and learning about coastlines and the sea along the way. We started with an expedition of our own – to Buckler’s Hard and the River Beaulieu – to find out about ship-building of old and do some beachcombing. A surprise finding of a letter in a bottle and treasure chest buried in the shingle set the scene for the rest of our learning. We celebrated our successes with parents on the final Tuesday of term – taking everyone on our learning journey with us and opening up our very own Museum of Piracy and Exploration. It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents filling the hall, as well as enthusiastically joining in with our dancing – thank you!

Team treat – a beach party with no beach

We set the children a challenge to win team tokens throughout the term, with a surprise reward if they manage to fill up the tubes to the agreed level. This term they surpassed themselves and definitely earned their team treat. We turned the School into a party venue for the day to celebrate. Everyone came in beach gear and enjoyed summer arts and crafts, beach games and water fun, not to mention a bouncy castle (kindly donated by the staff) and huge water pistol fight! At lunchtime we were visited by a fish and chip van, followed closely afterwards by an ice cream van (donated by Friends) – the children were delighted! Many said it was the best day of their lives! It was brilliant to see so many happy faces and not an angry word or reprimand was heard the whole day, showing exactly why they earned their treat in the first place. Well done everyone – let’s set ourselves even more challenging targets for living our values next year.