Today our primary students celebrated Autumn and the end of the their first half term this year in primary with a special teddy bears’ picnic in Wayford Woods.
The topic this term in primary has been Woodlands, and this has involved an examination of what happens to the trees, plants and wildlife in our woodlands when autumn comes. For cross-curriculum purposes, the woodlands theme has been incorporated into other lessons such as in literacy. Students watched a nature programme and wrote down words associated with autumn in the woodlands inside leaf templates which they then stuck in their books and coloured in. The trip to Wayford Woods allowed the children to experience a nature walk and eating together in the great outdoors.
Primary HLTA Sarah Poole said: ‘It was a lively day out for the students and the staff. We walked and ran through the woods and collected conkers and leaves and other interesting things we found on the woodland floor. We all enjoyed walking around the lake there and looking at the trees reflected in the water and all the different coloured leaves floating on the surface’.
The teddy bears’ picnic was extra special; because last week in school primary students cooked and then froze all the snacks they took with them to the picnic. The school-made sausage and onion rolls and apple pies with windfall cooking apples brought in from home were delicious.
Primary HLTA Charlotte White taught the cookery sessions and was impressed with the students’ results. She said: ‘When we cook at school we have to be very sensible and organised because we only have the morning to look at the recipe ingredients together, talk about the health pros and cons, cook and then clear up. I am pleased to say that our sausage rolls and apple pies were a triumph and eating them in the woods was a real treat’.
In other primary news, a recent Macmillan Mad Hatters’ Tea Party raised £88 for Macmillan Cancer Care and the money will go towards paying nurses wages. The students made their own hats and baked their own cakes to sell to the students and staff in the upper school and sixth form.
Primary have also excelled in sports this half term due to their victorious performances at a Boccia Tournament held recently at Huish Episcopi School. Our Primary team won five out of seven of their matches against other Somerset primary schools. It is worth noting that ours was the only SEN school in the competition.
LSA Adam Roman supported the students at the tournament. He said: ‘In sporting tournaments you always have to wait around when it is not your match and for our students that can be difficult. But on the night, primary made me very proud because of their winning performances and their self-management’.
Students from the upper school Owen, Paula and Rhys also attended the Boccia tournament to help umpire the matches and look after the younger students. Watch this space to find out what primary does next half term.