It has been nice this term to see a little bit of normality return to school life with visitors into school to do outdoor activities. Our Year 6 children took part in their cycle training; you may have seen them riding up to Milton and back to practice their manoeuvre training in The Sands after some intensive tuition on the school playground. The training is provided by Bikeability (https://bikeability.org.uk), a national organisation run locally, who also do courses for adults. The children did well to pass their level 1 and level 2 grades.
Cricket coaching has been taking place provided by the charity Chance to Shine, in association with Oxfordshire Cricket Board. Their coach came in once a week teaching all the skills of batting, bowling and fielding. The children really enjoyed these sessions and many have gone on to attend the Friday evening coaching session at Shipton Cricket Club.
The past 18 months has meant we have not been able to do sporting events with the other primary schools in our partnership, but Sue Cook, who co-ordinates these events for us, used her time to visit the schools to provide Tri-Golf lessons. This game uses light, plastic clubs and a rubber ball aiming for a range of different colourful targets.
Last week saw a turkey waddling up the school path! As our children could not visit a farm the farm came to us! Farmer Gows brought along some lambs, chicks, hens, ducks, geese and a turkey! The children in Foundation Stage enjoyed holding the chicks and fed the lambs. They learnt a lot about the different farm animals and how they are looked after. It was lovely to watch the excitement of the children as they arrived to see the animals, their chatter being interrupted by a regular ‘honk’ from the geese!
Our final visitor was Peter Chand, a storyteller who has visited the school a number of times. His parents migrated to Britain from the Punjab region in the 1950s, and though he was born in the Midlands, he grew up using Punjab as his first language. He combines the two cultures to tell stories full of life, wisdom and humour. The staff were enthralled as much as the children!
Transition for our Year 6 children moving onto secondary school has been difficult to organise within the restrictions, but short visits and online sessions have given the children a taste of where they are going. We wish them all well as they move onto the next stage of their education. We will miss them, but know they have so much to look forward to.