Full Circle Newsletter St Bees School Issue 29

This Week at School

This week our pupils celebrated their first Pancake Day at the School by making their own pancakes! For some of our pupils this was their first time flipping a pancake. We are happy to report that all pancakes landed safely back in the pan! Have a look on our Facebook page for more photos!

Great fun was had by all!

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World Book Day by Ms. Pink

Pupils and staff participated in a variety of activities this week for World Book Day. A book quiz in which pupils had to work out who was reading what among the staff kicked off the day. The children were very quick off the mark with this activity which showed they know the staff well!

Each pupil also brought in a favourite book and conducted a presentation to their peers explaining why they liked it so much and why others should read it too. The book theme continued throughout the day with each teacher dedicating a little class time to sharing their favourite read with the pupils along with some reading of passages.

The theme explored in English was destinations, the idea being that reading takes you places – to other countries, other planets and other worlds.

I shared with the children my favourite childhood read, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll and showed the children a fantastic pop-up version of the book I bought for my daughter when she was young.

Throughout the day the conversation about favourite books spilled into the main office, the reception and onto the corridors. But this was one spillage our cleaning operatives did not have to clean up. In fact, one of the ladies told me that they really enjoy reading historical novels written by the likes of Phillipa Gregory. Something the day really highlighted was the wide variety of books we all read ranging from gritty blockbusters to the poignant and obscure.

Sphinxes in Drama!

In Drama the children have been studying Greek theatre which has dovetailed nicely with the myths and legends they have been studying in English. For the past couple of weeks our pupils have been learning about the role of the chorus in Greek plays and have been practising their movement and vocal skills. This practical work is leading up to a mini performance in which pupils are required to fluidly form the different physical characteristics of the Sphinx while quoting the famous riddle: What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?

A key aspect of the Greek chorus is the need for the actors to perform effectively as a group which requires solid teamwork and the need for collaboration.  The pupils will be assessed for their individual and group contributions to the Sphinx activity.

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