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Science dome

Today the children were super scientists, exploring the natural world. Inside the dome, they went on an exciting journey to a rainforest, a desert and the polar regions. They were challenged to describe the different environments and even met the animals who live there. What a fantastic adventure!

Exploring St George’s church

In RE, Reception have been thinking about special places. We were sent a photograph and the children were challenged to think where is was and if they went through the door what they might see.

We discovered it was St George’s church and today the children have been exploring this special place of worship. After thinking about what the church was like and how they felt inside this special place, they became RE detectives, looking closely at the different features and finding clues.

Music Concert

Today we had the pleasure of singer and musician Iryna Muha and accordionist Volodimir at school for a concert. Iryna introduced the children to two instruments, the kalyuka and the hurgdy-gurdy. The kalyuka is a Ukrainian overtone flute lacking playing holes. Traditionally, kalyukas were made from hollow plant stems. The hurdy-gurdy, is a string instrument that produces sound by a wheel rubbing against its strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin.

Voldomir introduced the school to the electric accordion, we were surprised by the array of sounds that he made. The children particularly enjoyed him playing the theme tune to Pirates of the Caribbean. Iryna & Volodimir played a number of pieces some of which the children joined in with hand percussion and also learning a chorus in Ukrainian.

Thank you again to Sid & Ruth of Surge music who have brought musicians to Clun & the school.

Out and about in Clun

A mystery box arrived with a challenge from the Clun caterpillar. He wanted us to go out and about in Clun to find where he might be hiding.

So, we used a map and followed the clues to find the different places. On our tour we saw St George’s church, Waterloo, the river, the chapel, the museum, the Square, shops, the castle and three different bridges. It was a lovely tour and we even found the Clun caterpillar hiding  the castle grounds.

Jenny Jones, illustrator visit to school.

Today the children had the pleasure of Jenny Jones, the Illustrator, leading four workshops in school. She showed the children her published illustrations, and explained the process of going from an initial idea to a published piece of work. Jenny sketched art work in front of the children, and supported them in creating their own pictures. The children had the chance to ask her a variety of questions, they found out her books have been published in many countries and languages, such as in Korean.

Scavenger hunt around St George’s Church

In a previous year at school Class 4 completed a project with Caring for God’s Acre where the children designed and made scavenger hunts for children and families to use around St George’s Church grounds to learn more about the site. Recently classes paired up to take part in this activity: Class 1 & 4 and Class 2 & 3. The children found out about historical aspects of the church grounds, such as the location where archers sharpened their arrows in the civil war and about the meaning behind the Lych gate.

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