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The Explorer Dome

On Tuesday visited school. Each class took part in an exciting workshop. Class 1 & 2 had environment workshops, Class 3 had a sound workshop and Class 4 had the Earth & Beyond planetarium. Thank you to our PTA for funding theses and other experiences for the children.

Visit from Imam Sohayb

This week we were very lucky to have Imam Sohayb visit us in school from Craven Arms Islamic Centre. He talked to the children about communities and shared with the children what it meant to be a part of the Muslim faith community. We were also treated to some Islamic artefacts and were read to from the Quran! We look forward to going and visiting Imam Sohayb at his place of worship after half term.

HSBC Money Workshop

This week each class took part in a second visit from HSBC, to the lead the school in money workshops as part of our PHSE curriculum.

Class 2  used a story to think about spending money and prioritising buying things that we need over things that we want.

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.

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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