Archives for the month of March 2016

Nest Box Camera | March 21, 2016

Blue Tit in our Nest Box
A Blue Tit checks out our nest box.

The school have setup a nest box with an integrated camera to try and entice some birds to nest there so we can watch and study the life process. The camera we bought was from Handykam.com , and included a pine nest box and all the wires we needed to connect to a PC.

For this we decided in keeping with our green policy to purchase a Raspberry Pi 3 and stream from that using Motion Software . Well this isn’t strictly true, what we did do was install Raspbian and then added motion to that. We also had to mess around a little to get the USB capture device to work on the Pi but we will add a tutorial later for anyone who may want to go the same route as an easy follow guide.

Anyway the upshot is this enables us to have an always on, very low powered device and so save energy.

So far we don’t have a nest in there yet but we do have regular Blue Tits pinching our bedding! Here is a video of such an occurrence.

Blue Tit taking bedding from out nest box.

We will keep you posted here.

Sport Relief 2016 | March 20, 2016

The children sponge the teachers
The children sponge the teachers for charity.

On Friday the children spent a majority of the day raising money for both Sport Relief and our home charity Help for Heroes. They came to school dressed in sports gear and then performed in a number of sporting activities including a run and a circuit. As is normal the most fun event for the children was the ‘sponge the teacher’ activity but they also raised money in teacher friendly ways such as a cake and biscuit sale.

It was a great day all round and we managed to raise £1039.39 for our charities. Well done everyone.

Hockey Updates | March 18, 2016

The Year 3 and 4 Hockey Team
The Year 3 and 4 Hockey Team.

A team of six year 3 and 4 children went with Mr spoors to Sandhill for the Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament. The team played very well and won all the games in their group to make the semi finals after a close game they lost 1-0. Well done to all involved.

The school also took a team of nine year 6 children to the cluster hockey tournament at Thornhill. The team did brilliantly and won the tournament by winning all their games. They then made the Sunderland finals at Sandhill and played very well winning their first 4 matches with Atif and Aaryan scoring in every game and some great defending by Kane and Maia. In the deciding game to see who made it through to the semi-finals Richard Avenue lost 2-1. Well done to every member of the team.

The Year 6 Hockey Team
The Year 6 Hockey Team.
The Year Six hockey team getting ready for their match
The Year Six hockey team getting ready for their match.

Agility Tests | March 14, 2016

Children performing the agility test
Children performing one of the agility tests.

30 year 2 children and Mrs English went to the Wellness Centre in Silksworth to take part in an agility challenge. They competed in a various of events including tennis skills, football dribbling, long jump and beanbag target throwing. All the children tried hard and had a great day.

Year 1 Studying about Africa | March 7, 2016

Year 1 with their parent visitor who comes from Africa
Year 1 with their parent visitor who comes from Africa.

In Year 1 the new topic is Africa! The children were lucky enough to have a parent come in to tell them lots about the continent. She was born in Zimbabwe. Did you know there are 8000 different languages spoken in Africa? She also brought in some traditional African clothing and objects to show everyone and even played the drums so the class could practice their African dancing like they have been learning in P.E. It was a great afternoon!