As part of their P.E. year 1 & 2 have been participating in tunneling sessions. Children have been introduced to tunneling in an indoor setting but, the sessions are designed to give them an adventurous experience of how tunneling would be in the mountains or the forest.

Using their imaginations helps them to create a realistic and exciting learning environment, whilst having the challenges of being in the outdoors surrounded by rocks, trees and different weather conditions.

The children are learning different movement skills which allows them to crawl thought the tunnels and into the caves where they experience being together. finding spaces and communicating before finding their way back out of the tunnels.

The sessions are designed to give children an exciting learning opportunity linking with Shamblehurst learning muscles such as: communication, listening, perseverance, collaboration and managing distractions.

Chairman’s Year of Music Concert

Lydia Brown and Micha Thompson took part in a wonderful music event at Freegrounds Junior School to celebrate the Chairman’s Year of Music. Taking their instruments with them, and accompanied by Mrs Keith – thank you for walking with us! – and myself, they joined children from other local schools to play a selection of pieces written especially for the event. I eagerly took up the offer of a spare recorder and joined in the fun – it was an amazing feeling being part of such a fantastic event.

After rehearsing with the Hampshire Music Service specialist, who had actually written the pieces, and a quick break, we were joined by family members, who had come to watch the performance. Lydia and Micha were superstars and clearly loved taking part – they grinned all the way through the afternoon! Everyone agreed it had been a great opportunity to share a love of music and plans are already under way for future events, so watch this space!…

A Porsche on the playground

Year 6 sped back to school after the half-term break with a visit from a Porsche 911 and two Porsche team members. The visit certainly caused a stir as the Porsche was driven carefully onto the playground! The children learnt all about the car: how much it costs; how fast it goes; who designed the first Porsche and how many different types of Porsche cars there are.

Following the visit, the children have been flexing their imagining muscle to design their own cars for Porsche and are busy preparing persuasive leaflets to sell them to the Dragons, who will choose an overall winning design.

Alongside this, the children have been working with statistical data from Porsche, handling the data in a range of graphs in their maths lesson.

Shamblehurst Raises the Roof at the O2!

On Monday 6th February, 30 amazing children sang their hearts out at the O2, for the Young Voices Concert.

After two weeks of rehearsals, led by Mrs Symes and supported by Mrs Ross, the children headed up to London for the day. After finding our seats, which were right in front of the conductor and the band, we ate our lunch, before starting on a two and three quarter hour rehearsal! After another break for more food, the audience filed in and we excitedly looked for the parents and other family members who had come along to watch us perform.

As the lights dimmed, the excitement reached fever-pitch and seven and a half thousand children sang their hearts out. With songs ranging from a lively pop medley, a song that included sign language as well as song in both Welsh and African! Mrs Symes led the air guitars and even the children seemed impressed by this…

Mrs Symes was incredibly proud of all the children and would like to also say a big thank you to the other adults, Mrs Smith, Mrs Hanslip, Mrs Mohamed and Mrs Constantine, who joined her on the day.

It was yet another example of how simply amazing the children of Shamblehurst and how they can really rock it out!

Safeguarding Day

Today there have been a number of events happening in regards to safeguarding.

The pupils have had a visit from PC Becky Veal. Who was here to talk to the pupils in Year 1 and 2 about how to recognise: people that keep you safe, safe strangers, e.g. (Police, Teachers, and Shop assistant) and strangers. Becky also explain how the police stay safe while protecting the public. Some of the pupils were allowed to try on some of the protective clothing.

The talk for Years 3 – 6 was about staying safe online. This talk covered texting of images and the posting of content online. Becky spoke about how when you post something online or message it to someone you lose control over what that image, video or text can be used for.

We also had a visit from the NSPCC to talk about safeguarding. They did an assembly for Key Stage 1 and 2 on the definitions of abuse and about the Childline Helpline 0800 1111. They will be revisiting on Monday 5th December to work with Year 5 and 6.