Year 2 – Picasso Artwork

Year 2 have been trying to answer the question:

Is everything always as it seems?

Through our art project we have been exploring the concept of: Identity

We have looked at the work of Pablo Picasso.

He painted in lots of different styles.

We discussed his work and how it made us feel. We looked at the colours he used and how they showed two different sides to his identity.

We took this as inspiration for our own art work.

We learnt how to sketch and shade. We then learnt how to mix bright and dark colours. We then turned our sketches into cubism portraits using 2D shapes

We considered the different side of our identity, and how our two paintings portrayed this.


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.

Carnival of the Animals

Yesterday students from KS1 and KS2 were visited by two talented musicians from the Hampshire Music Service. Xenia Kasper demonstrated her violin skills and Andy Hunt his piano skills to the children. They performed Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens.

The students listened to excerpts from Carnival of the Animals and were invited to guess what animals the piece was based on. Children were also invited to take part in dancing and given the opportunity to play percussion instruments, alongside Xenia and Andy.

It was an inspirational assembly!

One World Week

Wow! What an incredible week we’ve had here at Shamblehurst! Our One World Week has been a real success; the children have learned so much about their countries and have enjoyed visits from some awe-inspiring people!

Starting on Monday, Year R and Year 1 took part in an African drumming session (to enhance their learning about South Africa) where they learned about rhythmic patterns, tempo and dynamic possibilities of African drums. They particularly enjoyed making as much noise as possible.

On Tuesday, a trained dancer came to work with Years 2 and 3. In the morning, she taught Year 2 all about the Brazilian Carnival culture (to support Year 2 in learning about Brazil) and the children learned traditional Carnival dances. The afternoon session was dedicated to Year 3, who were learning about India. They learned traditional Bollywood dances, which they compared with Year 2’s Carnival dancing when, at the end of the day, the children all came together to watch each others’ performances.

Thoughout the week, Sian Heath visited school to teach the children about Chinese culture. She led a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to allow the children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 to immerse themselves in the culture and celebrated Chinese New Year with the Year R children, complete with a Dragon Dance!

To complete the week with a bang, our final visitor, Chris Lubbe, came to work with Year 5 and 6 children. Chris Lubbe was one of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards. He told us all about his fight for justice for non-white people during the Apartheid in South Africa, a struggle which began long before he met Nelson Mandela. He relayed how he came to meet the magnificent Mandela and how he managed to forgive those who treated him so badly for so many years. It was a truly inspirational day!

I am sure your children have all come home with lots to tell you about this week! We hope these memories will stay with them forever!

Paralympian Aaron Phipps Visit

Today pupils in year 2, 5 and 6 where visited by Aaron Phipps. Team GB Wheelchair Rugby player from the London 2012 Olympics.

Aaron came in to talk to the children about the importance of a positive mind-set. He opened up about being diagnosed with meningitis at a young age, and how he decided early on that he would not let this hold him back. He spoke about his journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games and about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and knees. This was extremely inspiring and a lot of the children had questions and an opportunity to ask them at the end.

Autumn Term 100% Attendance

Today was the 100% attendance assembly, for the Autumn term 2016. Certificates and rosettes where awarded to the pupils in all year groups, that had attended every day of school for the Autumn term.

The class with the most pupils receiving awards was 6KS, with awards going to over 50% of the class. It was great to see the pupils being acknowledged for their achievement and we hope to see them and many more pupils at the 100% attendance assembly for the Spring term.

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.