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Here's What's Happened Previously...

Our Art and Geography Open Afternoon - October 2018.

Thank you to all the parents who came to find out what the children were doing with linking their art and geography learning together, creating collages of landscapes.

We observed some eggs hatching and the baby chicks arriving.

Day 1 - The eggs have arrived. (please click on images for a larger picture)

Day 2 - They have started hatching.  

Day 3/4 - They have been moved to the brooder box

Day 7/8 - They are growing bigger every day - 8 chicks in all

Day 9 - They have been so busy scratching and eating they are all sleeping very well

Day 10 - Everyone wants to hold one....       


On the last day of Term 5 Sutton Benger School went to Chippenham Folk Festival! The Folk Festival, which has been running since 1972, has a ‘school’s day’ on the Friday of the festival, which then carries on over the weekend. Peace, Faith and Hope classes donned their dancing shoes and took part in a number of workshops learning various dances. These included the African Wellie Boot Dance; traditional country and Morris dancing; the Dartmoor Broom Dance and French dancing.
After the workshops we all met up again at the Neeld Hall for lunch. There were six schools in total and each school gave a demonstration of the dance that they had done just before lunch. Also during the afternoon there was the chance to join in with various other traditional dances such as the Cumberland Reel and King’s Silver Jig. Right at the end everybody joined in to dance the Circassian Circle. Quite a sight to see around 300 children dancing all at the same time!
The children really enjoyed their dances and showed their appreciation by the size of the smiles on their faces!

On Thursday 1st March we celebrated World Book Day with 'Strictly Come Reading!'

Six teachers read their favourite short story or poem from a book in front of the whole school and a panel of six judges and Mrs Wilson (Chief Judge). The judges gave their scores and Mrs Baldwin was the winner with Mr Lawrence one point behind her. It was great fun and although the teachers said they were a bit nervous they showed how interesting reading could be!

On Friday 5th January we had our second whole school Science Launch Day, which this time was used to introduce our new topic of animals and humans.

The children enjoyed learning about features of different animals, animal groups and classification keys, as well as being imaginative by creating their own creatures and explaining how they would adapt to their environment. Some of our staff also brought in their beloved pets for the day to help the children learn more about caring for animals – this was a very well-received surprise for the children.

The day was a great success with one Year 2 child enthusiastically claiming that it was ‘the best school day ever!’ In addition, a parent of a Year 5 child told us that her daughter really enjoyed the day and was inspired to apply her learning that evening by creating a classification key for items in their kitchen larder!

Look out for our next science launch day in Term 5 when we will begin studying materials and their properties.

On Friday 15th December, Mrs Pitman- Jones and four children went to Oaksey School and joined Class Three and Mr Edward Richards a Mechanical Engineer from Atlantis Resources who wanted to give us a taste of what being an engineer was like.

Mr Richards began the morning by explaining the role of a Mechanical Engineer whilst also giving us an insight into his most recent project designing, building and installing multi-million pound tidal turbines off the coast of Northern Scotland. 
We then spent the rest of the session with Mr Richards deepening our understanding of electrical circuits, their components and electrical diagrams for our Brush Monsters followed by learning about how an off centered mass can effect the movement of a object, specifically our Brush Monster.
Once we had tested our bare Brush Monsters, (made from a plastic dustpan and brush) we used the remainder of our session to decorate them and their 'nests' The final monstrosities are all below. 

The children enjoying an 'afternoon tea' with Santa after school! Thank you to all our staff helpers.

DT Afternoon

Our Design & Technology Open Afternoon in November was a huge success. There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the school as parents joined their children in class, to support them with their textile and sewing skills. 

With Christmas trees in Rainbow, Christmas bunting in Joy and Dove, Christmas puddings in Hope & Faith and Christmas stockings in Peace & Trinity, a good range of festive sewing skills was on show. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the children felt proud of the progress they made in their sewing skills in just one afternoon! (Click on the photographs below to see the full images)

Look out for the next curriculum open afternoon in Term 4!

Our Wheel Challenge 2017 - fundraising for our new playground area

Learning Partners Project

Since September 2016 Sutton Benger and Oaksey schools have been working on a joint learning partners project. Over the course of the year we have been developing the use of learning partners to enhance oracy skills, self and peer assessment skills and raise self-esteem, as well as develop cooperation, resilience and collaboration. In particular, we have been investigating the impact of mixed ability and ability grouped learning partners.  

Mrs Bray (Oaksey) and I have been observing learning partners in lessons, talking to children about their learning partners and asking the teachers for feedback too. We recently held two parent information sessions about our project – one at Oaksey on Tuesday 16th May and the second on Thursday 18th May at Sutton Benger. Please read the attached PowerPoint to find out more about our project!

Mrs Pitman-Jones


 Collaborative Learning Partners Project - parent workshop presentation

Faith and Hope Class visit to Cherry Wood

 On Friday 28th April, Hope and Faith classes visited Cherry Wood Project in Marshfield to learn more about human and animal habitats. The children had quite an adventure trekking through the 40 acre woodland, learning about wild plants that were safe to eat such as the young beech leaves (would be good in a salad) and wild garlic (which some of us found a bit spicy!)

Much fun was had by all, as adults and children alike ran or rolled down a very steep hill that they would later show great perseverance to climb back up. At the bottom of the hill sat a peaceful lake area where crayfish, tadpoles, pond skaters, newts and a pair of nesting Canada geese were among the wildlife to be seen. Some of the children used logs and planks here to create challenging balancing games.

The children also explored a natural bamboo maze as they learned about native and non-native plants species. At the site are a range of buildings that are constructed from sustainable materials such as cob or logs from surrounding woodland. There was also a yurt, which is a large circular tent traditionally used by the nomadic people of Mongolia. The children were able to explore these unusual buildings and learn about their construction.

For lunch, everyone enjoyed delicious pizzas that had been prepared and cooked onsite in a cob oven. In the afternoon, we learned how to safely light fires using flint and steel and a hard, flammable fungus called King Alfred’s cakes. Unfortunately we forgot to bring marshmallows! The children returned to the coach exhausted but happy, smelling of wood smoke and wild garlic.

Current Events

Earlier in the year staff and children from Sutton Benger and Oaksey met together to collaborate on a joint art project. Children from years 4 and 5 visited one another’s schools and conducted an audit of art on display in each school, followed by the planning and making of two large pieces of art to be put on display.

On the Wednesday, we hosted the children and teachers from Oaksey and Finn, Philippa and Zac did a fantastic job of taking them around the school to look at different forms of art on display. After our walk round, we then discussed and recorded the types of art we could see and whether there were any art forms we felt we didn’t spot as much of. After break, we then planned a big art piece, which the children would then create on the Thursday. We discussed a piece which incorporated print work and ICT would be appropriate, as these were the areas identified from our audit.

On Thursday we were welcomed at Oaksey Primary School, where we created our joint piece planned the previous day. We also then had a tour of Oaksey, in which we identified examples of art on display and planned another big piece of art-this time with a focus on a piece which could be displayed in the outdoor area. We look forward to meeting up again soon to complete this second piece!

Well done to all involved and to Philippa, Zac, Finn and Finley who put in lots of effort and made several new friends along the way in this joint venture!


Mrs Spreadbury