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Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations

Shakespears Parade

Outdoor Phonics for Class RB

P3201374 resize for Web1Tuesday was a bright and sunny morning, so the children in Class RB decided to do their phonics activity outside. The children wrapped up in their coats - it may have been bright but it certainly wasn't warm - and headed to the Hedged Garden where each group had different coloured letters and digraphs to hunt for. After enjoying the search, the children were then challenged to make as many words as they could. The children love taking their learning outside and experiencing the beautiful natural environment we are able to enjoy at The Croft.

The Nationals Rugby Experience

NSRT 2017

Entrants qualify via regional tournaments covering South West, South East, North and Midlands to compete in Finals in March.  With the competition in its 21st year, it attracts the very best rugby schools in the country with over 170 teams now competing.

Read more: The Nationals Rugby Experience

The Croft School Orchestral Afternoon 2017

 

Orchestral Afternoon 17a

On 11th March more than 150 musicians gathered for an afternoon of amazing music with flutes, oboes, cellos, clarinets, alto saxophones, trombones, violins, violas, trumpets, a harp and lots of percussionists!

Firstly we split into three groups: strings, wind and brass.  At the concert, the strings performed first with three songs from ‘Going for Gold’.  Starting off was ‘We are the Champions’ then ‘Ping Pong’ which was fast paced with the notes being the ball and the ball being knocked around like a ping pong ball. Then finally ‘Skating’ which was a slow, gentle waltz.  All of these pieces were chosen and conducted by Mrs Crane.  The Wind Band was up next and performed two pieces, including ‘Banana Boogie’. This was composed by one of Mr Shortman’s friends and he conducted it with a banana!

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The whole orchestra joined together to perform Handel’s Water Music (which was very hard).  It had changing time signatures which made it even more confusing. We also played Tchaikovsky’s ‘Russian Dance’ which was fast at the beginning and then got even faster at the end!  A lot of people had to play off the beat which is harder than you think.

However, the best piece of the afternoon was the 1st movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the soloist being an astonishing musician called George Wilkes who used to come to The Croft School. The Elgar was my favourite because of George’s beautiful cello playing.  When I am older I would like to be as good as George.

It was a fantastic experience and I hope to be invited next year because I am sure that it will be as good as this year!

George F 6RM

 

Howzat! Year 5 Cricket Team Meet Darren Maddy

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A huge thank you to Solihull for hosting a fantastic cricket festival. Darren Maddy ex England and Warwickshire Bears cricketer put the Year 5 boys through their paces with a series of fielding, bowling and batting drills which culminated in mini matches to finish.

A great early introduction to the cricket season.

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