Cool Music

music for webOn a hot sunny day, it was with great enthusiasm that Little Crofters Pre-school children followed Mr Shortman outside for their Music lesson. Sitting in the shade, under some trees, children could be heard singing and playing their musical instruments. Beating out the rhythm and enjoying staying cool, the sound of bells drifting in the breeze was delightful!  

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...

PTDC0098 3The children in Little Crofters have been looking at the body and the effect activities have on our bodies. We have drawn around some of the children and then, as a group, been labelling the different parts of body, which is now displayed in Little Crofters. We have been in the Sports Hall for PE and observed the effects of activity on our bodies. 

The Year 6 Young Explorers' Trip to Osmington Bay


CollageOB1When the headline slogan of an adventure holiday is ‘Thrills and Spills’ you know you’re getting involved with an event that is a lot of fun; yet a school should be teaching additional values like teamwork and trust, and to provide opportunities for lasting friendships. The Year 6 trip to Osmington Bay provided many opportunities to learn these skills and more. Some examples of trust were seen on the Leap of Faith, which is a jump between two telegraph poles two metres apart and each pole is eight metres high. Henry F said even though he was wearing a harness, he still had to trust his friends not to let go! Georgia B who says she is scared of heights, overcame her fears by jumping the Leap of Faith in which she had to place her trust in her friends. In addition, the trip provided opportunities for making friends. Lily T said good friendship is amazing, and the Leap of Faith and abseiling down a wall were difficult and needed all friends to work together. Looking forward to the Year 6 production of The Wind in the Willows, Matt D said we should not mind coming forward if a prop is missing, as we can trust each other to make a great show. We are already looking forward to it!

Down at the Station

train shed re size for webThe children in Class RMA have had an exciting week learning all about trains. They have found out about how trains have changed over the years, by looking at information from both books and the computer; they have all helped make a class model of a steam train out of junk; and written about where they would like to go on a train journey. The class also had a treat; and  visited  Mr Thornton's train shed where the children were all able to wind the engines up and watch them race around the tracks. The children asked Mr Thornton some interesting questions:

Emme H: "How do they work?" Mr Thornton demonstrated the spring mechanism which goes inside each little train.

Charlotte F: "How old are they?" Mr Thornton told us they were about 80 years old!

Joshua E: "What are they made from?" Mr Thornton said they are mostly metal.

Lara H: "How many are there?" Mr Thornton said there were around 100 different!

He also showed the class his favourite train, called KIng Arthur, and showed us how fast it could go. The children will also be finishing their train themed week with a talk from Hugo Hall's mother who is a train engineer.  What a fun and busy week!


Rock & Pop Strings Workshop

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On Friday 5th May, Ms Tori Rushton came to The Croft School to present Rock & Pop Strings Workshop. At the beginning we danced to the music and learnt the rhythm to a song called ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana!

Tori put us into two groups, one for the rhythm section and one for the melody. The violins and violas got to turn their instruments on their side and play them like a guitar!

Tori taught some more advanced pupils the melody. Even Mr Shortman got his violin out and played along. It was really exciting to do a new style of music. Tori showed us her electric cello which we all thought was awesome. As we drew closer to the performance we began to put the whole piece together and it sounded great. All the parents thought that it was COOL!

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Overall we really enjoyed playing with Tori and if we were given another opportunity to do so, we would definitely say “Yes!”

By Olivia P, Charlotte K & Annabelle W

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