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The Secrets of Storytelling

 

The pupils in Class 1H have been creating their own stories. They have studied traditional tales from significant authors and stories from around the globe; but what makes a good story? The 1H children have the answers:

  •  I like pictures that go with the words – Ollie
  •  I like it when they are really really exciting – Isabella
  •  I like stories that are educational – Sonny
  •  Stories are great for improving everyone’s imagination – Bella
  •  I think stories should have happy endings – Ruby
  •  I like being told stories because it is relaxing – Christopher
  •  I think stories should be exciting and action packed – Henry
  •  Pictures are good because they help me to imagine the story – Charlie                  
  •  I like stories that are calm and happy – Isla
  •  Listening to stories helps me with my writing – Barnaby
  •  I like stories that have magical creatures in them – Amelia
  •  Stories should teach us a lesson – Tobias
  •  I like books with chapters because they help me remember where I have reached – Arthur
  •  I like having stories being read to me and I like the bright pictures - Naomi

 

Ready For Curtain Up!

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Year 6 children are standing in the wings, ready for curtain-up, for their production of ‘Wind in the Willows’, a theatrical and musical adventure about the bumpy road of friendship.  The children’s schoolwork focuses entirely on the play for two weeks, with the children being involved in all aspects of the play: creating props and sets, performing the accompanying music and learning their lines, cheerfully encouraged and directed by Head of Drama, Mr Bixley. 

The production is very much a grand finale for Year 6, an accumulation of all the creative arts the children have learnt during their time at The Croft.  The Year 6 play has always been regarded as a treat, a reflection of how well the children have worked preparing themselves for their new secondary schools.  Once again, Year 6 pupils have worked hard and achieved well, with an impressive 17 scholarships and 16 grammar school places awarded from over 20 different local and national schools.  Whilst we are delighted for the pupils achieving their awards, The Croft puts greater emphasis on pupils being socially, emotionally and academically prepared for the secondary school transition; and that pupils have been inspired and nurtured throughout their time at The Croft.

As the Kenneth Grahame quote reminds us, “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!” Congratulations, Year 6, we wish you all the best for your future.

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!

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