Farmers' Market and Summer Fair Friday 10th July 2015
Thank you to everyone who supported our Farmers’ Market on 10th July. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal through their involvement. As a staff team we were very impressed by the level of independence demonstrated by pupils; the stalls and activities that you visited were very much their own work. We were also pleased with comments made by visitors to the school:
‘Very impressed with the range of goods and the business acumen of the pupils. Well done!” “Excellent business ideas – watch out the dragons!”
“What a lovely school and terrific, welcoming, charming children.”
“Very organised and polite children – excellent and inspiring entrepreneurs!”
“Lovely children and a great welcome.”
The children made a fantastic £270.41 that will be used to fund a reward in the autumn term, chosen by pupils at a meeting of the School Council.
A day at the seaside Tuesday 7th July 2015
We began our journey on the cliff top road which led us down through the wood to the peaceful trickling Skelton Beck. After crossing the river we followed it downstream until it finally opened up into the mouth and joined the North Sea. We looked at the river banks and discussed how they had eroded due to the pressure of the water and wondered how such a tiny trickle of water could become the raging torrent which destroyed some of Saltburn a couple of years ago.
We enjoyed a tasty picnic on the beach followed by a sandcastle and sand sculpture session. The children were great at working in teams and all enthused in awe at each other's pieces of work.
After deciding they all deserved a reward for their hard work, all those who wanted to had the chance to paddle in the sea.
It was like a scene from Chariots of Fire with 57 children pounding effortlessly towards the sea. It was great!
With whoops and shouting they all enjoyed the sea - even if it was a teeny bit chilly.
Until...the heavens opened... and it poured!
We gathered up our belongings and took shelter under the pier for a while.
We still managed to treat ourselves to an ice cream and to top off the day we went back up the cliff using the water powered lift.
All in all - a great day.
Spiritual Development Day Friday 12th June 2015
This year we spent four Fridays as a whole school at Gunnerside. Our Spiritual Development Day was one of these special days. We transformed the school, creating areas and zones for reflection, yoga, creativity, deeper thinking and discussion. We started the day with a service at the Methodist Chapel before starting a series of workshops. The children responded brilliantly and pupils and staff really enjoyed the experience.
School walk, Gunnerside Gill Friday 5th June 2015
We were lucky with the weather for this year's Friends of School walk. We explored Gunnerside Gill before returning to Gunnerside for well earned fish and chips. Thanks to everyone who joined us.
Olympic athlete visits school! Friday 22nd May 2015
Thank you to everyone who has supported today’s visit by Olympic athlete, Rebekah Wilson. Together you have raised over £765! The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a series of sport challenges and Rebekah’s talk about her journey to the 2014 Winter Olympics really inspired the pupils:
"It was great. It pushed us to our limits"
"I've learned that you've got to keep trying"
"It was a once in a lifetime experience"
"It was really tough"
"Never give up"
Keld to Muker, following the Swale Friday 15th May 2015
Today we completed a whole school walk, following the River Swale on its journey downstream. We stopped regularly to sketch the river and the surrounding landscape as part of our art project with the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. Operating in small mixed age groups, the children did really well, taking in the scenery and looking after each other along the journey.
Bridge Building Tuesday 28th April 2015
Today the KS1 children enjoyed working in a group to build a bridge over a river. The children were given a list of instructions before they started:
- it had to wide enough to get the truck over
- it had to be high enough to get the boat under
- it had to be safe enough to for people to walk across without falling in
Cross Country Friday 17th April 2015
Year 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed the cross country event at Askrigg, running on varied terrain beyond the school grounds. They were successful too, coming second overall, and only narrowly missing first place. Well done everyone.
Ukulele Day Saturday 28th March 2015
With financial help from the Friends of Reeth and Gunnerside Schools, we established a ukulele group in January 2015. Since then the children have enjoyed learning chords and singing along too. At the start of the Easter holidays we teamed up with pupils from Arkengarthdale Primary School to perform in a ukulele concert. The proceeds from the day have been used to invest in two concert ukuleles - one for each school.
Thanks for our bricks! March 2015
The nursery children have been really excited this week by the arrival of the new bricks which were bought with money raised by the Friends of the Two Dales Nursery. We have built walls with sticky water and sand 'cement', made dinosaur houses and also beds! Great fun! Thank you to everyone to helped to raise the money.
Solar Eclipse Friday 20th March 2015
This morning we were very lucky to watch the solar eclipse, with the clouds parting just in time. We used pinhole viewers to observe the moon move in front of the sun.
We've Been on a Bear Hunt! Thursday 19th March 2015
In the nursery we have really enjoyed exploring the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.' We made lots of mess playing with a miniature small world version and then went on a spring hunt armed with clipboards and a checklist to see how many signs of spring we could spot in our orchard. The highlight of the topic was a re- enactment of the story with grass, mud, water and 'snow' to swish, squelch, splash and 'whoo' through! P.S we did find a bear and had to run home (remembering to shut the door) before jumping into bed and deciding that we wouldn't go on a bear hunt again! (Although it was actually so much fun, we had to do it over and over again!)
Extreme but safe reading competition Friday 13th March 2015
As part of our World Book Day celebration we've held an 'extreme but safe' reading competition. Pupils were invited to enter a photograph of themselves reading in an unusual location. We've had some great shots and we hope you enjoy looking through a selection of the entries below.
Moon Buggies Monday 9th March 2015
Mrs Walker's class have been making vehicles fit for lunar travel as part of their work on journeys into space. We think they are out of this world...
Wedding Tuesday 24th February 2015
Gymnastics Thursday 12th February 2015
The juniors have completed a gymnastics course this half term with PE specialist, Mrs Postlethwaite.
Ice cube experiments February 2015
In the nursery, we have had lots of fun exploring ice! We made glittery ice cubes, sequinned ice cubes and red food dye ice cubes, which gave us very pink fingers! We also made giant ice cubes and were surprised when they floated because they were very heavy.
Key Stage 2 art, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy Thursday 29th January 2015
Andy Goldsworthy utilises natural materials - snow, ice, twigs, pebbles - whatever is available, to create interesting and thought provoking art. We have had a good supply of snow lately, and have enjoyed working with this material to explore sculpture.
Reverend Janet's Assemblies Tuesday 20th January 2015
Reverend Janet led active and engaging worship at both schools today. The children enjoyed creating 'teaspoon' prayers; using the abbreviation tsp., we said thanks, sorry and please.
Snow! January 2015
We all enjoyed playing in the snow this week.