On Saturday 7 October 2023, Final Straw Foundation will be leading us in a litter pick at Lakeside, Eastleigh. We are encouraging as many of our school community to get involved. The litter pick will take place between 10am and 12 noon. Final Straw will lead a safety briefing before the start of the event. It's important to wear gloves, closed-toe shoes and to wash your hands afterwards. Meet in the car park after the small train station. The 'what3words' reference is 'casino.rots.edit'.
Ahead of this, we are looking forward to a presentation by Final Straw Foundation in an assembly.
Our caretaker, Mr Waren, has been very busy before and during the Easter holidays building a dipping pond. This is a project that our school has been planning for some time in order to diversify our wildlife and to give the children the opportunity to investigate water-life. The pond is set above the ground so the children will stand to do their pond dipping and it is set in an area that the children are not able to access unsupervised. We are very grateful to Mr Waren for making the pond completely from scratch and we hope the wildlife will love it as much as we do! Here are some photos of the project from the outset to completion.
Year 2 pupils had a lovely visit this week to SeaCity Museum in Southampton, to experience the Titanic exhibition. The children took part in activities that brought the story to life including handling artefacts, trying on costumes from the period, hearing the stories of the survivors and lots more. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who supported this visit.
We have been taking part in the Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel, which is running from 20 to 31 March 2023 to encourage the children to actively travel to school. We had an amazing day in Week 1, when Bike It John visited school with the Sustrans smoothie bike. Every class had the opportunity to make a fresh smoothie from frozen fruits, apple juice and water. The children really enjoyed the visit and tasting the smoothie! Thank you Bike It John for leading this event.
Here are some photos of Year 1 and Year 2.
In the second of our inter-school sports tournaments against Fryern School, year 2 pupils recently took part in a hockey event. As the sport was new to everyone, the pupils had been learning some hockey basics as part of PE lessons in the run up to the tournament. It was a bitterly cold day, and despite the threat of rain, we were so pleased that the tournament could go ahead as planned. Thank you to Fryern School for hosting the tournament and for Charlie & Jack of Ace Sports for their organising. Well done to all the parents and staff who braved the really chilly weather to support the children. Congratulations to CFIS Beech Boys and CFIS Cedar Girls teams for winning their sections and to all the pupils who competed. It was a really enjoyable and great opportunity for everyone who took part.
Congratulations to parents and pupils for an amazing Hoop-A-Thon competiton this year. The staff recorded personal hula-hooping bests for all the pupils at the start of the event, in the week before Spring half-term. There has been time at break-time, lunch-time and during PE lessons for the children to practise their hula-hooping. At the end of the week following half-term, new personal best scores were taken. The results were announed in Crown Assembly last week and all the children were issued with a certificate. As a school we were also aspiring to reach a total of 3000 rotations. The final total of pupil personal bests by class were Acorn - 220, Conker - 251, Apple - 368, Cherry - 570, Cedar - 635 and Beech - 2452! We smashed our 3000 total and all the children improved their scores and many are very accomplished hula-hoopers. Thank you parents and your family and friends for sponsoring the children. All monies raised are supporting a new dipping pond in the gardening area of school.
On Shrove Tuesday 'pancake day' all the children enjoyed taking part in pancake races. It was good to return to school after half-tern and our INSET day with such a lively and fun activity. There was good competition between class teams and plenty of opportunity to flip the pancakes, with mixed results! Here are some photos of Apple, Cherry and Cedar class taking part.
During Design Technology week, each year group took a day out to put into practice their technical knowledge in designing, making and evaluating different structures.
Year R designed and made and evaluated their own tower. It was amazing how the finished towers resembled their plans so clearly.
Year 1 were tasked with making a bridge which was at least 40cm long and to hold 3 soft toys (linked to 3 Billy Goat's Gruff).
Year 2 had fun finding sticks in our outside area to make a strong shelter out of natural materials.
It was clear that both children and adults enjoyed and learnt a lot of skills from the day.
Due to current pressures on the NHS, we have been asked to promote the 'Healthier Together' resource for parents to get advice and guidance about your child's health and well-being. The 'Healthier Together' platform has a number of accessibility functions: when touched the text will be read aloud; parents may select their country's flag and all pages translated into their language; and the font size can also be increased.
Visit what0-18.nhs.uk or download the free 'Healthier Together' app from the Apple Store or on Google Play.