New ‘Jungle Climber’ for juniors


The great news this term is that we  finally have our new play equipment installed. We will have a formal opening ceremony when we thank FOGS and all who have helped to raise funds over the last three years. The play equipment and safe surface were very expensive and it looked as if it may never happen, but extra funding from the diocese has enabled the children’s hopes to be fulfilled.

Jumbo Jungle Climber

We have also  replaced our very tired playground markings. More improvements to the look of our outdoor area are planned for the half term break.

Ice Skating

Children Infant 2 and Junior 1 have been following in the footsteps of Torville and Dean this term with a course on ice skating provided partly by sport premium funding. Every Thursday children in Years 1-4 have been taken to the National Ice Centre for some coaching and development. It has been amazing how the children have progressed form being afraid to move to skating on one leg ad turning round on the ice.

Many of the children have seen their speed gradually creep up as their fear of falling as decreased.

Quotes from the children say it all…

“I didn’t really want to go but in the end it was exciting and I really enjoyed it” Harriett Y1

Joy Y2 “At first I was really scared but at the end of the fifth week I was really good at skating”

“It was brilliant! The first time I got on the ice, I was terrified but I got better and better” Jacob Y1.

Infant children in raining ready for take off

Isabella Y3 “When I started ice skating, I had to hold onto the side.   But now I can skate without holding on”

Jasmine Y4 “The coaches were lovely, helpful and honest with us about how we were doing”

Look at me now gently does it

University Day – March 2015

University Day has become a firm favourite with the children. At the beginning of the day Mrs Brown reminded the children what it was all about and encouraged them to try new things and see what they could learn. Courses were designed around subjects which do not appear regularly in the curriculum.

Children could choose from such courses as ‘A Play in Half a Day’, ‘The History of Pop Music 1950 – 2000’. ‘Making Mosaics’, ‘Exploring Gunthorpe’, ‘Handball’, ‘Chinese experience’, ‘Cogs and Gears’ and the inevitable baking courses, of which there were two.

Here are some snapshots from the day.

Tile workshop a great success

The tile workshop, which was kindly paid for by the FOGS/PTA, was a wonderful example of teamwork. All the children took part and were able to paint a tile as part of a whole picture and also prepare one of their own as a border. The results will be a treasure in school for years to come.






Nottingham Panthers visit school

Children were full of questions when two members of the panthers squad visited school. They came to talk about ice hockey but they also had a video with a serious message about education called, ‘Awesome’.

They answered the numerous questions and showed the kit which the players wear. I am sure that they also attracted a bit more interest in ice hockey.


The Christmas Truce of 1914

At the end of 2014, the junior classes presented, ‘Happy Christmas Tommy’ the story of the Christmas miracle of 1914. When soldiers from both sides put down their weapons and played football in no mans land. This is a very moving story and brings home the power that Christmas can have in peoples minds. The performance was marvellous, with some brilliant acting skills on show from the Y5 and Y6 children.