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Autumn 2017


An Animated Big Draw Festival 2017

On Friday 13 of October we had our own Animated Big Draw. Artist Lindsey Southworth ran some workshops from the Oak Rooms and the children had a great time learning how to make their drawings move, experimenting with optical illusions and some playful fun with shadow puppets.

  • Water refraction with lines. The children were amazed to see the image of their lines flipped.

  • Optical illusion. The children were shown how to create their own 3-D illusion by drawing around their hand and making it appear to stand out.

  • Thaumatropes. Using paper discs and straws the children created their own Thaumatropes. These consist of a disc with a different picture on each of its two sides. These appear to combine into one image when the disc is rapidly rotated.

  • Simple 2 Frame animations. By folding a piece of paper and drawing 2 pictures, one on top of the other the drawing appears to move when it is flipped backwards and forwards.

  • Shadow puppets using a projector. The shadows move when the children played with the cut outs.

Nursery Big Draw

On Monday 16 of October Nursery had their own Big Draw event and experimented with lots of different mark making inside and outside.

Family Learning Big Draw

On Tuesday 17th of October we had a family learning afternoon in the hall. Families had lots of fun creating a range of moving drawings.

Cats Protection


On Monday 25th September, Key Stage One had a visit from a Cats Protection volunteer to tell us how to care for cats and what cats need to be healthy. This linked really well with our Healthy Living topic and we were able to make links between what humans need to survive and how this is similar for cats.


You can visit the Cats Protection & Cats for Kids websites to find out more. These have some important information and fun games that you can share with your children at home.

Hawley Community Garden Opening


On Saturday 23rd September, our year two choir group attended the grand opening of the Hawley Community Garden. They sung 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow' and 'Cauliflowers Fluffy', two songs that they have been practising in class. They did a super job and were great ambassadors for our school! The two scarecrows that we made at school were also on show in the garden. Take a look at the photos below!

One World Tea Afternoon


On Friday 22nd September, the whole school came together to celebrate One World Tea and Macmillan Afternoon. It was lovely to see so many families join us. We were all able to share food that the children had prepared and take part in various activities going on in the classrooms. Thank you everyone who also supported our Macmillan Afternoon by enjoying cakes and refreshments in the hall.

For One World Tea Nursery made soup
with veg from the Nursery garden
and apples from the orchard

African Drumming


On Tuesday 19th September, a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of South Ghana came to visit us at school. We really enjoyed watching the drumming and we also got to join in with some African singing and dancing!

Together, we grow our love for learning.