St Albans Cathedral Trip- Year 3 and 4
We had an inspirational day out at St Albans Cathedral. The children were a credit to the school and were very respectful of others visiting the Cathedral – well done.
The first part of the morning involved exploring different clothing from Romans and Celts. Next the children had the opportunity to use their enquiry skills to explore the Cathedral using role play and drama. Characters included Roman soldiers, the Magistrates, Celts and market sellers of the time. As a sign of respect the children then lit a candle in memory of St Alban.
In the afternoon the children learnt about Roman mosaics and then made their own.
Lastly, the cathedral is currently undergoing building work and prior to starting the archaeologists have moved in and are currently exploring the grounds and digging deeper than before. We were fortunate that one of them agreed to talk to our children and even shared the findings so far.
It was a brilliant day.
Tiger that Came to Tea Theatre Trip
The infants had a wonderful time at Hertford theatre.
Music Morning at KTS
Class 2 had a fantastic time at Knight Templars School entertaining children from other schools with their trombone playing and conversely listening to performances from a variety of instruments.
Crucial Crew Visit
Year 6 visited Hitchin Fire Station, where they met a number of different agency officials who talked about potential dangers in and out of the home. They took part in short engaging activities which informed them about the dangers of power cables, fires in the home, open water, cyber bullying, railways and many more.
Year 3 and 4 Maths Morning at Ashwell School
Year 3 & 4 went to Ashwell School and ran a workshop for their Year 3 class. There were a total of 60 children altogether. After the initial nerves, the children went into automatic mode and ran their mathematics stalls with expertise. Mrs Bowden was particularly impressed with how they helped the children who struggled, both with kindness and patience. The teacher at Ashwell said she was very impressed with the attitude and manners of our children (Mrs Bowden was proud as ever to be their teacher) – well done everyone for an excellent maths morning.
Year 5 and 6 have been to Belchamps Scouting Activity Centre near Southend-On-Sea for a four night stay. They have shown great responsibility and resilience over the week, coping well with being away from home and looking after their possessions. They have tried many different activities including climbing, abseiling, fencing, pedal carting, crate stacking, geocaching and den building. This trip is a great opportunity for children to push themselves out of their comfort zone in a safe, structured environment. Well done to all the children and staff involved in this trip.
Class 3 Trip to the Globe Theatre
Class 3 enjoyed a very interesting trip to the Globe Theatre in London. They were taken on a tour and had the opportunity to visit the William Shakespeare exhibition, which tied in with their recent studies of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
House Trip to Mr Mulligan’s Adventure Golf
Lots of fun was had by Oak House on their trip to Mr Mulligan’s Adventure Golf. All children behaved exceptionally well and it was lovely to see our juniors helping the younger children and teaching them about the game of golf. A superb end to all the hard work collecting house points this term!
Olympic Hockey Stadium
This is National Sports Week and, to celebrate, all the Juniors visited the Olympic Hockey Stadium, where they watched Australia v. Argentina play. It was an amazing opportunity for the children to watch some of the world’s best hockey players in action and to walk around the impressive Olympic Park.
What a delight to be treated to the amazing production of the Railway Children starring our own Ella Buky. She gave a magnificent performance and made us all feel very proud. There were a few tired children and grown- ups in school the next day!
The whole school visited Biogen in Bygrave. The children found this most interesting and came away knowing the value of recycling and also how much food is wasted and ends up at Biogen. The children in Class 1 spoke about their experience.
Izaiah said, “It was stinky and there was a big balloon full of gas.”
Molly said, “We learnt about how to make power from old, rotten food.”
Ruby said, “The JCB picked up the rubbish and put it in to the big, metal bins.”
Ben G said, “It was smelly!”
Caesar said, “It was great fun!”
Each pupil was given a Biogen pencil that was made out of recycled CD cases to remind them of their visit.
Our infants and lower juniors visited Thrift Farm to see the new lambs.
They were shown a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the different stages of the birthing process and some children actually witnessed a lamb being born. They also had the opportunity to feed the new born lambs and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Lewis said, “When I fed the lamb, I thought he was going to pull the top of the bottle off!”
Dylan said, “I liked feeding the lamb, it was so soft!”
Freya said, “One lamb was really cute when it tried standing up. But it kept falling over.”
Hansel and Gretel at Hertford Theatre
We all had a wonderful time at the Panto, with Mr Musk live on stage again this year. I think he’ll be part of the cast next year!
The trip to Stansted Airport was a great success. The children really enjoyed themselves and had an amazing educational experience.
Alex said, “ inspiring, helpful and fun”.
George said, “I loved it when the ranger shot a flare”.
Emma said, “I liked it when the pilot flashed his lights at us”.
Jack said, “Aeromazing”.
Robbie said, “Unexpectedly, we saw the biggest two engine plane take off”.
Children in Need Ukelele Concert
Earth Class was asked to perform with their ukuleles at Millfield School in Buntingford. This was as part of the Children in Need celebrations and the evening raised a staggering £555.69 for the charity. We were honoured to be invited to this event and all the children behaved impeccably and enjoyed the experience.
NHSSP Year 5/6 Cross Country
An excellent afternoon with lovely weather. All children ran their hearts out, performing brilliantly. Congratulations to them all.
The footballers really enjoyed the afternoon and improved as the tournament went on. Their behaviour was excellent and we are very pleased with all of them.
Lee Valley White Water Centre
We were privileged to be the only primary school invited to attend the day before the World Championships started. This is due in part to Mrs Reynold’s contacts and our reputation as a school for good behaviour.
Rural Schools Athletics Finals
Sandon School are District Champions!
Our athletics team represented the school at the district finals and we won!! A brilliant performance by the whole team was rewarded by FIRST place in the Very Small Schools section. Well done everyone!!
Wider Opportunities First Access Morning
Year 4 pupils took part in the Wider Opportunities First Access Morning at Knights Templar School. They performed their trombone pieces to a wider audience of network schools. They should be very proud as they were well rehearsed and a credit to the school. Many thanks to Mr Welch for inspiring the children to play and perform.
Year 2 Multi Skills Festival
Here is a photograph from the Year 2 Multi Skills Festival held at Hitchin Girls School. Our children were fantastic, showing excellent behaviour and a super attitude. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came and supported.
The whole school went to Celtic Harmony and had a wonderful time making salt dough arrow heads, learning how to build dens in the woods and also enjoyed an introduction to face painting. Among a very long list of interesting activities, some were taught how to solve riddles and had a lesson in archery. All the children were impeccably well behaved, in spite of the hot weather.
Rural Schools Athletics
What a brilliant morning we had at this year’s Rural Athletics Competition. Great results across the board from our Year 2’s to our Year 6’s with special mention to Jemima who won her sprint, retaining her winning streak in this event for the past 4 years! Also to our Year 2, Year 3 and Year 6 relay teams who all were victorious. It was a real team effort on the track and the children were boosted by fantastic support from our parents. We are delighted to report that this excellent performance was rewarded with 2nd place overall in the small schools section, which gains us a place at the Finals day in July. Well done everyone!
I visited the children and staff on ‘school journey’ at Belchamps. I was able to witness first hand them challenging themselves and having fun (and that was just the staff!). Here are some of the children’s comments:-
“Leap of Faith is my favourite so far because I used to be afraid of heights but now I’m not!” Archie Triplow “I just LOVE Belchamps” George Silver Archery was good fun. I did a Mrs Gilbert and shot an arrow in the wall! Robbie Fidock Gladiators was really fun and was tiring when you have to knock a lot of people off but I absolutely loved it! Imani Ripoll
Key Stage one District Gymnastics
Six of our Year 1 and 2’s competed in this team event at Knights Templar School. They had all practised really hard in the lead up and pulled off a wonderful performance to their ‘Mission Impossible’ floor piece on the day. It was a pleasure to see such young children performing with such confidence and enthusiasm – well done!
Year 3 and 4 District tennis tournament
Our team of Archie R, Blue, Ella and Summer did really well at this event. They won 3 of their 5 matches, losing only to the finalists and the other team by only 2 points! This was an excellent performance and it was so pleasing to see them improve as the afternoon progressed. Well done to all of you!
District Speed Stacking Competition
Our team of Year 3 and 4’s competed brilliantly in this tense and exciting event held at Knights Templar School. Mrs Bowden helped them prepare and their hard work paid off with a very commendable 3rd place – well done!
Year 5 Maths Challenge
Arthur, Luke R, Emma R and Eloise represented our school at the Year 5 Maths Challenge. There were four rounds where the children worked together to solve some extremely tough problems, including estimating the weight of objects, making sense of word problems and calculating the answer, and identifying and ordering shapes.
Unfortunately, although a great time was had by all, we didn’t make it through to the final stage. Miss Arnold would like to thank the parents for transport to Hartsfield School and would like to congratulate the team for demonstrating superb cooperation and, of course, fabulous maths skills!
Mill End Nursery
The whole school visited Mill End Nursery and Garden Centre to learn about the business of running a garden centre and caring for plants. We thank Mill End for facilitating this for us and hope that parents will support this garden centre when purchasing their gardening needs this year. Mill End Nursery can be found in Rushden.
Mars Class visited The Observatory at Bayfordbury. Despite the cloudy weather, the children had a very informative, fun experience and behaved impeccably. “I loved the planetarium. We got into space and saw stars, planets and loads of moons I never knew about,” said Imani. “Now I want to be an astrophysicist,” said Emma R.
Our Athletics team visited The Priory School to take part in the Small Schools’ Sportshall Athletic competition. We came 7th with the children giving a very good account of themselves.
Mulberry House Trip
Mulberry house enjoyed their much deserved trip to the Hollywood Bowl, after gaining the most house points last term. The children were impeccably behaved and all enjoyed a fun-packed morning.
District Cross Country Championships
Well done to all our pupils who competed in the District Cross Country Championships. Everybody ran their hardest and showed real determination to do their best. A special mention to Emma Robeson in year 5 who ran really well coming 7th in her race. The result of the day though goes to Jemima in year 6 who had an exceptional race, running with confidence and bravely taking on the field. Never out of the first three for the whole race, Jemima finished second; with this super performance she is eligible to compete in the County championships later in the season. Thank you to all our parents who helped with transport and for giving our pupils excellent support.
Paralympic 2012 Legacy Event
All our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in this wonderful event at KTS, each of them participating in different sports. All performed brilliantly, showing great sportsmanship and expertise in their events.
Wimpole Estate Trip
“I was proud to be part of Sandon School because the children behaved impeccably on this trip. What a wonderful place – an impressive house and beautiful well-kept grounds. The farm was so hygienic and well organised. A big thank you to the staff for making our day so special.” Ms Pymar.
Wider Opportunities Day
Year 4 went to Knights Templar School to show their amazing trombone playing to other Baldock Primary Schools. They really enjoyed their morning and it was noted how brilliant their behaviour was. I hope that this great experience of performing to other schools, and watching performers from the Sixth Form at Knights Templar School will encourage some of the class to take up individual lessons with Mr Welch to carry on improving their musicality.
The experiences gained by pupils who take part in educational visits and residential school journeys away are hugely beneficial, giving students an exciting learning experience with hands-on activities where they learn to be independent, make their own choices and understand the benefits of working as a team.
Oak House had their winning trip to Shepreth; as well as seeing all the animals the children had a chance to play on the equipment and handle some of the creatures, including a giant stick insect and a python. Tom and Jack said it was great fun. Tom really enjoyed the nocturnal room where he saw a bat fly right over his head. Jack liked seeing the wolf.
We visited Thrift Farm to see the baby lambs and help with their feeding. The whole school enjoyed the visit, with the older Juniors actually seeing a lamb being born!
Stevenage FC Match Day
“At the beginning we played a match and some games, it was really fun” Willow.
“Everything was fun and exciting even though Stevenage lost.” Jamie H.
“The children had a very enjoyable experience. They had their own coaching session, participated in an American style penalty shootout on the pitch, formed the Guard of Honour with SFC flags and then watched the match.” Miss Moor
KTS Music Festival
After a long half a term rehearsing, Years 5 and 6 finally performed at the Music Festival at KTS. This year all six primary schools that attended sang the same songs. Considering we were the smallest school at the festival, all the children sang with gusto and performed incredibly well. It was a lovely sight to see all the children enjoying themselves and representing our school musically. Thank you to all parents who transported children to and from the event and also to family and friends who came to support and watch.
Ash House Bowling Trip
Yesterday Ash House, the winning house from last term, went bowling and had a fantastic time. Huge thanks to Mrs Shaw, Mrs Reilly, Mrs Roper and Miss Long for helping with lifts.
Which house will be the winning house this term? And what will they choose their treat to be?
The whole school enjoyed Beauty and the Beast in the fantastic small theatre in Hertford. There were just 17 cast members, who worked very hard and entertained us brilliantly.
The Juniors spent the day at Duxford learning about life in the 1940s. They made identity cards and ration books. They found out what to do when the air raid siren went off and practiced putting on gas masks. The rest of the day was filled with activities around the museum.
Hyde Hall Farm
The whole school was treated to a visit to Hyde Hall Farm as part of this term’s topic “From Field to Fork”.
Mars Class children spent a wonderful week at Belchamps challenging themselves to try something new, becoming more independent and making choices.
Sandon Bury Barn
Venus and Earth Class visited Sandon Bury Barn, the house and Old Sextons. The barn is the oldest of its kind in England, and possibly Europe. The children enjoyed looking at the views over the surrounding countryside and enjoyed learning how the Tudors lived. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Faure-Walker for giving us such an interesting insight into the history of our wonderful village.
River Thames Trip
The children enjoyed a whole school trip to London this month. We took a trip on the River Thames and visited the Foreign Office.
Bath House Visit
As part of our whole school topic all children from year 1 to year 6, visited the Bath House at Welwyn and the Mill Green Mill Museum.
“We now know the difference between a Caldarium and a Frigidarium.”
“We found out about breadmaking and had a guided tour around the museum.”
Olympic Day Trip
First we went up the tower and looked out of the window and saw the whole Olympic Park. We walked up to the stadium road and had a look at all of the stadiums and then we walked through the shopping centre and on to the Isle of Dogs. We had lunch alongside the Thames.
Then we went down some stairs and went under the Thames and ended up at Greenwich and saw the Cutty Sark and took some photos. We walked around the National Maritime Museum and had a look at all the things to do with Greenwich and the Cutty Sark. We went back under the Thames, back into the coach and then we drove all the way from London to
I would love to go back to the Olympic Park and Greenwich.
By Luke Howard