Marchant's Hill

A long coach trip led us to a new PGL destination in Surrey - Marchant’s Hill. The children were very excited to finally arrive and look around the site. We had a quick peek at all of the activities we would be doing this week - and there were lots of them! We crammed in abseiling, raft building, zip wire, the giant swing, climbing and much more; 14 activities plus 4 evening events. We’ve eaten like kings, learned lots of new games and enjoyed getting to know each other in a new way. The children have accomplished so much - met their own personal challenges in the activities, learned to live and negotiate with others and developed their independence in being away from their parents. It’s been fab and I’m sure your child will tell you all about it over the coming days! Eagles under a climbing wall at PGL!



As Year 6 have Bikeability this week, we have had a standalone topic in English. We've been looking at wellbeing by listening to songs and talking about their themes. We've talked about friendship, change and our wonderful world. Although the lessons themselves are very creative, we've developed our discussion skills, our listening skills, following instructions skills and our ability to make links a lot this week. On Monday we made friendship bracelets using thread, on Tuesday we followed a 'How To Draw the Moon' tutorial and on Wednesday we made origami butterflies. On the back of the butterflies the children wrote the changes they would like to see in the world: an end to racism, no plastic in the seas, no fossil fuels and much more. On Thursday we expressed our gratitude with tissue paper silhouettes and we finished up our work on Friday with doodle sheets associated with our own special songs. A big well done to the Year 6s whose behaviour was praised by the Bikeability instructors - we are very proud of your excellent ambassadorship for our school!


African Drumming

A well-written villain is key to an exciting adventure story and this week we looked at two of them: Herod Sayle and Mr Grin. The Eagles compiled secret dossiers about the evil men and their villainous ways, ready to go on display in the hall. We had a go at some African drumming using our set of djembe drums. After learning about several different African instruments and how they sound, we followed a YouTube tutorial on African drumming patterns. We became quite good at drumming slowly but we've got quite a way to go before our fast drumming is anything other than giggle-inducing! Our Anti-Bullying wristbands have arrived and so we spent Thursday afternoon comparing the way Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull treat others and thinking about the word 'respect'. A huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Bayes for donating the wristbands - the children love them!

Jemimah and Leo with djembe drums


Food Tasting

On Thursday afternoon we experienced a taste of Nigeria, the country where Ancient Benin was once situated. We started by thinking about the availability of food at around 1000AD in Ancient Benin; fish, meat, rice, fruit and vegetables were our main guesses given the location and landscape of the country. The first food we tried was dates (these ones were actually from Tunisia) - they had a very mixed review. Then we tried some chin-chin, a traditional West African snack, a bit like crunchy cookies - this was a bit hit! We tried plain, vanilla and cinnamon varieties. Finally, we tried jollof rice. Even though it was the mildest version, there were still a lot of red-faced children after trying it! I was very impressed with the children's attitudes towards new foods, and the polite way in which they disposed of the ones they weren't keen on. Following the food tasting we researched further and created some menus based around what we had learned - full dad joke marks go to Monty, Matty and Joseph who named their establishment The Ben Inn.

Mckenzii trying some jollof rice