All children in Early Years took part in a Street Dance workshop this week. They have been twisting, turning and shaking their bodies whilst having loads of fun! Dance is a great way to build invaluable social skills. Much more importantly however, it is an opportunity to teach children the importance of being part of something larger than themselves. Dancers learn to take turns, to share attention, and to cooperate with others as they work within a group.
This term all children in Early Years took part in a Yoga Workshop. Yoga is an excellent tool to improve concentration, develop communication and increase strength and creativity. The pupils had great fun exploring new postures through movement stories incorporating music.
Class 2Y were lucky to be visited by parents.
Dr Sengupta kindly visited the class and talked about the importance of dental health and hygiene. He brought with him a model of a set of teeth and the pupils especially enjoyed being shown how to brush the teeth properly!
Mr Seem and Ms Newton also visited the class to talk about India. The pupils were shown a map of India, a beautiful sari and various Indian handicrafts. The girls were very excited to wear bindis.
Thank you very much parents!
Year 2 Young Voices Choir had a fantastic experience at the O2 arena on Monday 16th January. They sang beautifully with 8000 children at the largest school choir in the world. It was a once in a lifetime experience for our children. We were the youngest choir in the group with plenty of energy and passion throughout the whole day. We are very proud of you! Well done!
Today in PSHEE, Year 1 had special visitors – Policewoman Charlene and Policeman Dan, who came to talk about keeping safe in the Community. They talked about keeping safe around the roads, in cars and when in the local community.
The children learnt about ‘The Magic 4’ – four groups of people that keep us safe- family, police in uniform, teachers and friends.
Finally the children learnt about Strangers and what to do if approached by someone they don’t know. Can they tell you what to do?? What number must they call?
The children were lucky enough to try on some pieces of police uniform which they loved! Even Mrs Barnett was handcuffed but luckily she wasn’t arrested!! Thank you Policewoman Charlene and Policeman Dan.
Trampolining is a great way to develop skills and the sport is widely recognised as a training tool for many other gymnastic disciplines and sports such as diving and skating. All pupils in KS1 had the opportunity to learn the basics of trampolining including jumps, twists and landings and how to stop safely in a well-balanced position. Well done to everybody for behaving beautifully and for trying really hard to master the art of trampolining!
The pupils took advantage of the snow conditions and had great fun playing with the snow.
1N walked to Pizza Express at Mill Hill Broadway and experienced designing and creating their own pizzas, which most later enjoyed eating. Yum, yum, yum!
All the children were absolutely marvellous in our first ever Grimsdell whole school Christmas Nativity Play – ‘A Miracle in Town’! All pupils performed beautifully in the show:
There was a magical moment during the play, when all the children lit up their glow sticks and sang together.
Well done everyone!
2Y walked to a local post box and were very excited to post the letters they had written to Father Christmas!
Children in Early Years transported themselves to the fascinating rhythms of Africa. African Dance is an exhilarating introduction to dance. Full of up-tempo foot movement to the sounds of African drums, this dance combines unusual but alluring hand patterns and clapping.
All pupils had a groovy time!
Congratulations to the winners of the Geography Competition 2016!
Krumping is a form of street dance popularized in the United States that is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. It’s a freestyle dance form that is intense, full-bodied, fast-paced and adrenaline-driven. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the Krumping workshops!
The children in the Nursery brought their favourite bears into school on Friday and made their own sandwiches for a Teddy Bears Picnic. They also went on a bear hunt!
On Thursday, Years 1 and 2 took part in powerful Mental Health/Emotional workshops conducted by Perform for schools. Each class spent time with leader Hannah learning how to deal with feelings, improve mental health and learn why they are special. This was performed through a series of dramatic exercises, teaching the children to:
The children learnt lots of ways to deal with feelings and useful strategies. They had lots of fun!!
The children loved making journey sticks and building dens. They were very excited as they explored Belmont Woods and spent time enjoying the wonderful space.
It was a wonderful afternoon – thank you Year 2!
Year 1 and Year 2 performed their end of year shows brilliantly. They all sang, danced and acted beautifully and confidently. Our violin, cello, keyboard and choir clubs also worked hard throughout the whole term. They were marvellous at the end of year 2 productions.
All three Year 2 classes have had their first experience of Forest School this year. We had a wonderful walk and on our way we found a stick. When we arrived at Forest School the children were asked to make something with their stick. Some chose to work in groups while others persevered independently. All had a super first experience and we are looking forward to a fabulous year in the forest.
The children had a super time at Belmont Sports on Thursday. They all showed great resilience and determination (see photo of the week below), with many demonstrating a Growth Mind Set and terrific sportsmanship. These photos give you a snapshot of what they achieved this week.
Congratulations to all those pupils that participated in LAMDA club last term. Everyone gained their LAMDA Introductory Examinations certificates. Well done!
Another energetic year at Grimsdell ended with a fantastic Sports Day for EVERYONE! Children, staff and parents alike all enjoyed a fantastic morning of performances and sports, followed by an afternoon full of activities. Well done everyone!
Meg the Golden Retriever, who belonged to our former Head Mrs Bennett-Mills, came to school every day for 11 years. Sadly Meg passed away in 2006 but she is still fondly remembered with a bronze statue on the main lawn. The sculpture was presented to the school by Mr Paul Jessup, who was one of our parents at the time.