Year 2 had a wonderful day last Friday on our visit to Southend. We explored the Aquarium and were treated to an educational rock pool talk about starfish and crabs. The children, and the adults, certainly discovered some unusual facts! After the Aquarium we dived into our lunches. Next we had great fun playing on the beach with our buckets and spades. We even had time for an ice-cream, before we returned to school – tired but happy. It was a fantastic day and all the adults accompanying the children were impressed with their attitude and behaviour. The collage of Southend pictures will show just what a lovely time we had.
The Unfolding Spaces 2017/18 campaign has only recently been launched but the response has been great with parents getting behind the Sixth Form Centre at Mill Hill and the New Building at Belmont with its superb D&T and IT suites. For more information about the campaign and details of how you too can get involved please visit the Support Our Schools website.
Year 1 had a fabulous creative day at Ashridge Estate and took inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy by creating their own natural artwork using leaves, twigs, sticks, stones and petals.
This week all Grimsdell pupils took part in a Golf Workshop. The children had the opportunity to learn about gripping, ball position, stance and posture and were introduced to putting and chipping. Everyone had a fantastic time!
This week we were pleased to have a visit from some of the students from the MMHI. They had each chosen a story book which they had rehearsed reading and came into RC and RJ to read stories to the children. They also listened to some of the children read which the children took great delight in. Enjoy the pictures!
Grimsdell’s Toffee Bear Choir performed brilliantly at the Music For Youth Regional Festival, held at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 1st March. The children brought their energy and love of singing alive by singing three of their favourite songs which were sung in three different languages – Chinese, Welsh and English! They also enjoyed watching the other schools perform. At the end of the festival, we received excellent feedback from the mentors: “A superb and very well-rehearsed programme. Your use of multiple languages is a really distinctive part of your choir. You managed to capture the unique style of the traditional songs and produced a strong, powerful and full bodied sound. Very effective and great use of dynamics. Your wonderful movement also helps to bring your performance to life! We have truly enjoyed your performance”. Well done Toffee Bear Choir!
On Wednesday 8th March, six schools – UCS Pre-Prep, Golders Hill, Aldenham, Highgate, St. Vincent’s and Lyonsdown – took part in our Infant Singing Festival, which we hosted at Belmont. We sang three songs together and each choir then performed one song of their choice. We were very honoured that Dominic Peckham, a choral conductor from The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, attended our festival. Dominic led a wonderful workshop ‘Ready, Steady, Sing’. All the children had a fantastic time. It was wonderful to share our singing experiences with other schools, thus bringing our community together.
The Reception children’s brilliant performance of ‘The Chocolate Shop’ took place near the end of last term. This allegorical tale is a winning combination for Easter – a story that’s all chocolate, with a message of forgiveness. The children sang six songs and each child acted beautifully.
Thank you children, parents and staff for your enthusiasm and support in making Book Week such a success! The school was alive and buzzing! Here are some of the highlights:
Teacher Run, Book Clues Competition, Book Swap Shop, Buddy Reading and Show & Tell, Mystery Readers, Storyteller Visit (Kevin Graal) and a visit from the Mount, Mill Hill International pupils re-enacting the story of ‘Room on a Broom’ and culminating in our Book Character Catwalk parade!
On Monday 6th March Nursery had a delivery of 6 duck eggs. After waiting very patiently all week the ducklings started to hatch. The children learnt how to care for a living animal and began to find out about life cycles. The children observed the changes that took place over the 2 weeks and were introduced to lots of new vocabulary which will help to extend their understanding of the world. We had an exciting 2 weeks with ducklings. Now they have gone back to the farm in Norfolk.
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.