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Simon Says... Simon de Senlis Primary School Monday 20th July 2015 Welcome to our Newsletter Welcome 1 Forest School 1 French Day 1 African Workshops 2 Reception 2 Year 1 2 Year 2 2 Year 3 2 Year 4 3 Year 5 3 Year 6 3 Friends of SdS 4 Stars of the Week 5 Skype Call 5 Big Butterfly Count 5 Inside this issue: Hilldrop Road East Hunsbury Northampton NN4 0PH 01604 661011 firstname.lastname@example.org ‘Making a dent in the Universe’ Dear Parents and Carers As the Summer term draws to a close, so too does an eventful year at Simon de Senlis which has been full of excitement and great learning opportunities across the school. Last week’s ‘Enchanted Kingdom’ showcase was a great way for children to reflect on their achievements over the year and I was delighted that Neil Nightingale (BBC Earth’s Creative Director) left our school saying that he was inspired by the rich- ness and the quality of work across school. I am very proud of all that the children have achieved in school this year, whether on the sports field, the stage, the classroom or in areas of their personal development. I hope that the Summer brings you all an opportunity to rest and relax and we look forward to seeing you all in September for another exciting school year! With best wishes. Tom Rees Headteacher French Day! Forest School Year 1 have been learning about Aboriginal tribes and exploring the Australian outback and wilderness through their topic ‘Lets go backpacking’. They have learnt about how aboriginal teenagers would go on a long ‘walkabout’ by themselves in the Australian outback for as long as six months before they became men. As part of this walkabout they would create journey sticks, and attach items that reminded them of the places they had visited. Year 1 also went on their own walkabout around the woodland areas in East Hunsbury, to create their own journey sticks to tell the story of the walkabout. They worked together in groups and stopped at interesting points to add string, wool and natural items collected from the area to the journey sticks to help them remember where they had been and tell the story. Bonjour from Matilda Class! The children had a lovely day experiencing all things French! We were treated to a story from a French man called Cyrille, ate some delicious croissants, pain and jus d’orange in the French café. We played boules, heard the Very Hungry Caterpillar in French and finally learnt lots of songs and, the colours of the rainbow in French. What a magnifique day! Simon Says... Simon de Senlis Primary School We’ve had some very exciting workshop sessions to learn about Africa. Reception had an African drumming workshop where we learnt about the drums and how to drum a rhythm. We also learnt how to make the music tell a story with fast drumming for dancing, keeping a beat for foot steps and scratching the drum skin for birds flying. We had great fun racing each other playing a rhythm down lots of drums – even the grown ups were competi- tive! (See Russell the Explorer from the film ‘Up’ – aka Miss Birch in the photo). African Workshops Year One learned lots of different ways to play African drums. We enjoyed playing different rhythms and using different parts of our hands to make the drum sounds. We even got to sit on them to play. In singing assembly we loved learning this Ghananian echo and response song. It is called ‘Kye Kye Kule’. It is very similar to our ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ song. http://youtu.be/n6cdH1EB4FI Have a go at teaching the people at home the song. What a fun day! Year 1 Reception Year 2 We looked at lots pictures of Africa and where it was, we thought about things we already know and what we would like to find out! Then we had an amazing Nioko Bok West African Drums session. This was definitely a favourite part of the day, learning and playing all the different rhythms. Keba was fabulous getting us all involved and we even performed to parents at the end of day! Finally, the whole year group joined together to share a wonderful time making traditional African masks. These were created using albizia wooden masks from the Ivory Coast. We learnt all about the signifi- cance of the shape of the masks and what the different colours meant. Today we have had the expertise of Year 5 to help us with some African artwork. We looked at some African patterns and then copied it onto a square of paper. We put all our squares together to make our very own Elmer the elephant! Year 3 Simon Says... Simon de Senlis Primary School African Workshops Another great day learning about Africa and the fiery underworld realm. We started to think about creating a poem about the fiery underworld. The children generated some wow vocabulary which they then used to construct lines which formed a class poem. The children then attended the Africa workshops which the Year 5 children ran. They included; art, dance, cooking and Geography. They had a great time. Thank you to the year 5 children who shared their knowledge and expertise with us. Year 4 Immersion, Workshops and Alien Sands… SdS is One Enchanted Kingdom... Year 5 Year 5 have played a MASSIVE part in immersing the school in all things African this week as part of our Enchanted Kingdom project. Having spent all of last term studying various parts of Africa, Year 5 took on the role of experts, preparing and delivering a range of workshops across all year groups of the school. A HUGE well done, THEY were FANTASTIC. Year 6 and the ‘Enchanted Kingdom’ This magical kingdom is the continent of Africa. We will soon have explored many different countries within Africa: Cameroon, South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) Senegal, Sudan, Mali, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Togo, to name but a few! The students are focusing on their realm, the Frozen Spires and will showcase all of the vibrant things that go on in this realm. Year 6 Simon Says... Simon de Senlis Primary School Friends of Simon de Senlis The Friends of Simon de Senlis have been busy again this year and wanted to give you an update of how successful the fundraising has been. Summer Fete This year’s Summer Fete was another success with the sun shining and four outstanding performances by the Strictly dancers, Choir and African dancers. Mr Prosser ended up in the stocks and many children had fun throwing wet sponges resulting in one soaked teacher! The raffle, pint pots, bouncy castle, BBQ and tombolas proved ever successful. We raised an amazing £2,283! Thank you to everyone that helped set up and run stalls and those that came to support this fabulous event! School Disco DJ Wayne ran a fabulous disco for all the year groups who looked like they had a great time (and the teachers!) This event raised £424 ! Fun Night The children enjoyed watching a variety of films with their friends and stopping for a brief break to enjoy the popcorn. This event raised £424 . We also ran the ‘Smartie Tubes’ which again was very successful. We hope your children did some errands for you! This event raised £506 . Christmas Fayre raised £1,131 and we are hoping Father Christmas can call in again later this year! For the first time parents were able to purchase Christmas cards, mugs and tea towels with your child’s design on. This was very successful and raised £630 . We have raised £114 through the Easyfundraising website. This is a free and easy way to raise money for good causes such as schools simply by shopping online. Shop with over 2,700 top retailers who then donate a per- centage of what you have spent. The website is: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ causes/fosds We have supported the school at performances by selling refreshments which has raised £118 . As you are probably aware, the Friends is run by parents who volunteer their time and we are currently looking for a Chair and a Secretary. We need more volunteers to help run events, as little or as much time as you want to put in. Please contact us at email@example.com or via the school office if you are interested. Friends of Simon de Senlis We also have certain expenses we have to pay each year such as insurance, licences for events but luckily these are quite minimal. Our overall surplus for the academic year is a fantastic £10,059 . We could not have achieved this without your support! Simon Says... Simon de Senlis Primary School Stars of the Week Charlie Bulliman Freya Seymour Rodrigo Bistrovs Tinashe Muchapa Szebasztian Raki Inshaal Azhar Sarah Van-Rooyen Oliver Bevan Victoria Lorenzoni Isabella Xhika Jonathan Joseph Sarah Newman Amber Van Rooyen Henry Hunter Teigan Stojanovic George Beezhold Maisie Kingston-Wade Tobie Topham Tianna Davidson-Makin Jack Strong Ricards Bistrovs Jaylin Belt Blue Braidley James Kennett-Maughan Kristina Toromani Jack Medcraft Joe Watson Kimran Briah Oliver Civil Chloe Marks Esther Walsh Kian Shand Kian Brown Ayra Desai Cristina Rogojina James Pickering Maya Smith Jack Shand Cirran Kaur Issy-Mae Frost Gabriel Akande Sophie Hunt Light Adekoya Buddy Cohead Zak Dave Phebe Awoyemi Hannah Hilton Ryan Clennon Glen Pataki Ellis Millen Ali Tercan Nicanor Bivol Maisie Mayne Tilli Warren Arav Singh Christopher Pidgen Ellis Cowley Lili Mae Wright Sky Carter Glory Adekoya Jamie Millward Ash Dave Thomas Taylor Holly Crawford Om Canover Jamie Everitt Olivia Wrobel Millie Stevenson Charlie Long Ash Dave Olivier Worek Sophie Brennan Dan Thompson Johnny Fagasi Spencer Hicks Beau Muir David Medwid Cynthia Mwaura Isabella Tear Addison Wilkinson Michael Robins Saskia Head Naveen Briah Marcin Mlodzinski Sofia Reina Logan Murrell Natalie Dredge Tyler Fieldwick Jacob Hanwell Mihai Cecan Jack Minter Jake Mayne Louie Brennan Savannah Lucey Isobel Lambert Matthew Edwards Dan Thompson Children of Simon de Senlis being very curious learners and asking Myles Connelly some excellent questions in their exciting Skype chat with Myles Connolly, the producer of the ‘Enchanted Kingdom’, all the way from Arizona, in the United States! Enchanted Kingdom Skype Call The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 44,000 people took part in 2014, counting almost 560,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. Join in with big butterfly count 2015 this summer at www.bigbutterflycount.org Simon Says... Simon de Senlis Primary School Term Opens to pupils on the morning of: Closes at the end of the afternoon on: Term 1 (37 days) Thursday 3 September 2015 Friday 23 October 2015 Term 2 (34 days) Tuesday 3 November 2015 Friday 18 December 2015 Term 3 (29 days) Tuesday 5 January 2016 Friday 12 February 2016 Term 4 (24 days) Monday 22 February 2016 Thursday 24 March 2016 Term 5 (33 days) Tuesday 12 April 2016 Friday 27 May 2016 Term 6 (33 days) Monday 6 June 2016 Wednesday 20 July 2016 For the academic year 2015/16, there are 190 days + 5 training days Bank Holidays 25th and 28th December 2015 1st January 2016 25th and 28th March 2016 2nd May 2016 30th May 2016 29th August 2016 Teacher Training Days 1st September 2015 2nd September 2015 2nd November 2015 4th January 2016 11th April 2016 SCHOOL TERM DATES September 2015 to July 2016 Christmas cards, mugs and tea towels with your child’s design on. This was very successful and raised £630 . We have raised £114 through the Easyfundraising website. This is a free and easy way to raise money for good causes such as schools simply by shopping online. Shop with over 2,700 top retailers who then donate a per- centage of what you have spent. The website is: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ causes/fosds We have supported the school at performances by selling refreshments which has raised £118 . As you are probably aware, the Friends is run by parents who volunteer their time and we are currently looking for a Chair and a Secretary. We need more volunteers to help run events, as little or as much time as you want to put in. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the school office if you are interested. Friends of Simon de Senlis We also have cert