Curriculum Termly Updates

AUTUMN TERM 2019

CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR TERMLY UPDATE

The Autumn Term started with our Annual Sponsored Walks that took us along the banks of the River Adur from Shoreham Airport alongside the river on the meandering paths, across the old Tollbridge to St. Nicholas’ Church and back.   Each walk was blessed with wonderful weather and with the sun shining upon us we took in  the sights and sounds of the glorious Southdowns scenery along our route. From the scurrying business of the airport, with small aircraft buzzing busily in and out, to the chatter of the trains passing along the track above the road, the sound of the gravel along the sun drenched paths with the River Adur swooshing along beside us,  to the serenity of St. Nicholas’ Church where we settled to enjoy our well-earned picnics, each and every one of us thoroughly enjoyed our walks.

Throughout the term we also enjoyed sporting activities including an exciting football tournament played against other schools in the locality, swimming sessions held at The Towers Convent School and PE sessions at Dalesdown Christian Centre Sports Hall.  We also competed successfully in the first round of the County Chess competition, we now go on to Round 2 in group 2!    

One of our favourite Music activities was taking part, along with other locality schools in producing a ‘Song for Archie’.  Our Year 5/6 pupils, led by Emily Barden from West Sussex Music, helped create a beautiful composition which represents a musical gift for Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Infant pupils have been busy making model houses for their “Great Fire of London scene, they have all been enjoying learning about how to keep themselves safe in the event of a fire and what to do in an emergency.

Y3&Y4 pupils have been studying the Maya civilisation and have created some wonderful masks and weaving as part of their studies.  This year’s Remembrance Assembly was led by the pupils in Year 3&4, they portrayed the very moving story of evacuee children to local invited guests, some of whom have been a part of that experience themselves. The school flutists played beautifully as part of the tribute and local resident Mr Timms played the ‘Last Post’ on his Bugle, a poignant and moving experience for all.   

Year 5&6 pupils have been busy learning about the Ancient Greeks and finding out all about Homer and the Iliad, part of their studies included creating their own paper mâché masks.  Great  fun!

To celebrate Christingle local ladies from the village came in to help pupils make their very our own Christingles, this was followed by a special service with Father Mark, what a special occasion for us all.

At the end of the Autumn term Year 5 & 6 pupils led the rest of the school in a wonderful Christmas Production - ‘Readings & Carols for Christmas’.  The event was played to packed audiences and included  a Matinee and an evening performance.  With wonderful carol singing, Christmas readings, flute playing and dance the magical event put everyone in the festive mood.

The Infants performed  the story of ‘The Nativity’ for pupils, parents and friends, it was an absolute treat to watch, with wonderful acting and singing throughout.  The applause from the audience raised the roof!

Everyone joined in the Christmas Lunch and the Christmas Party in the last week of term.  There was even a visit from Father Christmas!

Following all of the exciting events throughout the Autumn Term, Ashurst CE Primary School ended the term with the Y5 & Y6 pupils’ very popular ‘Christmas Bazaar’ which was packed with fun activities, Christmas Games and Christmas Gifts to buy, the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping!.  The final event enjoyed by us all was the now annual Talent Show.   What a busy but fun Autumn Term!  We are now looking forward to the new Spring Term 2020.

 

SUMMER TERM 2019

 

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The Summer Term at Ashurst CE Primary School was as exciting and fun-packed as ever.   It was filled with sporting activities, musical performances and of course lots of fascinating topics and curriculum studies.

One of the highlights for Y6 pupils was their Residential Trip to Swanage in Dorset.

‘We traveled by minibus, stopping for a picnic and first go at sandcastle building en route.  Our base was the Sandhaven Guest House, we soon settled in to its cosy surroundings before setting off on our first adventures.  Every day was packed with activities – such as a wonderfully scenic walk from Swanage to Corfe Castle and a visit to the 'Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary', where volunteers look after and re home unwanted pets of all descriptions – including some amazing pigs ‘Apple’ & ‘Neville’!  We really enjoyed every minute.  The weather was excellent which added to our enjoyment.

At Worth Matravers we carried out a 'village study', that was a real favourite (especially the famous ice cream shop study!). This year we also went to the Arne Nature Reserve, a fascinating place and well worth a visit, if you click the link for Arne you can see views from the live webcam at the centre.  Wildlife at Arne includes large herds of deer which can be seen at close hand on the grassy open areas.  Coastal  and inland birds can be viewed from special bird hides along the tracks.  Unusual and rare butterflies, lizards and even adders can be found if you look very carefully.  Our week in Swanage finally came to an end, we had packed so much into each day.  We had lunch at Studland Beach, followed by a last sand castle competition, before making our way home.  What a brilliant week it was, we highly recommend that you go there one day’.

Also in the summer term Y5 & Y6 enjoyed a memorable visit to Tangmere Aviation Museum near Chichester.  The airfield at Tangmere played a hugely important part in helping to defend the country throughout WW2. Displays included information about the many brave pilots and crews stationed there, as well as how life was for civilians when Anderson shelters, Morrison shelters and gas masks were so much a part of daily life.  Nearby Tangmere Cottage played host to many a secret mission and location for war strategy planning.

Iconic airplanes from that wartime era can be seen at the Museum, including the now famous Spitfire and Hurricane, both instrumental in the successful outcome of the war for Great Britain.  We even had the opportunity to become ‘pilots’ using the lifelike onsite simulators, what an experience!

The Museum is packed with interesting artifacts and displays charting the history of Tangmere’s importance throughout WW2 and beyond.  We all want to go back for another visit!

Y3 and Y4 pupils visited St. Mary’s House at Bramber as part of their studies.  The house with its origins dating from Tudor times is still a family home and is only open to the public at certain times.  We were fortunate enough to be shown around by one of its owners. It holds some fascinating secrets throughout, including secret doors to remarkable rooms you would never know were there!  Much of the furniture and household items date from Tudor times, so it is like stepping back in time and experiencing for yourself life in that era.  There are so many fascinating artifacts, each with a story to tell, we feel privileged to have been able to visit, and have learnt so much from the experience.  Please do visit the St.Mary’s House website to find out when you can visit – we highly recommend it.

Y1 & Y2 pupils thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Wakehurst Place. The day started by looking carefully at a variety of seeds - including the largest variety of seed in the world (Coco De Mer) and the smallest ones (the orchid). Microscopes were used to give an amazing insight into the world of seeds. 

A ‘Potting Shed’ workshop followed, where we carefully planted seeds to bring back to school. After a picnic lunch and walk in the grounds we took part in a ‘Story Stick’ activity.  We gathered lots of interesting leaves, feathers, seed pods and a host of other interesting items and attached them to our sticks, all a reminder of the brilliant day we had enjoyed.

Our Summer Term was packed with sporting activities from rounders and cricket, to swimming at The Towers Convent School and of course our own Sports Day, held in glorious weather and always a favourite for pupils, parents and friends.  As always it was an action packed event with many personal bests and lots of team spirit shown throughout.   From the infants’ ‘Go to bed' race, to skipping races and team tunnel ball events, everyone enjoyed the day. At the end of the races  awards were presented for both sporting and chess excellence, all followed by a delicious summer tea… the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

The plans for the Autumn Term 2019 look equally exciting starting with our Whole School Sponsored Walks along the nearby Downslink and the banks of the River Adur.  These, along with other events will be followed by the announcement of this year’s Christmas Production!  We are all looking forward to the term immensely.

 SPRING TERM 2019

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The Spring Term at Ashurst Primary School was once again busy and enjoyable.  One of the many highlights was the Annual Ashurst Primary Music Festival.  This very popular event played to a packed audience all of whom clapped and sang along to every song.  Performances included each and every year group, from YR to Y6 pupils, the finale included the whole audience joining in a popular Abba song - including the dance moves!

Y5 & Y6 pupils studied the 1960’s and in particular the Moon landing.  As part of their studies a visit to the Southdown’s Planetarium was arranged.  What an inspirational place!  Everyone came back to school determined to become Astronauts in the future (that included the teachers!).

We have so many local people who inspire us, in this instance it was fascinating to learn about the famous Astrologer Patrick Moore, who lived and worked at Selsey.  The Planetarium displays much of his work and even a waxwork model of the great man himself.  Another famous local person is the truly inspirational Tim Peake, who grew up in Chichester and was himself inspired by the Southdown’s Planetarium, and of course became the now world famous astronaut that he is!  We all learnt so much from the visit; this then inspired our Project work.   With work completed as part of our homework topic, the school was filled with ‘Space’ booklets, posters, leaflets, games, papier-mâché 'Planet Systems' and even a home-made ‘Planet Cake’!  What a fascinating term it has been.

Y6 pupils took part in Bikeability training, this year held at Jolesfield Primary School and organised by West Sussex County Council.  Several days of tuition concluded with ALL of our Y6 pupils proudly passing their Level 2 tests.  Well done Everyone!  

Y5 pupils took part in the Citizenship program, held annually at the Drill Hall in Horsham.  Once again challenging and lively scenarios were presented to help us understand what is involved in being a ‘good’ citizen.  The workshops covered many aspects of how we live today.  Our favourites were ‘Stanger Danger’ with Sussex Police Force, the ‘Cycle Safety’ workshop, ‘Railway Safety’ and West Sussex Fire Brigade – well ALL of them were our favourites!  It really was an exciting and packed afternoon of thought-provoking activities.

Pupils took part in  Gymnastics sessions at Henfield Leisure Centre which included trampolining, vaulting and beam work.  Groups also went to The Towers Convent School for Swimming Lessons, as well as enjoying PE sessions on the Recreation Ground field.  Junior teams had great fun taking part in the inter-schools Tag Rugby Tournament held at Horsham Tag Rugby Club, where they came second in their group; as well as a football tournament Ashurst v Coldwaltham & Amberley - with a 16:0 victory to Ashurst!  All games were very exciting and fast paced with many ‘personal bests’ throughout!

The Ashurst Chess Team thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the County Chess Competition at London Meed school, with challenging and thought provoking matches and a again ‘personal bests’ throughout.

The term ended with the wonderful much acclaimed ‘Ashurst CE Aided Primary School Spring Term Art Exhibition’, held in Ashurst Village Hall, in aid of The Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2019, with members of the public, friends and family invited.   

Inspired by daffodils, pupils set about creating their own artistic images using a range of different mediums including printing and embroidery.  Designs were carefully crafted into repeating patterns and final items were beautifully displayed in Ashurst Village Hall for all to see – a visual array of paintings and textiles all celebrating the daffodil, also known as the ‘Lent Lily’ – a symbol of rebirth, of new beginnings, synonymous with SPRING. 

We have very much enjoyed the Spring Term at Ashurst Primary School, now we all look forward to the lovely long summer days and a Summer Term packed with exciting activities and learning.

 

AUTUMN TERM 2018

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The Autumn Term was filled with activities and events starting out with the Annual Sponsored Walks along the banks of the River Adur from Shoreham to Bramber and back. Always a joy to take part in – not only do we learn about our local environment and the picturesque Adur Valley, but we also see many native animals & birds and meet fascinating people along the way.  The countryside and river valley sights and sounds are truly inspiring and, as always the walks were much enjoyed by the whole school.  Seeing the local farms and crops along the route made Harvest Festival, held at St.James’ Church, Ashurst, seem even more poignant.

Following this, Y5 pupils travelled down to Swanage for the Y5 Residential Visit, what an amazing time they had.  Visits to the Arne Nature Reserve, walks to Corfe Castle, rock pooling at Kimmeridge Bay and a ride on the Swanage Steam Train were all part of the week’s adventures.

Later in the term Y5 & Y6 enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester.   Learning how Saxon people lived in Britain, and how housing changed and developed through to Tudor times, we were able to imagine just what life was like for people who lived during those eras. We were able to spend time exploring the grounds throughout the day and as we walked along a leafy woodland path we came across a memorial bench to one of the Museum’s founders – Mr David Russell, who was also once a Governor at Ashurst Primary School – it was a moment for us to treasure, with fond memories of the unique and wonderful person he was.

Another highlight of the term was our ‘Art Exhibition’ held in Ashurst Village Hall.  The whole school worked on paintings and collages of Poppies to help commemorate the British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Members of the public, local Counsellors, friends and family then came along to view the results.  It was a truly wonderful occasion, enjoyed by all, we even featured in the local County Times newspaper!

We also enjoyed sporting activities including an exciting football tournament at Henfield Primary School, played against other schools in the locality, and competed successfully in the first round of the County Chess competition!

At the end of the Autumn term the whole school took part in the Christmas Production of ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.  Playing to packed audiences, Y6 pupils took the leading parts; all pupils enjoyed taking part including the new Year Reception pupils who played goats and cows.

The term finally came to an end with the Christingle Service held at St. James’s Church, the Christmas Party, and, another wonderfully memorable event – the Infants’ Nativity Story, this year held in Ashurst Village Hall.  What a busy but enjoyable term!