Curriculum Termly Updates

SUMMER TERM 2017
CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR UPDATE

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 Y5 and Y6 pupils was their Residential Trip to Swanage in Dorset.

‘We travelled 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 – from walks from Swanage to Corfe Castle and a ride on the Swanage Steam Train to a visit to the 'Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary', where volunteers look after and rehome unwanted pets of all descriptions – including some amazing pigs!  We really enjoyed every minute.  The weather really wasn’t too good this year with rain most days but it didn’t spoil our enjoyment at all – it’s such an amazing area to visit.

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’.

Y1 & Y2 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Arundel Castle. They toured the grounds and castle building seeing just what life was like in the days when the castle was first built. The Grand Banqueting Hall, Dungeons and the Castle Keep were real favourites.  More highlights include being able to try on some of the armour and costumes , as well as a visit to the beautiful Castle Gardens where if you search carefully you can find a secret crown held up by a water fountain – it’s magical and well worth a visit.

Y3 and Y4 pupils travelled to the fascinating Brighton Museum where they took part in an excellent workshop about the Ancient Egyptians, they even prepared a body for mummification (not a real one you’ll be pleased to hear!).  The Museum houses an intriguing collection of Egyptian Artefacts.  It was a truly inspiring visit and one that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Summer Term is packed with sporting activities from rounders and cricket tournaments, to our own Sports Day which is 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 excitement of the races sporting and chess trophies were presented followed by a delicious summer tea…  The perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

The plans for the Autumn Term 2017 look equally exciting starting with our Whole School Sponsored Walks taking place along the Downslink and banks of the River Adur.  These along with other events will be followed by the Year 5 visit to Swanage and of course the announcement of this year’s Christmas Production!  We are all looking forward to the term immensely.