Curriculum Termly Updates

 SUMMER TERM 2020

CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR UPDATE

What a strange ‘term’ it was! School was open throughout the ‘Lock Down’ for many pupils and we kept in touch regularly with all of our pupils not able to be in school, but we missed seeing them dearly.

For the pupils who did join us throughout, Art became a key feature of making sense of things going on in the World around us. We are proud to include pictures of our ‘Lock Down’ gallery on the Home Page of our website.

With the weather luckily being so wonderful we spent a LOT of time outside enjoying our countryside surroundings and the freedom of play on the field daily.

 

 SPRING TERM 2020

CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR UPDATE

Everyone enjoyed the first half of Spring Term 2020, according to the many comments at ‘Open Afternoon’ on Monday, 10th February, and in the completed Parents’ Comment Forms school received thereafter. Little did we know just how much life was going to change for us all in the coming months! As we write this everyone at Ashurst CE Aided Primary School is hoping and praying that all are well and by now settling into what seems to be a very different world. We remain, as ever, thankful for all that we have and are able to enjoy within our school community.

During the first part of the Spring Term in February, Y3&Y4 pupils visited Amberley Museum as part of their work on electricity. It was a wonderful visit in spite of the torrential rain that fell throughout the day! Have a look at photographs on the right-hand side. What a fascinating place it is – with so much to see across the site. We even enjoyed a train ride up the steep chalky Southdown’s hillside to view the wonders of a range of electrical and industrial equipment and machinery that spanned a number of years through history. We particularly enjoyed exploring static electricity with the help of our guide.

All pupils took part in ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday 5th March 2020, they came dressed as their favourite characters from a book. Dennis the Menace, a friendly fox, fairies, princesses, knights and even Harry Potter all featured. Staff joined in the fun too! Y6 pupils had a wonderful visit to Arundel Cathedral where they spent time studying the Stations of the Cross and marvelling at the stained glass windows, whilst enjoying the peacefulness and tranquillity of their surroundings. All pupils enjoyed the Art Week where we designed and made our own gardens on a tray. We particularly focussed on ‘Grow your own’ as a theme and there were many fascinating vegetable gardens planned and created. We were looking forward to planting seeds in our own school garden ‘Bumbles’, (garden space kindly lent by Governor Mrs Garnett’ and Mrs Fischel), but it was not to be this year, maybe next instead. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions many planned activities for Spring including Y6 Bikeability, Y5 Citizenship, Music Festivals, the County Chess Championships, Inter-schools’ sports matches and Masterclasses at the Grammar School all sadly had to be put on hold. We are ever optimistic that Summer Term will be in school and enjoyed by all as always.