Curriculum Termly Updates

SPRING TERM 2019

CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR UPDATE

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 programme, 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

CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR TERMLY UPDATE

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!

SUMMER TERM 2018
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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 topic and curriculum studies.

Once again one of the highlights for Y6 pupils was the 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 including a wonderful walk from Swanage to Corfe Castle where we saw the amazing Swanage Steam Train.  We also visited the 'Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary', where volunteers look after and re home unwanted pets of all descriptions.  We really enjoyed every minute especially seeing our school adopted pig  'Neville'.  We have updates on his progress regularly.

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 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst, where they made ‘Snail Bread’ and loaves shaped like flower pots.  It was great fun and they learnt so much about flour, yeast and how to make dough.  Thank you Mr Nicholson.

Sporting activities made up a large part of our summer term.  One favourite was our Annual Sports Day.  Parents, friends and families joined us for the action packed event.  We once again saw many personal bests, with great performances seen in all events - from the 'Go to bed' race, to skipping races and team events. Sporting trophies were presented at the end of the day, followed by a delicious strawberry tea for everyone.

The Autumn Term looks to be equally as fun packed and exciting, with our Whole School Sponsored Walks along the Downslink tracks and banks of the River Adur scheduled for the very start of the term as well as the Y5 Residential Visit to Swanage.  We also have the Christmas Production to plan for, everyone takes part in that too!

SPRING TERM 2018

CURRICULUM & EXTRA-CURRICULAR UPDATE

The weather throughout the Spring Term was once again more like winter than spring, with rain and winds being a feature throughout.  Everyone at Ashurst Primary School still managed to enjoy a WONDERFUL term, packed with exciting activities and events.

 

Some of the highlights included the annual ‘Ashurst CE Primary School Music Festival’.  All Ashurst pupils took part, with the audience singing and clapping along.  The event was truly amazing with inspirational music throughout.  

As part of the Y5 and Y6 topic, pupils studied ‘Reaching the Peaks’ with Mountain ranges  around the world being investigated. 

Y6 pupils took part in Bikeability training, held at the Towers Convent School and due to snow rescheduling finished at Jolesfield Primary School, organised by West Sussex County Council.  Everyone enjoyed it immensely; they learnt many valuable skills to help keep them safe on our local roads.

 

Y5 pupils took part in the Citizenship programme held at the Drill Hall in Horsham.  There were lively and fascinating workshops to help us understand what being a good citizen is all about, it covered many aspects of how we live today.  Our favourite workshops were ‘Stanger Danger’ with Sussex Police Force, the Cycle Safety workshop, Railway Safety, the Magistrates Court scenario – well ALL of them were our favourites!  It really was an exciting and packed morning of thought-provoking activities.

Pupils took part in Swimming Lessons at the Towers Convent School and Junior pupils enjoyed PE sessions at Dalesdown, including tag rugby training and hockey skills. 

Tag Rugby training came in very useful for our team of Y5 & Y6 pupils in March when they took part in the Horsham School Tag Rugby Tournament.  All games were very exciting and fast paced with many personal best tries’ being scored.

 

The Ashurst Chess Team have played magnificently and now look forward to the next round of the County Chess Competition at Copthorne Preparatory School.

 

Bumbles' Garden sadly was so wet AND under snow! for much of the spring term, that we couldn't get out to prepare the soil ready for spring planting.  We are really looking forward to catching up with digging & planting as soon as the nice weather arrives.

 

The term ended with Year 6 pupils re-enacting The Easter Story, for which the whole school walked down to St.James’ Church, stopping on route to sing hymns and listen to prayers, it was a perfect end to a very busy term.

Now on to the Summer Term and hopefully wonderful SUNNY WEATHER!