Over the last couple of weeks Year 6 have been working with East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership and South Western Railway to prepare for rail travel as they move on to secondary school and increasingly have more independence with their leisure time. The first session was classroom based where the children explored train timetables, how to buy a ticket, safety on the railway and what to do in the case of emergencies. The children asked lots of questions and listened really carefully to all the information given.
Today was a more practical session where Year 6 met Mark and Andy from South Western Railway to take a train journey from Liss to Liphook and from there walk to Bohunt School before getting the return train back to Liss. The children had to simulate buying a ticket, find information about train times, and answer questions about rail safety and things you could find at the station, before boarding the train.
After walking to Bohunt and making the return journey, the children felt far more confident about traveling independently and gave good answers when questioned on what they had learned over the two sessions.
We would all like to thank Lucy, Mark and Andy who made these sessions possible and provided such a quality learning experience for the Year 6 pupils.
Sorry for the relative lateness of this post – yesterday was very busy and there are a lot of very tired children and staff!
Yesterday at Calshot started with another room inspection. Again, the results were very good. A full English breakfast followed for those who wanted it before teh morning activities began. This involved shooting, skiing, climbing, orienteering and initiative tests. Once again the children impressed and Mr Frost said that Group 4 carried out the best initiative test that he had ever seen at Calshot.
Lunch was chicken wraps or pasties before another afternoon of kayaking or sailing. The weather was extremely changeable during the session, but the Caklsot staff adapeted the teaching brilliantly and all the children had a great experience.
Dinner was a chicken or vegetable curry and then the children went on to rushing rockets or team games where they learnt a new version of dodgeball.
It was a very quiet Mitchell House last night as everyone got some much needed sleep.
Our first full day at Calshot and what a busy day it has been. The children got up at 7.15am and soon after Mr Parrott began room inspections. This may surprise some parents, but the all round standard of tidy bedrooms was very good – we’ll post some photos tomorrow.
At 8.00am, we all went down to the canteen. A full English breakfast was available and the children loaded up in anticipation of a busy morning. Activities this morning included shooting, archery, cycling, orienteering and climbing.
Lunch was choice of pizza or hotdogs before the children spent the afternoon on the water, either sailing or kayaking.
Dinner tonight was roast beef (and a birthday celebration) before the children split into two groups for either a games evening or egg drop. There was a lot of tired children by the end of today, so there will be no problem sleeping.
Tomorrow promises another full day with the weather improving further, so we’re looking forward to another day of fun and learning.
Greetings to everyone from a rather soggy Calshot. This has not stopped the group from having a brilliant time today as the photos below testify.
We arrived at about 10.35am and , after unpacking, the children quickly had site orientation before lunch: a choice of Hambyrgers and chips or Spag Bol. We were quickly into the afternoon’s activities which involved shooting, archery, initiative tests, skiing or climbing depending on which group you were in. Everybody reported having a good experience – the skiing was particularly popular with the children displaying some impressive skills.
Dinner was at 6.05 – a choice of macaroni cheese or paella. From there it was a circle time to catch up on th eday before going to rushing rockets or egg drop, which are still going on as I type. The poor weather hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm or excitement and we’re looking forward to another busy day tomorrow.
In April, we reported that Rowan Class had planted our own tomato seeds ahead of School Grounds Day. Since then, our tomato seeds have been steadily growing in our greenhouse and Mr Stanley has placed them in bigger pots. We hope to have some tomatoes by the end of August/beginning of September so we can create our own pizza sauce. This is what Kafuro Primary School do with some of their tomatoes when UK teachers have visited.
The Liss tomato plants
Congratulations to all Year 6 pupils for their fantastic fundraising efforts on a wonderful Charity Day. This year’s nominated charity was Junior Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and the children ran a variety of fantastic stalls that have raised an initial total of £760. As usual, children from Years 2 – 6 attended as well as some of the parents – a first for Liss at this event.
With the sun shining, our Year 6 put on an amazing show. Thank you for all your hard work. Some of the photos from the day are shown below.