Calshot 2018 – Day 1

Hello everyone from a sunny but blustery Calshot. After leaving school at about 9.25am, we had an uneventful journey reaching Calshot at 10.40am. The children dropped off their bags in their rooms before meeting their group leaders and having a tour of the site. There was then a quick fire drill before we went to lunch. Most people went for the beefburger and potato croquettes option.

Our afternoon activities began at 1.45 pm. Groups 1 & 2 went kayaking and had a lot of fun although some of the children seemed to enjoy collecting seaweed almost as much as the kayaking itself. Groups 3 & 4 had a great time sailing – an honourable mention to Bradley Downing who leapt out of his boat to help another pupil who had capsized. Group 5 spent some time on the dry ski slope with their first ski session before moving on to cycling skills. A number of the pupils loved the velodrome and wanted to go as fast as they could. Group 6 also had a ski session before developing their teamwork skills on the initiative test. Finally, Group 7 enjoyed the challenge of trying to reach the top of the climbing wall after cycling earlier in the afternoon.

Dinner was a choice of cottage pie or macaroni cheese before the children headed down to the Schneider Hanger for Rushing Rockets (Groups 1 – 4) or Games (Groups 5 – 7). Everybody seems to have settled in well and are having lots of fun. More news tomorrow night!

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Installing a wildlife camera at Liss

Warm greetings to all our friends in  Kafuro, other Ugandan schools and our colleagues in the UK. This week, two of our pupils have been working with Geof, a volunteer helper at the school, to construct and install a wildlife camera in our nature area.

It took Jake and Oscar about 90 minutes to build the camera from a kit under Geof’s supervision.  After they finished, they installed the camera low on a tree in the nature area. The camera has a heat sensor which reacts to the proximity of animals (or indeed humans) and takes photos. As you can see from one of the photos below, we have an active badger sett in our nature area and the camera caught a glimpse of a badger walking through the long grass. Many thanks to Geof for all the time and effort guiding the boys and helping out the school.

In other news, we now have a colony of bees again, and we didn’t have to go and pick up a swarm. Yesterday, Mr Stanley noticed bees flying in and out of our Number 1 hive, and when he checked again this morning the numbers had greatly increased. It seems as if  a swarm of bees were looking for a home and found our hive. Happy Days!

We will keep you informed as to how the bees are settling in during the next couple of weeks.

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Ugandan-style food tasting

For our Year 6 DT project this term, the children will be designing, making and eating a Ugandan-style  meal. The children have already carried out some research on the internet about popular Ugandan foods, but today Mr Stanley prepared some Ugandan food for the children to taste. The food included:

Roast potatoes – In Uganda these are known as Irish potatoes

Sweet potatoes – some of our Ugandan friends refer to them as sweat potatoes

Beef muchomo – pieces of beef marinated in oil, garlic and mild curry powder grilled to perfection.

Plantain chips – Green banana chips lightly salted.

Salad – red onion, carrot & cabbage

Chapatti – made from flour, water with a tiny pinch of salt.

Katchembali – another salad with tomato, green pepper, onion and chilli.

The children took the opportunity to taste all the foods. They then had to complete an evaluation form giving each food a mark out of ten and explaining why they awarded the mark. Next, the children will have to design their own Ugandan plate of food covering the major food groups.

We would like to ask our Ugandan friends what British food would they like to eat?

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Work for Snow Day Closure

The following work is to be completed during the Snow Day on Thursday.

Education City: There are six exercises. Choose four to complete (two maths and two English comprehensions)

English: read the poem Snow by Walter de la Mare below. Write your own snow poem in this style (De la Mare uses an ABCB rhyming pattern) or a style of your own.

No breath of wind,
No gleam of sun –
Still the white snow
Whirls softly down
Twig and bough
And blade and thorn
All in an icy
Quiet, forlorn.
Whispering, rustling,
Through the air
On still and stone,
Roof, – everywhere,
It heaps its powdery
Crystal flakes,
Of every tree
A mountain makes;
‘Til pale and faint
At shut of day
Stoops from the West
One wint’ry ray,
And, feathered in fire
Where ghosts the moon,
A robin shrills
His lonely tune.


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Uganda Travel Guides

In geography we have coninued our studies of Uganda. We havebeen looking at photos of rural and urban Uganda and also watched the film, Queen of Katwe, with a focus on identifying what life in Kampala might be like.

The children then wrote travel guides based on these evidence sources. We would like to know what our Ugandan friends think of our guides.


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Persuasive speeches from The Island

In English, we have been studying Armin Greder’s novel, The Island, about the problems a stranger causes a community when he washes up on their shore. We decided that we would write a speech given to the rest of the villagers by the fisherman, who thinks that the stranger should be allowed to stay. The fisherman is a complex character and the insinuation is that although he has a conscience, he doesn’t feel that the stranger should have the same  rights as the rest of the islanders.

Here are some examples of the children’s speeches:


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Sam B

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Alex C

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Jack G

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Jasmine E

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Jessica E

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