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School Journalists
 
Some of our talented children have begun to write in the village magazine.
Here are our monthly news reports. Head to Ros's shop for your copy of the magazine!

September 2021

 

Sailing... kayaking... and paddle boarding... much fun to be had!

This week children in Spiders Class went out on the water by the boat house. The first group went on Tuesday, the second group on Wednesday, and the third group on Thursday. The weather varied greatly – the weather was not great on my day  -  but every group had a brilliant time. On the boats, we pulled ropes; some of us hit the bank on the kayaks; and we all improved our skills on the water. Afterwards, we had hot chocolate, to warm us up.

 

Elsa. Year 6.

October 2021

 

Konichiwa!

That is what we all said to each other on Japan Day this week.

We got to dress up and we did so much! We tried Japanese writing with Japanese ink and rice paper. We made origami cranes and they looked epic. [They were tricky]. In Y5/6 we practiced colour mixing and painted in response to Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’. Other classes painted cherry blossoms. We learned facts about Japan and wrote haiku. Children in Reception class recreated the eruption of Mount Fuji! The day was epic. Did you know that there are 6,853 islands in the Japan archipelago?

 

Jemima, Year 5.

July 2021
 
Unfortunately this will be our last newspaper report, but we have budding year 5's ready to take our places.
 
2021 and 2020 have been strange years; we have had lockdown, covid-19 and home schooling, but that hasn't put a stop to our learning! Throughout Maths, English, Science, RE, PE, PSHE (Physical, Social, Health Education) and more we have all learnt new things and helped one another achieve.
 
Our main topic this term is crabbing as over the summer holidays more and more tourists will be buying, using and throwing away crabbing lines. We spoke to Chris Thomas, founder of 365 Swim Challenge to ask him what he thought about the situation. Chris has set up a scheme in which once you have finished with a crabbing line you can put it into one of their purpose built recycling bins. The lines will then be shipped to a company in Denmark who make them into kayaks!
Studies have shown that crabs do have feelings and their welfare is important, so here are Chris' top tips to keep the crabs happy!
 
1. Use eco-friendly lines or don't crab at all!
2. Keep 3 crabs in a bucket at the absolute most.
3. Re-use the lines you already have and recycle them once you have finished.
4. Make sure you have plenty of seaweed and rocks for them to hide under.
5. Change the water every few minutes, otherwise the water de-oxygenises which is like someone taking away the air we breath.
 
We really hope that these tips have educated you on the welfare of crabs and importance of keeping them safe.
 
You can buy eco crab lines at Roz's shop!
 
November 2020
 
This month Lucy has written about our sporting success!
 

Hello, my name is Lucy and I am 10 years old. I will be writing an article every month to contribute to the Stoke Gabriel news. This month we will be kicking off with news from the Stoke Gabriel Frisbee Tournament.

At the end of October, the children headed onto the field and took part in a virtual competition to see which school in the Academy would win. We had 3 minutes to try and score as many points as possible by throwing the frisbee at either the 5 point, 10, point or 15 point cone. It was a very close draw indeed, but we managed to win with a whopping 525 points, just 30 points ahead of Landscove Primary School!

To prevent you from feeling left out if you are self-isolating or shielding or just want something to do why not have your own go at frisbee. First, you need a frisbee, they need to be sturdy but light. Then you need some markers to put on the ground to mark the distance of each throw. When you throw the frisbee you need to make sure that it stays flat otherwise it will wobble out of control.  There are two main types of catch: Sandwich catch - where you place one hand on the top of the frisbee and one hand underneath and Crab catch - where you use one hand, placing your fingers on top and your thumb underneath. A good place to use your frisbee is in a park or somewhere flat with lots of space but, if  you can’t go out or don’t have a park nearby you can always use a garden, just make sure you don’t throw it too high!

I hope you have enjoyed this insight into what goes on at Stoke Gabriel Primary School and I hope this has inspired you to pick up a frisbee and have a go yourself.

See you next month,

Lucy

Welcome to the first step out of lockdown!

Everyone is so excited to be back at school, and we hope it stays like this. We are taking all necessary precautions to make sure everyone feels happy and safe.

In Dragonflies (year 1 and 2) they are learning about space! We interviewed some children in Dragonflies to tell us more about their recent experiences…

‘I prefer school to home schooling because I can see my friends.’

-Matilda/Amy

‘In maths we have been learning about tally charts and before that we were learning about shapes.’

Aria/Felix

Over lockdown the children also had weekly catch-up calls with the teachers and their class as well as interactive teaching each day.

 

Recently there have been several incidents involving dog mess on our field and around the school property. So please we need you to pick it up!

If you want to help take action, the school council suggest making poo-bag dispenser (the design is on our school website along with a song from one of the year 6’s ).

 

See in April,

Lucy

With help from,

Lexie and Aela