Prep 3 had a wonderful day in the beautiful surroundings of Lyme Park. The park has a varied landscape, from manicured gardens to wild woods. It’s also VERY hilly, as the children found out when we went to find the source of the Bollinhurst Brook!
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A team of eager Rounders players from Prep. 3, 4 and 5 travelled to Yarlet, near Stone, for their first rounders fixture. For the younger girls it was a chance to compete in an inter-school match for the first time.
A mixed U8/U9 team travelled to The Ryleys for what turned out to be the first fixture of the cricket season, due to other games being called off. Playing Kwik Cricket rules, we won the toss and decided to bowl. Everyone has to bowl one over and all of our players did an outstanding job, but leading the way were Ella S, Arjun A and Elliot W who between them only allowed The Ryleys to score 4 runs! The Ryleys set us the total of 250 to beat (each team starts with 200).
On Thursday, Prep. 4 went to Pizza Express in Stafford as part of their Food Technology work. There they were given pizza ingredients to sample and learned about where the ingredients were sourced. There were mixed feelings about which ingredient was the favourite, but the tomatoes, mozzarella and pepperoni seemed popular.
Each pupil then made their own pizza and we all waited excitedly for them to come out of the oven!
On Friday 29th April it was exciting to take our first group of 6 children to our school allotment at Lyme Valley. Eco representatives from Preps 4 and 5 enjoyed planting main crop potatoes (and finding huge worms!).
They used a range of problem solving and mathematical skills to measure, mark and dig out suitable trenches before placing the ‘chitted’ potatoes (sprouts up) at regular intervals. They then used rakes to cover the potatoes over and used string to mark where they were planted.
Last Thursday we welcomed the staff from ‘No Limits’ for the start of Camp Edenhurst 2016. On arriving at school we were greeted with glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. The winter hats were safely stowed away and the sun cream was out!
This year children from Preps 3 - 5 joined the camp with a total of 45 very excited children. They all arrived with enough luggage for at least a week (with extra clothes to suit the temperamental British weather!).
What a cold day it was on April 26th! Wind, rain and even some snow flurries!
If you were out and about in the local area on Tuesday and Wednesday, you might have noticed groups of Prep. 5 and 6 pupils cycling along the roads accompanied by instructors from the ‘Bikeability Scheme.’ This was part of their level 2 Bikeability training which went on this week.
The pupils were taught how to safely mount and dismount, turn corners, do ‘U’ turns, pass parked cars and the position they should be riding in, when on a road. They learned the importance of visual checks when riding and also learned about the Highway Code.
If you’ve been following our Twitter and Facebook accounts during the last couple of weeks, you’ll have seen a flurry of messages and pictures containing happy looking children wearing shorts and T-shirts, taking photographs, eating ice cream, walking (a lot!) and enjoying adventures in a new place. It could only be our biennial trip to Barcelona, from which we safely returned on Friday of last week.
During the last term, our children took part in a number of writing competitions. These included the national 500 Words competition run by the BBC and Chris Evans; the Indepedent Schools Association's 'Horsey Junior' contest aimed at the Prep 5 and 6 children; and a challenge for all of the Bellevue Schools, co-ordinated by Weston Green School as part of World Book Day.
Well done to all of the children who entered and took part in all of these events. Prizes were given to the following pupils:
EYFS: Sanya P
KS1: Bertie B
On Thursday 21st April Prep 5 visited the Lowry in Salford, Manchester!
We're delighted to welcome Hannah Turner to Edenhurst this term, as our Art Teacher. Read on to find out more about her...
After months of preparation, the very first Bellevue Northern Music Festival took place on Monday 18th April at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Prep. 4 have begun a new topic this term in History: The Victorians.
We have begun by looking at the dates in which Queen Victoria was on the throne and also looking at what life was like for children at this time.
We have a trip booked to enhance our studies, to Blist Hill Victorian Village, where pupils can experience themselves what life was like during this period. This will involve being taught in a Victorian school House by a very strict teacher!
On Monday a squad of 9 swimmers from Prep. 5 and 6 took part in the Newcastle Schools' Gala and returned with a clutch of medals and a trophy.
There were individual events in front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and team relay events in the same strokes and a medley relay, which is where each member of the team swims a different stroke.
All of the swimmers were very successful, either coming first or second in their events. I am delighted to say that we won all of the relay races in our heats.