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Here's what has been happenning in our school recently!

Christmas 2020

Despite 2020 being the post peculiar of years, we have still found plenty of fun ways to celebrate Christmas in school.  

Many thanks to Richard Edwards, Finn and Robin’s Dad, who arranged for the school to have another Christmas tree freshly cut from the Benyon Enclosure.  During National Tree Dressing week, the children were busy making decorations for the tree.  

This year each classroom had its own Christmas market. Thank you to the PTA for organising so many presents and for finding a safe way for the children to still enjoy this experience.

Ladybirds, Caterpillars and Butterfly Class all took to the stage this term for individual class nativities. Although they weren’t able to perform to an audience in the usual way, we have enjoyed watching their fantastic videos. Well done to all of you—you were all shining stars!

The last few days of term included gingerbread biscuit making, Christmas crafts and of course our Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch. It might not be a ‘normal’ Christmas, but we’ve certainly had lots of fun in school and found plenty of ways to celebrate!

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Rotary Writing Competition 2020

All pupils in KS2 took part in this year’s Basingstoke Rotary Club winter writing competition.

We were delighted when Orla Spencer, in Year 3, was awarded Highly Commended in her age group. Congratulations Orla!

White Wonderful Winter!

Icicles, frost and snow

Near the hot warm fire, keeping warm.

Toasting marshmallows and chestnuts too!

Enjoying hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day

Ready and waiting for Rudolph to arrive.

Waiting, waiting...

Only one more night!

Neighbours are putting up Santa Claus

Displaying Christmas decorations

Everyone is excited

Rustling, crispy leaves fall

Laying on the ground

Autumn has gone, winter has come

Nice green trees to put in our house

December has come.

 

By Orla Spencer

Shakespeare Week

This year’s Shakespeare week focused on Twelfth Night, and all classes across the school took part in activities linked to certain aspects of the story. 

KS2 children had a visit from the Young Shakespeare Company who brought the play to life through active storytelling, keeping the children involved throughout. The Young Shakespeare Company use active storytelling to interweave the story, language and characters to create a unique fictional world.  

The children loved the workshops and did some fantastic follow-on work in class too.

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Perform Workshops - Years 1 & 2

'Perform' came to visit us this term. Year 2 took part in a workshop of the Great Fire of London, with active story telling and the creation of a timeline to support their knowledge of events about London's disastrous fire and its key locations and characters.

Florence Nightingale was the focus for the Year 1 workshop where they were able to experience a factual account and hands-on recreation of the Crimean War featuring Britain's most famous carer, her methods and her impact on modern-day palliative care.

The children loved both the workshops and learnt so much about their new topics.

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Harvest Festival 2020

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Although we were unable to come together as a whole school for this year's Harvest Festival, Reverend Rob and Em led individual worships for each class. Classes were also able to collaborate on the joint project shown in the photograph above. As in previous years, we gathered donations for Basingstoke Food Bank and are very proud to announce that the total weight collected was 213.66kgs, which is equal to 509 meals! Thank you to everyone who generously donated food. 

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Thank you for all of your efforts in assisting your children with our Summer Reading Challenge, we have been really impressed by the number of entries that we had and very proud of the children's efforts with their reading over the summer.

We are pleased to announce the winners are Evan, Callum and Harvey, who all read a staggering amount of books and showed great determination in their reading. Congratulations Boys!

World Book Day 2020

We had a great time celebrating World Book Day this year - pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite book character. We all swapped classes and shared our favourite stories and our families were invited to come and join us for another Stay and Read session. 

Last week we also held a raffle to raise funds for our school library - we raised £50! Thank you everybody!

The winners of the raffle were:

Year R: Vann Winsey

Year 1: Esther O'Byrne

Year 2: Jessica Hallewell

Year 3: Isaac Baines

Year 4: Eleanor Gracey

Year 5: Layton Malham

Year 6: Brandon Aelberry

Stay and Read ticket winner: Finn Edwards

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Netball news

Congratulations to our netball team who have got through to the recent Basingstoke and Deane finals! 

School Facelift

Huge thanks go to Mr Inkley who recently transformed the area outside year 5 and 6 classrooms. We’re sure you’ll agree that it looks great and it should make it much easier for us to maintain.

Explore Learning Mathematician's Award

Four pupils from year 6 recently took part in the Explore Learning Mathematician’s Award. They did amazingly well—in fact Silchester was the top performing school in the Basingstoke area! You did us proud year 6!

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Basingstoke and Deane Annual Sports Awards 2020

Silchester Primary School has been nominated as one of the fifth finalists for the Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards! This is a fantastic achievement within the local sporting community, and we are extremely proud of our efforts! Special thanks must go to Mrs McKenzie for her enthusiasm and dedication to sport which has made this possible. 

Christmas time at Silchester

Christmas is always a busy time of year at Silchester and this year was no exception, beginning with the nativity told beautifully by our youngest chidlren. Over 80 adults and children joined us to share the light at our Christingle service where we raised over £50 for The Children’s Society. We had lots of lovely feedback from parents who came to the carol service and on the last day of term we welcomed back many familiar faces of ex-pupils who came along for a sing-song at our Songs Around the Tree!

Whole School Tree Planting

This week, the whole school took part in tree planting on Benyon Estate. In total we planted 350 trees! Well done Silchester pupils - we have helped to improve the air quality surrounding our school! 

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Year 5 trip to Ufton Court

Year 5 have just returned back from a fantastic three day residential at Ufton Court. Yet again, Silchester pupils were praised on their wonderful behaviour!

Whilst away, all pupils achieved the John Muir award, an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. 

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PTA Grounds Day

Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help transform our 'Quiet Area' - it looks super!

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Scarecrow Hunt

Did you spot these new pupils outside our school over half term?

Hopefully many of you enjoyed the Silchester Scarecrow Hunt this half term. Thank you to Mrs Nickerson, Miss Hagen and some of our year 6 pupils for making these friendly characters! 

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Climate Walk

On the last day before half term, years 1-6 took part in a climate change awareness march around the pavilion field. Children waved banners and shook buckets to raise money for The World Wildlife Fund.  They sang ‘Earth, We’re in it together’ in front of the pavilion, before making a final circuit of the field. It was very rainy and many banners were rather soggy looking by the end, but the children’s enthusiasm wasn’t dampened and they were keen to get their message across!

Tadley Arts Festival

Eleven pupils were chosen to attend a workshop at Tadley Arts Festival just before half term. We received wonderful feedback from the organisers of the event. They commented that our pupils were delightful and were impressed with how they engaged and participated in everything!

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Trailblazers

We are proud to have achieved our Green Trailblazing Award from Hampshire County Council for the fifth year running! This really shows our commitment to outdoor learning. 

School Choir

The school choir have had a very busy start to the year. Their first performance was at the Basingstoke Variety Show at the Anvil, alongside 300 other local performers, in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Appeal. Just before October half term they took part in a workshop in Tadley Arts Festival and were again praised on their excellent behaviour. That same week they also performed alongside an adult choir at the finale concert of the festival. For our year 3 members, this was their first public performance!

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Augusta's Memorial Garden

Augusta's Memorial Garden is now finished and looks fantastic! Special thanks to Richard Edwards who made the wonderful outdoor xylophone, to Nick Speakman who carved the beautiful story telling chair and toadstools, and to everyone who kindly gave donations to make it all possible.  

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