Our team of Year 1 and 2 gymnasts took part in the Eden final of the Key Steps Gymnastics Festival last week. They had qualified to do so by winning the Penrith area competition. They had worked so hard to perfect their routines and their vaults and were thrilled to finish in third place overall - a fantastic achievement!
Every other year, the Year 3 and 4 children take part in the magnificent U Dance Festival at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. This year, we chose 'The Greatest Show' as our music to dance to and have worked very hard all term choreographing our dance. We were chosen to perform last on the night - we think it was because our dance and our music made the whole show finish with a bang! We were so excited and nervous before we went on stage, but when we had performed, we all wanted to go and do it all over again. We are looking to performing it one last time at our Sharing Assembly next week.
This term the topic in the Year 1 and 2 class has been 'Animals and Plants'. We have being studying this through the works of Beatrix Potter and have enjoyed reading her books and learning about her life in the Lake District. At the end of our topic, we visited Hill Top House in Sawrey which is the farm where she actually lived and wrote many of her lovely stories. After a lunch stop at Brockhole, we visited the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness and loved seeing the characters brought to life. We also met the gardener who taught us all about the plants and animals that she kept and grew on her farms. We had a wonderful day!
July might seem a long time off yet, but we are alredy getting ready for Skelton Show. This month at After School Club, we have enjoyed making embroidered bookmarks and pom-pom animals ready to enter at the show.
Each Spring, the Nursery and Reception children visit Musgrave Hall Farm as part of their topic on 'Growing'. We are very grateful to Scott and Jenny for taking the time to show us around their farm. We love seeing the newborn calves and, each year, we are all allowed to name one of them. We also enjoy lerning more about farming in general and climbing on to the HUGE tractors.
As part of our science lessons, we have been learning about how light is reflected. We have investigated how mirrors reflect light and how they can help us to see objects. We enjoyed making our own periscopes and have used them to help us see objects we would not usually be able to see (round corners and above certain heights).
Our team of Year 1 and 2 gymnasts took part in the Penrith area Key Steps Competition at Penrith Leisure Centre. They have been practicing at school and at home and had perfected the two routines that they had to learn, as well as performing a vault. All six children completed all three disciplines brilliantly on the big day and were delighted to be crowned the winners, qualifying for the next round. More practicing is now afoot as they prepare for the Eden final in two weeks time. Good luck girls!!
Here at Skelton, we are very proud to be a Fairtrade School. Fairtrade Fortnight has just come to an end and we have enjoyed taking part in activities to highlight the importance of Fairtrade. The Year 5 and 6 children led the younger children in a game which taught us all about the diffiulties faced by Fairtrade farmers and we held a special assembly so that all of the children could understand what an important issue this is.
Today we are celebrating World Book Day at Skelton School. All of the children and staff have come to school dressed as a character from a favourite book and are taking part in a variety of book-themed activities throughout the day. These include sharing their favourite stories with the other children, talking about their character, making bookmarks, designing book tokens, taking part a book-themed treasure hunt and playing quidditch! Here are selection of photographs from our amazing day!