Our local School Sports Partnership is wonderful and, each term, they provide us with many coaching and competition opportunities. One of our regular visitors is Matt Owens, an FA coach. The children really enjoy his visits - this term, our Year 1/2 class and our Y5/6 class have had football coaching sessions with Matt - they have thoroughly enjoyed learning the new skills he has been teaching them.
A team of children from the Year 5/6 class took part in the Sportshall Athletics competition at Appleby Grammar School. The activities included a range of track and field events such as relays, javelin, triple jump and much more. They performed brilliantly well, finishing in 4th place out of the 19 teams that took part. Well done!
The children of Skelton School celebrated Children in Need Day by raising over £155 for this fantastic cause. Everyone came to school wearing their pyjamas and dressing gowns so that we could think about children who are less fortunate than us and maybe have to spend every day in bed or in hospital. Naturally, there were lots of spots, yellow ears and of course, CAKES!,
This term, the topic in the Year 3/4 class is 'Chocolate'. The children have been researching the long history of chocolate making and studying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in their literacy work. So, where better to go to bring this all to life than the home of chocolate itself - York! York is the home of the founding families of chocolate making, including Terry's and Rowntree's and much of the chocolate production in this country still takes place in the city to this day. Did you know that York is the only place in the world where Kit Kats are made, and over 3 million are produced EVERY SINGLE DAY! The first part of our day was spent at the York Castle Museum where we learnt about the history of chocolate and the city in general. We then took a walk through the beautiful city centre looking at some landmarks on the way (including a slight detour to a funfair with an amazing helter skelter!!!) before arriving at York's Chocolate Story. Here, we learnt more about how chocolate is produced and we got to make our own chocolate lollies. The last part of our day was a 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' workshop during which we used our language skills to create imaginative ideas about how we would design our own chocolate factory. We then made our own edible wallpaper which we took home to eat! What a fantastic, enjoyable and informative day we all had.
The Year 1 children all took part in the Eden Basic Moves Festival held at Newton Rigg. They took part in a variety of activities including running, jumping, balancing, throwing and much more. They all came home with stickers and certificates to mark their achievements along with big smiles having had such a great afternoon of sport!
Our Year 5/6 children once again had the opportunity to perform at the Theatre by the Lake as part of the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival. Their performance of The Tempest was absolutely fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the sell-out audience alike. The children had been rehearsing for much of the Autumn term and, on the night, all of their hard work and dedication paid off. A great night was had by all!
The Key Stage 1 children's topic this term is 'Changing Things'. We visited the Centre for Life in Newcastle to learn all about the properties of various materials and how we could change them from one thing to another. We all made a piece of felt and were very proud of our finished articles. We also had time to explore further in the Centre for Life and, as an added bonus, learnt all about dinosaurs, chemistry and the sky at night. It was a very varied but fun-filled day!
The Nursery and Reception took part in their first school visit of the year earlier this month. Their topic for this half term has been 'transport', so what better place to go than Tullie House in Carlisle for a morning learning about trains then taking part in all sorts of play and craft activities around this theme. A great morning was had by all!
Our school councillors paid a visit to the Skelton Sewing group to collect a whole array of wonderful knitted items which the ladies have been busy working on all year. These will all be donated to the East Cumbria Family Association who will ensure that they are passed on to families who might be finding it hard to give presents to their children this Christmas.
Our Nursery and Reception children had a lovely morning in Bloomfield Woods taking part in a wonderful variety of Forest School activities