Our wonderful Eden Valley Sports Partnership organise a whole range of sporting events and competitions that we can take part in. The Tri-Golf Festival is one of our favourites and, every year we take a team of Year 3/4 children and a team of Year 5/6 children to this event. All of the children learnt lots of new skills and had a whole load of fun in the process. The Year 3/4 team did exceptionally well considering that most of them had not played before. The Year 5/6 team played brilliantly well, displayed excellent teamwork and came away as the eventual winners - well done all of you! The Year 5/6 team now go forward to represent the Penrith area at the Eden Final in January. Congratulations!
Each year, we invite Sim from C-STEM Ltd in to school to lead a 'Bright Sparks' workshop with our Year 5 and 6 class. The children spent the day with Sim learning all about electricity, electrical circuits and how to stay safe when working with electricity. A very informative and enjoyable day all round!
At Skelton School, we enjoy raising money for charity and we also enjoy our non-uniform days, so what better way to combine the two than Children in Need Day. We all came to school in our pyjamas and onesies so we could think about children less fortunate than us, many of whom are in hospital and have to wear their pyjamas all of the time. Lots of parents and children had kindly baked cakes which we sold at break time and at the end of the day, we had raised £205.10. We also had a lot of fun!
Once again, our wonderful Eden Valley Sports Partnership held a Basic Moves Festival at Newton Rigg College. This involves a series of activities to encourage the children to use their skills of running, throwing, catching and balancing. Our Year 1 children thoroughly enjoyed taking part and came back armed with lots of well-earned stickers for their efforts.
Each year, the ladies of the Skelton Sewing Group very kindly knit and make hats, gloves and scarves which our school councillors collect from them each November. These are then delivered to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith to support their collection of presents for the East Cumbria Family Association. After being wrapped by the QEGS students, the gifts are distributed to children in families who are most in need at this time of year. We are very grateful to the ladies of the Sewing Group who enable this to happen. Thank you!
Our Year 5/6 children were thrilled to take part in this year's Shakespeare Schools Festival. This is a nationwide event which involves 30,000 participants from 1,000 schools across the UK performing in 136 theatres across the country. After much preparation and rehearsing, Skelton School performed their version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick in front of a packed audience. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the parents and families were hugely impressed by the professionalism of the acting and the clarity of speech. Overall, this has been a hugely enjoyable and very valuable experience for all of the children involved. Well done to you all!!
In early November, a team of children from the Year 5/6 class took part in the inter-school Sportshall Athletics event. They took part in a number of track and field events, eventually finishing a fantastic third out of 15 schools - an amazing achievement!
The Nursery and Reception headed out on their first educational visit of the school year to learn more about their topic of 'Travel and Transport'. They went to Tullie House in Carlisle where they learnt all about trains and took part in a series of fun acitvities and games as well as looking around the museum. A great time was had by all.
The Autumn term topic in the Year 3/4 class is 'Castles and Dragons'. We travelled to Skipton Castle by train on the very scenic Carlisle-Settle railway line and, on arrival at Skipton, we walked the short journey to the castle. We had a tour of the main rooms of the castle and learnt all about the people who had lived there and how they defended the castle against attackers. The walls were very thick so it was easy to see why the castle has lasted many centuries without being destroyed. One of our favourite parts of the day was when we got locked in the dungeon - it was quite scary but fun as well. Back at school, we designed our own castles and made them in clay with Clare Farley from Pinfold Pottery. She helped us develop our ideas so we all ended up with a really good model. We hope they last as long as the real Skipton Castle has!