Each term a special whole school theme event is held. This enables teachers to amend the regular school timetable so that children can spend a considerable amount of time concentrating their attention and energy on one particular area of learning. In addition, we also hold some special, one day focus events. Our purpose is to broaden children’s experience and to add some additional spice and excitement to their school experience. These special events also provide an opportunity for pupils to enjoy an intensive, in depth, deep and satisfying learning experience.
- Autumn Term 2017 theme event: Solve a Problem Week (Design and Technology)
- Spring Term theme event: Arts Week (February, 2018)
- Spring Term focus event: The Country we Live in (Geography)
- Spring Term theme event: On Camera film making initiative
- Spring Term focus event – World Book Day (March 2018)
- Sports Focus Days – Summer Term, 2018
Spring Term theme event: On Camera 2018
All classes make a short film related to any subject area the class are studying. Films are premiered at a special Sunday morning viewing at The Olympic Cinema in Banes. One of the films, ‘Absolute Absorbency’, won the award for the best overall science film in a Richmond competition befiore going on to win the national primary science film award for 2008. In 2010, ‘Some Like it Hot’, a film by Rachel Wilson and her Year 4 class (2009-10) won first prize in The National Physics Laboratory school science films event. A DVD containing all the films produced during the theme event is created each year and available for parents to purchase. A large number of films can be seen on the pages entitled Film Making 2008-16 and Favourite Films 2008-15, under the school Gallery tab. Teachers requested ‘a breather’ from making films in 2016 – after nine consecutive years of making them. Expect new releases in the Spring Term of 2018.
Spring Term theme event: Arts Week
This extraordinary collaboration between parents, teachers and pupils has resulted in some absolutely excellent outcomes. The whole week at the end of the first half of the Spring Term is dedicated to this project. In previous years the products created by the children have been displayed, to considerable acclaim in a summer exhibition at the Old Sorting Office by Barnes Pond.
Recent Arts Weeks
2018 Go Big; Go Bold
2017 Science + Art = Wonder
2016 Best of British @Barnes
2015 I Love Barnes
2014 African Influences
2013 Reuse, Recycle, Reduce: Create
2012 Arts, Get Set, Go
2011 Art Alive
2010 Sustainable Art
In 2018 we used Kenneth Graham’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’ to inspire pupils to think big.
In 2017 the focus was on how science and art interconnect. As always, some highly original outcomes materialised. Parental help during our annual Arts Weeks makes an enormous difference. We are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.
The purpose of One World Day is to assist children to realise that they are a member of a global family and help them to learn more about life in different parts of the world. Each class takes a country and designs a series of learning activities based on that country. For example, they might cook a special meal, learn some songs, play some games or do some mathematics using a different set of numerals. Children are also given the option to dress up in a traditional costume associated with the country. At the end of the day a special celebratory assembly takes place.
World Book Day is a celebration of books and the joy of reading. Children get the chance to dress up in the costume of a favourite character from a book. They come to school with this favourite book and get the chance to read a short section of it to their classmates. Once again, a special celebratory assembly completes the day.
Our first Grandparents’ Day was in July 2009 and a subsequent event was orgnaised the following year. This has proved an extremely popular community event, with 103 grandparents joining us in 2010. Grandparents are actively involved in their grandchild’s learning, both in the classroom and on the playground. Children take great delight in interviewing the grandparents and finding out about what school was like when they were young. Some comments from grandparents who attended in July 2010:
- ‘We enjoyed it immensely.’ Alan and Elspeth Hodgetts
- ‘the fun element in learning certainly came through.’ Christine Barber
- ‘I was impressed with how well behaved and polite the children were.’ Isia Gizejewski
- ‘The standards of art and craft work were so high. The production of Alice in Wonderland was terrific (and we could hear every word).’ Anne and Ian Stokes
- ‘We were impressed by the calm atmosphere throughout. The children were at ease with us and very articulate.’ Ann Brownhill
- ‘. . . a perfect day.’ Jean and Tony Ferris