Once again Stroud Valley School has done themselves proud with their country dancing skills. Well done every-one you danced your socks off!
Creative Writing Competitions (listed in date order)
Explore Learning Writers’ Awards short story competition, maximum word count 500 words. No theme. Deadline: 5th May 2019
Further details and guidelines for the competition can be found at: https://www.explorelearning.co.uk/writersawards/
(Please note that we won’t be entering is as part of Creative Writing Club and any child that wishes to submit a story should do so at home.)
Young Writers poetry competition ‘Once Upon A Dream.’ Theme: dreams. Deadline: 24th May 2019. You can find any further information online at: https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/once-upon-a-dream/
Betjeman Poetry Prize, 2019. Theme: place. Open to 10 -13 year olds from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Deadline 31st July 2019. For more information please visit: https://www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk/
Here are some of the competitions that we have entered so far this year. Young Writers Ghost Story Competition, Spooky Sagas and Poetry Wonderland. The quality of work the children have produced is just amazing. We are extremely proud of our budding authors!
Creative Writing Club gives children the chance to express themselves through writing fiction. We will explore what makes a great story and use the act of writing to let our imaginations run wild.
To further encourage the children to write to the best of their ability they will be entering writing competitions as well.
As part of Stroud Valley Creative Club, all the children participate in creative writing workshops, where they have the chance to share their writing with their peers and receive constructive feedback that helps them grow as writers. This is a highly inspiring and positive process that has proven to greatly improve self-confidence.
In order for the workshop method to run smoothly, we have set up a creative writing club email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, so that children can easily send in their stories ready for the workshop. We ask that stories are sent in to this email address by break time on Wednesday, at the latest.
Mrs Golding & Mrs N-G think this was the best week yet: new collaborations (very impressed with KS2 wanting to team up with KS1), loads of fantastic ideas and talking about how to problem solve and refining of designs. This week they had to make an umbrella out of straws, sticky tape, newspaper & a plastic bag.
This week the children had to get a lego figure from the top playground to the bottom one using only string and two paperclips. Some brilliant zip wires were created and one group even managed to bring the figure back again.
Great fun and lots of reflecting & trying again and again. This week they had to build the tallest tower they could using only newspaper and masking tape, the tower had to hold a tennis ball.
The children had to work out how to hover a foil ball using a straw and a paper cone.
Every Tuesday we get together to watch a film ordered from Into Film. Once we’ve shared out the popcorn and fruit we settle down to watch. Sometimes we find them funny, sad, scary, funny or a combination of everything! This week we watched a Japanese animation called “My Neighbour Totoro” and although we’ve not quite finished watching it we’ve given it a review of 5* out of 5!
Our first STEM club was a great success – we inflated balloons without using the air in our lungs. We used plastic bottles, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
Having mastered the art of pastry making by rubbing flour and butter together we moved onto scones. Measuring in ml accurately was a problem but we got there in the end! Delicious :)
We were really lucky to have Zoe come and light the campfire for Golden time. Hot Choc and popping corn. Yummy.
It was the last cookery of term and to show off our skills we cooked a full meal and had pudding. We had such a lovely time and chatted as we ate.
Our Infant Craft Club involves designing, painting, cutting, sticking, weaving, printing – in fact anything crafty you can think of!
I said “in the bowl!?”
Today we made rainbow kebabs. Can you think of which fruit we used for the different colours? We have learnt to use sharp knives and peelers. at the end we tasted the left over fruit and found out we liked some fruit we didn’t know.
We have a fantastic time playing games with Miss Sleep. It is lots of fun and we enjoy spending time with Miss Sleep as well as playing with different people and making new friends. It also allows us to learn strategies and take turns in a brilliant and exciting way.