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Wherefore Art Thou, Tradition?

Sunday, 11 June, 2017

A dark but bright interpretation of Romeo and Juliet

Inspired by the teaching of Romeo and Juliet to Year 9, a bunch of Senior Staff went to the Globe Theatre on London's Southbank in the half-term holiday to see, what is described as, a 'bold re-imagining' of Shakespeare's famous tale of love, revenge and death. Intentionally grotesque, and somewhat lacking old-fashioned romance, it focuses on the darker themes of the tragedy in a cleverly bright and vibrant way.

The production probably isn't every one's cup of tea but if you enjoy watching lively, modern and risqué interpretations of a classic, then it's one to see. The sense of fun and camaraderie between actors and the audience gives it a great atmosphere and helps you imagine what it was like in Shakespeare's day.

On the day we went, the deluge of London rain during the interval and second half, soaking the central standing area of the roofless theatre (and those who stood there), brought the realism of 16th century theatre-going into the make-belief of this 21st century production. The difference now is, of course, the sudden mass sale of white plastic poncho's! (Ed)

Elements of True Grit

Sunday, 11 June, 2017

Seniors race despite inclement weather

Good weather for farmers and ducks but not for Sports Days!

Tuesday's Sports Day was a wash out for the Juniors, but the Seniors pressed on in the wind and rain to complete the morning session. With the Houses, Odysseus, Athena and Achilles, battling it out on the track for the Cup.

We managed to complete all the track events including the hurdles with some outstanding races. I was left, once again, feeling proud of our pupils, their spirit and attitude was amazing. They supported each other in victory and defeat, reassured each other when nervous, helped staff without being asked and, above all, made the event fun for all those involved. (Mr Salt)

Race Winners:

100 Metres
Yr 7 & 8 Girls: 1st Sarah, 2nd Iona, 3rd Ruby
Yr 7 & 8 Boys: 1st Tarek, 2nd Kosuke, 3rd Felix
Yr 9 & 10 Girls: 1st Rosalyn, 2nd Ella, 3rd Suki-Mai
Yr 9 & 10 Boys: 1st Manas, 2nd Oliver, 3rd Andrew

200 Metres
Yr 7 & 8 Girls: 1st Sarah, 2nd Iona, 3rd Aqida
Yr 7 & 8 Boys: 1st Kosuke, 2nd Jamie, 3rd Peter
Yr 9 & 10 Girls: 1st Rosalyn, 2nd Maria, 3rd Evie
Yr 9 & 10 Boys: 1st Axel, 2nd Oliver, 3rd Manas

800 Metres
Yr 7 & 8 Girls: 1st Iona, 2nd Sarah, 3rd Emma
Yr 7 & 8 Boys: 1st Shunji, 2nd Jamie, 3rd David
Yr 9 & 10 Girls: 1st Ella, 2nd Rosie, 3rd Lijie
Yr 9 & 10 Boys: 1st Axel, 2nd Dan P, 3rd Manas

Yr 7 & 8 Girls:1st Iona, 2nd Emma, 3rd Anni
Yr 7 & 8 Boys:1st Tarek, 2nd Jamie, 3rd Pascal
Yr 9 & 10 Girls:1st Rosalyn, 2nd Ella, 3rd Klara
Yr 9 & 10 Boys:1st Axel, 2nd Alex, 3rd Dan P


Sunday, 11 June, 2017

Getting ready for the woods


This week Coral class began learning about Bewilderwood in preparation for our trip. Using the website, we found a list of characters and clicked on Thornyclod - the spider-like creature - to find more information. We looked at all the fine details of Thornyclod and began to recreate this out of Newplast and collage bits. We now also know the names for the two segments of a spider. Can you find out where its stomach is?

You can also see the beautiful little woodland creatures and their homes that we have designed.

Shiver Me Timbers!

Sunday, 11 June, 2017

Pirate Day at EYFS



Early Years Foundation Stage has been learning all about treasure.  To celebrate their learning, we had a pirate day. The children had an opportunity to walk the plank, attend sword school, build their own pirate ship, ride the waves on a boat (bike). We also went on a treasure hunt and played musical treasure island (musical chairs).

Keeping Up with the Quadkids

Sunday, 11 June, 2017

Fantastic competitive spirit!




On Thursday 8th June, ten children in Year 5 and 6 took part in the Cambridge School Sport Partnership Quadkids athletics competition at the Wilberforce Road track. This involved competing in four events against other Cambridge schools - 600m run, 75m sprint, vortex howler throw and standing long jump. The weather prevailed and the children showed fantastic competitive spirit including a number of first places! Well done to everyone who took part!

Battle of the Books, Round 3

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Get ready for the semi-final



Our Battle of the Books is far from over but as we start Round 3, one book is proving to be very popular indeed. 'Gorilla Dawn' by Gill Lewis has captured the attention of our Senior readers. Here are some of the comments from the anonymous voting slips:
"'Gorilla Dawn' is my choice because it made me feel such powerful emotions."
"'Gorilla Dawn' is more realistic that 'River of Ink' as it covers a real issue in this world."
"'I liked it because it is a real story."
"It is skilfully described and easy to understand."
"The writer used powerful verbs and adjectives, which brings the characters alive and made it seem as if you are really there."
"I think the plot in Gorilla Dawn is more compelling and touching."
"It was an interesting book and I really got stuck into it."
"The author uses many powerful verbs and adjectives, which creates amazing imagery in the reader's mind."

In defence of 'River of Ink', its opponent in Round 2 of our battle, however, one commented "I prefer the genre and the style of writing. It was easier to follow." Another said "I think River of Ink has a better plot".

The full results from Round 2 were: 'Gorilla Dawn' beat 'River of Ink'; 'An Eagle in the Snow' beat 'The Lie Tree', 'Maresi' beat 'I am Malala' and 'The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair' beat 'My Brother is a Superhero'. So it will be 'An Eagle in the Snow' vs 'Gorilla Dawn' and 'Maresi' vs 'The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair'. You have until 13th June for this round.

Pure Genius

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Year 9 produce a distillate of pure water

Year 9 Chemistry Students, currently studying 'Methods of Purification', enjoyed a demonstration of simple distillation. The bright copper sulfate solution was used to see a combination of two processes, evaporation and condensation. Finally producing a distillate of pure water.

Weaving a Little Magic

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Last week was Art Week at Cherry Hinton Hall



After a very successful Art Week, where the children at CHH created some wonderful artwork based on the painting 'Penelope and the Suitors' by Pintoricchio, the exhibition was put together and displayed in one of our classrooms on Parents' Evening.

There were all kinds of art on display, from large sculptures to small intricate clay models, with a range of beautiful paintings drawings and weaving in between. The only shame is that it could only be shown in its entirety for a very brief time! For parents who were not fortunate enough to see the wonderful talent on display, these photographs should at least give a flavour of the exhibition.

Elementree Knowledge

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Learning about leaves at Forest School




This week, in Forest School, Coral Class learnt leaf identification finding beech, horse chestnut and ash leaves. We also began to learn the difference between compound leaves and simple leaves and the part of the leaf called a lobe.

Our second activity was to learn how to build a fire from scratch, gathering and separating various pieces of tinder, twigs and sticks into piles and getting it started with - surprise, surprise - a little vaseline on a cotton pad.

Next time, we will be supervised to build our own fires safely and to maybe make elderflower ice tea!

Je Suis Prof

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Year 9 teach French


In French, the Year 9 students have already covered most of the grammar required at that stage. To extend their knowledge while developing new skills, students were asked to chose a new unit from the book and create a whole lesson. They went through the process of lesson planing, creating resources and teaching the lesson to the rest of the students. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to master the content of their lesson, to give instructions in French and to be in the teacher's shoes! The collective feedback following their lesson were very helpful and made students aware of how to improve and refine their teaching style for the future!