CIS School Cambridge
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Paintings, Pictures and Photos

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Learning about shapes and colours


Juniors have been studying paintings, pictures and photographs. They cut up a picture and each pupil looked at the colours, shapes and patterns in their piece. They also looked to see if there were parts of people, animals, buildings, sky, land or sea. After carefully copying what they saw using their favourite medium, they resembled both the original and their own picture to compare the two. They had some surprising results!

U11 Netball & Football v Dame Bradbury

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Goals, goals, goals!

The U11s game v Dame Bradbury's was moved on to two matches, one on Astroturf and one indoors in the sports hall, due to unplayable pitches. This led to some high speed frantic football, with goals goals goals. All four matches were played with the honours shared as two wins and two defeats for each school. It is great to see the boys developing as a team and continuing to work together to achieve positive outcomes.

U11 5-a-side – ISA East Event, Stoke College

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Learning more about positioning and tactics

Seven Year 6 boys made the trip to Stoke College on Friday 3rd February for the Independent School Association 5-a-side football tournament. The boys played five games in total against some very good opposition. After winning their first game the boys went on to draw two and lose two. The two teams they lost to got to the semi final and final respectively. The boys progressed nicely over the day and learnt more about positioning and tactics, as well as the importance of moving the ball quickly. Well done boys - a good day's football.

Inventions That Changed The World

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Walking and learning history




Years 3 and 4 have been learning about amazing inventions by well-known inventors who were educated here in  Cambridge.  

They went on a walking tour of Cambridge, (courtesy of Footprints Tours) and afterwards made a large map for the wall. 

They learnt about:
The Corpus Clock by John Taylor (Corpus Christi College)
Gravity by Isaac Newton (Trinity College)
Enigma Machine by Alan Turing (Kings College)
Theory of evolution and 'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin (Darwin College)
Theory of Black Holes by Stephen Hawking (Trinity Hall)

Going Green

Friday, 20 January, 2017

Year 5 and 6 visit the Green Britain Centre




Last week, Years 5 and 6 went to the Green Britain Centre to learn all about sustainable energy sources. The highlights of our trip were sitting in the Nemesis, an electric car that can go over 150 miles per hour, and climbing up inside the wind turbine. We had an amazing time and can't wait to put what we learned in practice with this term's topic - 'Making Things Go'.

ISA Eastern Region Cross Country Meet

Friday, 16 December, 2016

Excellent future in cross country running

Perfect conditions met our runners for the meet on Friday.  Our Juniors, having been selected after their performances in the Cambridge District Cross Country meeting, were first to race.  Year 3s and 4s had an unfortunate time on the course, with Lara unable to finish due to injury and Jake and Will’s race was abandoned as the first 30 runners went the wrong way!  There is, no doubt though, that all three have an excellent future in cross country running.

The Year 5 and 6s had a better time as Lilli-Rose and Sharon came 38th and 39th in their race and Isaac and Yuta come a strong 16th and 39th.  The Juniors should be very proud of making it to the event and their performances on course.

The few Seniors we took had an excellent time on course.  Shunji and Kosuke were strong in the Year 7 and 8 boys’ race, with Shunji leading most of the race but he was just overtaken in the last 300m and finished 2nd. With more race experience, he would almost certainly have won. Kosuke paced his race superbly to come a good 12th.  In our last race of the day, Pablo again paced the race well to come an excellent 3rd.  Those finishing in the top ten have qualified to represent East Anglia and the CIS at the ISA Nationals at the start of next year. 

Well done to all those who took part. (Mr Salt)

Smiling Across the Country

Friday, 02 December, 2016

Juniors Cross-Country


The Junior school had a very successful cross-country competition at Netherhall. There were over 700 children from 26 schools. This was the first year that Year 3 and 4 were involved. Everyone put in their best efforts. It was a challenging course that was run at a competitive pace. We are very proud of all the children who took part - they did phenomenally well. A special mention goes to Lara in Year 3 who came second in her race.


Friday, 25 November, 2016

For the Growth of Knowledge



Year 6 have introduced a new learning activity to their week - STEM.  It stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths’.  Each week, Year 6 put themselves into groups and then complete a challenge that uses one or more of these skills.

In the past few weeks, we have built popsicle stick bridges, made super long paper chains and built tall, free-standing balloon towers.  Each challenge comes with its own set of rules and limitations.  Sometimes materials are limited, sometimes time is limited, and occasionally, both! After each session, we always reflect on our activity and come up with advice for the next group to complete it. 

Check out the photos of last week’s challenge - Balloon Towers.  The challenge was to build a free-standing tower, using only fifteen balloons and two metres of tape.  The winning tower was over a metre tall! Mrs Pauley

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Friday, 18 November, 2016

'Wherefore art thou Juniors'... continued

On Tuesday the 15th of November, a select cast of students from the Juniors participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, performing Romeo and Juliet to a crowded Mumford Theatre.

The festival is nationwide, and on the night we performed, schools all over the country were also performing the bard’s words, to sell-out crowds.

Our performance was incredible! The children were well spoken and really showed the audience their character motivations and emotions through some impressive vocal and physical acting. Highlights included an incredible death scene for Tybalt and Mercutio, Friar John and the Searcher’s chase scene and the Nurse’s brilliant ‘pillow tummy’ acting.

A special mention goes to one Year 6 child, who was off sick for the week and a half before our performance, but still managed to steal the show with her incredible performance as Mercutio.

Overall, we are so proud of our young actors and really look forward to giving them the opportunity to shine again in our end of year musical.

ISA Junior Swimming Gala (East Region)

Saturday, 12 November, 2016

Juniors cause a splash!

On 9th November, six pupils from Cherry Hinton Hall made their way to Ipswich Crown Pools for the ISA East Swimming Gala.  With 15 schools in attendance, there was a fantastic and encouraging atmosphere for the Gala.  The event was an opportunity for those who swim outside of school to show off their skills against the best swimmers of the East.

All our swimmers were fantastic and gave each event absolutely everything, with all competitors finishing in the middle of the pack.  Erik was our best finisher, coming second in his heat.  Well done to Erik, Roman, Ryan, Yuta, Mia and Marine.   Mr Salt