Oak and Willow (KS1 and 2) explored 'How does it work?' as their term's topic, which has focused on looking at inventions, how they work and what impact they have had on our lifestyles over the years.
To celebrate their end of topic we took the children to Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre. The pupils were greeted by one of the organisers at the fairground and she had a thorough discussion with them regarding their topic and gave them historic facts about the fairground. After the discussion the children were given ready made packs with quizzes in them, which included a task studying the inventions that could be found at the fairground site and comparing them to the quiz to enable them to be able to answer the questions. After they had completed their task they were given tokens and were able to go on and enjoy the fair rides.
On the way home, we made a short detour and we took the children to Row Tor for an explore in the glorious sunshine which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
KS3 went to visit Jamie Inglis's orchard on Wednesday. This is where, in the autumn, the staff and children help to harvest and press the apples and we make our own Magdalen Court School apple juice.
It was a fantastic afternoon spent seeing the trees in blossom and the start of tiny apples beginning to grow. The children learned all about tree grafting which completely fascinated them. 'The most amount of different types of apple ever grafted on to one tree is 300!' said Wilf (KS2) 'Can you imagine that? You could pick a red one from one branch and a Granny Smith from another.'
On Thursday we hosted a cake sale for the local homeless charity, St Petrock's. All the children made incredible efforts to bake some fantastic and very delicious cakes and biscuits. We raised a total of £39.60 for the charity which will be used to contribute towards our fundraising scheme to create as many 'care boxes' as we can for the homeless people.
Also on Thursday, the children participated in an inter-house general knowledge quiz which involved 7 rounds consisting of sections such as: sport, logo, nature, TV, nursery rhymes & films, music, food & drink and general knowledge.
Each section was made up of 5-6 questions and each question was rewarded with 1-2 points. The quiz was very exciting and the results were very close but in the end the winning team was 'Killerton House' who won with a amazing total of 35 out 37. All the children worked really hard together in their teams and all made a tremendous effort. Everyone enjoyed it so much that we may have to make this a regular event!