Last weekend Mr Jenner and his daughter Alice took a group of ten pupils to Skern for a PGL style weekend in Appledore. The children had a fantastic action packed schedule and the weather which had been due to rain all weekend held off for the most part and even had some great sunny spells. On Friday evening everybody settled into their rooms, met the instructors and lit their own campfires using a variety of methods that Mr Jenner teaches throughout the year. There was also a swim in the outdoor pool.
The next day the children had a go at surf-skiing, a cross between surfing and kayaking which was quite tough to master as conditions were a little messy but none-the-less exciting! They then tried surfing on long foam boards which was more successful and many pupils were thrilled, standing up on their boards for the first time or just whizzing by as they caught a wave. Other activities were crabbing off the pier (another highlight), rockpooling where they learned about how whelks eat mussels (check out the hole in the mussel shell), and an evening beach walk. The last day saw them navigating through a series of dark tunnels on a quest to find a safe, crate stacking and an assault course. They also heard about the wartime history of Westward Ho beach from the instructor. Parents were able to see the activities as they unfolded through photos and videos Mr Jenner uploaded to a Google group which even included a tour of Skern Lodge.
Everyone enjoyed the weekend. 'I loved the surfing, crabbing and assault course,' said Wilf. 'Oh and the crate stacking, That was the most amazing thing ever because we were on ropes. The picnics were also very nice.'
Thank you Mr Jenner and Alice (who was on hand with cuddles for anyone who felt homesick!)
During the summer term KS2 have been working with Mrs Gimlinge on an arts theme about 'Nature', inspired by artist Jonas Wood.
Over a period of several sessions pupils have focussed on different elements inspired by nature to collage onto a larger piece of artwork. Following on from lessons that look at composition and pattern, pupils were able to bring their own individuality into the collaged work.
The outcomes have been a delight to see. The children commented on the vibrant colours, well observed drawings and amazing contrasts of each piece of artwork.