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The European Day of Languages

We enjoyed our annual celebration of The European Day of Languages on Tuesday 26th September. Along with communities throughout the whole of Europe, we celebrated the richness of linguistic diversity across the globe.

Our day started with a special assembly during which the children sang a version of ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ in both French and Spanish.  They learned that even the animals speak different languages in different countries!

Chef Lizzie had made wonderful farmyard animal biscuits for morning snack, so the children were able to practise their foreign language animal noises before eating them!

Lower One children were thinking about lots of different countries when they made their amazing flags.








During the day, children worked on passport and language booklets, learning lots of information about the countries of Europe. Clearly, they have a great curiosity to learn about the world beyond our shores!

Muddy Club

Whoopee…It was such a thrill watching the children have a wonderful time creating muddy faces in Muddy Club. Together they mixed a large bucket of soil and water to create huge dollops of mud. They went off in to the bushes around school searching for interesting objects to make features for their faces. Each child ‘plopped’ a mud ball onto the bark of a tree trunk and carefully pressed it down so it stayed put! The children demonstrated persistence and grit as some dollops of mud just would not stick but they didn’t give up and they packed it back up, plopped it back on and kept going.

Here are their weird and wonderful creations.

Chess Club

Chess club began again this week, with a bumper turn out of children. The range of ability was great – some children are already accomplished players while others are complete beginners. It was lovely to see so many new faces. Research has proven that chess offers children great benefits. An American study showed that chess helps to improve the academic performance of many children.   It also encourages problem-solving, sportsmanship and self-esteem, often allowing quieter children an opportunity to shine. It’s great for children’s concentration and patience – a real antidote to spending time on-line.

Chess club takes place with Mr O’Rourke in Upper IV from 8am each Wednesday morning.

World Book Day

All of us at The Gleddings thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day 2016! Our KS2 children were treated to an entertaining assembly in the morning from our visiting author, Colin Parsons (no relation to Mrs Parsons!) who spoke to the children about how reading can unlock whole new worlds. Mr Parsons then spent the day with us, holding writing workshops throughout the school. The Gleddings children were lucky enough to have Mr Parsons sign copies of his books for them.

Mrs Parsons spent the afternoon with our KS1 children, discussing with them the importance of stories and reading from her favourite book when she was a girl, ‘The Runaway Bunny’ by Margaret Wise Brown.

World Book day was a wonderful success and we are all looking forward to World Book Day 2017!

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