The Brackenfield festival took place over he weekend 24-27 May. Here is a photograph of the Stretton Handley CE Primary Well dressing that was on display. The children and staff worked hard to get the well dressing ready on time as it was a short week for children with the school being used as a Polling station. A special thank you to Mrs Mahadevan for organising and coordinating the well dressing and to Mrs Gill, Mrs Cook, Mrs Fox and Mrs Wilson for their help and support. The theme this year was Fairy Tales and the well dressing incorporated children’s ideas from ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’. Thank you to all those who went along to support the festival at Brackenfield.
Children worked in family groups and rotated round a series of egg-citing Easter workshops, egg-sploring the Easter Story: designing an Easter garden; making unleavened bread; creating Easter crosses and Palm leaves and learning about Easter Week. They enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt outside, egg-xamining the school grounds very carefully to seek out their own mini-eggs and making sure they did not pass on secret information about where other eggs were hidden! In the afternoon children created their own Easter cards to take home. At the end of the day parents were invited into school to have a look round at the egg-cellent work.
On Tuesday 26th March, children dressed up as favourite story book characters for a fun ‘Share a Story Day’. There were some fabulous creations, including some Harry Potter characters and Disney princesses as well as a crayon, Dennis the Menace, Gangsta Granny and the Demon Dentist, to name but a few! Here are some photos of Woodpecker group. See the Parent Hub App for more photos.
‘Travelling visitors Books’ Book Fair will be in school Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 March and children may use their World Book Day token towards a book if they wish. They will have chance to browse during the week and the fair will be open to parents / Tuesday, Wed, Thurs, Friday 3.30- 4.00pm.
The China Celebration Day was a great success and enjoyed by all the children in Woodpecker Class. Highlights included: Tai Chi;Chinese food tasting using chopsticks; making Chinese lanterns; building ‘The Great Wall of China’ and creating miniature clay models of ‘The Terracotta Army’.
KS2 ‘Rotten Romans’ – Partake History workshop
This term Peregrines and Kingfishers are taking part in an exciting topic ‘Rotten Romans’ – all about life in Britain in Roman times and the impact of the Roman invasions and settlement.
Children enjoyed an exciting day of workshops with Partake History on 25th February.
Children will be developing their team skills by learning to use their shields while under attack, in the ‘tortoise’ formation. They will become engineers by building an arch, try writing on wax tablets and then create a mosaic for the bath house. They will try their hand at a Roman game of chance and indulging their senses with some flavours of ‘The Empire’ with a Roman food-tasting session. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Roman dress, armour and weaponry as two children are transformed into Portia, a Roman noble lady and her brother Marcellus, a Roman soldier. They will handle and investigate extraordinary artefacts and inventions, all with a link to health and hygiene.
Here are some photos taken on the day………..
On Thursday 22 November, the whole school had a great time learning all about Diwali, a festival of light. The children worked in mixed family groups finding out about the story of Rama and Sita, and why and how Diwali is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs. At the end of the day we welcomed parents and visitors to look round the displays of children’s work. Thank you to those who contributed items to share and display. Here are some photographs.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraising for Children In Need. Children enjoyed a non- uniform ‘Wear something Yellow’ day and took part in Pudsey themed games and activities. They had fun decorating biscuits with sweets and icing. Have a look at some if the fantastic designs!
On Thursday 11th October Stretton Handley faced their second home match of the season at home against a good Grassmoor team.
Stretton started the game with a fast pace. Some quick foot work from MH created a chance which was blocked by the defender. Once again, LH continued to impress in her central midfield role and her long throw in created the first goal. The throw caused a scramble in the box which led to LR laying the ball off for MH to tap home, 1-0. From kick-off, a good tackle by GH and pass from GT left LR with the ball. He played a good ball through the middle which MH ran onto and passed the ball into the bottom corner, 2-0. Just before half tim,e the Grassmoor defence played a hopeful ball up the field and with the wind swirling round, TH in goal misjudged the ball and unfortunately it landed in the back of the net. Half time 2-1.
The second half began and Stretton Handley now had the extra wind on their side. They played a fantastic second half. A solid midfield performance from LR and LH meant that Grassmoor struggled to create any chances and when they did, the excellent defence by KH, GT, RJ and GH proved too strong for the attackers.
KH made a good tackle and passed to LR who then played a good low ball to MH who scored his hat trick, 3-1. Two minutes later and LH passed to MH who again proved to fast and skillful for Grassmoor and scored his 4th goal! 4-1. Grassmoor did create one good chance and a fantastic double save from TH kept the score at 4-1.
With 2 minutes left LR found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and he shot well but the keeper closed down the angle and managed to save it.
Finally, RJ, with a tackle / shot saw the ball perfectly fly into the top corner. What a goal! 5-1 to Stretton Handley.
A fantastic performance all round with a stand out performance by MH (4 goals) and LR who were voted joint star players by the Grassmoor manager. An excellent win by an improving team!
On Monday 1st October, Stretton Handley started their league campaign in a home match against Tupton. After a thorough warm up led by captain LR the team were ready and it showed, as Stretton took early control in the game, with LH, LR and MH dominating possession in Tupton’s half. However, Tupton defended well and Stretton couldn’t find the goal they deserved. After 14 minutes, a brilliant long throw by LH put MH one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake. slotting the ball into the bottom corner, 1-0 Stretton.
The goal filled the Stretton team with confidence and 2 minutes later, after a good tackle by KH, LR got the ball and passed to LH. who then passed to MH, who again skillfully wrong footed the keeper and smashed the ball into the net. 2-0. A brilliant first half performance!
The second half started and Tupton started to pile on the pressure. Stretton were deep in their own half and defending well. RJ made a crucial header and TH made 2 brilliant saves in the goal. From a Tupton corner, GT calmly cleared the ball down the line which MH chased and with excellent skill dribbled down the wing, cut into the box and was fouled in order to win a penalty! Chance for his hat trick maybe? Not! Captain LR decided to step up for the penalty and dilled low and hard only for the keeper to make a good save.
Tupton then started to dominate possession and a mistake in defence led to a one-on-one, but up stepped goalkeeper, TH, to make a fantastic low save. However, from the resulting corner, Tupton managed to create a shooting chance from outside the box and it curled right into the top corner 2-1. Tupton grew in confidence now and again had 2 good chances with GT clearing one of the line and KH making a strong tackle to deny another.
However with 4 minutes left TH made a good safe and the ball fell to LR who mistakenly hand balled it to give Tupton a penalty and chance to equalise. The Tupton striker smashed the ball home to make it 2-2.
In the final 2 minutes LH had a brilliant shot cleared off the line and MH, with fantastic skill, smashed the ball like a rocket, which somehow the Tupton keeper managed to save. 2-2 the game finished and a point each to the two teams.
Star player of the match was voted by the Tupton manager and was given to LH with MH a very close second. Also a stand out league debut for KH.
An excellent game played well by both teams!
Next game at home vs Grassmoor on Thursday 11th October 2018.