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Fourteen Year 6 children travelled to St. George’s Park to act as flag bearers and ball collectors for an international match of Under 21s from England and Denmark. Our pupils behaved impeccably and undertook their duties with pride and enthusiasm. This was an amazing experience for all involved and one we hope to repeat in the future.
Following a successful series of after-school running club sessions Belmont Primary School entered a full team of Year 6 children into the South Derbyshire Primary School Cross Country event. This event took place at Melbourne Sports Park and served as the qualification event for National Primary School Cross Country runners, should they come in the top 10 positions. One of our Y6 runners, Ewan, came 9th and therefore gained his place at the National competition, held at Prestwold Hall, Leicester. Ewan performed superbly, showing all of his peers that he was truly the best he could be. We are very proud of all of our athletes representing our school.
Year 3 artist visit
As part of our Kenyan printing and pattern topic in Art, Year 3 worked for a whole day with artist Nicki Dennett who is a printmaker and illustrator.
We made collagraph prints with Nicki and were lucky to be able to print our artwork on a real printing press. We also made African animal mono-prints, printed repeating patterns and cloth bunting. Nicki showed us how she uses her own sketchbooks to prepare for her finished art works.
Ryley in 3T remarked: ‘This is the best day ever. I love art!’
Song of support for Lewis
Our flag of support has arrived in Rio!
When Lewis, a former pupil, visited school before the holidays we presented him with a flag of support in the design of the Paralympics logo. Lewis has kindly sent us a picture of the flag on his balcony in the Paralympic Village.
Tamba Roy Visit
We have been delighted to welcome back Tamba Roy this week as part of our ongoing ‘Helpful Habits’ project.
Through storytelling, music and discussion Tamba explored the importance of well being, perseverance and determination. With the help of Tamba’s puppet, Mountain Chicken, the children explored how their helpful habits could support them in being the best they can be.
‘Tamba taught us to try and enjoy every moment of the day’ –Amelie and Sharley
‘Try as hard as you can and never give up was what I thought after hearing the story about rabbit winning the competition. Mountain Chicken tried even though he didn’t win. – Jesse
‘Tamba was funny. I liked his song and his story because they made me feel calm and happy. - Harley
The ‘Habits’ project has clearly had an important impact in helping children to understand that they can make choices that impact upon their own success. e.g. replacing unhelpful habits with ones that help them to learn.
Tamba Roy (2016)
We were all delighted and honoured to meet Dr. Kagan who kindly came to visit Belmont as part of his visit to the UK. Dr. Kagan's Co-operative Learning Structures are used throughout the school to effectively support teaching, learning and social development.
Our Year 4 Kagan Coaches enjoyed discussing with Dr.Kagan how his structures have helped to support their learning and enabled them to grow in confidence.
Dr. Kagan, on his tour of Belmont, observed the Year 4 Kagan Coaches teaching the younger children the sequence of steps to Mix, Pair, Share. Dr. Kagan enjoyed seeing the children using a wide variety of his structures such as Numbered Heads Together, Inside Outside Circle, Quiz Quiz Trade to name but a few. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed being taught by Dr. Kagan himself - a really special treat for all involved!
Sharing our Kagan Coaches Project
Yr 5 sharing how the Kagan structures have supported their learning
Mr.Gebbie's Retirement Celebrations...