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KS1 Adventure at Marrick Priory                       Monday 11th July

Key Stage 1 pupils have excelled in their follow up sessions at Marrick Priory. Having gained confidence in the autumn term, they were back, eager to take on the next challenge. The impact of earlier work was evident as pupils showed resilience, determination and  courage as they tackled the climbing wall, an abseil from the bell tower, the blind line and archery. Some of the activities are normally used for much older pupils and both centre staff and school staff commented on how well this group of younger pupils have done. 

Reception Multi Skills                                       Tuesday 21st June

Whole School Walk, Muker to Gunnerside         Friday 17th June

We all really enjoyed our journey, following the Swale, from Muker to Gunnerside. We operated in small mixed age groups and the pupils did a super job of looking out for one another, helping and supporting younger pupils on the way. We stopped regularly to identify wild flowers, trees and birds. We found a brilliant spot to watch sandmartins catching insects and returning to the river bank. We also did some sketching and detective work using an old map from 1850. The walk will be our inspiration for our art entries for Reeth and Muker Shows. 

Fountains Abbey                                               Monday 23rd May

On the 23rd May, we went to Fountains Abbey to learn about  felt making and the Abbey because in history we are learning about King Henry VIII destroying the churches. We learned about felt making because monks who used to live in the Abbey made money by selling wool from their sheep. 

"It was the best day ever." 

"I thought it was amazing."

"I really enjoyed it. I especially liked the felt making."

"I enjoyed learning about felt making and seeing the Abbey."

"All in all everyone had a great day."

Year 3 and 4 

Christian Aid Cake Sale                                     Friday 20th May

Year 5 and 6 made cakes in class and by presenting their ideas through a motivational assembly to the rest of school, managed to get other members of the school community baking too. The outcome was superb, with £345 raised for Christian Aid. 

Mountain Biking                                                May 2016

We have recently invested in a fleet of mountain bikes, enabling us to offer sessions as part of our programme of after school sport. Pupils have responded brilliantly to a skills based session at school for the first week and to weekly offload adventures since then.

April in the nursery

We are currently exploring the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and have enjoyed making playdough cupcakes (complete with ‘cherries’), serving them in our café role play area. Over the next week, we will be having a go at writing our own stories, using our imaginations to change the characters and ending. We have continued to enjoy our music sessions with Mrs Levell and ‘The Jungle Song’ remains a firm favourite! We are making full and proper use of the good weather and getting outside when we can to play on the cars, paint with water and build towers.

Fischy Music                                                     March 2016

Before Easter we teamed up with Middleham Primary School for a brilliant day of music. We have been learning a range of songs that focus on personal, social and emotional development that are really fun and easy to learn, with actions and dance too. Pupils responded brilliantly with some great feedback from them at the end of the day:

“Today was amazing. I love Fischy Music.”

“The emotion song inspired me to share my feelings.”

“I really enjoyed learning and performing the Creativity song. It was fun making up our own dances.” 

March in the nursery

First of all: a big thank you to the Friends of the schools for our exciting new edition – a fantastic light table! We have loved exploring making pictures, building with glowing blocks and playing with our squashy numbers! We have also continued our theme of families and British values, making life sized paintings and talking about the importance of having respect and tolerance for other people. We made Mothers’ day cards using celery to print flowers with and painted lovely bright spring time daffodils.

Weather Station                                               March 2016

We are really pleased with our new weather station, installed at Gunnerside school just before Easter. The unit records a huge amount of data that is then transferred directly to the internet, enabling the information to be viewed on any computer. We are looking forward to using the data to support learning in geography, science and maths. There is a link to our weather page on the left of this page. We would like to thank the Friends of the Schools for a very generous donation towards the cost of the station; thank you all for your support. 

Church School Inspection and SIAMS Report     March 2016

Before the Easter break, Gunnerside School was inspected as a church school. The purpose of the inspection was to evaluate the school’s distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Methodist primary school. We all really enjoyed the visit as a chance to share what we do. Pupils at both schools were very articulate, explaining our approach to school life, our values and opportunities for spiritual development. The school was last inspected in 2010 and was graded ‘good’ at the time. Our recent inspection grade is ‘outstanding.’ We are delighted with the outcome that reflects the hard work of the staff team, the input of Reverend Janet and of course the fantastic approach that pupils have to school life. Well done everyone! 

SIAMS Report 2016

February in the nursery

This month we have been exploring more about how we change from being babies. We talked about the things that we can do that babies can’t and added some more lovely paper plate portraits to our ‘Ourselves’ display. We also enjoyed exploring spaghetti and flour (not together!) in the big tray, loom bands in our ‘Funky Fingers’ area, lots of lovely number writing on white boards and made heart biscuits and sun catchers for Valentines Day.

Rotary Club Enterprise Challenge                     Friday 12th February 2016

Over the last few months pupils have been involved in an exciting entreprenurial opportunity. As part of the Wensleydale Cluster of Schools, we were invited by the Rotary Club to take part in a competition to raise money for charity. After much discussion, the children decided to design, make and sell Christmas Kits that were sold at the Christmas performances. 

This afternoon, members of the School Council attended a presentation event along with other pupils from Bainbridge, Askrigg, West Burton, Hawes and Middleham Schools. Judges reported that the presentations were of a good standard and that deciding on a winner was a tough task. Our pupils were delighted with the decision that their project is the winner this year!

Together, the schools involved have raised £877.86 that will be donated to Friends of Mettupalayam Trust, a rural development project in South India. Thank you to everyone who supported the children's work. 

KS2 Geography                                                Thursday 11th February 2016

This afternoon pupils enjoyed a series of geography workshops delivered by a team of 3rd year geography students. 

Dark Skies Exhibition                                     January 2016

Infant pupils have enjoyed creating art work for presentation at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes as part of their Dark Skies Festival. The exhibition runs from 1st February to 20th March. 

January in the nursery

This month we have been exploring the story of Elmer! We have transformed our role play area into a jungle and had great fun re-enacting the story using masks. We decorated a giant Elmer for our display and explored repeated patterns using paint dabbers, cork board shapes and ‘joining elephants’. We also had opportunity to be involved with the Dark Skies exhibition currently on display at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, making lovely planet paintings using shaving foam and paint splatters – messy fun!

Whole school referendum                             Friday 29th January 2016

Having received a letter from the School Council requesting a school pet, we decided to hold a referendum to gather everyone's view. In assemblies this week we have explored positive aspects of caring for a pet, as well as broader issues such as animal welfare and responsibility. On Thursday, debates were held in both schools and on Friday we all voted. We have really enjoyed the experience and have learned a great deal about democracy as part of our work on British values. 

So, what was the result? School council members counted the ballot papers, with 30 votes YES and 20 votes NO. 

We'll keep you posted on the next step - choosing the pet!

Christingle Service, St Andrew's Church        Friday 18th December 2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Christingle Service with Arkengarthdale School. It is always a special event that completes our Christmas celebrations as a school. 

December in the nursery

This month we have been focusing on counting and recognising numbers – we are getting much better at writing them too! We have enjoyed lots of Christmas activities, including painting patterns on baubles, using our fine motor skills to decorate our little Christmas tree and making salt dough decorations to take home; we also made good use of the snow to make snowmen! The children have enjoyed wrapping presents and writing cards in our Santa’s post office role play area. Everybody loved our Christmas party, complete with party snacks, musical statues and a visit from a very special friend...

KS1 Adventure at Marrick Priory                    December 2015

November in the nursery

November in the Nursery has seen us exploring 'transient art' and neon paint to make firework pictures, using 'Numicon' to make patterns, building models out of junk, and heaps and heaps of mark making! We are also really enjoying doing our calendar every day - we love singing our 'flipper flapper' song and using Makaton to sign our nursery rhyme of the week.

KS2 York Residential                                      Thursday 12th - Friday 13th November

Longship ready to sail!                                    Monday 2nd November 2015

October in the nursery

This month we have been learning about autumn. We explored our autumn interest table and brought in things that we had found out and about. We had our first go at using the big tweezers to pick up acorns and conkers - they are tricky to use! Mrs Stainsby brought in a pumpkin and we had a go at putting our hands inside to feel the slimy seeds. We made tasty scones with Eden's mummy, green 'slime dough' which made a lovely mess on the floor (whoops!) and leaf pictures of woodland animals.

The BBC at Gunnerside School!                      Tuesday 13th October 2015

Pupils at Gunnerside have been involved in an exciting project, working with BBC Radio 3 and children's author, David Almond. A programme is being produced, inspired by the story of Alice, a young girl who lived at Crackpot Hall in the 1930s. The BBC and David have tracked down Alice, finding her well and now living in Carlisle. Keen to find out more about Upper Swaledale and children's perception of this landscape today, David led a discussion with KS2 pupils followed by a recording session in preparation for broadcast on Saturday 7th November at 9:30pm. The children provided some real insights and were able to comment on the landscape around Keld, both from their experiences out of school and after the whole school walk in the summer term that passed just below the old farm. Pupils loved the experience, commenting on how it had boosted their confidence. 

Harvest Service                                                 Friday 2nd October 2015

This morning we enjoyed the chance to say thank you for the harvest and also to think more broadly about all that we appreciate and value. We considered the needs of others who are in difficulty at this time and raised over seventy pounds to help Syrian refugees. Thank you for your support. 

Viking longship takes shape!                             Tuesday 29th September 2015           

As part of our Year 3 and 4 Viking project, pupils have started work on an ambitious plan to build a longship in the school field at Gunnerside. Working with Forest Schools practitioner, Mr Pellatt, the pupils are learning to use tools and natural materials found within the school grounds. We'll keep you posted as the work progresses.

September in the nursery

We have been very busy and had lots of fun over the past few weeks at the nursery. We enjoyed sensory play with the water beads and made some huge towers with the bricks outside. As part of our mini topic 'Ourselves,' we had a lovely visit from Baby Ben and his mummy Katherine - we loved looking at his tiny toes and even gave him a bath! We did a great job decorating our photo frames and loved making squelchy hand and footprints. Eden's mummy came in and made some tasty jam tarts with us - yummy!

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