Red Nose Day
Friday 15th March 2019
On Friday 15th March 2019, all the children and staff at Lark Rise celebrated Red Nose Day. Children and staff participated by wearing the colour red all day and some pupils even made the extra effort to participate in a bake sale, in which their cakes were then sold after school to help raise money for this cause. Well done to everyone that dressed up and completely embraced Red Nose Day!
British Science Week
Monday 11th - Friday 15th March 2019
During the week 11-15th March, all children and staff at Lark Rise celebrated British Science Week. We enjoyed visits from the Wildlife Trust Education Service in which they brought in amazing fossils to the school to educate the pupils about the earth prehistoric history. We also enjoyed a trip to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre, in which our pupils were able to see how the robotic systems in the Amazon warehouse operate to move parcels around the building in their day to day operations.
World Book Day
Friday 8th March 2019
On Friday 8th March 2019, all the children and staff at Lark Rise took part in World Book Day. There was an absolute literary rainbow of characters ranging from princesses to wizards, Menaces to animals. Children also made use of their beautiful new Key Stage Book Corners. Well done to everyone that dressed up and completely embraced the World of Books! You made the day full of imagination and smiles!
Mrs Berry's Trip to India February 2019
SARENGA – 2019
CHAKNARA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Thank you to the children at Lark Rise Academy who have yet again excelled themselves in the support of children and families less fortunate than themselves in Sarenga, West Bengal, India through support of the rural village schools, Khristiya Seva Niketan Mission Hospital and Marshal Duar Girls’ Hostel.
Back in January, I set the children some targets in a ‘Going for Goals’ Assembly…
Goal 1… Mufti Day
Children supported a mufti day on Friday, 25th January 2019. The children all participated and raised funds to support the following goals:
Goal 2… Support of Anjana (aged 11)
For a second year in a safe house providing security and safety, education, clubs and equipment to enable Anjana to live and take part in activities just like her peers.
Goal 3…Fruit Snack
Due to the success of providing a nutritious fruit snack to the children at the rural schools, it was again a success as the children cherished their juicy orange, brought at the local market; supporting local farmers and livelihoods. Most children chose to eat their oranges whilst others decided to take them home to share with their families.
Goal 4… Learning Activity at Chaknara Primary School Using Recycled Products
I could not believe the quantity of old socks I received following my appeal! This year, the activities taken out to India for all the children revolved around socks! I received so many pairs that I could prep to do to activities with both the school children and children at the girls’ hostel. Firstly, we made ‘Rainbow Bubble Snakes’ with bottles, socks and washing up liquid. Some were able to make longer snakes than others depending on the amount of puff exerted!! We also made sock puppets using brightly coloured socks, buttons, pipe cleaners, pompoms etc.
Another activity using recycled plastic bottles included the exciting launch of rockets. For this we used Alker Seltzer tablets, water and recycled fruit drink bottles. Some bottles soared whilst others flopped!! But the children anticipated with excitement waiting to see the results to see if their bottle flew over the school wall or whizzed along the floor at a tangent!!
The Headteacher when thanking us, summed up our visit: “We long for your visit like we long for the rain in the hot, sticky summer; it is always refreshing and anticipated… we wait a long time for your visit and look forward to you coming to our school so much that old pupils ask permission to return so they can join in with the fun activities!”.
Goal 5… Support of Puja.
Puja is an outstanding student from a very poor background. She has achieved outstanding progress in all her examinations achieving AA++ across the board. Due to her family situation, Puja was unable to continue her education as her parents could not afford books or tuition. Whilst in India in February, I was able to visit her family and spend some time with her and her family at her home. Puja’s favourite subjects at school are Science and English, she is also an accomplished artist. Lark Rise were able to pay for the equipment and resources needed to help Puja realise her dream of attending university. Lark Rise supported Puja and have made a difference to her life… she, and her family are very grateful.
Finally, I have a message to share with all stakeholders to the visit;
“First of all, I would like to express my thanks to the management (Governors) and especially the children of Lark Rise Academy for being so sensitive and responsive towards the needs of the children in a country they have never visited. It is not only the financial assistance, but granting you permission to visit us on a regular interval that shows their concern for all of us here… Let me conclude the email formally with lots of love to you and your school children and gratitude to the children and teachers of your school. God bless you all.”
Pradip Baux, Hospital Administrator at the Mission Hospital
Cake Competition and Sale - Monday 4th February 2019
On Monday, 4th February 2019, some of the children brought in a number of yummy, homemade cakes to be judged and then, very kindly, sold after school to raise money for Cancer Research UK. There were 2 winners from each Key Stage and each took home some very special prizes. The children raised a grand total of £92! Well done to all who took part.!
Art Week October 2018
During Art Week we have been celebrating the achievements of children from across the school in their Art lessons. The children enjoyed watching an Art Gallery of work and were amazed at what they saw. Children who had work show in the Art Gallery were rewarded with an 'Art Achievement Award Certificate' and a house point for their house. Well done to everybody involved. We hope you enjoy look at our Art Gallery!
Mrs Shilvock - Art Subject Leader
Harvest Festival 11 October 2018
“Cabbages and greens,
Broccoli and beans,
Cauliflower and roasted potatoes,
Taste so good to me!
Apricots and plums,
Ripened in the sun,
Oranges and yellow bananas,
Good for everyone!
It’s another Harvest Festival
When we bring our fruit and vegetables,
Cause we want to share the best of all
The good things that we’ve been given.”
At Lark Rise Academy’s Harvest Festival on Friday 11th October, the children and staff sang a number of songs with gusto to celebrate this special occasion. Major Steve Brevitt, from the Salvation Army, was welcomed as part of the assembly. Throughout the assembly, there were lots of reminders of how lucky we all are to have plenty of food and that it is important, at this special time of year when the farmers are gathering their crops, to think of those people who may be in need and may be hungry as they have little food to eat. The children were keen to share their food from home in order to help others and, as a result, a lovely Harvest Festival display was created. It was made up of cans and packets of food which were taken after the assembly, by Major Steve, to the food bank at the Salvation Army. Lark Rise’s festival celebration was a joyous occasion enjoyed by all of those present and it is hoped the food donations will benefit those in need too!
National Biology Week October 2018
From the 8th to 12 October, the school celebrated National Biology Week. The theme of the week was ‘Blood, Bones and Body Bits’.
We started the week with Mrs Hearne sharing an assembly that demonstrated facts related to bones, including how many we have and which were the biggest and smallest bones in our body. The assembly also taught us the role of the heart, lungs, red and white blood cells and also discovered how Edward Jenner invented the first vaccine for small pox in the 18th Century.
Over the course of the week, a range of visitors talked to the children about their jobs related to biology and the human body. These included:
The children also took part in exciting workshops run by Hands on Science. They participated in exciting practical activities based on different aspect of human biology relating to their age-related science curriculum,. Reception learned how to keep their bodies healthy, Key Stage One learned about bones and the skeleton. Lower Key Stage Two loved learning about digestion and making a model of how food is digested from eating to the disposal of waste products! Upper Key Stage Two focused on the circulatory system and were extremely excited to have the opportunity to dissect a heart.
In an extension of our Biology Week activities, Key Stage Two are also soon going to start linking via skype with a farmer in the U.K. as part of an initiative from Leaf UK. The children will gain a greater understanding of where our food comes from and what form modern farming takes. The skype calls will take place at regular intervals over the year and enable the children to see farming through the seasons.
Lastly, Mrs Hearne was blown away by the incredibly high standard of entries for the competition to create a 3D sculpture of an organ of the body. The wide array of entries was very hard to judge and showed great creativity coupled with super science learning at home (thank you parents as always for the amazing support you gave in this learning opportunity). The winning entries are being announced to the children very soon!
What a fantastic week!
Art Assembly 17th October 2018
This week we have been celebrating the achievements of children from across the school in their Art lessons. The children enjoyed watching an Art Gallery of work and were amazed at what they saw. Children who had work show in the Art Gallery were rewarded with an 'Art Achievement Award Certificate' and a house point for their house. Well done to everybody involved.
We hope you enjoy look at our Art Gallery!
Mrs Shilvock - Art Subject Leader