Regularly throughout the academic year we provide children here at Chilton Foliat with many real life experiences to further enhance their learning.
Since September the local community have been invited to come and have lunch with us twice and they were served beautifully by the Year 6 children. They came for a Harvest and a Christmas lunch where the children sang angelically to them. The choir also entertained people at a local garden centre too.
The whole school had an opportunity to go inside the Life Education Bus to learn about drugs and its effects, which was very informative. We also visited the Watermill Theatre, Newbury to see Sleeping Beauty as a pantomime. Plus, the Scholastic Book Fair stayed with us for a few days so that we could buy some superb new books.
Furthermore, the children within KS1 had a mobile farm arrive at school where they could interact with a variety of farm animals – including pigs and sheep. Whereas KS2 children found out how sausages were made by having an interactive workshop led by the Newbury and District Agricultural Society. The older children also went to Cadbury’s World to discover where chocolate originally came from and they investigated Aztec artefacts.
Children in Sika class also had a visit from Mr Barrington (a Science teacher from St. Johns Secondary School, Marlborough) where they were given the opportunity to dissect a pig’s heart and explore it in depth.
Lastly, the School Council Executive Committee visited the Houses of Parliament which they thoroughly loved. We now have a budding Prime Minister…!
In January, Sika class were very excited about getting approx 200 brown trout eggs to look after. They were given to them by ARK (Action for the River Kennet) who subsequently delivered an interactive, invertebrate workshop to the children. The project was a great success and the young trout were safely returned back to the River Kennet in March.
KS2 had a further workshop led by the Newbury and District Agricultural Society but this time the focus was breakfast and where the ingredients came from and the children were given their own wheat to take home and grow on in a pot. These children also had a visit from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance volunteers when the children spent a valuable morning learning about their work, as well as some of the horrific injuries that children can be victim to and how to keep safe.
The School Council Executive Committee had a visit from BBC Wiltshire Radio. They were interviewed by James Thomas, who wanted to know about life at Chilton Foliat Primary School – the chickens were of course mentioned!
In March KS2 all children had a taster session with I-Sing-Pop, which is a Christian Values based project. Following the super response from both adults and children, we will be undertaking this as a whole school project next year.
Finally, children from Yr2 & Yr3 visited St. John’s Secondary School to take part in an egg race with other cluster schools. The children had to invent and create a vehicle to carry an egg without breaking it. They were fantastic and their inventions were very clever.
So far this term all of the children have walked down to the village to investigate their Local Area to tie in with this term’s topic “I-Spy”. Everyone has visited Fairyland; the older children explored the village further by creating their own maps and doing traffic surveys.
The children in Roe class have visited St. Mary’s church to investigate the inside and outside to see what makes it special to Christians.
Years 2, 5 and 6 have had a visit from the Fire Brigade where dangerous within the house were explored, plus having an evacuation plan at home was discussed with the older children.
The KS2 children are looking forward to going to Marlborough to compare settlements. Yr3/4 are hoping to go Crofton Beam Engine Pumping Station whereas the Yr5/6 hope to experience a variety of water sports at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, Cirencester.