Pancake day!

Pancake day was a lot of fun. Year 11s had a great time cooking the pancakes and everyone had the chance to eat one.

Year 11s cooking

…and some of our infants enjoying the pancakes.

Wandlebury Iron Age Fort

The Juniors went to Wandlebury Iron age fort on Wednesday as part of their project on the iron age. The day was led by staff at the centre. The children were taught for a short while in the classroom.

They then had the opportunity to make bread, which they then cooked on sticks over an open fire and ate them for their snack. They were shown how iron age people would have had to thresh, winnow and grind corn on a quernstone.

  
The children had a very educational tour of the site showing the hill, ring ditch and the way people lived.

The children had lunch in the sunshine and then had a go at weaving with willow twigs, they saw a  partial reconstruction of a round house, which they enjoyed playing in. They had fun practising their skills with a sling shot and tennis ball before having their faces painted like warriors with blue ‘woad’.

Bronze Age Ramble

In 1948 Bronze Age axes were found here on the Harcamlow Way trail which runs past our school. It is one of our favourite walks into country. It was cold but fun and the Year 2s joined us for the first time.

As we walked we asked the question, “Why here?”

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Having been warriors right in the hollow the axes were found, what better than playing in a ditch.

The tradition was renewed of naming this area rabbit city. We’ve been doing this for nearly 30 years now!

Media Studies Jan/Feb 2017

This term the yr 6-8 have been studying Comic Strips and Cartoons as part of Media Studies. Their final task was to create a cartoon/comic strip based on a story given to them. They were required to use the skills they had learnt over the half term to design a Their version of comic. Some worked in pairs and some individually.

Junior Class Explorations Jan/Feb 2017

Year 2 and 3 are looking at Rocks this half term. They spent some time identifying and drawing different rock types, and then doing experiments with the different rocks. They went on a walk round Takeley looking for different rock types – both natural stone and man-made ‘rocks’ (see first photo).

The Juniors have been learning about British prehistory. They looked at cave paintings and made caves and drew some cave art to put in them. The second photo is of their caves and the art inside.
Moving on to the Mesolithic age the Juniors learned about Star Carr and the evidence of round-houses from post holes that have been discovered. They then built their own roundhouses using willow branches from the allotment. (See bottom photo)

Head boy’s speech 2016

Hello and welcome to The Christian School, Takeley Open Day. My name is Josh and I am in year 11 and I’m here to tell you about my experience of this unique school.

I have thoroughly enjoyed looking back at my time at school, looking back at the wonderful memories I have collected.

What is so unique about school?

Well, the first thing I remember is the warm welcome I received on my first day at school. I was extremely nervous but was welcomed in such a kind way that I instantly felt at home.

Which leads me on to my next point: the strength of the school is family . Because of the size and accepting atmosphere, you know and look out for others across different years . I have had friends across years including younger and older pupils and the friendships last.  I play football  with past pupils every week.  There are also good relations with teachers who we call by their first names.

Due to the size of the school everyone receives the attention they need. As a  year 11 I have my own tutor with whom I have one to one sessions every week. Some of my friends here have learning difficulties, which at  other schools did not get the necessary attention, but they have thrived here because of the more flexible approach our small classes allow. There are no sets, or one set lesson plan but instead, a lesson plan for each student as we all learn differently at different speeds.

I have learned and had opportunities that I would only have had here. I have learned many qualities through being part of the school council, part of a jobs team, involved in charity fund raising, going to camps and taking part in plays and concerts. These opportunities are open to all.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at school and if I could I would do it all over again.

Christmas Concert

Our Christmas Concert is on the last day of term, Wednesday 21st December, at 2pm. The pupils will be performing plays and there will also be a number of individual items. Last year’s leavers will be back to be presented with their GCSE certificates, so we are looking forward to catching up with them. We hope that all our families will join us for this festive celebration.

Carol Service

Our annual Christmas Carol Service will be held on Friday 9th December at 7pm. This will be a mixture of traditional and modern carols and readings following the theme Hope is Born. We would love all our families to join us for the service and for mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies afterwards.