Juniors Victorian Trip

As part of their topic on Victorians the Juniors recently visited Braintree Museum where they discovered more about life in Victorian times. They learnt about life in the mills and  did some weaving, tried plaiting corn-dolly style and discovered how washing was done. The highlight of the day was enduring a lesson in the Victorian classroom with the school ma’am and her back straightener (for those who slouched), her dunce hat and finger stocks!

Children’s Mental Health Week – 2019

The school marked Children’s Mental Health Week to raise awareness of the need to take care of our minds as well as our bodies. Parents, teachers and students of all ages got involved.

The infants were playing games to help talk about different feelings, the juniors were learning about the need for good sleep, diet and exercise for healthy minds.  The lower seniors made artistic explorations of the nature of emotions, and the upper seniors got to incorporate some building-work into their classes!  All year groups got musical to consider the affect of music on mood and some cookery students even made emoji cupcakes!

Everyone had a go at learning to stop and breath, to help focus in their classes, and also enjoyed some fun activities as “brain breaks” between lessons.

It was also great to see so many parents at the Wellbeing Workshop that week which proved very helpful in understanding anxiety and how it impacts on adults and children alike.

Additional resources can be found in the “student support” folder which you will find in the “Document Repository” on our website under the Curriculum tab.

Building Nests

  

In horticulture, years 3 to 5 were challenged to build a bird’ s nest. They gathered their materials and the two teams then faced many challenges as they explored the task. They considered and overcame issues such as stability, structure, lack of materials and other “birds” stealing their materials! It was great fun and they ended up respecting the ingenuity of the birds.

Christmas Bazaar 2018…and more!

Christmas season 2018 at TCST has now been officially inaugurated with the annual Christmas Bazaar. Parents donated items to be sold and also volunteered for gift wrapping duty. Once everything was set up and ready the youngsters were welcomed in for their Christmas shopping experience. Starting with the youngest members of the school the children came and chose presents for their families and learned the joy of giving to others. Everything cost 50p and proceeds will go to school funds. You will see in the photos some of the children helping each other to choose whilst others are helped by members of staff. This year’s event went smoothly and was enjoyed by all – a great community effort!

The school was also involved in the Christmas “Light Up” at the Jubilee Hall across the road which was a lovely village community event. TCST children were able to contribute to the enjoyment of the evening by performing three songs on the stage. We are now looking forward to our Carol Service on Friday evening as well as our end of term dramatic performances next Tuesday (infants) and Wednesday (everyone else) as we break up for the Christmas holiday. Happy Christmas everyone!

Junior trip to Colchester Zoo

The juniors recently spent a day at Colchester Zoo studying African animals as part of their topic work. We experienced an African workshop in which we discovered that giraffes communicate with one another using a low moaning noise inaudible to the human ear. We were able to hear them, amplified, during the workshop. We fed giraffes and learned that they have the same number of neck bones as humans! The brave amongst us handled a corn snake; we were fascinated by the antics of the mandrills and we discovered why Fennec foxes have big ears. All in all, a great day out.

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!

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)