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)

November Nature Walk

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A week of wild weather gave us a fresh and sunny day for our November Nature Walk!

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We set of down the Flitch Way towards Hatfield Forest and made our way back past the airport balance pools. The Flitch Way runs along an old railway line.

What did we learn! We saw the winter crops in the fields and spotted Old Man’s Beard. We also compared the smoothness of Ash bark to that of Oak. Oak trees line the old railway line. For those new to the walk we looked at the Stane Street Halt.

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We talked in detail about sewage, saw the processing plants and wondered at the clarity of the water in the old faithful Pincey Brook.

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Friday Afternoons

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Each Friday afternoon the Juniors usually find themselves outdoors enjoying the gardens and looking at nature.

20160909_143941It’s a real pleasure to grow and harvest our own food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also look after some chickens. One of the jobs we have to do each year is to clip the chickens’ wings.

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One of the things we also do is each week we record the weather. So, since last Friday we have had a maximum temperature of 15 degrees and a minimum of 3. It was 6 degrees to day with a light South Westerly wind.

 

Essex Schools Cross Country Championships

photo 1On Wednesday 19th of November a team of runners from Year 9, 10 and 11 took part in a rather muddy race at The Discovery Centre in Notley.

Congratulations to Khai for winning her age group race and to Lila for coming 5th. They are both into the next round.

photo 5Our boys did brilliantly as well, in their respective groups. Angus came 29th, Nathan S. 31st, Nathan C. 44th, Thomas 49th and Josh 52nd.  Fantastic results, well done.

Intrepid ascent of KS1 pupil raises climbing frame funds!

20141024_125654_resized_1Benji’s mum writes,

We wanted to raise money to buy some new climbing/play equipment for the younger members of the school.  Benji thought it would be a great idea to climb a mountain as it was an ambition of his to do this and it seemed in keeping with the climbing theme; as well as being a big challenge for a five year old!

He received sponsorship from friends, family and other members of the school community.  We have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity.

Although we haven’t collected in all the money yet, we expect to have raised over £400.

We decided to climb Pen-y-Ghent which is in the Yorkshire Dales as it is quite near to where Benji’s grandparents live and we went to stay with them for part of half term.

We set out to climb the mountain on 22nd October but we had to turn back due to a bad turn in the weather. This was a bit disappointing but two days and a few prayers later on 24th we tried again and were blessed with making our ascent right between rain clouds under blue sky. Pen-y-Ghent is one of the Yorkshire three peaks and we were fortunate enough to have a clear view of the other two peaks, Ingleborough and Wernside, from the top where we enjoyed our well-earned lunch. Other walkers we met all commented how well Benji had done for one so young and even his little brother Caleb did some climbing too.

Benji really enjoyed it and thought it was fantastic to be on top of a mountain, out in the great outdoors; we are sure it won’t be his last climb!! He was a little tired by the end but it was well worth it.

We hope the new equipment will be finding its’ home in the school very soon – and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored him!

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Oakwood Youth Camp

oakwood 2In July pupils from year six to nine went on a residential trip to Oakwood Youth Challenge in Berkshire. We had a fantastic week with a variety of instructor lead activities including crate stacking, high ropes, flying kiwi, mountain boarding, abseiling and climbing to mention some. The children achieved great things in archery, conquering fear of heights and building friendships. In the evenings we had a message from the Bible and played a variety of indoor and outdoor games. On the last evening the instructors awarded T-shirts to those who had achieved top speeds or scores on the activities – and also to those who had impressed them with determination and courage. 

Family Week 2014

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While the seniors were away on their camp, the juniors cast off their school uniforms and the mums and dads were let in!

The week was punctuated with a camp in Tom’s garden, with a walk round Hatfield Heath and a tasty BBQ. Then a “peaceful night” in the fresh air.

And how did the week end? A presentation of our version of Alice in Wonderland and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

School Log June 2014

As regular readers will know we are in the midst of planning our 25th anniversary celebrations.  You are all invited to come along and join in the fun during the afternoon and evening of Saturday 27th September.  The Takeley Sports and Social Club will be open for drinks (and comfort breaks!).There will be side stalls, food, live music and fun.  We hope it will be a real community celebration and look forward to seeing you there.

We like to keep ourselves busy,; this term has been no exception. Year 5 and 6 students visited the Houses of Parliaments, Year 10 Geography students went to Walton on the Naze to complete Geography field work, the upper juniors visited the Essex Schools Food and Farming Day at Writtle College, Year 9s took part in a sponsored walk to Hatfield Forest to raise awareness and money for Mercy Ships and Mad Science recently came in to run an assembly for us.

Looking forward, we have Sports Day, our Leavers Assembly, a trip to Boydells Farm, a trip to a Potter’s, and our  residential trip to Oakwood Youth Challenge Centre in Wokingham.

We do have spaces in certain year groups from September 2014. So if you would like to know more about our school, please look at our website our thriving Facebook Community or contact the office on 01279 871182.