Reception trip to Lee Valley Park Farm

On Monday 14th May Reception went on a trip to Lee Valley Park Farm. The weather was very kind to us and we had a lovely day out. We started with visiting the guinea pigs and giant rabbits which everyone thought were very cute. We were treated to a very informative and entertaining birds of prey demonstration – we were very impressed by how fast some of the birds were and by how they could catch food with their claws right in the air. We also saw meercats, reindeer and goats. We were able to get up close to a ‘fancy rat’ and a bearded dragon but we all decided to keep our distance from the Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches! We were even able to feed some lambs with a bottle and we discovered that they are very soft but also very strong. We managed to squeeze in some extra fun activities in amongst all our learning as we jumped on a huge bouncy ‘pillow’ and took a toboggan ride down a big hill – even the teachers joined in! We finished off our day out by enjoying an ice lolly before heading back to school. What a great day!

 

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’.

Juniors Ministry Of Science Trip

On Thursday 10th November the Juniors went on a fun trip to see the Ministry of Science Live at the Rhodes Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. To add to the adventure they travelled by bus to the venue. The show covered some history of inventors and scientists as well as lots of practical demonstrations and some good laughs. It will come as no surprise there were lots of explosions and bangs. The pupils learnt about different forms of energy and definitely learnt some new words! One of the group was even chosen to go up on stage to test out a homemade hovercraft. Here are some photo highlights of the trip:
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Family Week 2015

At the end of the summer term each year at TCST we have Family Week. This is a whole week of trips and activities where the whole family can join in. Parents and siblings often join the teachers and pupils. At the end of the 2014/15 year the students enjoyed lots of activities such as high ropes at Great Notley Country Park, fruit picking at Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, trying out tennis, the youngest pupils visited a splash park and the whole school enjoyed a day at Hatfield Forest where we held a den building competition and many pupils made the journey from the school in a convoy of bikes. Here are some of the dens…

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Chef School

20141014_110856_resizedThis week we learned how to eat a huge lunch at 11-30 am.

We had a great time learning about vegetables and how food is prepared by the Toby Carvery in Harlow. This was a day to savour and learn about the way a business like this ensures consistent quality.

The staff were incredibly welcoming and showed a real enthusiasm for their product.

The meal we were offered was bonus to an exciting morning. It’s a hard life.

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Journey’s End a play about WWI

SAM_4745The year 10 and 11 History students visited the Rhodes Centre in Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday 7th October 2014 to see “Journey’s End”, the play by R.C. Sherriff showing life and death in the trenches during the First World War.

We came back having been given a lot to think about especially about loyalty and perseverance. A sub plot was that you don’t need to be perfect to be good!

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. 

Essex Food and Farming Day at Writtle College

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Juniors enjoyed an educational visit along with 3000 other school children learning about different aspects of the environment. We had Mrs Marriage to guide us around the exhibits!

We learnt about modern and old types of harvesting and what farmers do with cow poo! We leant about the many everyday products that are produced from the land. We saw pigs, cows, sheep, alpacers and a beautiful owl.

We saw sausages being made and Tiptree Jams talked about their jam making process and gave us all a miniature jar of jam. We saw sheep being sheared and learnt about selective breeding and the many products that come from them.

We basked in a sunny day with a picnic lunch sitting on a bale of hay!