Summer Holiday Club (August) 2019
Tuesday 28th August
We boarded a minibus to take us to Glen Howe Park where we were met by Rohan and Hayley from Foresteer’s who were at the ready to take us on whistle stop tour of the woodlands before setting up camp deep in the forest.
Once at camp we split into teams, used a few props and our imaginations to made dens, then we proudly sat inside whilst Hayley tested our shelter against rain. She threw water on the roof! Good job it was a very warm sunny day.
The children were shown how to make their own little camp fires and after much determination were delighted to see the results. Hot cooked sausages and toasted marshmallows finished the day perfectly.
Wednesday 29th August
After a quick march to the bus stop - Ding Ding!! Grenoside stables please Mr Bus driver. A woodland pony trek and pony grooming management session was on the agenda. We donned on wellies and a riding hat and split into two teams. One team learned how to brush and look after the horses and the other mounted their horse for a woodland trek.
The children shrieked with excitement as the horse’s gentle trot sped into a cantor lead by the Grenoside Riding team. All of the children had a lot of fun trying to keep on the horse and maintain dignity.
Thursday 30th August
Today's the day we had the teddy bears picnic
After a short walk to the bus stop and a nice relaxing ride we arrived at Graves Park. First we all decided on a shaded area under a big Oak tree to set up our picnic blankets. All the children had brought along their favourite teddy bears to join us and enjoy the fun. One by one the teddy’s sat in a circle and kept watch over our picnic whilst we visited the farm area to see all the different rare breeds of animals. There were chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, goats and even a baby deer that was only a few weeks old to keep our enquiring minds busy.
All that hard work made us really hungry and we hurried back to our picnic, fortunately the teddy bears had left us some nice goodies for us to eat after our packed lunch. Picnic all eaten, we packed up the blankets before a short stay in the play area before it was time to get on the bus back to school.
Friday 31st August
We boarded a minibus to take us to Cannon Hall Farm where we visited the working Farm for the day. We saw the baby Piglets, dairy Cows and fluffy Lambs before visiting the mischievous Goats and sleepy Llamas. Onwards and upwards to the meet the nosey Meerkats and a creepy walk looking at the spiders, snakes and amphibians made us hungry and ready for lunch.
After a well-earned rest we played hide and seek in the plastic maze and had just enough time for a fun slide on the play equipment before heading off back to the bus.
Summer Holiday Club (July) 2019
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Underbank Activity Centre, Stocksbridge
We so excited we almost jumped on the minibus to Underbank – an early start at 8am! An action packed day full of water sports – many the children have never experienced before.
A few children were nervous, but with encouragement they engaged in the activity and loved the experience. Ready Aim Fire - The children split into teams with one group taking aim at the target with Archery, there were arrows everywhere but the children soon got the hang of it and were firing confidently and skilfully reaching the target with high score. Other children hoisted their canoes and kayaks into the water for some water fun in the reservoir. By the end of the session the children were confidently running across the row of canoes in a line and jumping into the water. After a well-deserved lunch the children swapped activities. We also tried paddle boarding – this was a balancing act! A fantastic day had by all.
Wednesday 25th July 2018
Weston Park Museum
Today was a busy day about town! We caught the bus to Hillsborough and travelled on the tram to University. We then strolled up to Weston Park and burnt off some energy playing in the Park. We later explored the museum, learning about our weather, artic creature, archaeological finds, interesting treasure and coming face to face with dinosaurs and bears!
After a picnic lunch we played tiggy and other team games on the grass before heading back to school. Another fantastic learning experience enjoyed by all!
Thursday 27th July 2018
Graves Park Animal Farm
Today we had a great day exploring Graves Park. We hopped on the bus and jumped off at Graves Park. First stop was the barn to see the animals. The children loved getting hands on stroking and feeding the animals. We saw deer’s, sheep, donkeys, ponies, lamas, hens, chicks, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs and some friendly goats!
We sat our teddy bears around the picnic blanket and enjoyed a summer picnic. After lunch we had great fun in the adventure playground playing on the various equipment.
The children were brilliantly behaved and so were the teddies.
Friday 27th July 2018
Today we had lots of fun dancing to folk music around the Maypole and creating lots of different rainbow patterns with the long ribbons – Penny Rae who was out tutor for the day was blurting ‘under then over, under then over, through the coloured ribbons, left then right, up and down, miss a turn, left, miss two right, reverse – it wasn’t long before we all got into a right pickle. But it was such a giggle ha ha!
May Holiday Club 2018
During the May school holidays we had some children join us for Maypole Dancing with a mixture of ages and different abilities within the group. It was very pleasing for the staff to see the older pupils helping the younger ones out in what was a difficult skill to be learned. Connor Stratford was particularly highlighted as an excellent role model to Lucas Gregory Hague. Despite the group being quite shy and quiet initially, they all grew minute by minute in confidence!
The children loved seeing the teachers (Mrs Thomson and Miss Peach) being as involved as they were and were happy to see the staff out of their own comfort zone!
The boys in the group, despite their initial thoughts that they were too cool for Maypole dancing were very enthusiastic. Malik Wood, Kai Whittaker, Damian Ashton and James Ward were bouncing around in their elements! The girls in the group were very good leaders and there was a lot of instructions being shouted out by Sophie Wright, Madison Turkhud and Grace Mather.
A special mention also goes out to one of our younger members of the group, Amarni Downes-Botham who helped prepare the food for lunch with Mr Clarke! The hot dogs went down a treat!!
On day 2 we headed to Meadowhall Cinema to see Peter Rabbit! The day got off to a wet start as the weather was dismal! This didn’t dampen the spirits of the children or the staff as we marched off down to the bus stop to catch the bus. Poor old Mr Clarke was lagging behind as Miss Lomas had filled his bag with drinks and treats for everyone whilst in the cinema!
The children were all excited and took to their seats in the cinema. The smile on their faces was a brilliant sight for the staff to see. The behaviour whilst in the cinema was impeccable and they represented our school very well. There was lots of laughter and cheers – not just from Mrs Thomson and Miss Lomas!
After the film, the children had a Mcdonalds meal. Again, their conduct in a busy area was exemplary! After stuffing our faces, we had a quick dash to get the bus back to school! Miss Lomas led the children through Meadowhall (still eating her burger in one hand and a child in another) to arrive just as the bus was about to leave! She signalled the driver to wait (I don’t think he dare not to be honest). The children were still in high spirits with a chorus of ‘the wheels on the bus’ sounding out for the next 20 minutes! The bus journey was an eventful and fun one despite being a little over schedule. A big thanks to all the parents who waited patiently for us to arrive back.
Easter Club 2018
Tuesday 3rd April – Bowling & McDonalds
We had an amazing start to our holiday activities. After breakfast we donned on our school high visibility vests and headed to the bus stop. Ding Ding!! 1st stop Centertainment where we split up into two lanes for an all-out bowling game. The children selected their bowling ball and at first they cautiously began rolling their balls into the alley to drop the pins. Soon after they got the hang of it and the children were power throwing the balls with meaning and hitting a fantastic number of pins down scoring strikes and spares galore. The children cheered and roared as the computer acknowledgments came on above their heads.
The game had ended and it was time to head for a well-earned McDonalds for lunch. The McDonalds team were in a frenzy and worked their fingers to the bone to get our burgers, nuggets, wraps and a fish finger bun, chips and various drinks all out together. Yummy!
Wednesday 4th April – Boxing
After breakfast we were all pumped up and excited as we headed to the bus stop ready to be put through our paces at the boxing gym. When we arrived we were met by Glyn Rhodes who owns the gym. He talked us through a safety briefing and had a chat to us to give us an outline of the session. We started with a warm up of exercises and jogging round the court changing direction on command – but oh dear!! 20 press ups Glyn roared if you missed the call to change direction.
Thursday 5th April – Let’s Get Cooking
We spent the whole day cooking lots of delicious delights! We gathered our ingredients and watched a demonstration before busy hands got chopping, grating, spreading and rolling to make our mouth-watering starter of a Mediterranean pesto & tomato tart.
Then onto the main dish of the day! PIZZA !! Yeayyyy! Were the shouts coming from the children.
They chopped all the different topping and put them in bowls ready to add all their favourites to the base before popping them into the oven.
Finally it was dessert time; the children were licking their lips as they prepared fruit kebabs and drizzled them with warm melted chocolate before adding lots of sprinkles.
e all worked together as a team and washed up several times throughout the day! We had a break outside in the sunshine to keep active and stretch our legs. Once again the older children acted as peer mentors for the younger children. We used lots of skills preparing the ingredients and sharing portions between us. Most children hadn’t baked these foods before so they had great fun learning new cooking skills and helping each other along the way.
Friday 6th April - Treasure Hunt
Today we had our Easter holiday treasure hunt! We used the whole of school, starting in the Library to lead us to clues and challenges to complete! We completed maths activities, word searches, mazes, word problems, colour by numbers, jigsaws, ICT Easter activity, dot to dot and lots lots more!
It was fantastic to see the children helping each other and using excellent team working skills. We even completed a tricky obstacle course and all the children cheered and encouraged each other on!
The children won a few treats along the way, but to finish, we ended with a much awaited egg-tastic prize!....OUR OWN EASTER EGG!
Today got our brains ticking and put our problem solving skills to the test. The children got excited when they drew closer to the end prize! We had just about enough time for playtime outside and a well-deserved hotdog lunch. A busy, suspense building, fun day had by all!
Holiday Club - October 2017
- Summer School 2016 -
Monday 22nd August – Graves Park & Farm. We kicked off our Summer School with a Teddy Bear’s picnic and all the children arrived with their favourite Teddy Bear. The drizzly weather did not discourage the children as they visited the rare breed farm to feed lots of different animals like Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Cows, Rabbits, Hamsters and Chickens. Some of the children hesitated at first as the animals tickled as they nibbled away the food pellets that the children had in their hands but they soon got the hang of it. Hope roared with laughter. It was still damp in the park so we set up our picnic in the café; even the teddy’s joined us at the table. Including Jamie’s Minion teddy. Lunch over we peered outside, yeay, the sun was shining and had dried all the play equipment in the play area, the children were delighted and enjoyed sometime on various slides, swings and climbing frames before our bus journey back to school, much to the delight of Mr Clark and Mrs Shepherd who were roped in to pushing 4 of the children together in one rather large circular swing – Ouch!
Tuesday 23rd August – Greentop Circus came into school armed with lots of different circus equipment for us to try. Juggling was first on the menu starting with scarves then using these skills moved onto juggling balls, Alhaji was a natural he even had a go at 3 at once. We had lots of fun as we played with Diablo, Flower Sticks, Plate Spinning, Unicycles, Stilts, Poi Spinning and Pedal Go’s. Aveen showed great support to Rhiannon as she held onto her whilst she mastered the Pedal Go’s and Kelsey and Amber made a terrific effort with the Unicycle and even managed to gain ‘lift off’ at one point. If that wasn’t impressive enough Katie managed to spin a plate in each hand and Thomas and Kane were on a roll with the Flower Sticks back and forth to each other without dropping them once. Pure skill. All the children had a showcase at the end of the day and presented their new skills to each other whilst everyone cheered on. Another great day had by all.
Wednesday 24th August – Horse Riding at Grenoside Equestrian. No time for a breath, the moment we arrived 23 children and 3 staff had safety helmets and boots thrust our way from a bellowing Zoe who looked after us for the morning. We split into two groups. The first group nervously stood below the stairs to mount the horses, one by one the horses came out and the children were matched perfectly in size and introduced to their horse. All the children beamed when they were safely mounted and ready to go. It was then time for Mr Clark’s horse to appear, his face was a picture when his horse adequately called Shadow made a WWF grand entrance and emerged from his stable to approach the stairs. This horse was gigantic, it almost came out roaring, proudly showing muscles on top of its muscles and eventually Mr Clark’s jelly legs hardened, he found his courage and managed to get on. Finally, all lined up like a cavalry they all set off for their woodland walk even though Mrs Shepherd was still trying not to fall off and holding onto her horse with both arms around its neck - whilst the other group learned stable management and how to groom a horse. The children really enjoyed using the special brushes and getting to know all about the horses. When they first group arrived back they could not stop talking about how wonderful it was and how much they had enjoyed the experience, some of the children asked if they could have another go! Time for the swap around and the next group to mount the horses – what a great day had by all J
Thursday 25th August – Rother Valley Country Park. We were met at the park by Gareth who was to be our Ranger for the day. He led us to the Education Bungalow to down our bags and heavy belongings before heading off to our first activity. Pond Dipping – the children were all given nets as he explained about all the different pond life creatures that inhabited the water. He provided a picture list of creatures and trays for the children to put in their ‘catch of the day’ The children eagerly dipped their nets into the water and one by one little fishes, water snails, leeches and other pond life started to appear in the trays. Summer, Ewan, Lucas and Tyler discovered the best place to fish – Just under the water lily’s was a great hiding place for pond life and they’re trays ended up alive and wriggling with lots of different creatures. After a picnic lunch we swapped the water and fishing nets and set off for a wildlife walk with large flowing butterfly nets. We swished away at the bushes and trees to try to catch flying insects and bugs. Carefully we placed our catch in little clear pots with microscopic lids to examine our beasties up close, unfortunately the wet weather had sent all the beautiful butterflies and colourful damsel flies into hiding but all the children managed to catch something, however small. Another lovely day had by all.
Friday 26th August – Sport Day & BBQ. Dodge Ball first and the teams were selected equally dependant on size and age. This didn’t seem to bother our younger /smaller children as they became an integral part of each team due to their flexibility and agility. The difficulty level was increased as we began using rubber rugby balls and the unpredictability of the bounce made the competition more fun. Aveen was exceptional for her team; she managed to be the last player present on her team for 2 out of the 4 games played. Thomas was excellent at dodging around the sports hall. Overall, all the children showed great enthusiasm throughout the session. Next was a fun run course assembled on the field and the children were split up into two teams, they were very competitive and didn’t want to let their side down, so much so that we had Hope slip over into the splits position, Shanay felt sick after exerting herself too much and Lucas falling flat on his face. The effort was commendable. The children were very encouraging to each other and created a fantastic fun atmosphere and finally after an energetic morning the children decided that they would like to have a basketball competition. Despite the difference in height all the children were successful in scoring a basket. We had 3 shoot-out competitions. The first was won by Harvey after a final that was contested between himself, Mason and Tyler. The second competition was won by Tyler; he was successful after a final involving himself, Rhiannon and Aimee. The Final competition was won by Rhiannon. After losing in the previous final, there was a clear determination on her face to succeed this time! Lunch time and the smells coming from the BBQ were amazing, mouth-watering sizzling sausages and juicy burgers were on the menu with lots of other treats for us all to share, a second helping was had by all and a third helping had by some too, not mentioning any names Mr Clark. After a long lazy rest and chat in the warm sun with their friends, it was time to burn off all those calories so a short play outside on the play equipment was needed before heading back to classroom to get ready to go home. The children ended their summer school by sharing their experience, thoughts and feelings about all the activities during the whole week providing an evaluation so Mrs Wild and the Inclusion team can plan for Summer School 2017.
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