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Summer Term Roundup

posted 19 Oct 2014, 05:00 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 31 Dec 2014, 15:41 ]

On a glorious sunny late April day, shortly after our return from Easter, Year 3 attended the Suffolk Agricultural Fair. The day was a fantastic opportunity for our children learn about our rural heritage. There was something for everyone at the show and our children were particularly impressed by all the hands-on demonstrations, delicious tasting on offer and of course, the  many free samples to take home with them.


Classes 2 and 3 had a super time at UEA on Tuesday working with the student teachers and lecturers. Not only did they explore the vast campus to learn about university life, they also wrote some outstanding poetry. Many thanks to the students and staff at UEA for working with our children and opening their eyes to future possibilities.


Over the Summer Term a wide range of transition activities took place which involved significant coordination, planning and liaison with the Occold Pre-school and other early years settings. The work invested will no doubt be rewarded by a smooth transition and flying start for our new Reception children. The Headteacher would like to thank all the staff involved in our school and the other settings.


On Friday 16th May, the outreach team from Banham Zoo brought a range of interested animals to visit Class One. The hissing cockroach seemed to have a great time and left his or her mark on the headteacher’s hand.


Children from Year 4 attended a mini-tennis tournament at Debenham LC on Thursday 22nd May. We came second in the competition to Wortham Primary. Not bad considering some of the children’s experiences of tennis were mainly on the Nintendo Wii! Well done to everyone involved.


A team of girls from Class 3 attended the Stradbroke Cricket Tournament on Monday 9th June. We put on a great performance and although we finished 3rd, we were unlucky not to have won. A particular superb performance by Molly who smacked several well placed shots well across the boundary.   


On Tuesday 10th June, children from Year 3 met with other children from the Pyramid for an art day based on the natural art of Andy Goldsworthy at Knettishall Heath.


On Wednesday 11th June, children from Year 4 met with other children from the Pyramid for an orienteering day, also held at Knettishall Heath.


On Friday the 13th June, the school celebrated the start of the World Cup in Brazil with a World-Cup themed dressing up non-uniform day. On the same day, we also held a Father’s Day lunch to which family members were invited.


A mixed team from Class 3 attended the Stradbroke Cricket Tournament on Monday 16th June. Despite a few outstanding personal performances, particularly from Josh, we did not finish in the top 3.


On Tuesday 17th June, children from Class 3 met with pupils from our French partnership school for a day of sporting and orienteering activities run by the Sports Leaders at Hartismere High School. The day concluded with a shared picnic and team building evening on the Occold village green. A huge thanks to the Friends for their support with this.



On Monday 23rd June, Class 3 attended the Crucial Crew at the Museum of Rural East Anglian Life where they attended a series of workshops on a range of safeguarding issues.


On Tuesday 24th June, children from class 3 attended the rounders tournament at Stradbroke.



On Friday 4th July, children from Year 6 travelled by public transport to London for a day to visit a range of famous attractions including Westminster and the museums in South Kensington. The children planned the trip themselves and took some responsibility for navigating their way through the labyrinth that is the London Underground.


On Wednesday 9th June, children from Year 5 attended an ‘astronomy day’ at Debenham High School which involved rocket building and visiting a planetarium.


On Wednesday 16th July the school held a Sports Day afternoon. There were some super performances across the school, notably Rafe the Rocket! They took a lot of organisation and would not have been the huge success it was without the support of parent volunteers. We are very grateful for your help.


On Friday 18th July, the children performed their play ‘Shakespeare Rocks’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.


Clubs that took place over the Summer Term have included:

•           Breakfast club

•           Recorders

•           Orienteering

•           Speed Stacking

•           Futsol

•           Multisport

•           Cricket

•           Gardening

•           Cooking

•           Film Club

On Wednesday 23rd July a leaver assembly was held which included a play written by the Year 6 children themselves. A range of awards were given out to celebrate attainment and effort by children over the year. On behalf of everyone at Occold we would like to wish our leavers Molly, Eleanor, Gina, Eliza, Joshua, Alex, Sam, Niles, Harvey, Solomon, Tom and Evan all the best for the future. You were a fantastic year group and will be missed. We also said goodbye to Mrs Lewis and Mrs Minter and we would also like to send them our regards too.