The Courtlands Gallery
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Tag Rugby Opportunities
For two taster sessions, Plymouth Albion Rugby Club have visited Courtlands School to teach some of the older children how to play tag rugby. They have been hugely popular with most of the children in the group and they've eagerly awaited the second session to happen. They listened well to the drills and participated in rugby warm up games and a friendly tag rugby exercise. As you can see, lots of smiles on faces was seen during these sessions and the children gained a lot from it.
Year 5 + 6 Enrichment Activities April 2017 -->
Term 5 saw an exciting time for the upper department (years 5+6); not only was their World of Work unit up and running which sees the children visit and explore the possibilities of different jobs in the community but it was also the time for residential opportunities.
A group of children went to Heatree on a residential week organised by Miss Izzy and accompanied by Mrs Stamp, Mrs Jones, Miss Mooney and Miss Shaw. They stayed overnight 3 nights and had to make sure they were responsible for their own belongings. The activities were all outdoor based and getting better; they completed, biking, archery, low ropes, high ropes, evening walks and enjoyed getting very VERY muddy!!
At the end of May, 5 children had the amazing opportunity to go on an outdoor based trip to France alongside other special needs children. They travelled for 26 hours on the coach down to Ardéche with Mr Earnshaw, Mrs Grace, Mrs Roe and Miss Jess accompanying them. They canoed along the river, completed climbing activities and other team challenges. They even had time for a spot of sight-seeing.
World Book Day 2017
World Book Day saw many classes embracing all things book related. Many of the classes had collapsed mornings or days filled with activities inspired by books and authors. Some middle department classes had Harry Potter themed lessons while upper department focussed on A Mid Summer Nights Dream.
Mrs Kirby and Willow class hosted a book swap - children brought in old or unwanted books from home to swap with other books brought in by others. The children in Willow class changed their classroom around, had jobs to do and help to support children to choose a desired book. The book swap was a complete success and enjoyed by all children and staff.
Celebrating Christmas at Courtlands
Courtlands School uphold a lot of special traditions which are celebrated and enjoyed at Christmas time. On the 9th of December the Christingle service this year was held at our school - it is a special time for us to join together with a community feel; not only children and staff from the whole school attend but parents were invited and the Rev Chris and Rev Carl from the local church came to deliver the service.
The whole school sang 'Jingle Bells' and the choir sang 'The Snowman Song'. It was a wonderful start to our Christmas celebrations.
One of the year 6 pupils from Ash class also wrote and read a special prayer.
On the last day of term we had fun dancing in the style of a barn dance. A lady came in and worked with lower then upper department teaching us barn dancing. All the staff enjoyed themselves as well!
We were SO lucky that Father Christmas stopped by at this busy time of year to see all the children. Helped out by members of the Parents Group, Father Christmas kindly gave us an early Christmas present!
But all will agree that the finale of our Christmas festivities was in the from of our Christmas Assembly performance. This sees all classes perform a previously unseen entertainment piece of music or acting or in the case of Conker class a special retelling of the nativity complete with a real donkey! What a surprise! The children really shone and amazed the staff and many parents that came just what they could do.
Please enjoy looking through our Courtlands Christmas pictures...
Harvest Festival - 21st October 2016
In true Courtlands tradition, the Autumn term saw the first of three whole school performance assemblies. The Harvest assembly celebrates a time of crops growing and Summer turning into Autumn. All 10 classes gave a performance and together a school the assembly showed a range of entertainment from singing, acting, reading stories and poems to even a comedy show. Below is a flavour of the wonderful show the Courtlands children put on - you can really see the effort they put in!
We've hit the ground running this year and we've already got the 2016-2017 Courtlands Choir up and rehearsing for their first performance: The Harvest Festival. The choir is ran by Mrs Lawrence and we meet every Tuesday afternoon. Our first song is called Completely Uniquely Me.
Supporting MacMillan - September 2016
Oak and Elm classes hosted our annual MacMillan coffee morning. Every class made cakes and biscuits during their weekly cookery lesson for the children and staff to buy. This helped to raise money towards MacMillan cancer care. We managed to raise an impressive £115.