TED TEAMS - (Together Everyone Decides)
The children are encouraged to be confident in sharing their thoughts, feelings and ideas. They get involved in a formal basis in the school through our range of Together Everyone Decides (TED) teams.
Our Welfare, Teaching and Learning, Sports and Environment TED teams are made up of representatives from year R to year 6. They meet termly to discuss decisions, plans and think about how they can have an impact on their school and local environment. The children are encouraged to join a TED team and members are rotated as children request. This is wonderful forum for our children to raise their concerns or offer ideas for improvement. This year the TED teams main positive contributions have been through a new PE shed system enabling the children to take out sports equipment at lunchtime, initiating clubs and many other improvements to the school. We welcome many new initiatives that are still under development.
Other feedback is received through pupil questionnaires, which identify strengths and areas for improvement.
The school rules are also discussed and agreed by the pupils. Circle time is held to discuss various topics and resolve conflicts and develop emotional literacy and resilience.
The children are also encouraged to become playground buddies and take on individual responsibilities for a wide variety of duties in their classroom and around school.
We have been busy fundraising for local charities as well as our own school and over the past two years they have raised money for CAFOD, our local Oakhaven Hospice,Red Nose Day and Barnardo’s. We are especially proud of Kaileb's cake sale for CAFOD and the fabulous demonstrations the children put on at the Lymington Carnival.
We are lucky to have a before school and after school club for parents who work or need the extra cover. Early Birds runs from 7.45am and Nightingales until 5pm.
We have a wide variety of other activities on offer either after school or at lunchtime. These clubs vary by term. In the last year we have run clubs in sewing, netball, karate, street dance, rugby and football.
Many children travel from school to a local Irish dancing club, Salterns Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Youth Sailing on a Wednesday. These are not clubs run by our school.
On the weekends and holidays there are often football and multi sports courses run on the school premises.
If you wish for your child to attend any of these activities then please register at the School Office.
The school is part of a cluster sports programme where we join with three other similar schools in the New Forest for competitions and tournaments. We also have relationships with individual schools and membership to the New Forest Sports Partnership.
This year we have taken part in a wide variety of sports namely Athletics, Cross Country, Tag Rugby, Football, Tennis and Netball. The culmination is the annual Sports Days of which there are two: our own and within the cluster group.
The school currently has two music teachers and children are encouraged to learn an instrument either as a individual lesson or part of a group. We put on an annual show for the musical children to show off their talents to the rest of the school and their parents. Each year we are amazed by the level and depth of their abilities.
We also have a school singing group and trail a range of other instruments as part of the Hampshire Music service. This year the children have learnt Recorder, Singing, Ukulele and our all time favourite African drumming.
The KS1 children take part in an annual nativity play taking on the traditional roles and creating a musical spectacle.
The Class 4 children create their own play encompassing script writing, prop creation and acting. This is often a highlight for them unleashing their creative side and giving them a real independence and ownership of the final performance.
Other productions are performed during the year as an outcome from class topics. We especially enjoyed the circus skills performance at the end of last year!
In July 2018 the Class 4 children will be visiting Calshot Activity Centre where they will be able to take part in the wide range of exciting water and land based activities that Calshot has to offer.
In the same term Class 3 children will have an overnight camp at school buying their own food and for some experiencing their first night away. Further information will be released nearer the time.
School Trips -
Each year the children will go on a variety of school trips normally one close to home and one further a field.