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Parish Magazine December 2019

Amport Church of England Primary School – Parish Magazine piece for December Edition

In another busy month at Amport Church of England Primary School. We have seen: Reception enjoying an action-packed visit to Cholderton Farm; all our Key Stage 1 children learning about road safety; and a very successful afternoon on the hockey pitch.  All our children have also been involved in rehearsals, whether for the Key Stage 1 nativity play or for the Voice in a Million performance next term.

On Monday 21st October, Oak Class visited Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm near Salisbury where staff organised a packed programme of activities to support the children’s learning theme of ‘Food and Farming’.  On a special guided tour of the farm, the children were first taken to Goat Mountain, where they had the opportunity to feed the animals.  Whilst here, some of the children also learnt that goats were rather partial to brightly coloured coats!  Next they explored the similarities and differences between the farm’s many breeds of pigs before all practising their driving skills on the static tractor.  They collaborated really well together to build a den in the woods and also had great fun discovering all the secret doors in the farm’s very own fairy garden. 

The children had a superb day and it gave them all a valuable opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, through some excellent hands-on activities.  Thank you to Melissa Jones, who organised this wonderful trip for the children and, of course, to the parents who helped out on the day.

More recently, Beech and Oak Class (Key Stage 1) enjoyed a visit from ‘The Road Safety Magic Show’.  During this imaginative and engaging show, the children were taught some important road safety messages through a series of enthralling magic tricks.   As well as reinforcing the Green Cross Code, the children also learnt how to safely use Zebra crossings and traffic lights.  Thanks to this excellent safety show, the children are now familiar with the golden rule of STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK and understand the importance of staying safe on the roads.

On Thursday 7th November, pupils from Years 5 and 6 joined nine other teams at John Hanson, for the much anticipated inter-school hockey tournament. With so many children keen to take part this year, Amport was able to enter three teams. After a series of exciting and well fought matches, with some excellent passing, shooting and communication skills on display, I am very proud to announce that we finished in first, third and eighth place.  Congratulations to all those who took part and represented Amport School. Thank you to Vicki Howell for organising our involvement, and to Sarah Pearce for accompanying the children on the day.

I’m delighted to report that the Key Stage 1 nativity play rehearsals have begun in earnest and we look forward to welcoming as many as possible of our senior citizens of the benefice to come and enjoy the finished result on Tuesday 10th December, which will be followed by our traditional Senior Citizen Tea Party, hosted by our Year 6 pupils.  Finally, I would also like to thank all those who contributed to our Andover Food Bank Christmas Shoe Box appeal – we collected a fantastic 28 boxes.

Bernadette Fleet