Category Archives: Whole School

Black History Month

Our theme for this week has been ‘How have black people inspired the world?’ We have also talked about enjoying the fact that we’re all different and making sure we treat people equally despite our differences. To give the children a fuller and deeper experience of the theme, we gave them the opportunity to take part in cultural dance and movement workshops to live drumming.

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They learnt some Zulu dances and some of the chants used to free Nelson Mandela amongst other things!


Year 2 visit Birmingham Airport

Year 2 visited Birmingham Airport partly to gain an understanding of how transport has changed throughout time and also to do some data collection and maths work.

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Here’s what some of them thought …

I liked going into the ‘Flight School’ and watching the aeroplanes out of the window. Maia

We had to make up and design our own plane. Alex

We went on the airport shuttle bus. Kyra

We found out lots of information for our timeline about flight. Ronan

Year 5 Love Soggy Redridge!

Year 5 braved the rainy conditions but thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Redridge. They canoed, caved, climbed and collaborated. They fired arrows, walked into the night, zip wired and abseiled. They behaved extremely well and tried everything! Their teamwork skills developed and they were able to be very independent on their residential away from home!

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Thankyou Mr Gurum for taking them. And to Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Pettman and Mrs Cherry for helping so well on the visit.

Year 6 en France!

Year 6 returned from France having had an amazing time, during which they learnt an enormous amount!

They visited D-day landing beaches, the American, British and German war cemeteries, Pegasus Bridge and the Bayeux Tapestry. On top of all this, they haggled at the Bayeux market, purchased souvenirs in a French hypermarket and experienced French food and drink.

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Thanks must go to the staff that organised the trip and those that took them. Mr Viner, Mrs Groves, Miss Tuppen, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Benson all deserve a special mention!

Year 4 survive outdoors!

Year 4 had a fantastic time kicking off their unit of work inspired by ‘extreme survival’! They put up their own tents, learnt how to purify water, made fires and shelters. They camped overnight and had a thoroughly good time. It was great for them to be independent and push themselves in new ways.


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Traction Man Adventures!

All yeargroups have been gripped by Traction Man, a character from a great children’s book. They have written their own adventures, many of which are displayed in the hall, but some yeargroups have taken it further!

Year 4 have needed to learn a lot about friction and air resistance – in order to provide Traction Man with a the best parachute AND the best shoes for gripping on various surfaces. You’ll notice from the pictures that animals weren’t used in any of the experiments … but Barbie was! I know that year 3 have begun to work out what foods Traction man should eat to fuel him on his missions!


Christmas Shows 2013 – Amazing!

KS1 children put on an amazing performance of ‘Midwife Crisis’ which parents said was the ‘best ever!’ They sang with great enthusiams and spoke very clearly, entertaining us all expertly!

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Year 3 and 4’s production of Roald Dahl’s version of Cindarella was excellent, with some really accomplished acting and singing that made you wish you were a part of it!

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Those in year 5 and 6 who wanted to take part in the ‘Christmas show drama club’ performed ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to parents as their dress rehearsal in preparation for a show to the whole school on the last day of term. We were all amazed at how well they did, learning an enormous number of lines, and acting in a really engaging way. The PTA kindly donated £450 towards the theatre company who worked with the children.

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World Music Day 3: Indonesian ‘Gamelan’

The whole school were involved, one class at a time in creating truly mysterious sounding music, using traditional ‘Gamelan’ instruments from Bali. We wanted children to have a ‘spiritual’ experience of music making and to be inspired by the sound of somewhere far away. Global Citizenship is something we are passionate about and this day, culminating in a concert with all children playing really matched our intentions. You can see the concentration on the children’s faces as they tried to remember their parts!

Children said:

“I learnt that in Indonesia they play gongs.” Sofia Asha (year 1)

“I liked hearing the gongs go from the low sounds to the high sounds”. Harry (year 1)

“It wasn’t any music I had heard in England before. It made me happy because it is good to learn different things.” Hamish (year 2)

“Because that music was good I think other music would be good as well and it was quite unusual.” Miranda (year 2)

“When I played the gong it inspired me to want to learn a new instrument.” Archie (year 4)

“It was exciting because I learnt to play a new instrument which I would never have had the opportunity to play.” Alexa (year 4)

“It was fantastic hearing such a unique sound.” Kellan (year 5)

“I really enjoyed learning about new cultures.” Mia (year 5)

“We were learning about music from a different part of the world but also having great fun!” Hayley Jane (year 6)

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Anti-bullying week messages

Fortunately there have been very few instances of bullying at Clinton, and these are dealt with extremely quickly. Each year the whole school reflects upon the effects of bullying and what we can all do about it if it ever occurs.

Here are their messages:

Always think before you speak and only say nice things! (Year 1)

Give your friends advice is they are being bullied, and don’t ever be a bully yourself! (Year 2)

If you see something, say something! (Year 3)

Stand up for your friends if they’re being bullied and help them tell an adult. (Year 4)

Use your network of trusted adults to share how you’re feeling. (Year 5)

If someone or a group of people are making you feel sad several times, on purpose, it sounds like bullying. Tell an adult. (Year 6)