C of E (VA) Junior School
Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 7th February was Safer Internet Day. To celebrate this we had an E-Safety assembly, a Design a poster competition and each class focused on an aspect of online safety during their Computing/ICT lesson. We also held a 'Silver Surfers' afternoon on Friday 10th February, when children in Year 5 taught their parents/ grandparents about using iPads and how to stay safe when using ICT and the internet. For more information on Safer Internet day, click here.
Anglo-Saxon Day- Year 4
In History, the children in Year 4 have been studying the Anglo-Saxons. As part of this they were visited by a re-enactment archaeologist for an 'Anglo-Saxon Day'. The children learned about the everyday clothing, objects and way of life of the Anglo-Saxons and they took part in a ‘Warrior workshop’, where they looked at weapons and armour. They also had a ‘Games workshop’, where they learned about and were able to play games such as Knucklebones, Fivestones and Dice. They also found out about Runes and trading, were told an ancient legend and tried writing with a Quill and ink. The day was an excellent, hands-on experience, and the children enjoyed being able to meet an ‘Anglo-Saxon’, handle artefacts and try on costumes.
Dunchurch Junior School are hosting a Changemakers family lifestyle course, which started on 31st January 2017. This is a FREE programme for families with children aged 4-12 years old, with each week consisting of a 45 minute healthy eating session that includes topics such as a balanced diet, portion sizes and healthy breakfasts, followed by a 45 minute fun physical activity which will be different each week. Examples include tennis, dodgeball and Kwik Cricket. Guest speakers include a World Champion Boxer, Cooking Groups and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. The sessions start at 3.45pm and finish at 5.15pm. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 01788 533721 or click here to download the application form.
Young Carers Awareness Day
To raise awareness for Young Carers, on Thursday 26th January, the children dressed in clothes they would wear in their dream job. There were some fabulous outfits worn, including teachers, footballers, chefs, scientists, business men and women, doctors, nurses, astronauts and police. This was to encourage young people to think about how achieving a dream job or career may be challenging, but with the right support still possible when you are also juggling a caring role at home.
Tournament at the Ricoh Arena
The Year 6 Boys Football team will be playing at the Ricoh Arena in the Sky Blues in the Community Cup Round Robin Tournament on Saturday 21st January. This follows their success at the SBITC local tournament in the Autumn term.
Young Carers Silver Award
The school has received the Warwickshire Young Carers Silver Award. This recognises the school’s commitment to improving the experience, attendance and attainment of young carers. This includes working with and making referrals to the Young Carers Service, raising awareness of Young Carers and the Young Carers Service to children and parents, training staff, listening to and consulting with Young Carers and their parents, and monitoring the attendance and progress of children who are Young Carers.
School Games Biathlon
On Monday 9th January, twelve children from Year 5 and 6 travelled to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre to participate in the School Games Biathlon. The event consisted of a 25 metre swim and 400m run. Both teams did very well, the girls team came second and the boys team came fourth.
School Games Dodgeball
A group of Year 5 children took part in the School Games Dodgeball competition which was held after school at Avon Valley on Friday 13th January. They had a very enjoyable evening and played very well, winning five out of their nine matches and coming third overall.
School Games Football
A group of Year 4 children played in the School Games Football competition at Bilton School on Wednesday 11th January. They played very well, coming 2nd out of all the schools that took part.
School Games Indoor Rowing
A group of Year 6 pupils participated in the School Games Indoor Rowing competition which was held at Harris School Sports Centre on Friday 6th January. The boys team came 3rd, and the girls team came 5th. Mrs Tildesley was very proud of the way both teams performed, especially as they had not done Indoor Rowing before.
In January 2017 the children in Year 5 and 6 had an exciting morning trying out the ‘Google Expeditions’ app. A visitor from Google came to school and brought a Year group set of special goggles (in which mobile phones are encased). Using the goggles the children were able to view 360 degree and 3D images of a location, and were able to look around almost as if they were there. The teachers acted as ‘guides’ and pointed out interesting sights for the children to see. They found it to be an engrossing experience.
Charity Non-Uniform Day
On Friday 16th December we held a non-uniform day to raise money for the Mar Ephraim (Syrian Orthodox Christian) School in Bethlehem. Thank you to everyone who sent in money. We have sent our donation via the Coventry Diocese.
On Saturday 17th December, the choir took part in the Manchester Carols service (a popular annual charity event) at St Andrews Church in Rugby. They joined instrumentalists, singers and school choirs from the Rugby area. It was a truly magical concert and the choir sang beautifully.
St Peters Church - Christmas Carol Service
On Thursday 15th December, the children attended our annual Christmas carol service. The choir sang, the orchestra played and some of the children gave readings.
This year children in Year 3 and 4 performed 'Dunchurch Tonight', which is a Nativity play including a twist on our local BBC news programme, Midlands Today. One of the children contacted the reporter at Midlands Today who she was playing in the production, and this resulted in the BBC coming in to school to film part of the play, which was broadcast on the television news. We hope to publish the video clip from the news once permission has been obtained from the parents.
Children in Year 5 and 6 performed '5 Gold Rings'. Children in all year groups worked very hard in learning their lines and songs, and performed brilliantly to parents and families in two performances in the last week of the Autumn term.
Dunchurch Nativity and Lighting of the Christmas Tree - Sunday 4th November 2016
Once again this year our school choir and a group of pupils from Year 3 and 4 attended the lighting of the Christmas tree and outdoor Nativity in Dunchurch village, singing Christmas Carols and performing a Nativity play.
Victorian Projects - Year 6
Children in Year 6 have been studying the Victorians, and were asked to produce a project at home based on an aspect of this topic. The children decided what sort of project they would produce and these included PowerPoint presentations, models, board games and quizzes. The projects were displayed in our entrance hall.
On Tuesday 22nd November, four children from Year 6 took part in the Warwickshire Youth SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) debate at North Leamington School. The children worked on a topic for presentation and were able to participate and listen to various RE topics.
WASPS Rugby Coaching
In the Autumn term, children in Year 5 received six weeks of Tag Rugby coaching by WASPs community coaches. This was arranged through the Harris Academy Sports Partnership. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in the WASPs Tag Rugby festival later in the year. We also received one hundred free tickets for the exciting game against Toulouse on 14th January, and these were distributed to children and their families.
Children In Need
The children had a cake sale and non-uniform day on Friday 18th November for Children In Need. Thanks to the generosity of parents and children we raised a fantastic £324!
Once again this year, pupils at Dunchurch Boughton CofE (VA) Junior School kindly filled and wrapped shoeboxes for the T4U shoebox appeal (www.teams4u.com). The children brought in their shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts, and these were collected to be transported to vulnerable children and families in Eastern Europe through schools, nurseries, day centres and orphanages.
Year 4 and 6 Sportshall Athletics Competitions
On Monday 7th November, a group of children in Year 4 took part in the School Games Sportshall Athletics Competition at Harris School Sports Centre. Events included the Obstacle Relay, Standing Long Jump, Triple Jump, Speed Bounce and Soft Javelin. They came second in their heat and third overall in the Year 4 competition.
Year 6 took part in their Sportshall Athletics competition on Wednesday 9th November. They came first in their heat, and won the overall competition.
Year 3 visit to Compton Verney
The children in Year 3 had a lovely time during their Compton Verney visit. 3S visited on Tuesday 8th November and 3FR visited on Thursday 10th November. They looked at the work of the textile designer Enid Marx, in particular her Folk collection and the patterns she uses. Inspired by her work they went on to create templates for patterns that they used to produce a silk-screen printed panel.
Art Day - Christian Values
The whole school took part in Art days on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st October. They worked on Art based on our school values of Kindness, Peace, Forgiveness, Patience and Honesty.
Year 4 visit to Chedworth Roman Villa
On 2nd November, children in Year 4 visited Chedworth Roman Villa. They enjoyed a hands-on experience of Roman life, and during the day had a tour of the villa, handled some Roman artefacts, dressed as slaves and made medicine bags.
Year 3 and Year 6 Tag Rugby
On Thursday 13th October, children in Year 3 and Year 6 took part in a Tag Rugby festival at St Andrews Rugby Football Club. During the event, the children learnt skills and played games against other teams. The children enjoyed the tournament and they shared great sporting attitude.
Year 6 visit to Blists Hill
On Tuesday 4th October 2016, the children in Year 6 visited Blists Hill in Shropshire. They had a very enjoyable day; they were able to chat to the townsfolk about Victorian industry, crafts, customs and traditions. They changed money in the Victorian bank for Victorian money to spend in the shops. They visited the Brickmaking Yard and learnt about how bricks were manufactured and made their own.
Year 5 Visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon
On Wednesday 5th October, the children in Year 5 visited the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon. During the visit the children enjoyed a guided town walk looking at the architecture of Tudor buildings, they took part in a drama-based workshop entitled 'The Play's the Thing' and had an interesting visit to the visitor centre.
Year 3 Futsal Competition
A team of girls and team of boys from Year 3 took part in the Under 8's Futsal competition at the Sports Connexion in Ryton-On-Dunsmore. Both teams played very well and have qualified for the next round of the competition.
Rugby In Bloom Awards
We were given a 'Rugby In Bloom' Silver Gilt Award this year, thanks to the hard work of Mrs Broderick and the school gardening club. Some members of the gardening club attended the awards ceremony at the Benn Hall. After the ceremony they also got to visit the Mayor's Parlour and meet the Mayor.
Year 5 performance
Year 5 put on a performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to parents on 4th October. They had rehearsed the play as part of their Literacy unit of work on Shakespeare.
Our girls and boys football teams have played in several matches already during September and the start of October, starting off the season well, demonstrating excellent football skills and sportsmanship. So far the girls and boys have played two matches against the Revel Primary School, and the boys have also played against Long Lawford Primary School.
Harvest Festival 2016 / Foodbank
For the harvest assembly this year children brought in tins and packets of food for the Rugby Food Bank. The Food Bank were very grateful to the parents for their donations. A member of staff from the Food Bank came into an assembly to talk to the children about the work of the Food Bank and how and where their donations would help local people.
Roald Dahl Day
On 13th September 2016, children in Year 3 had a dress up day to raise money for the Roald Dahl Marvellous-Children's charity. They raised £51.00. This was linked to the Roald Dahl work they have been doing in Literacy.
Click on the link above for details and photographs of news and events in 2015-2016.