On Friday 20th March, the last day that many pupils attended school before closures across the country, the children of Old Clee remained positive and supported the local community by making a food donation to come to school in colourful non-uniform. All food items will be distributed to residents of Old Clee by Father Nick (vicar of Old Clee Church) in order to support those most in need during these challenging times. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the families of our pupils, and we are incredibly proud of the way in which our children are taking recent events, and the measures which have had to be put in place, in their stride.
Pupils throughout the school helped to raise money for Sport Relief on Friday 13th March by donating £1 to come to school in their sportswear ready to run a mile for this great cause. Within their year groups, pupils from Foundation Stage to Year 6 were given half an hour to attempt to run nine laps of the Key Stage 2 playground - a distance of exactly one mile. Led by Mr Broughton, the children, and adults, put in maximum effort, and many enjoyed the activity so much that they continued to run extra laps during their break time and lunch time! Thank you to everybody for the energy and enthusiasm with which the event was approached, and of course, for your kind donations to Sport Relief which have so far raised a total of £490.16.
Year Five pupils have been busy over the last two weeks developing their cycling skills and working towards becoming safe cyclists for the future. We are so proud of the way in which the children have persevered and grown in confidence whilst practising first on the playground and then out on the roads.
From Wednesday 11th March to Friday 13th March, groups of Year Two pupils visited the Grimsby Fish Docks as part of their History work. They found out all about the history of the docks and how it has changed over time, and why the Dock Tower was originally built in 1852. Upon their arrival, they visited the Grimsby Fish Market and enjoyed looking at the different types of fish which had been caught that morning. They walked along the quayside to see vessels coming in and out of the docks and learnt all about how the lock gates open and close to control the tide. The children discovered so many interesting facts during their visit. We are very grateful to Martyn Boyers, who runs the Grimsby Fish Market, and Richard Claridge from ABP for all of their help.
To celebrate British Science Week (6th - 15th March, 2020), pupils across the school took part in a range of practical, engaging Science investigations. Bubbles, Rainbow Walk, Electrical Circuits, Light and Magnetism were just a few of the fun activities which pupils participated in, and as you can see, the children (and adults!) really enjoyed getting involved.
On Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March, classes from Year 1 visited the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre to learn more about North East Lincolnshire. They studied maps, focusing on the land in and around Grimsby and Cleethorpes, and located Old Clee, the beach and the Humber estuary. The children learnt so many interesting facts and the visit really enhanced their learning in History.
The pupils of Old Clee enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day on Thursday 5th March. They participated in lots of fun activities such as writing book reviews, designing book marks, taking part in quizzes and paired reading with children from other year groups. Our School Councillors were lucky enough to visit Waterstones; during their visit, they collected the books which children throughout the school had ordered using the £1 book tokens, and then presented them upon their return. The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and looked fantastic dressed as some of their favourite literary characters.
On Tuesday 11th February, two of our local PCSOs visited Old Clee to deliver an esafety assembly to each key stage. The children listened very well to the important messages given about how to enjoy using the internet whilst staying safe online.
On Friday 7th February, Old Clee Primary Academy took part in a fund-raising day on behalf of two charities. Pupils throughout the school made a small donation to come to school wearing red in recognition of CHSF (Children's Heart Surgery Fund) and the children then had fun participating in a range of number activities as part of the NSPCC Number Day. A total of £580.42 has been raised so far which will be split between the two charities. We would like to say a huge thank you for your generous contributions to these two very worthy causes.
The Autumn term came to an end today on Friday 20th December following a wonderfully festive week of Christmas Showcases. Each year group put on a performance and the standard was incredible. The enthusiasm and confidence with which the children performed reflected the hard work and dedication which are involved in the weeks of preparation. The staff at Old Clee could not be any prouder of our pupils and would like to say a huge well done to all of the boys and girls. We look forward to continuing to work hard to achieve the very best next year, but for now, would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
RDJ and RCC began our week of Christmas showcases on Monday 16th December by performing their shows to an eager audience of parents, carers and relatives. The children couldn't wait to show how hard they have been working and put on amazing performances. The shows were thoroughly enjoyed by all and got everyone feeling very festive. Mrs Jones and Mr Cranidge were extremely proud of the their boys and girls, and we are now all looking forward to enjoying the rest of the performances throughout the week.
All of the pupils throughout the school looked very festive on Friday 13th December in their Christmas jumpers! Pupils made a donation of £1 which in total has raised £524.50 so far for St. Andrew's Hospice. We would like to thank you once again for your continued support in celebrating events within the school and raising money for worthy causes.
As part of our Christmas celebrations, pupils from Years 1 to 6 visited Old Clee Church for a Christmas Carol Concert on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December. Father Nik welcomed staff and pupils to the church where as well as singing a selection of carols, the nativity story was also read by Old Clee's School Council members. The children really impressed with their beautiful singing and made the staff members who accompanied them very proud.
Our Year 3 pupils enjoyed a visit from leaders from our local mosque and church on Thursday 5th December. Our visitors talked about the faiths of Christianity and Islam and specifically about how each faith remembers different celebrations and festivals. The children were given the opportunity to ask questions and had a wonderful time exploring the different celebrations.
On Monday 9th December, our Year 4 pupils were lucky enough to have a visit from the students of Franklin College's Performing Arts department. The students, who have named their production company 'Flying Saucers', performed a show called A Mystery in Wonderland which incorporated singing, dancing and acting. The pupils loved the interactive performance and also enjoyed taking part in a choreographed dance led by the Performing Arts students. As an extra treat, some of our children were even invited up to perform the dance in front of the audience! All of the pupils had a great morning and really enjoyed both watching and participating in the show.
Some of our School Council representatives were happy to hand over all of the shoeboxes donated by Old Clee pupils when they were collected for the Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Appeal on Wednesday 28th November. We are proud that so many of our children took the time to think about other less fortunate children this Christmas and thank all of the parents and carers who donated shoeboxes and items to support this cause.
As part of anti-bullying week, we thought about what we may say to a bully to get them to stop and how being bullied can make us feel.
Year Three were fortunate enough to take part in a history workshop on Friday 15th November. The children learnt all about the Romans, finding out where Rome is, who the Romans were and how they lived. They had a fantastic day and really enjoyed extending their learning about this topic.
Our pupils looked fantastic dressed in their non-uniform and Pudsey Bear themed clothing for Children in Need Day on Friday 15th November. Contributions of one pound were made by the children to raise money for this fantastic cause. £569.16 has been raised so far and we would like to say a huge thank you for your support. The day got off to a great start with all pupils from Nursery to Year Six participating in Joe Wicks' 'Big Morning Move', one of the Children in Need fund-raising activities which many schools throughout the country took part in by tuning in to the live stream at 9am. The children had a great time and displayed high levels of energy, effort and enthusiasm throughout the mini morning workout. Afterwards, our very own Mr Broughton was interviewed on radio Humberside about Old Clee's involvement in the event! Have a listen by clicking on the link below (start at 53:08).
The children of Old Clee wore their odd socks with pride on Tuesday 12th November to mark 'Odd Socks Day', a special day which recognises and celebrates the fact that we are all different. 'Odd Socks day' is an annual event and is part of the national anti-bullying week which takes place in November each year. This was a fun way of conveying an important message to our pupils which helps to promote the anti-bullying campaign.
A special assembly was held on Friday 8th November to discuss the upcoming anti-bullying week with the children of Old Clee. Anti-bullying week is an annual event which happens in schools in England every November. This year, the week commences on Monday 11th November, and the theme is 'Change Starts With Us'. In our assembly, Miss Hazelwood talked to the children about what bullying is, who might be a bully and a victim and how both might feel, and how to deal with bullying and prevent it from happening. She explained the purpose of anti-bullying week and urged the children to wear their odd socks for Tuesday's 'Odd Sock Day' which will celebrate the fact that we are all unique.
On Monday 28th October, we were very lucky to have a special visitor in school - local poet, Ian Bland, spent the day at Old Clee working with all of the children from Key Stage 2. An assembly was held in which Ian shared some of his poems. Each year group then took part in a poetry workshop during which they created their own poems inspired by Ian's work. To conclude the day, some pupils were given the opportunity to perform their poems to the school. The children had a fantastic time; their enjoyment of the different aspects of the poetry sessions was plain to see, and the quality of the work which they produced was astounding. Please visit the year group pages to see a selection of videos of the children sharing their poems. We are sure you will be incredibly impressed by their achievements and by the enthusiasm which they displayed.
Our half-termly 'Terrific Ticket Tea' was enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October. Terrific Tickets are awarded to pupils throughout each half-term in recognition of excellent behaviour and positive attitudes towards learning. The lucky winners of the draw are then invited, along with their parents and carers, to enjoy morning tea with Old Clee's Wellbeing Team. It was wonderful to see the children enjoying their reward for their exemplary behaviour and attitudes and to see everyone celebrating their achievements together.
We had a special visitor in school on Tuesday 8th October - Father Nik joined us to help us celebrate Harvest Festival. Each key stage held an assembly in which all of the items which had been kindly donated were displayed, and the children sang the harvest song which they had been busy practising. Father Nik then told a story all about the importance of thankfulness - boxes were stacked, one on top of the other, to spell out the word HARVEST, but when thankfulness was removed, everything came tumbling down! Father Nik concluded the assembly by asking us to consider the things which we are thankful for. We would like to thank everyone who contributed items for Harvest Festival.
Our cake raffle was held on Thursday 26th September to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We would like to thank everyone who made a donation and bought tickets and are delighted to have raised £224.45 for this great cause.