Special Events 2015-2016

Reptile Life: Exotic Animal Encounters

Year Two pupils enjoyed a living educational school workshop.  The workshop was related to the topic: “Things that go bump in the night”.  This included looking at the different aspects of night time, one of which is learning about nocturnal animals.  The workshop which was run by Reptile Life gave our pupils an exotic animal encounters experience.  All the pupils got to see and touch some beautiful and some rare nocturnal animals.  This included some snakes (pythons), a tarantula, a skunk, a racoon, a crocodile, an owl and a very cute tenrec (a small mammal which is usually mistaken for a hedgehog).   The workshop was a great hands-on experience for our pupils and maybe a once in a lifetime chance to touch and hold an exotic nocturnal animal.



Pantomime Time: Beauty and the beast

The whole school enjoyed a seasonal treat by getting to see a pantomime in school.  The brand new panto of ‘Beauty and the beast’ by the Fame Factory Spotlight company was a delight to watch.  The cast were amazing and really brought the characters to life.  Our pupils had a great time and a good laugh watching the panto.



Xmas Lunch

Pupils and staff enjoyed a nice traditional Christmas lunch in the hall.


School Nativity

The school nativity performed by our very young nursery pupils was enjoyed by the whole school including parents.  Nursery pupils put on two live performances during the day with their lovely singing and performance.  Well done to our nursery pupils and staff.




Copthorne pupils took part in a special Red Day in February to raise money for the Children’s Hearts Surgery Fund, which will go to buy equipment and resources for the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, based at the Leeds General Infirmary.  Established in 1988, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is a charity providing support for children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects and their families.

Pupils donated £1 each and dressed in red to raise money for the children’s heart unit and show their support for the awareness of heart disease.  They also wanted to show their support for one of our brave pupils Malaika who has had open heart surgery over a year ago at the hospital.   Malaika has been very poorly over the last few years and has a complicated heart condition.  To raise extra money for the charity Malaika’s mum and friends have been busy selling delicious cupcakes at the school and raised an amazing £800.

At the end of the day during a whole school assembly pupils were surprised by a visit from Katie Bear the charity’s mascot. Pupils enjoyed seeing Katie Bear and learned about how important it is to look after your health and your heart.

Your heart is designed to last a lifetime, and making sure you follow a healthy lifestyle it is advisable to:

  • Exercise daily
  • Eat well – eat more fibre,  get your 5 A Day of fruit and vegetables, eat more fish
  • Cut down on fatty foods
  • Eat less sugar
  • Reduce salt
  • Don’t smoke

In total we managed to raise over a £1000 pounds for the charity. Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a worthy cause.




World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 19th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 3rd March 2016 pupils of Copthorne came together to dress up as their favourite characters and appreciate reading.  The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with a fun day to celebrate. Read on friends!



Aspiration Week

Aspiration week at Copthorne is an annual event where pupils find out about the different jobs that people do in school and outside school.  Most of the roles in school such as Head of School, Deputy Head, teacher, learning mentor, teaching assistant, caretaker and many more, are advertised for the pupils to apply.  The school council then looks through the applications and shortlists the best applicants for interviews for each job.  Applicants must dress smartly and arrive for their interview on time. Successful applicants who are interviewed by a panel of the school council receive a letter notifying them of their new job.  Successful candidates take on their role shadowing the current post holder on ‘TAKE OVER DAY’.

Throughout the week some classes have outside visitors such as a paramedic, an engineer, a nurse, a card designer and an elections officer who come into school and talk to the pupils about their jobs.

Also school staff that have a particular skill or interest are invited to teach pupils in special workshops.  This year, our Head of School Mrs Shepherd who is very talented cake maker held a workshop teaching pupils how to cake decorate.  Mr Darr taught pupils how to make pizzas, Miss Armitstead showed pupils how to D.I.Y, Miss Asma did some nail art, Mr Rizvi did a piano workshop, Miss Akhtar did a make-up demonstration and other staff taught other workshops.  Thank you to everyone who helped make Aspiration Week a great success.



Punjabi Roots Academy

Members of the Punjabi Roots Academy gave a special assembly at the school. They gave our pupils a taste of real Punjabi music and dance.  Pupils learned about instruments such as the ‘dhol’ which is a double headed drum and the ‘sapp’ or ‘chhikka’ which is a wooden instrument that makes a clapping sound.  Members of the academy also showed us some traditional Punjabi dancing which the pupils really enjoyed.  However the highlight was the ‘dhol sound off’ between the pupils and then between the teachers Mr Darr and Miss Munir.



Environment Week

Across the school, throughout the whole week, pupils experienced projects and trips based around the theme of the environment.  Teaching pupils about their surroundings and looking after the environment is important.

Pupils have been visiting urban and rural areas identifying human and natural features in the environment.

Pupils from several classes visited the Ogden Water local nature reserve and estate.  The estate, including the reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water.  The reservoir is over 160 years old, originally designed to power mills in the Wheatley Valley.  It is still supplying Calderdale and beyond with drinking water to this day.  Our pupils walked around the reservoir enjoying the calmness of the water and the peaceful surroundings.  Taking in the sights and sounds of the tranquil environment and learning about the man-made reservoir.  One class was extremely fortunate as they were able to see two wild deer in the moorland just next to the reservoir.


Other classes visited Saltaire via train from Bradford.  They visited Salts Mill to the see ‘The arrival of Spring’ art exhibition by David Hockney.  The Arrival of Spring is a detailed study of the changing seasons on Woldgate, near Bridlington, East Yorkshire. David Hockney believes this is one of his major works, with each separate image depicting a specific day between January 1st and May 31st 2011.  He drew all the pictures on his iPad and had them printed in large format.  David Hockney regards the pictures as part of a single work, each of which encapsulates a moment in time between the changing seasons in East Yorkshire.  Our pupils enjoyed looking at the artwork and were definitely inspired to make their own.

While in Saltaire our pupils went to see the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool canal both which pass through the village. The River Aire is a major river in Yorkshire, England, 71 miles (114 km) in length. Just across from the river with only a few yards apart is the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. It passes through 91 locks and at Leeds it joins onto the Aire and Calder Navigation. Canals are artificial waterways constructed for irrigation, drainage, river overflows, water supplies, communications, and navigation, or in connection with power generation from hydroelectric dams. Gangs of labourers (called “navvies” or “navigators”) first constructed British canals to provide artificial waterways for more efficient transportation of goods and resources. Seeing both the river and the canal our pupils were able to get a good understanding of what a human feature and what a natural feature in the environment looks like.

Others classes in school went for a local walk around the school and made their way down to the City Park. This was to improve their understanding of towns and cities and their relation to the environment.





Pantomime: Alice in Wonderland

Pupils took a tumble down a rabbit hole and enjoyed a most weird and wonderful show.  The traditional panto of Alice in Wonderland was a pleasure to watch and pupils loved going on an adventure with Alice into the magical world of fantasy.  The pantomime was performed by M&M Theatrical Productions from Ayr.  The performance was energetic with smooth scene changes and enthusiastic acting.  So nice its time for a cup of tea.



Year Six Leavers Assembly

Every year during the last week of school our Year Six pupils put on a final performance for all to enjoy.  This year the theme was based around a bake off competition.  It was a treat to watch and very funny.



Achievement Assembly

During this year’s achievement assembly awards were given for; Sports day champions, Star of the Year, BLP of the Year, Year Six ‘3 star’ and AAA awards and Year Two ‘3 Star’ and AAA awards.  At the end of the assembly our Year Six pupils were requested to sing a song from their leavers assembly.  The song was their own version of Lukas Graham’s 7 years.   “Once I was 3 years old my mama told me to make yourself some friends in nursery…”