Children in Need: Best Ever Assembly (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
This year pupils were running the show by hosting the Best Ever Assembly in aid of the Children in Need charity. The ‘Best Ever’ assembly was organised by the School Council for the whole school to enjoy. Pupils enjoyed watching the teachers sing and perform dances but they especially enjoyed the custard pie in the face fun.
The Comenius programme (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
Copthorne Primary was proud to host our European school partners from the Comenius Programme (see below). Partners who visited the school came from Greece, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Holland, and Portugal. Unfortunately our Lithuanian partners were unable to make it.
The visitors spent most of the day at the school. They watched a nativity and many performances from our talented pupils. They toured the school and spoke to the classes which had been learning about their country. They also enjoyed a meal in school and watched a balloon release at the end of the visit.
The Comenius programme is a European Union educational project. It concerns school-level education, and is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme. Comenius seeks to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures, languages and values.
Billy Bob Buttons: Author (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
Copthorne Primary was visited by the children’s author, Billy Bob Buttons, the pen name of Edward Trayer. He is the author of ten books and is the founder of The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards. In 2014 his book, ‘I Think I Murdered Miss’ won the UK People’s Book Prize and has sold over forty found copies.
Billy Bob Buttons came to the school to deliver some literacy workshops to our Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils. He talked to children about how to develop characters in a story and to inspire them to be really creative in their writing. He answered lots of their questions and gave lots of tips and hints on writing about interesting characters and storylines. Billy Bob Buttons was an inspiration to the pupils and we hope many of them will go on to do some great writing and become authors of their own books someday.
Andrew Newbound: Author (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
Andrew Newbound, author of a range of books including the all-action DEMON STRIKE book, visited Copthorne Primary School. He delivered a literacy lesson to a large group of our Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 pupils in the school hall. He gave an entertaining hour of interactive fun with words which the pupils really enjoyed. We hope the visit will further inspire our pupils to produce excellent writing and boost their interest in reading.
World Book Day (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
Pupils celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 5th March 2015, with fancy dress and a range of literary activities at throughout the school. Pupils came to school dressed up as colourful characters from many famous and well known books. It was fun day, everybody dressed up as a character from a book, including the teachers. We had a very wide range of characters, from Horrid Henry to Red Riding Hood to Fantastic Mr Fox to Harry Potter.
The aim of the day was to encourage our pupils to discover the joys of reading and to promote the importance of creative writing as well as giving them the opportunities to express themselves through literacy.
World Book Day Ltd is a registered charity whose financing of World Book Day comes mainly from contributing publishers, the generous sponsorship of National Book Tokens Ltd, some literacy partnerships and other supporters, as well as the participating booksellers who fund the entire cost of Book Token redemption.
The United Kingdom’s own version of World Book Day began in 1998. Several million schoolchildren in the UK are given a special £1 World Book Day Book Token which can be redeemed against any book in any UK bookshop. A specially created WBD anthology priced at £1 is also published and available.
Comic Relief / Red Nose Day (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
Copthorne Primary’s School Council organised a day of fun for everyone to fundraise for Comic Relief / Red Nose Day 2015.
Everyone was invited to come to school wearing something red and there was fun for everyone throughout the day with a Bake-Off, bowling, a bun sale and many classroom activities.
Perhaps the most fun of the day was when pupils were allowed to throw wet sponges at members of the school staff! It drew big crowds and was extremely funny to watch. Congratulations to all the staff that volunteered and braved the sponge attack…hehe.
The combined efforts and help of the pupils, staff, parents and students from Grange Tech College (who helped out on the day) have meant that we have all raised an impressive £448.20 for Comic Relief. Well done everyone.
Solar Eclipse: 20th March 2015 (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)
The most spectacular eclipse of the Sun for 15 years plunged Copthorne and the rest of Britain into morning twilight for two hours on Friday. In this rare astronomicial alignment the moon passed directly between the Sun and the Earth, blocking out most of the light. The pupils and staff were absolutely amazed and fortunate to see this remarkable event. The photos below were taken from the school playground in perfect cloudy and overcast conditions.