COPTHILL SCHOOL - SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER
From the wonders of the universe to eating fish eyes…
As this term draws to a close, we reflect on the many memories and the learning that we have shared over a year that has been full of unexpected challenges, yet so much perseverance, teamwork and true Copthill Learner attitudes in the face of the unknown. We are so grateful for the many opportunities we have had this term that felt as close to ‘normal’ Copthill life as possible, including the legendary Stampede, Sports Days, residentials and even a visit from the Planetarium, where the children could explore the wonders of the universe in an incredible 360 degree interactive experience. It’s amazing to think that Year 4 are ‘still standing’ after a term full of so much excitement including river walks, rope-bridge creations - which tested their stamina and courage - and even wool spinning! They have been market trading with jewellery and made woven coasters in their art lessons as well as baking their very own bread. On a warm summer evening in May, they also experienced their very first Copthill campover, pitching their own tents, decorating their own tribal settlement flags and cooking dinner over the fire. Perfection! Year 5, along with Year 4, have been reflecting on their different but rewarding year by creating beautiful commemorative scrapbooks to present to their parents. Memories from time spent at home with their families while learning via Google Classroom sit side-by-side with photographs from sports fixtures, residentials and some intriguing science experiments! They have also included copies of the work of which they are most proud. This term’s topic has seen Year 5 immersing themselves in the Victorian era, experiencing life in a Victorian school with some ‘strict’ role play work, and exploring all of the incredible inventions the Victorians developed which continue to shape our world today. Additionally, both Year 5 and 6 have had the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s Hamlet in an interactive workshop. “To be or not to be…” rang through the halls as they spent the next few English lessons learning and acting their own scenes and analysing the characters and language. We were also delighted that we could go ahead with our bushcraft residentials where the children truly immersed themselves in nature, camouflaging themselves, learning knife skills, making their own fires and even eating fish eyeballs! An experience they’re sure to remember for years to come. Another unforgettable memory for this term has to be the incredible production of Oliver, performed by Year 6. After months of preparation, planning for the unknown and rehearsals full of a perfect mixture of hard work and fun, we watched our Year 6s take to the stage in role as Oliver, Fagin, Dodger, Nancy, Sikes and the rest of the Victorian citizens to play out the tale of the poor orphan boy and his search for a family of his own. For Year 6, another door is opening and new adventures arising as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey. We are so proud of the kind, independent, curious Copthill Learners they have become. We know that they will ‘fly and touch the sky’ as they embrace their new adventures and we wish them all the best and hope that they remember that they will always be ‘part of the Copthill family.’
Year 3 & 4 Kwik Cricket 2021
The Year 3 & 4 boys took part in the kwik cricket house matches on Thursday 24th June. It was a lovely afternoon with some good bowling and batting on show.
Full of Energy!
We enjoyed a talk from a senior civil servant about UK energy. The children were brimming with fabulous questions about all forms of energy and really grasping the problems faced by the government in making decisions about sources of energy.
YEAR 5 & 6
Year 5 May the forces be with you!
Over the last few weeks Year 5 have been learning about Forces in science – we have looked at Friction by dragging a shoe across different surfaces in a James Bond style mystery, buoyancy by making tin foil boats and air resistance with paper planes!
Year 6 River Day
Year 6 had a fantastic day on the river as part of their end of year celebrations! They did a Kayaking regatta in houses, endless swimming, rope bridge escapades including daring jumps, rowing fun and generally enjoying the water and amazing grounds.
Year 4 Campover 2021
Year 5 Bushcraft 2021
Year 6 Bushcraft 2021