Here’s our latest newsletter showing all the things that the pupils have been up to in January, it’s a great summary of a busy month!
Happy New Year! Plus latest Newsletter
Happy new year to everyone in our school community. We are all excited about the new term and we have had a good first few days back in school.
Our latest newsletter is attached for you to catch up on some of the things we got up to in the run up to Christmas.
Branthowe Nursing Home Visit – Delivering D&T sensory blankets
Today pupils delivered the sensory blankets they had previously created in D&T lessons to help elderly people suffering from dementia.
These were very well received and pupils were also able to sing Christmas Carols to the residents.
Lempen Puppet Show
This half-term the children in EYFS have been exploring puppets and puppet-making, which has been a wonderfully interesting and stimulating topic.
It was fabulous to finish this off with a visit from the Settle-based Lempen Puppet Company, which showed the pupils just how amazing and engaging puppets can be. The one man show, completely staged with homemade and handcrafted puppets, was based on the Brothers Grimm fairy-tales and was engaging from beginning to end.
A huge thanks to Liz and Daniel for putting on such an astonishing performance that left pupils of all ages inspired.
Class 1 Theatre Trip to Brewery Arts
Each year both of our classes go to see a performance at Christmas time and this year was no different. Class 1 travelled to the Brewery Arts Centre to see Help, Christmas is cancelled! which was a wonderful festive performance including acting and puppetry. The festive show was fun and engaging whilst also dealing with environmental issues delicately through it’s arctic fox and polar bear characters.
The pupils from nursery up to year 2 loved watching the performance, getting involved, and being able to meet the performers afterwards. It was an inspiring afternoon which will hopefully live long in their memories.
Theatre by the Lake: The Borrowers
Class 2 went to visit Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake to see an adaptation of Mary Norton’s Classic children’s novel The Borrowers. The pupils were all enraptured by the skilful performances of the cast as well as the magnificent set design and the array of songs.
The musical talent the small cast displayed was inspiring for the children, especially those who have been working towards performances themselves in school with Mr Fudge.
Pupils wrote great reviews of the play the following day which demonstrated their enjoyment and understanding.
Class 2 had a very informative and thought-provoking discussion with PSCO Jenna Eggleston when she came to visit today. Jenna had read the children’s letters about anti-social behaviour and helped to explain how the police have to balance the rights of different groups and individuals to respond appropriately to problems.
Jenna also took some time to talk specifically to the year 6 pupils about online safety as an early part of their transition to secondary school, and to fit in with their upcoming PSHE unit on keeping safe.
Memorial Tree Planting
This week pupils took part in a tree planting ceremony, planting a tree in the car park field to commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The planting was organised by Dent Women’s Institute, in collaboration with the Parish Council and with the YDNP trees officer Lee Johnson.
The pupils had to chance to hear about the importance of trees from Lee Johnson and then several of the older pupils helped to plant the tree.
Pupils had a sense of being able to contribute to a historical event in their own small way, and we are very grateful to the WI for inviting us to be part of the occasion, which was enjoyable even on a very cold day!
In Woodwork Club this term 12 pupils worked under the guidance of local joiner Brad Dalzell to prepare their moveable bird mobiles. The finished products were excellent and all of the pupils could proudly take home their own handiwork to hang up proudly at home.
Well done to the pupils for your hard work and thank you to Brad for the support. We’d also like to thank Friends of Dent for funding the materials and tools for this club!
After a 3 year hiatus due to Covid-19, this week we were able to finally host the Friends of Dent Promise Auction again. We are so grateful to the Friends of Dent Committee for all of their hard work in organising it and also to all those who generously donated promises.
We were absolutely astounded that the bidding on the night came to over £7,000!!
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came and contributed in any way, the money will make a tremendous difference in allowing us to continue providing a fantastic range of activities and learning opportunities to our pupils.