Primary Engineering Competition

In the week before the May holiday Durrington Infant School took six STEM ambassadors from Year 1 and 2 to a Primary Engineering competition which was held at the Boscombe Aviation Centre.  The children were tasked with designing a vehicle with a specific purpose and gained extra points for including safety features.  The three entries were: a turtle submarine which sucks litter up from the ocean; a plane that carries you to different countries so that you can learn about different cultures; and a bus that goes around teaching people how to recycle in order to make the planet a better place.

 

The children were judged against other schools and had to talk to a RAF engineer about their designs.  They then got the opportunity to test their vehicles against the other schools in one of the aircraft hangars.  Our pupils were amongst the youngest there and were competing against children in Key Stage 2 at the apprentice level.  They did an amazing job, talking about their designs and inventions with confidence.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) - Good Result!

On the 12th March 2019 Durrington Infants had a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) and we are delighted to announce that the school as awarded ‘GOOD’ in all categories.

The inspector recognised that the Christian vision is ‘embedded in every element of school life’ and that the school ‘values every child as unique individuals’.

The full report is available here.

Moles rediscover 'Lost Words'

During our English learning on Monday Mrs Scott introduced us to the book ‘Lost Words’ by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris. We spent time trying to work out why the book had been given this title. We looked through all the enchanting illustrations and poems inside.

We found out that the book is called ‘Lost Words’ because all the words inside are words that do not appear in most dictionaries anymore.

As a class we discussed each of the animals and plants inside. Some of the words we did not know in our class were;

  • Bramble

  • Fern

  • Ivy

  • Wren

  • Kingfisher

  • Bluebell.

We read some of the beautiful poems from the book and looked at how the writer had laid them out on the page. We worked out that they are all acrostic poems because they use the letters from the title at the start of each new line.

We then went out to explore the school grounds and to find some of the amazing plants from our new book.

Keep checking back for news on our adventures inside this fantastic book!

Fair-trade shopping at Tesco

On Tuesday 19th March, Moles went on a village walk to Tesco in Durrington.

We were on the hunt for fair-trade products. We had been learning about fair-trade this term as part of our Geography topic so we decided we would go out into the local community and find some fair-trade products of our own.

We had a clipboard with a table to fill in. The products we had to find were: coffee, tea, cocoa, honey, bananas, pineapples, fruit juice and a chocolate bar.

We found out that most of the time the fair-trade item was a lot more expensive than the non-fair-trade product.

However, Durrington Tesco was not very big so we didn’t have a lot of different products to compare it to.

Chicks hatch at Durrington Infants!

On Monday 11th March, 30 little eggs arrived at Durrington Infant school.

Mole, Hedgehog and Badger class were all given the job of helping the little eggs hatch into brand new baby chicks.

We placed the eggs into an incubator to keep them warm. On Tuesday there were already signs of hatching happening. Eggs were starting to crack and when we arrived at school on Wednesday morning there were 12 little baby chicks waiting to greet us.

They were exhausted and hungry. Once they had dried off and become fluffy we transferred them into the brooder box where they had food, water and warmth from a light. Over the next 24 hours the other chicks began to hatch.

We have had an amazing time watching them grow and holding them. We have loved having our extra little friends for the past two weeks and we are excited to have re-homed some of them with our families.

Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

 Lindsay West, Principal at Durrington Infants said, ‘We have an amazing outdoor area at Durrington Infants but over time it has weathered and decayed and now needs refurbishment. We would like to refurbish the pond area, the raised beds, the outdoor classroom and the gazebo. These spaces are used by the pupils at Durrington Infant School, the Durrington Rainbows and also the children of Durrington Day Nursery so the project would be of benefit to over 200 children in the Durrington community. We firmly believe that outdoor education supports child development and positive mental health.’ 

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in Durrington and Amesbury and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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