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Crosfields Remembers

On Armistice Day, children from all year groups gathered in the Quad to remember those soldiers that fought and died in battle.

Girls and boys from the Nursery through to the Senior School stood together quietly and listened to Headmaster Mr. Watson’s words of remembrance, before Year 6 pupil Madeleine respectfully played the Last Post on her Tenor Horn.  Madeleine played from music that had been written out by her Grandfather many years ago who was an esteemed brass band conductor that regularly played the Last Post.  In addition, Year 7 pupil Stephanie played I Vow Thee to My Country on her violin which brought the service to a poignant close.

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Having Tea and Talking About TV

Following an amazing selection of sandwiches, children in the Senior School were treated to a large slice of caramel chocolate brownie before sitting down to listen to guest speaker, television producer, Louisa Pond-Jones recently.   

Ms. Pond-Jones, who was introduced to the children by Year 8 pupil Johane, spoke passionately about how she became qualified to start her career in television and her first experiences as a runner, to how she progressed and became a producer on shows such as I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Big Brother and Shipwrecked, to name but a few.  The presentation considered the many fun aspects of the work, such as live broadcasting, planning shows and the tough challenges faced when under pressure, to the more down-to-earth trials of working in television and the perks of meeting celebrities!  Eshaan then closed the presentation and thanked Ms. Pond-Jones for visiting Crosfields. 

Tea and Talk 

Some of the children commented afterwards about how much they enjoyed the talk.  "Louisa didn't talk down to us, and it was a brilliant and informal introduction to working in television" said Priyanka, and Luc said, "I could not believe all the various roles involved in TV producing!"

Hanging Out at Cosmo's

Children in the Senior School took some welcome time out from their busy schedules to spend the evening at the popular Cosmo Restuarant in Reading town centre recently. 

The 'all you can eat world buffet' catered for the girls and boys very well indeed; the children sampled the enormous range of foods that they have on offer, with many trying out cuisines that they had never had before.  "The sweet and sour chicken was my favourite, and I had pizza and chips too!" said one pupil.  "I ate so much that I didn't want any breakfast the next day!" said another.  The sweet buffet was definitely a favourite with its chocolate fountain, marshmallows, ice cream and jelly selection, to name but a few of the goodies that were on offer.  "We had such a good time, it was really nice to spend time with all of our friends outside of school, and it meant that everyone could come."  Well said! 

Cosmo

Getting Up Close with Creepy Creatures

Regular visitor to Crosfields, Luke Quirk, with his menagerie of animals and creatures were welcomed back to school recently for Year 2 animal roadshow.  

Acorns Hall was buzzing with excitement and squeals as Mr. Slimy the African Land Snail, Sid the Hissing Cockroach, Legs the Tarrantula and Jaffa the Corn Snake to name but a few types of creature were presented to girls and boys in Year 2.  Luke explained to the children how all animals could be classified into different groups, which helped Year 2 consolidate their learning of their science topic on animals. 

Quirks Animal Roadshow

When Splat the Treefrog decided to take a long jump off Luke Quirk's hand, the children were delighted!  Two creatures of a more familiar variety, Sven the Rabbit and Pearl the Chicken were firm favourites, with ALL the children wanting to stroke them!   

Quirks

Reception Get Hands On

Children in Reception took a wonderful trip to the The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell recently. 

With its hands on science exhibits, the children freely explored all that the centre had to offer including the indoor stream, the insect enclosure and the colourful light show.  In fact, the children were so interested in the light show that the presenter commented on how good their behaviour had been!  The excitement of having a packed lunch to eat and a ride on a coach topped the day off nicely.   

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Added to this, was the excitement of having a packed lunch to eat and a ride on a coach.  

Brick-Tastic Time at Legoland

Children in Year 1 arrived at Legoland for their planned day trip recently… and it was most certainly worth the wait that they'd had following a period of inclement weather.   

The rain stayed away and the children had a wonderful time exploring the park.  From the moment the coach turned into the Legoland driveway, the children (and adults) were filled with excitement and gasps of delight echoed around the coach.  The girls and boys managed to visit each zone of the park as it was a quiet day, as well as spending a lot of time in Miniland identifying all the global landmarks and different countries.  It really was a fun day out that even included a visit to the new spooky Haunted House ride.  

It was an exciting day which meant that there were many tired and sleepy children (and some adults!) on the coach back to school.  A memorable day was had by all!

Year 1 Legoland

Nursery Rhyme Hunting

Girls and boys in the Nursery were thrilled recently when they had a visit from the Freshwater Theatre Company, who came in for a fun morning of Nursery Rhyme themed activities. 

Working together using their senses, the children found clues to missing Nursery Rhymes.  They had special binoculars to help look, an extra sensitive nose to help with the smells, feeling gloves for touching and a great big set of ears to help them hear!

At the end of the session, the girls and boys found several clues that lead them to Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider, 1,2,3,4,5, and five little ducks.’  Once they had found each clue they sang the nursery rhymes through together and took the clues all back to big bird.  It was an imaginative and enjoyable session that really encouraged the children to work together.   

Nursery rhyme hunt

Rowing Their Way to Success

The Crosfields' School Rowing Club were very lucky to welcome current GB Rower Matthew Tarrant to school recently to coach one of their sessions.

Matthew is a world rowing champion who competed at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, and he is now set to head to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Games. 

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New to the Senior Co-Curricular timetable this term, the Crosfields Rowing Club enjoys the use of six Concept2 indoor rowing machines and the children, who are all in Year 7 and 8 train once a week.  Matthew talked the rowers through the fundamentals of the rowing stroke and gave each one specific development points. 

They all listened keenly to Matthew's training regime which on Thursday included a 90-minute weights session, 16k on the river and 12k on the rowing machine! (2000m doesn't sound too bad now, does it?!)

 

Seniors Make Their Mark

Children in the Senior School took to the Polling Station (a.k.a Mrs. Gillow's classroom) recently to cast their votes and participate in the annual UK Youth Parliament's 'Make Your Mark' campaign. 

The children voted in their droves for a range of issues that they would like to see debated in the House of Commons, and after the polling station closed, the results were submitted to the British Youth Council for counting.  The national results are not available until November, however, here at Crosfields, protection of the environment and putting an end to knife crime received an overwhelming number of responses.  The children then voted on a range of local issues, where taking care of our local environment topped the poll, followed by homelessness and child poverty. 

Head of PSHE, Mrs. Gillow commented, "Each year I am both humbled and proud of what our young people speak up about. The local issues that were raised by the pupils were varied, with many really thoughtful statements.  I am privileged to see how much young people care about very grown up issues in every lesson. We do need to listen (as well as hear) their voices."

Well done Senior School for Making your Mark!

Make Your Mark

Having a Ball in Hockey

The Year 6 girls and the Crosfields Hockey Squad were incredibly fortunate recently to have a visit from Team GB Hockey player Shona McCallin who came into school to run their hockey lesson.  

McCallin, who currently plays hockey for Great Britain, was part of the Olympic team who won the gold medal in Rio in 2016. She gave the girls an opportunity to train like a professional hockey player by setting up several drills to encourage them to pass and move into space, at the same time reminding them to keep their heads up so they could see!

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McCallin ended the session with small-sided games to put what she had taught the girls into practice.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn from one of the top athletes in the country, and what’s more, Shona had brought in a signed hockey ball plus one of the skirts she wore whilst out in Rio to award to two of the girls for their hard work and enthusiasm during the session.

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Marvellous Maths Week

With much excitement and anticipation, Maths Week began on a Monday morning and a whole schedule of activities kicked off with children in Years 6, 7 and 8 solving a number of mathematical problems and puzzles, courtesy of the Brain Blaster Workshop Company.  Designed to build confidence, and working in pairs and small groups, the children set about solving 3D shape puzzles.  Taskmaster Angela Gould from Brain Blaster was on hand to help and show them how it was done, too. 

Year 7 3D puzzles      

Later that day, children in Year 4 took part in the Mathematics Challenge, where 16 local schools visited Crosfields to compete in an afternoon of mathematical tasks in the Sports Hall that included mental arithmetic and games.  Organised and run by expert Douglas Buchanan, children around the hall worked in pairs to complete the maths tasks that Mr. Buchanan displayed on the screen.  Crosfields pupils in Year 7 were stationed at the desks to check the children's work and help them with their scores.  To their sheer delight, one of the Crosfields teams came second!  (We didn't fix it, honestly!) 

Year 4 maths challenge

Throughout the week, the children also enjoyed working with the Happy Puzzle Company who brought in a clever array of puzzles that encouraged children in all year groups to work together, solving visual maths problems. 

Year 6 Happy Puzzles

Elsewhere around the school, girls and boys in the Pre-Prep used lego and butterflies to think about symmetry, as well as getting creative by painting repeating patterns.  Architecture Workshops also returned to school for their popular bridge building workshops that explored geometry and the properties of shape. The week culminated with children in Year 8 spending time in the Nursery, having fun with numbers.  It really was a terrific week that encouraged the children to think about the application of maths in everything that they did, and demonstrated that maths can be found everywhere.   

Year 1 Symmetry

Experimenting with Science

Last week, four children from Year 5 competed against other schools in the Prep Schools Science Challenge, hosted by Bradfield College. 

The girls and boys took part in a series of tasks based on each of the sciences, before the day ended with demonstrations that showcased science in action.  Lotte particularly enjoyed the Physics challenge, and exclaimed, "Making the loud speaker was great, particularly because ours was the loudest!"  Ishaan had fun with the Chemistry, telling us, "I enjoyed the Chemistry task as it had a little bit of risk involved; I was practicing keeping the chemicals in the test tube."  

Bradfield Science Challenge

All the children agreed that looking at maggots under a microscope for the Biology task was a little stomach churning, however the exploding gas balloon demonstration impressed them all.  A good afternoon of Science was had by all!  

Ski Squad Success!

Over the last couple of years, the Crosfields Ski Squad has gone from strength to strength and this year they've had an exciting start to the term unlike any other.   

Fifteen children joined our newest club this term, the Crosfields Development Squad, and they've been taking part in training sessions at the Alpine Snowsports Centre in Aldershot.  In September, five of the Crosfields children competed in two teams at the English Schools' Ski Association National Championships (ESSKIA) Dry Slope, along with over 200 children aged between 8 and 17 years old.  It was a hive of activity upon arrival at 8.30am, but the Crosfields Team remained cool and successfully completed their first dry slope ski race.  There were many different emotions expressed on the day, but the feeling of achievement and happiness far surpassed it all.​

Ski Racing

Another week and another competition; this time, ten Crosfields children competed in three teams (2 boys’ teams and 1 girls’ team) at the BISS National Indoor Open Ski Championships with the Ski Club of Great Britain.  This race formed part of the National Schools Indoor Series.  Over 450 children in the same age range as before, took part in the event.  Team Crosfields arrived at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead to a very busy, energised and exciting atmosphere but again the children remained calm though excited at the prospect of finally skiing on snow after months of training on dry slopes.

All of the Crosfields teams did well, however, the girls team did particularly well and came third overall in the Junior Girls category, which was a terrific effort.   Year 6 pupil Leah was placed 5th in the U14 girls category.  

Ski racers

Getting to Grips with the Ancient Greeks

Girls and boys in Year 4 walked over to the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading recently to investigate the collection of Greek artefacts on display.  

As part of their topic on the Ancient Greeks, the children examined the Museum's fascinating collection of vases and pots which helped them to understand and visualise how the Greeks may have once lived.  From tiny pots for perfumes and oils to larger containers for water, the children even got to hold some of the artefacts which they enjoyed immensely.  With their imaginations fired up, they then created storyboards for the pots that they had seen, and enjoyed a 'treasure hunt', following clues and finding the artefacts on their worksheets. 

Year 4 Ure

Harvest of Plenty

Donations of food flooded into school recently for the annual Crosfields Harvest Festival.

Girls and boys in Year 8, ably assisted by children from the Pre-Prep, sorted and packed hundreds of items of donated food into crates for local independent food bank, Readifood who provide food parcels to those in need in the local community.

Thanks to the generosity of parents and families, over 15 crates of food (and a further car boot full!) were prepared by the children.  The importance of Readifood's work was explained to the children in a special Collect by a representative from the Wokingham Food Bank, and the children enjoyed being able to contribute to this worthy cause.

Harvest Festival

Year 8 Go Outdoors

Girls and boys in Year 8 had a wet but rewarding day at the Amersham Field Centre recently as part of their study of rivers and their place in the beautiful Chilterns landscape.  

Working together in teams, the children put on their wellies and waterproofs and waded out into the river to study the processes of erosion and transportation.  "We measured the velocity, river width and depth and pebble size - also known as bedload", said one pupil, while another explained, "We collected a lot of data for our Common Entrance field work study which was really interesting as well as being a lot of fun; we haven't been on a practical geography assignment before, and most of us had never actually waded into a river before, either!"

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The rain at the end of the day made little difference to the children as they were already wet from standing in the river, "At one point, the river depth suddenly increased where it meandered round, and the water just filled our wellies!" exclaimed the girls when they returned to school.  "And we dropped our clipboards in the water!" 

Despite it being a damp day, it ended on a high with much giggling over who had the soggiest socks.  Head of Geography, Mr. Clark commented, "It was a great day!  The children were well behaved and enthusiastic, and the trip gave them the opportunity to put into context the theory that they have learned over the last few weeks." 

Reception Get Creative

Girls and boys in Reception have been enjoying settling into their new environment as the Autumn term has got well and truly underway at Crosfields. 

During these important first few weeks, the children have been making new friends and building language and social skills as they took part in a carousel of creative activities recently that included colour mixing, water play, junk modelling and role play. 

Giving children space to explore their own interests is a key part of life at Crosfields where the education is broad ranging.  During this fun session, the girls and boys made up stories for their role play and junk modelling, feeding babies and making spaceships. Splashing around in the water area, the children investigated mathematical concepts through pouring, emptying and filling water pots.  They also discovered how materials join and which colours could be made by mixing paints. 

It was a stimulating afternoon that really fired the children’s imaginations and helped them discover more within our Early Years setting.

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Back to School with a Bang!

The Autumn term started with great gusto and children around the school have had a busy yet exciting introduction to September at Crosfields. 

Settling in to their classrooms and joining friends old and new, girls and boys have taken to their routines very well indeed.  Children in Year 7 have been wearing their new Senior school uniform with pride, mentioning to their teachers that they now feel a lot more 'grown up'.  Staff and parents throughout the school have also commented on how smart the children look in their new uniform, and Games this week showcased the new sports kit with its striking combination of black, white and raspberry that looked strong against the green of the pitches.

Girls hockey

Girls and boys in Year 7 had an exciting STEM session which focused on engineering and bridge building with a visiting specialist from Architecture Workshops.  Figuring out how to create the structure of the Millenium Bridge using geometric shapes, it was a getting-to-know-you session for many children, as well as a great way to encourage team building.  Learning is fun at Crosfields! 

Sticks challenge

 

Ending the Term on a High

Children in Years 6, 7 and 8 wowed audiences in the summer term as they staged a production of High School Musical.

Having worked hard on their lines, songs and dance moves, the girls and boys put on a memorable performance of the Disney classic to a packed theatre full of parents, grandparents and friends.  The story of Troy and Gabriella showed the children how important it is to truly be themselves, and how working together as a team allows them to achieve great things! 

HSM girls

The stage was full of colourful costumes, amazing singing and acting, with dance routines that got the audience bopping along in their seats.  The children, who consistently gave it their all, should be incredibly proud of their performances.  

HSM boys

Celebrating Art At Crosfields

Crosfields staged its first ever Art Exhibition in the summer term, featuring artwork from every child in the school. 

Acorns Hall and the Memorial Garden were filled with exhibits from children in Nursery through to the incredible portfolios by the Art Scholars.  Parents and family members filled the hall in their droves to view all the wonderful masterpieces that were being showcased, with many purchasing not only their children's artwork but others as well. 

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Head of Art, Hannah Beare said "I felt so proud of how art has developed over the last two years and loved seeing the children’s faces as they admired their masterpieces.  It was truly the boost art needed to make it a more prominent part of Crosfields life."

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