Arundel Schools May Roundup

Amberley School

Science, pizza’s and rockets

Science, engineering and cooking provided a different, exciting and engaging combination at Amberley and Coldwaltham, St James’ schools in March. Future rocket scientists, bridge engineers and pizza chefs were in action in March as both schools combined
for a hugely enjoyable and successful science and
technology day.

The youngest children designed, created and cooked some delicious pizzas which they all enjoyed for tea (sadly nothing seemed to be left for teachers or parents).  Pupils in Years 3 and 4 were given the challenge to design and build bridges which had to support a 1kg weight over a given distance; the children researched, designed, built and amended their bridges working collaboratively in small teams; all teams’ designs were totally unique, very imaginative and impressively they all succeeded.

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 designed and created moon buggies and space rockets.  The day ended with the oldest pupils launching their rockets using air and water pressure; some rockets reached heights of over 10 metres.  We understand sightings of these UFOs were reported in Storrington, Pulborough and even further afield.

Ray Jackson, Chair of Governors

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Arundel C of E Primary

ACE swimmers

Success in sports

We are very fortunate to have many talented sports children at ACE, and this was certainly evident in our recent success at the Sussex Primary Schools Relay Gala at Pavilions in the Park in Horsham. We were very proud indeed that our team came third overall and in addition qualified to go through to the next round – the South East Primary Schools Championships. The children fully deserved their win having trained hard for weeks during the run up to the competition. This was made possible thanks to our amazing volunteers, led by Ms Woodhouse, who gave up their own time every week to support the children.

ACE also saw sporting success at the Year 3 and 4 Gymnastics Locality Final, where our team achieved second place.

Last month the children in Eagle class had the opportunity to visit Arundel Museum. The children were given the opportunity to handle and study some real fossils and make their very own fossils.

We are very fortunate to have strong links with our church, St Nicholas’, and particularly with our vicar Father David. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed having him in school all day; he even shared lunch with the children, which was very special.

St Philip’s School

Fun in Spring

As Spring arrived the children are able to use our wonderful outdoor facilities to the maximum. Here are just a few highlights.

The RSPB came into school to work with our Reception Class and Year 1 children. The children learned about different types of birds found locally and how we can protect and encourage them. The children in Year 1 then went on a trip to follow up their learning to RSPB Pulborough Brooks.

St Philips at WWT

Reception Class continued their outdoor learning by visiting Arundel Wetlands. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful resource on our doorstep. The children were able to pond dip, use the boat and learn about caring for wildlife. Year 2 children had a visit from The National Trust outreach program.

Year 4 have been learning about The Romans as part of their History topic. After studying the people of that time, their way of life and the inventions they made, the children then designed and made their own Roman shields. With their shields, the children used the playground as their battle field and re-enacted a Roman battle. Great fun was had by all.

We have a long established relationship with St. Wilfrid’s Arundel Priory. The residents welcome our children often for singing, for gardening and they are “Pen pals” to our Year 6 children. Some of our children also write newsletters to the residents about what has been happening in school. We were delighted therefore when our Year 6 children were fortunate enough to be asked to take part in the ‘Hoedown’. They participated in line dancing and to chat with the ladies and gentleman about their past lives and listen to the stories they have to tell.

Some of our Year 4 mathematicians participated in the Maths Challenge held at Christ’s Hospital School. They pitched their maths skills against children
from a wide range of schools in the area.



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