News from primary schools in the Arundel area
Amberley C of E Primary School
Ooohs’ and ‘Wows!’ were the sounds that could be heard in the classrooms and hall of Amberley Primary School when the school combined an open afternoon with its first Science Fayre. All the pupils at the school were set the task of creating a science investigation which could be brought into school and demonstrated to classmates, parents, governors and members of the community. Children brought in a vast range of experiments including lava lamps, vinegar volcanoes, magnetic marvels and two homemade rockets were so powerful that they ended up on the school roof!
Science is at the heart of the curriculum at Amberley School and the children learn by asking questions and then designing experiments and investigations to find the answers through first hand experiences. ‘There are so many skills that can be taught through science including measuring and recording accurately, reasoning, learning from mistakes, persevering and working collaboratively to solve problems together,’ said Jon Gilbert, Head Teacher.
The science fayre was a huge success with a number of prospective parents visiting the school for the first time. One visitor commented: ‘I asked several children to describe the science project that they were demonstrating and their answers generally showed their enthusiasm for the experiments as well as some knowledge of the process.”
This is an exciting time at Amberley School with permission now having been granted for a pre-school to open on the site next year.
Being educated in a rural village school in beautiful surroundings is not just reserved for those living in Amberley, indeed, parents are willing to travel a considerable distance to take advantage of learning in a school which was judged to be ‘Good with Outstanding Pupil Welfare’ by Ofsted in 2018.
By Ray Jackson, Chair of Governors. Find out more at www.amberley.w-sussex.sch.uk
Arundel C of E School
ACE Fireworks Night
ACE is very proud every year to host a fireworks night for the whole community. It is always a fun evening and involves not only an amazing fireworks display, but a range of stalls, a tombola, a licensed bar and a barbeque.
We are extremely lucky to be supported by members of our local community, such as Arundel Fire Station who very kindly send a fire engine and fire crew to the event for the children to enjoy. In addition to this, a number of local businesses support the event by donating food, drink and raffle prizes.
The display this year was outstanding and it was lovely seeing so many families enjoy an evening together. None of this would have happened without the amazing efforts of our parent association FACES and all of those kind people who helped prior to, during and after the Fireworks Night.
Many of those involved spent weeks preparing for the event and we are extremely grateful for all that they do for the school. We raised an amazing £2,000 for the school, which will be used to help improve the provision for our children.
The children in Years 5 and 6 recently had the opportunity to visit the Life Exhibition at Littlehampton United Reformed Church.
The Life Exhibition is a multi-media experience designed for primary school children which complements and works alongside existing RE teaching. Using interactive tablets, QR codes, graphics, quizzes, films, songs and a discussion café, Life helps children learn about the story of Jesus and his relevance today. The Life Exhibition – made accessible to schools thanks to the sponsorship of local churches and Counties – has been developed with the help of education specialists to encourage children to question, to challenge and form their own opinions on the story of Jesus.
Our ACE children found the high-tech RE experience really inspiring and enjoyed the visit very much, thanks to the huge efforts of Roger Purdom, who arrange the trip, and the volunteers from Littlehampton churches who were so welcoming.