Whole School

End of term fun for our Year 6 leavers

All our year 6 leavers were treated to a very special evening meal made and served by our very professional, attentive and talented year 5 chefs and waiters!

They also enjoyed a wonderful trip to Brockhole that included a picnic by the lake and fun on the Treetop Nets!

If you go down to the woods today…

If you did happen to pass Heaves woods this afternoon, you may well have seen Reception having super fun at their forest school session! The rain did not put us off, especially as we had one of Miss Butler’s brilliant shelters to hide underneath when we got there! We all enjoyed having a scavenger hunt to see what we could see and hear, we thought about why we might not have found certain things on our list and created our own magical wands from nature’s treasures. Mrs Haslam was also very proud of her newly acquired fire making skills, which were put to good use for us to toast marshmallows on to complete our afternoon!


Super Sports Day!

This morning, both Scafell and Skiddaw enjoyed a fantastic morning of sport and team-building games on the playing fields. Thanks to everyone who took part, joined in with all the games and cheered their team onwards to victory. It was really lovely to get to spend time together, and great to see everyone being supportive of one another.

Our morning started with a series of team games – wriggling through hoops, running a relay with cups of water and a lacrosse challenge. And who could forget what seemed to be a fan-favourite; the dressing-up relay! Imagine, if you will, a relay with a top hat and rather fetching scarf instead of the more traditional baton. Giggles all around for that one! After the team games everyone also took part in a more traditional flat race. Our brand new track was on fire with the blindingly fast lap times being posted!

Lastly, was the hotly-anticipated Year 6 Race – something of a Levens Tradition. Our year 6 performed marvellously, handling almost every sport we could think of. Football, hockey, hurdles – everything was included! Oh, and of course the famous Olympic “rescue the Jelly Baby from a pile of icing sugar” – a true classic!

A great day was had by all – thank you and well done to all involved!!

Police visit EYFS!

Children in Nursery and Reception have enjoyed two recent visits from PC Jayne Park from Cumbria Constabulary. The children were fascinated to find out about the work of a Police Officer and all the equipment they use to help them do their job. The uniform was a definite hit as well as exploring the Police van and hearing the sirens! Jayne also visited again to help us learn some important rules about keeping safe on the road.

Trust the Truss!

You might have already heard about Skiddaw’s amazing work building structures from spaghetti and marshmallows. Well, today they’ve taken it to the next level, using a range of engineering techniques to create our very own truss bridges!

We started by looking at simple paper bridges, and saw that just by changing the shape of the paper we could make our bridges much more rigid. Next, we looked for inspiration in buildings across the world. We examined the shapes that crop up again and again in tall, strong buildings and found that triangles are used very often because they are such a strong shape!

Using what we had learned, we had a go at building our very own truss bridges. Check out the results below!

Scafell have fun at Lakeside

Year 5+6 were the last class to go out on an adventure this week.  Their challenges included King Swing, low ropes and raft building.

Our first trip in over two years and it didn’t disappoint.  The excitement was felt by everyone from the moment we boarded the coach.

Every participant threw themselves into each challenge with determination and enthusiasm.  There was lots of good collaboration demonstrated during our raft building; effective team working in the low ropes as we paired up to support our partners; determination as we encountered the problem solving task to cross the moon on huge crates; and nerves of steel to complete the giant swing!

A magical day for us all!

Year 1 at YMCA

We enjoyed the best of days at Lakeside!  From the moment we set off from school, everybody was cheering and buzzing with excitement.

First Year 1 took themselves to new heights on a rope ladder up to the treetops!  Everyone pushed themselves to the limit to get as high as possible.  Next we enjoyed a game of ‘Duckies’ on the lake where we had to use our hands as oars to collect as many floats as possible.   After a delicious packed lunch, we enjoyed an adventure in the woods making potions, creating homes for our furry friends and then some calm mindfulness moments getting close to nature.

Everyone had an amazing time with their friends!  Well done everyone!

Reception visit Lakeside!

Reception had a wonderful time at Lakeside on Wednesday. On arrival they hunted for natural materials and sticks to make their own potions with the magical ingredient that was lake water! They thought about what special powers their potions might have…

They then built shelters and homes for a variety of woodland creatures, thinking carefully about what each might need to have in their home.

Soon it was time to harness up for a climbing challenge, seeing some children making it right to the top in the trees, everyone had such a good go! A splashing afternoon was had by all playing duckies in the lake, collecting ducks and balls in teams whilst having to manoeuvre their boats using only hands to push the water away. Everyone was very happy and soggy at the end of a fun-filled day!

Sculpture and the Human Form

Scafell have been working on observing and drawing the human form, one of the most challenging subjects to represent on paper.

We began by completing quick 15minute sketches of each other – keeping still in a carefully constructed pose was almost as difficult as the drawing!

We then moved on to exploring the human figure in 3D using play dough and aluminium foil. We could manipulate our figures into lots of different poses.  We used these to create very quick gesture poses.   We are now working on our wire  sculptures and hope to be able to share these very soon!

Persuasive Writing in Years 5+6

Pupils in Scafell have been undertaking a unit of work on persuasive writing which is linked to our current science topic on health and the human body.

We began with an apprentice-like challenge where we had to create a new toothpaste, develop the name of the product and the branding.  This involved some research on current toothpaste brands and their marketing techniques.

Once ideas about new products had been developed, we enjoyed some market research tasks to find out how our peers viewed our designs.  We then set about developing a poster campaign and radio advertisements to market our exciting, new products.

Our final piece of writing in this unit of work, is a more formal online magazine article informing young people about the detrimental impact of smoking on the human body and persuading the reader that it is never a good idea to smoke.

Which advert catches your eye?   Which toothpaste would you buy?