Forest Craft and Woodands

Spring has arrived at St Giles School. Forest Craft has embraced this with the infants, who were very busy doing their outdoor learning acti

Red Nose Day

St Giles School took part in Red Nose Day. Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March, alternating with sister project Sport Relief. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and fundraise – celebrities included! It culminates in a night of cutting edge comedy and moving documentary films on BBC One. The day started with some imaginative, crazy hair styles a

Science Day at St Giles School

We arranged our science day to coincide with British Science Week, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, which runs from the 10th-19th March. The theme for this year’s British Science Week is ‘Change’ so each class explored and investigated this in different ways. Class 1 and 2 spent the morning investigating changes in materials. They started by observing butter, chocolate, ice cream and salt and discussing their properties then made a prediction about what would happen to each one if they were left out during the morning. They also put some coloured ice cubes in baby oil and made a prediction about what would happen if they too were left out during the course of the

Promoting, Understanding & Comparing

Many people wonder what the comparison is between Islam and Christianity - the Infants did just this on a trip to Derby. The Children visited the Derby Open Centre to begin their comparison of Islam and Christianity. The Open Centre’s motto is ‘Promoting understanding through personal experience’ – and there is no better way to do this than to encourage visits to the different places of worship in our community. Their first stop was the Jamia Mosque –Muslim place of worship. The children met Nahida, who has been with the Open Centre for over 20 year. It is customary to cover the head when entering a Mosque. The children entered the Mosque, shoes are removed and placed on a special rack. Thos

Lent, Learning & Charity

We are now in Lent and we held a wonderfully, inspiring Ash Wednesday service at school with Father Mark. Lent 2017 began on Wednesday March 1 and ends on Thursday April 13 Mrs Rogers talked to the children about Ash Wednesday as the first day of Lent which is a time of thinking about God and focussing more on him instead of “stuff” around us. It’s a day when we say sorry to God and think about our lives. The children, sat in groups, talked about what it means to say sorry and why we might want to do that. They were asked – How does saying sorry help? Here are two of the children’s answers, “It makes you feel less guilty,” and “It makes you feel better”. The children were then encouraged to

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