Year 3 Christmas Time Travelling Production!

This morning, children across the school were treated to a wonderful Christmas Image result for christmas starsproduction from Year 3 – performed with a starlight background and filled with Christmas magic. Pupils watched with interest and enthusiasm as Time Travelling Doctors made their way in search of Christmas surprises.

Children spoke their lines clearly and filled the hall with a beautiful harmony of Christmas singing. With a splattering of Christmas cracker jokes, Year 3 also enlightened children from across the year groups with a host of “laugh-o-meter” gags!

We are sure that parents are in for a real treat during their performance and will enjoy the show! Well done to Year 3 for a fantastic production!

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Gymnastics in PE at Anne Dale!

In gymnastics we are learning to make shapes using different parts of our body. We are lucky to have a specialist coach coming in to work with us…

First of all we did a warm up where the gymnastics coach explained that if she said go we had to jog around the room, if she said stop we had to stop, if she said up we had to stretch upwards and if she said down we had to stretch lower to the ground.

It was a really good lesson and I enjoyed it!

[Written by Rosie B – Digital Leader]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 5

As the day closes on another fantastic 24 hours at Osmington Bay, children are settling down for their final sleep away from home amidst the rolling hills and adventurous activities of their PGL home for the last week…

Today, fuelled by a breakfast of sausages, hash browns, eggs and ketchup, children tackled yet more amazing activities, from the giant swing to survivor training and archery… During survivor, pupils tried to make fire, while also daubing themselves generously in mud! Beware their Bear Grylls style skills when they return!


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Other groups tacked the indoor bouldering wall with rock climbing prowess, making sure that their friends helped keep them safe by bileting from the floor nearby. The zip wire was also in popular demand, as children (and Miss Skinner!) whizzed along at considerable speed, enjoying the freedom of the sun in their faces as they sped along the top of the Weymouth cliffs.

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Once again, another day of tremendous fun and adventure has passed as children approach their last day at Osmington, ready to return to their families with amazing tales of all that they have accomplished this week….. Keep your eyes peeled for a final update!

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmignton Adeventure 2016… Update 4

Day 4 of the Osmington Adventure, with children raring to go once again after another restful sleep. The Weymouth coast has been looking absolutely stunning this week with some amazing views out across the bay!
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Many groups took on the challenge of raft building yesterday and here is just a small selection of the images from the event (children will get a chance to create a photo-montage from the school camera stocks in the coming weeks of their Osmington moments) and as you can see from these images, it was a fun filled day enjoyed by all! As the challenge progressed, children were encouraged to take part in a round of “Heads, shoulders, knees and jump” – which as you’d imagine, left some pupils completely delighted with a freshening dunk into the Weymouth waters!

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As well as this, many groups also took part in the hair raising “Trapeze” activity, involving a leap of faith from the top of a very tall wooden pole – in desperate reach of the gold-standard hanging buoy. Once again, children excelled themselves, conquering fears and pushing themselves to achieve. A very proud moment for many as they reached the summit!

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The evening entertainment has also consisted of “Splash”, involving a random assortment of hilarity inducing activities and races, which were equally enjoyed by children and adults alike, as Anne Dale students practiced team work, collaboration and worked together with new-found friends…

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Tomorrow will bring a new range of challenges I am sure, so keep an eye out for the updates… Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 2

As day breaks on the second day of our Osmington Adventure, Image result for pglchildren from Anne Dale have awoken from a restful sleep. All were in beds by 9:30pm and asleep by 10pm… This is not surprising really considering that children took part in a large scale orienteering exercise last night (Snapshot) as well as a range of crazy team games, known as Wacky Races!

Last night’s dinner consisted of spinach cannelloni, chicken or cottage pie options. Some children ventured near the celery soup to try that, while others opted for a pudding of doughnuts and fruit!

All are excited about today’s activities, which include sensory trail around a mud covered and particularly difficult to navigate area of the site! Others prepared themselves for life on a desert island in Survivor style activities and other groups went mountain biking. It is a requirement of mountain biking that trousers are tucked into socks… unfortunately, Miss Hudson took this a little too far – as you can see from the pics!
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Keep your eyes peeled for other updates in the near future and feel free to leave a comment below if you wish,

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 1

After a long journey to the Dorset coastline, the children have arrived safely and without incident at the sunny climes of Osmington Bay!Image result for osmington bay

Children were placed into their activity groups this morning, (approx 10 per group) which they will maintain throughout the week… with adventurous pursuits starting straight away after PGL staff had conducted their welcome talk…

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Children have also arrived at their chalet for the week, making sure that they stow their belongings near to their bunks and keep their home-for-the-week as tidy as possible for the looming chalet inspections… First job on the list was making their beds in rooms, which was generally amusing for all involved – with several children ending up inside their duvet covers, while the duvet sat merrily on the mattress!

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This afternoon after lunch in the activity hall sheltering from some light rain (at which point a member of staff realised they’d forgotten lunch!!), groups have taken to the activity “Snapshot”!

There will be an evening activity still to come, before a good night’s rest in preparation for a fun filled day ahead…

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay

[Written by Mr Thorns]


N’Ozzies Visit the Beach….

As part of the N’Ozzies (not Osmington) activity week, today saw the group head to Lee-on-the-Solent for a beach walk and visit to some local attractions along the coastline!

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Highlights of the trip included ice creams from the Bluebird Cafe, mountains of scrumptious chips and a visit to the playpark! Mrs Steel was forced to sacrifice  her chocolate chip cookie and her personal water supply to fuel this band of piratical pupils!

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“It was really funny” (Grace B)

“Mrs Steel was grown up and sensible all day” (Mrs Steel)

“I got a HONEYCOMB ice cream!” (Sorcha P)

“Mrs Steel’s singing was atrocious” (Mrs Livingstone)

“It sounded like wailing more than singing” (Isabella C)

“Ummmm….. I liked sheltering under the beach hut!” (Grape B)

“We were all going nuts at the park!” (Joshua H)


Robin Hood Day!

A sea of Robin Hoods, Friar Tucks, Maid Marions and Sheriffs descended upon the grounds of Crofton Anne Dale Junior School today as part of Year 5’s English unit based on the Legend of Robin Hood.  Teamwork, determination as well as an ability to withstand the lack of sun were just some of the skills seen today.  We even had a resident moth take a particular liking to one of the Robin Hoods!

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A particular well done to the winning teams:

[Written by Mrs Burdett] 

Year 6 Cinderella Performance – SPOILER ALERT!

Cinderella RockerfellaAs is customary at the end of term at Anne Dale, children
across the school were treated to an end of year performance from Year 6 of Cinderella-Rockerfella! Filled with booing, hissing and a batch of wingless fairies, Cinderella Rockerfella was a delight to behold.

The singing was fantastic, with carefully choreographed dancing and small group numbers, alongside heart moving solo performances by a talented Year 6 cast. With a fairytale set, excellently produced by children across the year group, this performance was watched with enthusiasm by the entire school.

In a pantomime style performance, children were enraptured and entranced by Buttons, Cinders and two rather manly looking ugly sisters! With cameo appearances from “Fairy Liquid”, James Bond and Teaser the friendly dalmatian!

This was a fitting send off to a year group who will be sadly missed at Anne Dale as they move onward in their journey to secondary school. Well done for a wonderful production enjoyed by all!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

T3 Rainforest Watercolour Painting!

As a colourful start to our rainforest work in Year 3, children in T3 have been creating rainforest paintings using watercolour paints. This was a delicate but enjoyable activity, with many children using watercolour s for the first time.

Children painted a variety of interesting designs, from poison dart frogs to tree top canopies with draping boa constrictors!

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[Written by Mr Thorns]