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Clubhouse Summer 2 - Week 2

Date: 14th Jun 2019 @ 3:52pm

Our spirits certainly haven’t been dampened, despite the never ending rain this week!  We headed into the hall for fun and games, playing musical bumps, hot potato and team hoop games.  The children were able to display their wonderful dance moves, with the added benefit of burning off some excess energy.  They also showed great team work and patience, working together, to successfully pass the hoop around the circle without breaking the seal!  As with all rainy holidays, board games made a resounding come back, with a game of Frozen Monopoly.

In addition this week, we have turned our hand to the art of pizza making.  The children took great delight in mixing, then using their hands bringing the mixture together – some finding this more gooey and sticky than others!  On a floured surface, they then learnt how to knead the dough until it was smooth and elastic.  Once they thought it was ready, like all great pizza makers, they stretched it out, before adding their own chosen toppings.  The pizzas were then baked and either enjoyed at snack or taken home – hopefully tasting as good as they smelt.

Clubhouse Summer 2 - Week 1

Date: 7th Jun 2019 @ 4:21pm

Welcome back to the final half term (scarily) of the academic year, we hope everyone enjoyed the break.  Sadly, the weather has not been on our side this week, but we have brought the outside in and the children have enjoyed heading off on their intrepid expeditions in our camping area, before stopping to buy an ice cream at the Beach Shop.

Remarkably – as I am not known for my green fingers, our plants survived the half term!  We have an abundance of tomato and green bean plants and even our pumpkin plants have taken.  Under the expert supervision of our Year 5’s the tomato plants have now been carefully transplanted into individual pots and we will be able to plant out the rest next week.  Obviously only time will tell if we actually produce anything to eat!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – despite the weather!

Clubhouse Summer 1 - Week 5

Date: 24th May 2019 @ 8:18am

We have had a busy last week of term in Clubhouse.  On the art table, the children have been experimenting with pastels. They created beautiful, colourful butterfly art work, by smudging and blending oil pastels. In addition several children have enjoyed creating their own paintings on wooden boards. We have continued with our planting.  Our shoots have been replanted into larger pots, before we move them outside after half term.  So far everything has taken – let’s hope I can keep them all healthy over half term!

On Tuesday, we had fun on the field. Those wishing to took part in a scavenger hunt.  The children mixed themselves up into teams of 3 or 4 and set off to find the items on their list. Most groups found all the items on the list.  Ultimately there could only be 1 winning team who enjoyed their chocolatey prize.

We hope everyone enjoys their half term break, and finds time for some rest and relaxation - see you in June!

Clubhouse Summer 1 - Week 4

Date: 16th May 2019 @ 3:02pm

 

Dance moves have been put to the test this week, with the resurgence of Just Dance 2. Everyone has joined in dancing to all the old favourites Wham, The Weather Girls and Elvis amongst the most popular.  We've seen some impressive Elvis impersonations dancing to Viva Las Vegas, especially the knee shake!  There was much hilarity and a little rhythm, ultimately everyone was energised and had a great time - it was so popular it knocked FIFA 19 off the podium of most requested games!

We have also been practicing our origami, design and engineering skills, by making paper aeroplanes.  The children have experimented with different folds, designs, nose types and ultimately, which plane flew the furthest.  I don't quite think we will be breaking any records for our distances, however everyone had fun!  We continued our planting and growing.  The beans have taken, so we have ventured to tomatoes!

Our week ended enjoying a picnic tea outside - roll on the warm, dry weather.

Wishing everyone a wonderful (fingers crossed sunny) weekend!

 

 

Clubhouse Summer 1 - Week 3

Date: 10th May 2019 @ 4:29pm

As the weather has been so poor this week, we made use of the hall enjoying lots of wide games such as, Corners, Duck Duck Goose and Musical Statues.  We were very impressed by the team work and tenacity of all the children (particularly the young ones) when playing Hula Hoop Pass – Threading the Needle.   Holding hands, everyone had to stand in a circle.  The hula hoop was placed between two of the children, who then re-joined hands.  The object of the game is to move the hoop around the circle without letting go of each other’s hands.  Despite the age difference, everyone was able to step through and pass the hoop over their heads and around the circle without breaking the bond.   The children were so successful they rose to the challenge of using a much smaller hoop as well!

We have continued with our planting, shoots have begun to appear – so far so good!

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

Clubhouse Summer 1 - Week 2

Date: 3rd May 2019 @ 4:23pm

We have burnt off lots of energy and got our hearts pumping this week, with traditional circle games.  The older children energised the younger members in a game of Duck Duck Goose!  The younger children caught on quickly to the rules and there was lots of laughter as the chases happened, with the fox in pursuit of the goose.  We were also taught a new game called 'Rock Paper Scissor Hoop Hop Showdown'!  After several attempts of explaining the rules, all the children got to grips with it and had great fun, jumping between hoops and having rock paper scissor battles with whoever they met!

While we can, as little time as possible has been spent indoors, however when we were we have been planting seeds, in the hope that we can harvest our own vegetables during the summer term - only time will tell!

Have a lovely weekend.

Clubhouse Summer 1 - Week 1

Date: 26th Apr 2019 @ 12:39pm

Welcome back!  We hope everybody had a wonderful Easter Break. 

The beginning of the week we made the most of the good weather - before it took a turn for the worst, spending as much time as we could outside.  On Tuesday, we headed to the field, where the children made full use of the extra space and different equipment.  Obviously, there was the inevitable game of football, however we also practiced our agility and balance skills on the assault course. 

Indoors, our post office has been very busy.  Many letters have been written, posted and delivered.  The ink stamps and paper clips have proven particularly popular!  On the craft table we have encouraged the children's creative and inventiveness skills through junk modelling - an activity which always proves popular and produces some wonderful creations.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, fingers crossed the good weather returns!

Clubhouse Spring 2 - Week 6

Date: 4th Apr 2019 @ 8:32pm

I cannot believe we are at the end of the Spring term, it only seems like yesterday that we came back after Christmas!  We have had a busy week, those wishing to have been decorating eggs to enter our Easter Egg competition.  Congratulations to all our our winners. We have had several indoor team Easter egg hunts - Wednesday's hunt proved particularly difficult with all the teams only needing one egg to win!  Outdoor there was much fun and hilarity with Easter Egg races.  There were many dropped eggs - luckily they were only plastic!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter break!

Clubhouse Spring 2 - Week 5

Date: 29th Mar 2019 @ 1:16pm

Where has this term gone? I cannot believe we are at the end of the penultimate week of the Spring term!  Lots of our Clubhouse members have been very busy this week at the craft table.  Sadly, I cannot reveal any pictures as I don't want to spoil their secrets, however I can say that lots of time, care and thought has gone into their creations!

On Tuesday, the children embraced Uganda Day, starting and finishing their day without electricity in Clubhouse.  I think they now have a greater appreciation of electricity, when they couldn't use the Playstation, Wii, IPad or even have a piece of toast in the morning!  They adapted quickly,  instead enjoying a game of snooker, table top and parlour games.  It rekindled their love of snooker so much, that they forgot about the electronics the next day - continuing with their snooker matches.  Outside, our out door area has been put to good, as most of the balls have slowly disappeared to gardens yonder, it meant we could encourage different games.  Both young and old were included in hide and seek and a new variations of tig.  

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Happy Mother's Day.

Clubhouse Spring 2 - Week 4

Date: 20th Mar 2019 @ 2:41pm

   

 

As always the week has flown by!  Despite some very mixed weather, we have been able to get outside dodging the showers and even enjoying some warm sunshine.  Our playground was occupied by speedy Superheros, and of course the odd footballer!  Enjoying the extra space we dug out our huge parachute.  There was great excitement running underneath it when a birthday month was called.  We even tried turning it into a big top tent with totem pole in the middle (oldest child) - but may need a little more practice at this!

Inside, we've had fun playing table top games. The younger members have enjoyed playing Lucky Ducks and Cat and Mouse. Headbandz attracted a wide audience, who even managed to not reveal what was on the cards. We've made superhero cakes and have even been making our own wrapping paper.  

Happy weekend!

Clubhouse Spring 2 - Week 3

Date: 15th Mar 2019 @ 4:18pm

This week has been Superhero week.  The children have enjoyed dressing as their favourite Superhero, practicing their Superhero poses and moves!  We've chatted about what super power they would like and how they would use it.  On the craft table we have made superhero masks, wrist bands and belts.  The children either replicated their favourite superhero or designed and created their own.  The baking table has been extremely productive.  We made Batman short bread biscuits - as always the children diversified, making their own shapes even producing a shortbread tree!  In addition, after searching for their own recipes, we have also baked chocolate chip cookies and strawberry buns.  The buns looked so good, we made them again on Friday for Red Nose Day.

As the weather has been so bad, this week we have played lots of inside team games.  The children danced to Kidz Bop, then getting in teams came up with their own dance, which they show cased to the others.  On Friday, with great co-operation everyone got involved playing the Spider's Web game.  It took a lot of co-operation and team work to produce a wonderful web, before attempting to move across it without touching the string.  We rounded off the week playing balloon games with Red Nose Day balloons!

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

Clubhouse spring 2 - Week 2

Date: 8th Mar 2019 @ 1:47pm

What a busy week it has been!  On Tuesday, we started our day with pancakes for breakfast.  The children could choose and add their own toppings, which included the traditional lemon and sugar, or chocolate sauce with strawberries, blueberries or banana - for a little bit of goodness!  While having breakfast, it was lovely to chat to the children about Shrove Tuesday and  we discussed what everyone was giving up, or doing for Lent.  Sadly, I did have to remind them they couldn't give up vegetables - as this was quite high on the list to be sacrificed!  

As the weather has taken a turn for the worse, it has been difficult to get outside.  Instead, some younger Clubhouse members asked to make a den.  Using netting, they opted to position it under the round table spending quite some time filling it with treasures from around the room.  We have also been keeping ourselves busy completing jigsaws and creating sea creatures in the craft area.

On Thursday, children came it Breakfast Club very excited, wishing to show off their World Book Day costumes and explain who their character was.  Before going into class, we had a catwalk where the children could not only display their costumes, but also their dance moves! After such a busy day in school, after snack, everyone chilled out and watched a movie.  

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Clubhouse Spring 2 - Week 1

Date: 1st Mar 2019 @ 3:46pm

What a beautiful start it has been to the new half term.  A little bit of sunshine makes all the difference, we have been able to get outside, both before and after snack. Our new play house has been a hit with both our younger and older members and all have enjoyed the revival of the good old sandpit!  We encouraged as many as we could to join in with wide games, such as 'What's the Time Mr Wolf?' and of course there was the inevitable game of football!

Inside, the children have continued to enjoy using the glass paints, creating pictures on acetate, which can then be peeled and stuck onto a window.  They have been very effective and extremely popular.  We have also been very busy baking.  This week, we have been perfecting our scone making; filling the school with delicious smells - only to disappoint staff when they realise the scones have not been for them!  We hope the've tasted as wonderful as they smelt.  On Wednesday, we happily welcomed lots of new children, who's parents were attending Parent's Evening.  They busied themselves investigating the room and we also enjoyed our biscuit making activity.

Happy weekend everyone.

Clubhouse Spring 1 - Week 5

Date: 7th Feb 2019 @ 2:30pm

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year, which began on the 5th February.  Our craft table has been very busy; we have made fans; lanterns; dragons; fortune cookies and origami pigs to name but a few.  The traditional fortune tellers have also been revived.  Despite, dating back to the 1950's in England and beyond else where, this form of origami has proved extremely popular among all our age groups.  As it is the year of the pig, a group of older children decided to use their own initiative and ingenuity and created their own junk model pig.

Making and baking has been ever popular, a tray of Rocky Road was made for Friday's cake sale.  We even tried our hand at making meringues!  On Friday, everyone made their own cup cake, decorating it in the style of a pig. 

Hopefully, when everyone opened their fortune cookie they received a tidbit of wise wisdom.  Acting on mine, 'The days that make us happy make us wise,' - have a happy weekend everyone! 

 

Clubhouse Spring 1 - Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2019 @ 8:01am

With the morning temperatures dropping so dramatically this week, we have thought about our feathered friends making bird feeders to hang in our gardens.  We had different styles to choose from - those that used bird seed or ones which consisted of cheese, bread, raisins and apple threaded onto thin wire.  The latter proved to be the most popular - possible, because there was the opportunity to nibble on a raisin or two!

On Tuesday, Miss Emmett recruited some willing volunteers for a yoga class.  Stretching their muscles and relaxing their minds, they enjoyed it so much that they nearly forgot to come back for snack.   Hopefully, hall space permitting we will be able to partake in this on a regular basis.  It has been difficult to get outside this week (roll on Spring) however we have motivated the children; to burn off some of that excess energy; by playing party games.  Musical statues has been the most requested game.  The children have demonstrated all the latest dance moves some getting so carried away they forgot to stop when the music ended.

We have also been busy baking, trying out a chocolate chip cookies recipe and chocolate fairy cakes.  The cookies had varying results - working one day and not on another.  Obviously one we will have to work on!  

Happy weekend!

 

Clubhouse Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 25th Jan 2019 @ 8:38am

This week, as always, Clubhouse has been very much governed by what the Children would like to do and planned activities have changed and evolved as the week has gone on.  We had a Scottish theme in mind, as it was Burns Night on Thursday.  We made Scottish short bread, which although not always an authentic shape turned out to be quite tasty - even dipping them in chocolate for an added twist.  Oat cakes were also attempted, however I think we all decided that we prefer a sweeter biscuit as they definitely needed some butter and cheese!  On the craft table, we have been practicing our weaving skills, producing our own tartan design.

On Thursday, we had planned to have a go at Scottish dancing, however as Miss Leyland was in club the children decided that they would prefer to use her gymnastic skills for a bit of extra practice.  A group worked very well together building a multi-wheeled bus out of stickle bricks.  Despite the stress involved trying to put it together we are delighted the Huggington train track has proved extremely popular with both the younger and older members. 

Wishing everyone a happy weekend!

Clubhouse Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2019 @ 8:11am

  

 

This week, It was all aboard the Clubhouse train as we enjoyed some chilly, but dry early evenings out doors.  Everyone enjoyed a game of football, and Miss Emmett was beaten at tennis with the ensuing comment - 'Things happens!'  Indoors, a group baked fairy cakes, everyone had their own mixing bowl, so took full ownership of their cakes, measuring, mixing and even cracking their own egg - surprisingly without much mess!  Jack and the Beanstalk has been re-enacted.  We have some imposing giants booming out "Fee Fi Fo Fum!" and the odd sneaky Jack who has been able to whisk away the golden harp and egg.

Collectively, we have been working on a 300 piece jigsaw.  It has had a few faltering starts when the odd little fingers have broken it up, however to everyone's delight we managed to complete it this week. Jigsaws are reputed to reduce stress levels - however I'm not quite sure I agreed while I was trying to fit those edge pieces together!  It looked lovely when finished.  We are aiming to do a 500 piece one next time.

 Have a lovely weekend!

Clubhouse Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 8:15am

Welcome back, we hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a healthy, happy New Year.  There has been lots of chatter in club this week with Christmas news, favourite presents received, the delicious meals eaten and all the exciting New Year parties and events that occurred.  It sounds like it was an extremely busy festive period, we hope there was some time for a little bit of rest and relaxation!

As the years seem to fly by and most children when asked what they have been up to will usually give the response 'I can't remember',  we thought it would be a good idea to make 2019 memory jars.  Jars have been decorated using glass paint, stickers and pens with the aim to add a positive memory each week.  The notes can then be read at the end of the year to remember all the wonderful things that have occurred over the year. 

Despite a chilly week, the daylight hours are extending ever so slightly, which has meant  (to the delight of all) we have been able get outside a few times before snack.  After snack, it has been eyes down for a game of bingo!

Finally, all the staff at Clubhouse would like to say a huge thank you again for all the wonderful gifts we received before Christmas, and also to the elves of 'The Bloom Room' who have cheered up our outside area with some lovely planters and plants.

Clubhouse Autumn 2 - Week 8

Date: 19th Dec 2018 @ 1:42pm

The Christmas holidays are finally upon us. We would like to thank you all for the Christmas wishes, gifts and cards we have received.  We have a fantastic bunch of children who attend Clubhouse, their excitment for Chirstmas has bubbled over and left us all feeling full of festive spirit. From all that we have been told, it looks like everyone has a busy time planned, we hope you also all get a chance to recharge your batteries. 

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year - see you all in 2019!

  

Clubhouse Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2018 @ 2:24pm

I cannot believe we are at the end of the penultimate week of the Autumn Term.  The Christmas count down is well and truly on, and the children's excitement levels are at a peak.  We have daily requests for Christmas music and great enthusiasm when asked to join in with whole club games.   There has been much discussion as to what families will be up to over Christmas - it sounds like it will be a busy one for many.  Elves seem to have been up to lots of mischief at home, ours was trying to finish off the advent calender this morning!   

As the weather has become more wintry, (rather than damp and rainy) we have enjoyed a mug of delicious hot chocolate or warm milk to keep the chills away.  Those Children wishing to have been extremely busy; decorating their Christmas cake; completing a variety of sewing projects; painting and glittering Christmas tree ornaments - there has not been a minute to spare!  It has been lovely to see the care and thought that has gone into the various craft projects, especially who they were for.  The school ethos of choose kind has certainly rung true.  

Wishing everyone a wonderful (probably busy) weekend!

Clubhouse Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 7th Dec 2018 @ 4:09pm

It is all things sparkle and shine in Clubhouse this week - our decorations are up and the glitter is out!  The craft table has been popular, the children have been making decorations to adorn our tree, before taking them home at the end of term.  Santa's workshop has been industrious. with lots of elves making, wrapping and sorting toys for Santa.  

Also this week, we have been busy making mini Christmas cakes.  Those wishing to have made their own individual cake weighing, measuring and  experimenting as to which spices and how much they should use.  We received lots of comments from staff as to how good they smelt while being cooked - hopefully they taste as good!

Wishng everyone a wonderful weekend.

Clubhouse Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 1:54pm

The sewing machine has been idle this week - we thought we would give it a well deserved rest - however following numerous requests will be fully operational again next week!!  Instead, we have been concentrating on various projects which have involved paper mache, paint and an extremely skilled Mrs Grayson.  We were very grateful to receive lots of new board games, which have gone down a treat.  Hedbanz  has proved very popular, as well as Luck Ducks and Litter Bugs.

Miss Emmett took on the role of Paul Hollywood, she was guided by an extremely skilled Mary Berry and her assistants to produce some delicious rocky road.  Sadly, it has been too wet and dark to get outside, however we have enjoyed all coming together after snack playing games and showing off some dance moves.

Happy weekend everyone.

Clubhouse Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 22nd Nov 2018 @ 8:29pm

Where oh where has this term gone, I can't believe we are already at the end of week 4 - more than half way through the term? The sewing machine has been busy again this week, design expectations are certainly rising - even the knitting needles have been dusted down and are click clacking away with the beginning of a scarf.  We decided to celebrate American Thanksgiving.  The children made turkey hats and on Thursday we had a Thanksgiving snack.  We opted not to replicate a full turkey dinner, instead, much to the delight of the children, enjoyed pizza and chips, followed by the all American doughnut!  

As one of the most loved traditional tales we have encouraged the children to re-enact Cinderella.  Our Onion has been turned into Cinderella's carriage.  Using  the props and a little imagination, the children have enjoyed dressing up, acting out the tale and have even been tempted with a little ballroom dancing.  

Wishing everyone a wonderful, relaxed weekend.

Clubhouse Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 16th Nov 2018 @ 2:17pm

On Sunday afternoon, I attended Holy Trinity Church, for the Remembrance Service and was very pleased to see all the pin cushion and paper hearts we made in club on display in the foyer.  Most of our Clubhouse members seem to have caught the sewing bug and have been very keen to continue this week.  In addition to the hearts we have also ventured on to dogs, birds, cushions and even a tree!  I have been very impressed at the sewing skills and design thoughts.  There are some very adventurous projects being discussed - I only hope we can keep up with the demand!  On that note if anyone has any unwanted sewing items such as; material, cushion/toy stuffing, ribbon and so on it would be gratefully received - anything donated is always very welcome and put to good use!

Last May, Clubhouse celebrated the Royal wedding, between Harry and Megan.  As part of the celebrations we made a card and sent it to the Palace, wishing the then to be newly weds our congratulations and best wishes.  This week to everyone's delight we received a lovely reply back, addressed to all the Children and Staff at Clubhouse. We will have to send another when the baby arrives.  Depending on how good our sewing skills become we could include a Clubhouse original toy!

We finished off our week celebrating Children in Need, making and decorating Pusdesy biscuits.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Clubhouse Autumn 2- Week 2

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 1:20pm

   

This week, Clubhouse has been busy sewing pin cushions and decorating hearts for Holy Trinity Church. During World War One, soldiers would make and send pin cushion hearts home to their loved ones.  Holy Trinity Church aim to decorate the foyer with 100 hearts in time for the Remembrance Day Service.  We discussed why we were making the hearts; children chose their own colours and designs; then had a go using the sewing machine!  In all we made more than 30 hearts, which were gratefully received by Church. In addition, everyone has also been busy either painting or making poppies.  These are now proudly displayed as a poignant reminder of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and for all those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world. 

On Friday, we made Anzac biscuits.  They were traditionally made by Australian and New Zealand women and sent to soldiers during the First World War.  The biscuits were long-keeping; they could survive the long sea journey and still be fit to eat.  Surprisingly, despite their description, they were actually very tasty!

Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend.