SJB were visited by graduates from all over the country today. Year 5 took part in team building exercises and also learnt about the work the graduates do.

The efforts of the group were much appreciated and the 42 activities clearly took a long time to plan.

Many children said it was their best day of the year so far and we look forward to welcoming back groups in the future.

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Big Bang Fair

Year 5 visited the Big Bang Fair at Furness College today for more STEM learning.

They looked around all the exhibits for an hour and then went upstairs for the science fair.

We were thoroughly entertained by the 6 experiments which took place. The teachers witnessed every single hand go up when volunteers were called for.

After a brief chat to Oscar the robot, who has a great knowledge of Greek Myths for some reason, we boarded the coach and headed back to a less windy Ulverston.

Our thanks to Furness College and to Tony for hosting us once again.


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Poetry Celebration

We were delighted to welcome so many parents and carers to our Poetry Celebration. Each class performed extremely well and there was a range of themes (animals, weather, pirates, ghosts, school dinners, hippopotami, elephants and sheep) making for an excellent afternoon’s entertainment. We were so pleased to see Mr Richardson’s family and to be able to thank them again for their generous donation. Thank you to the PTA for providing tea and coffee.

Well done to the finalists in years 2-6 for the Ernie Richardson Poetry award and to Sarah John as the overall winner.

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Rugby afternoon at SJB

SJB had another sport visitor today. This time from the world of rugby league. Will Maher (Mr Maher’s brother) visited during the afternoon to explain how he progressed through junior leagues to become a professional player.

He made sure to point out to the whole school that there were difficulties along the way but a positive attitude and strong friendships were key for him.

Year 5 and 6 had a 35 minute session with Will. This will be particularly useful for them as we hope to match the success we had last year at the rugby tournaments.

Year 3 and 4 also went out to practice rugby drills and we will be persuading Will to visit again for the younger children.

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More STEM for Year 5

Year 5 continued their STEM learning today. We were visited by Irene from the University of Lancaster and took part in a series of challenges about engineering.

We started by looking at what engineering is and then at some very famous engineers from history. We all enjoyed the paper challenge in the morning and learnt a very important lesson: the design may NOT work the first time.

Our final challenge was to design a way to supply relief aid in Nepal. This involved a pulley system and a large amount of team work. Every design was different and the success rate was variable.

Many thanks to Irene for visiting us today and all the resources you provided for us.

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Year 5 and 6 cross country

16 pupils from Year 5 and 6 took part in a 1500 metre cross country race on Tuesday evening. They were split into: Year 6 boys, Year 6 girls, Year 5 boys and Year 5 girls.

They all did extremely well in what is a very competitive sport. Holly Heffernan came 2nd out of 50 for the Year 6 girls and Lucy Kelly came 3rd for the Year 5 girls.

We had eight top ten spots overall and some last minute sprints which went in our favour.

A special mention to Gabrielle who finished 14th in her race despite losing a shoe.

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University of Cumbria Visit

University of Cumbria students visited SJB today to work with Year 5. This will be followed by our annual trip to the woods in December where they will take part in Outdoor Education activities.

Our link with University of Cumbria is important and has been successful over a number of years.

Many thanks to Richard for the visit. See you soon.

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