Activities and School Trips
Class 6 trip - Queenswood and OK Diner
Class 6 enjoyed a fabulous day at the OK Diner and Queenswood Country Park as the launchpad for their topic on the USA.
The OK Diner is decorated with many signs, posters and advertisements from North America. The children researched and investigated them whilst sampling the delights of milkshake and ice creams.
After lunch, they explored the grove of Californian Redwood trees at the Country Park. The children measured the trees, explored their surroundings and undertook a number of creative tasks that will be continued back in the classroom.
It was very interesting. The trees were relaxing when you were sat down looking at them. The Diner was really cool because it had metal plates of interesting facts. I had toffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream It was really creamy.
Daisy B - Year 6
MacMillan coffee morning
On Friday 28th September class 6 and Mrs Gething held a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan cancer support. Mrs Gething was in very bright and very early to set everything up. The children did a fantastic job serving, waiter and waitressing, washing up, taking photos etc. We were all very proud of them. Thank you to everyone who attended, brought or made a cake and donated. It was great to see so many people here. We raised just over an amazing £300! Great job everyone!
I'm having a lovely time. The cake is so delicious and the waiters are really good.
Caroline Slough - parent
We were thrilled to be contacted by Steph Button and Sarah Godson about an initiative being run at the local Pontrilas Café where they have involved the community to crochet or knit 100 poppies for the centenary this year. Last week (Wed 3rd Oct) the pupils made theirs from felt. Steph Button will be sewing them all together and they will be on display inside the café nearer the time. There will be far more than 100!!!
They were fun to make. We made them for Pontrilas Post office to display. It is to remember everyone who made a big sacrifice in the First World War one hundred years ago.
Abi GP - Year 6
On Friday 5th October Reception invited their Grandparents in to spend some time in the class. They were able to play with them in their early years environment and share some of the work they have done. Grandparents could sit with a cuppa, a biscuit and look at the learning journeys. Thank you to all those came. It was lovely to see you.
Class 2 trip - Cantref Farm
On Monday 8th October class 2 visited Cantref Farm near Brecon. We had a jam packed fun day. We petted a variety of small animals including a fairy mouse, ferret, rabbit, chinchilla, rat and guinea pig. Each child had the opportunity to bottle feed the goat kids. We all had a tractor ride around the field and saw lots of different farm animals. There was a pig race for us to watch including racers such as Harry Trotter and Simon Sowell. We also had loads of fun in the indoor and outdoor play area, the drop slide and the long water side. It was a great day and the children were fabulous.
I liked the tractor ride when we looked for animals. I saw sheep and buffalos.
Esca R - Year 1
We held our annual pumpkin competition in school on Friday 26th October, judged by School Council. We had some fantastic entries from all age groups. Some of these will be on display at tonight's PTFA Halloween disco.
R - Effie
1 - Elias
2 - Sophie
3 - James
4 - Beau
5 - Harry B
6 - Ruby W
Children in Need
On Friday 16th November the school took part in the annual Children in Need charity fundraiser. We all wore our own clothes as well as donating £1 to the worthwhile cause. This was put in the wishing well and children could make a wish. We also had a cake sale and bring and buy sale. A very special big yellow visitor called Pudsey Bear came to see the children and witness all their hard work to raise money. It was a great day. The school raised a whopping £407.54!!! However, Daisy B, Ted and Sam S, Ruby C and Huw P collected a massive and amazing £560 with still more to come in. Absolutely fantastic job. Well done everyone and thank you to all those who donated items, cakes and money.
Class 4 - Techniquest trip
On Friday 23rd November, class 4 went to Techniquest science workshop and museum in Cardiff Bay. They experienced lots of different scientific phenomena at their leisure, including a giant piano, dinosaur screen, games about the human body, a floating head table, an enormous heavy sphere in water to move and witnessed a man making lightening. Mrs Jones was super proud at the electricity workshop as class 4 were able to answer all the questions. Abi and Freddie made a giant human circuit using their bodies as electrical transmitters to light a huge bulb. The children all had a super time and learned lots.
We got locked in so we could run around and play on all the different activities. It was really good. There was a dark area where we could take photos and leave a shadow.
James G - Year 4
Class R trip - Hay Garden Centre (visit to Santa)
On Wednesday 12th December, class R were given special tickets to go to the Old Railway Garden Centre near Hay to visit Santa's Grotto. They got to meet Santa, an elf and some Disney princesses. They saw some real animals such as goats, alpacas and donkeys. They even checked in on Santa's reindeer via webcam. The class came away feeling very Christmassy and luckily, they were all on Santa's nice list so received a present.
It was good. Santa gave me a cylinder shaped farm.
Troy C - Year R
Whole school trip - Courtyard Theatre Hereford - Peter Pan
On Friday the 14th December the whole school went on a trip to see the Peter Pan pantomime in Hereford. It was brilliant. The acting, songs and scenery were super. The children were impeccably behaved and had a great afternoon.
The panto was really good. The best bit was at the end when Peter Pan and Captain Hook had a fight. My favourite character was Peter Pan.
Jess G - Year 6
School's out for Christmas!
On the last Friday of the Christmas term we had a very exciting and fun packed day. We were visited in the morning by someone very special......Father Christmas. He had heard from his elves that all the children in Ewyas Harold School had been super behaved this year, so he decided to give each child an early Christmas present.
This was followed by our annual Christmas lunch buffet with children wearing their Christmas hats they had made. And to finish off the afternoon we had a super Christmas disco with lots of dancing, games AND a snow machine!
Young Voices 2019
For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert. Each night, between 5,000-8,000 children perform as a single choir to a sold-out audience of family and friends.
music is specially selected to create a diverse musical repertoire all with the intention to introduce children to the widest possible spectrum of music. By providing a diverse range of musical styles children learn, enjoy, and gain a fuller understanding of music and what it means to sing together. Young Voices also aspire to connect families through music and to share in the learning experience when children practice at home.
This year class 6 were lucky enough to get tickets to take part. There were some simple dance moves that were learned and performed whilst singing a large selection of different songs. The children and teachers particularly enjoyed the combination of dancing and singing, adding a fun, electric atmosphere to the concert.
Nothing could prepare them for the sound of thousands of children singing together. There was a full 7-piece live band made up of some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence. It made for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine.
Children, teachers and parents had an amazing time and can't wait to hopefully go again next year.
Again bedtime stories was a roaring success. Wednesday 30th Jan was a lovely opportunity for staff to share their favourite bedtime stories with the children, share hot chocolate and wear our pyjamas.
Class 2 trip - Rhondda Heritage Park
On Thursday 14th February, class 2 went to Rhondda Heritage Park. This is the site of a coal mine and museum that ceased use in 1983. We were given a tour by Peter, an ex miner who had worked down the pit for 33 years since he was 15 years old. He showed us all the equipment used and other interesting artefacts. We all wore our hard hats and took a journey down into the mine, where we followed the paths underground and were showed the jobs done there, including those of children. We then sat through a simulator ride where we were told lots more about the mines. After we had to help Grandma with her washing the old fashioned way, using soap, scrubbing boards and a mangle. Then we had a chance to explore the grounds and the museum. It was a brilliant day and the children were fabulous.
The trip was good. My favourite bit was going down the mine. I learned about the jobs of the children in the mine. I wouldn't have like to work down there.
Katie J - year 2
World Book Day
On Thursday 7th May the whole school took part in celebrating World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite words. The children shared their favourite stories with the other children and the classes undertook reading and book activities.
Can you guess what our favourite words are?
Class R - Lambing Live
On Monday 11th March, Reception class went to visit a local farm belonging to Bill Quan. The children saw lots of different animals, including lambs, pigs and chickens. They even saw a lamb being born and got to hold a lamb. After visiting the animals the children went on a woodland walk. The children also hugged a tree which Prince Charles likes to do.
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day - Friday 15th March
The whole school took part in celebrating Comic Relief on Friday 15th March. We dressed up in something red and many of us wore red noses. The children also held a cake sale and a talent show. We had lots of fun and raised £191.55.
The winners of the Comic Relief Talent Show are as follows:
Class R - dancing - Troy, Dhruvan, Evan, Anthony, Brody, Sonny
Class 2 - dancing - Ava L
Class 4 - singing - Freddie M
Class 6 - Playing the ukulele - Matti, Jack W, Ollie, Harry B, Sam J
Overall winner - playing guitar - Sam S
The children enjoyed their trip to Pontrilas Community Café on Thursday 21st March. They enjoyed arts and craft activities and milk shakes and cookies.
The café is run by CARE Herefordshire CIC, their aim is to combat loneliness and social isolation in rural communities by encouraging young generations to engage with older residents, their neighbours and relatives, helping them and witnessing the benefits of the volunteering has on their own community.
Classes R and 6 - Litter picking
On Wednesday 27th March classes R and 6 gathered litter from the village playing fields, surrounding lanes and hedgerows, as well as tackling the perimeter of the school. Approximately six special 'stop the drop' litter bags were filled. Thank you to Balfour Beatty for the loan of the litter pickers.
Class 2 trip - Grosmont Castle
As part of our history topic, Class 2 went on a trip to Grosmont Castle on Tuesday 26th March. We decided this was a Motte and Bailey castle as it has a moat, though this is no longer filled with water. We explored the different areas of the castle ruins and discussed where certain parts would have been. We also went on a dragon egg hunt and made a wizard's potion. We read stories about castles and dragons. We walked the perimeter and climbed the stairs to view the castle from the top. It was a beautiful day too.
On Friday 5th April children were invited to dress up as a Superhero, both real and fictional. We had a selection of Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Iron Man as well as some real-life Superheroes such as Police Officers, Firefighters and Military personnel. We also had some personal heroes, such as famous stars and people we know. All the money raised goes towards a treat for each child at our end of year trip.
My hero is Miss Wallace is my hero because when I miss my dad, she makes me feel better.
Hettie - Year 2
My hero is Mrs Motley because she gives up her lunchtime to teach us to play netball.
Chloe F - Year 6
My hero is my dad because he works hard so we can have lovely things, even though he has metal in his ankle.
Sophie G - Year 2
My heroes are farmers because without them we wouldn't have any crops or vegetables.
Freya W - Year 4
My hero is my mum because she always went over and above for her family.
We held our school Easter celebration yesterday (Thursday 11th April), in St Michael’s church. It was lovely to see so many of you attend to watch the children’s super performances of songs and poems, year 6 ukulele accompaniment as well as class 4 narration throughout. The whole school were wonderfully behaved and performed beautifully.
This was followed by the fantastic PTFA duck race. Thank you to all those who bought tickets and well done to the fabulous PTFA ladies who were in the river catching ducks.
1st - Jo Wyatt
2nd - Natalie West
3rd - Lindsay Parry
Class 6 - Severn Valley Railway
On Friday 19th April class 6 went to visit the Severn Valley Railway. This railway is still in use and has been rebuilt. Unfortunately the steam trains were not running that day. It is also an interactive museum related to steam trains and also provides a World War Two experience.
The children had a very busy day. They worked with enactors, visited an Anderson shelter, used a mangle, experienced what is was like to be evacuated, helped sort the mail from the mail train, reacted to an air raid siren, visited King George VI's carriage, studied artefacts including ration books and witnessed Mrs Gething and Mrs Chesworth attempting to extinguish a bomb!
My favourite bit was going down the Anderson shelter. It was exciting and scary.
Abi GP - year 6
Class 2 trip - Madley Environmental Centre
On Thursday 9th May, class 2 went on a trip to Madley Environmental Centre. Despite the initial wet weather we had a fabulous time. We undertook a range of activities including pond dipping (Miss Wallace caught a newt), making pond creatures from mud, playing in the willows and hunting for colourful string caterpillars, bug hunting under rocks and logs, mini beast hunting in trees by shaking the branches onto a white sheet, making mirror photo frames with reflections from the trees and sky and playing guess the tree in partners where we blindfolded each other and had to guess which tree we touched. It was a brilliant day. We all learned lots and had fun.
The trip was good. I enjoyed the pond dipping. We caught lots of creatures.
Katie J - Year 2