Census Day!

March 23rd, 2021

The Kestrels really enjoyed learning about the census and completing their own in school. They decided to complete a census of all of their reading books so they could find out where there were gaps and ask Mrs Rushton to order some more. After lots of tallying, they created bar charts to communicate their findings clearly.


March 23rd, 2021

The Kestrels really enjoyed looking after some chicks as they returned to school after the latest lockdown.

A Special Visitor!

December 18th, 2020

Everyone was very excited when we had a visitor on the final day of term. The children really enjoyed meeting Santa in the school garden and finding out how he is getting on this year. While the pupils were in the garden, Santa’s elves dropped off a sack full of presents back in the classroom. What a fabulous end to the term!

Christmas Dinner

December 16th, 2020

The children really enjoyed tucking in to their Christmas dinner again this year. A huge ‘THANK YOU’ to Clare, our cook, and the fantastic Play Team for all their efforts allowing all the classes could have a delicious lunch and for everything to run smoothly.

STEM Workshop

November 23rd, 2020

The Kestrels really enjoyed their morning learning how to write algorithms for the robots they had built. First, they made a chicken to guard the coop who was able to scare away any fox that came too close. After break, they built a cat and programmed it to move around a cone. Everyone was very enthusiastic and produced some excellent work. There is a full gallery of pictures on the school website.

Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2020

The whole school came together to mark Remembrance Day once again this year. It began with a thought provoking virtual assembly where we found out about the lives of some of the people from Avening who did not return. Many of the children recognised the streets and places where they lived and worked. Everyone then met at the Millennium Cross in their bubbles to observe the silence and the Owls read out the names of the fallen. The school council then took turns to place a cross for each of the people who died in the churchyard. Everyone was moved by the human stories of the people involved and showed great respect for their memory.

Meeting Historians

October 22nd, 2020

The Kestrels continued to investigate the past by asking questions to historians from ‘The Museum in the Park’ in Stroud. They were able to find out more about the past including what it was like for people to work in the mills.

Historical Artefacts

October 22nd, 2020

The Kestrels have been learning to handle evidence and use artefacts to find out about the past. They have been able to borrow a range of artefacts from ‘The Museum in the Park’ and enjoyed investigating them to find out about local industry.

Spinning thread with Mrs Oliver

October 13th, 2020

The Kestrels were very lucky to have Mrs Oliver explain the processes involved in turning wool into cloth. They have been learning to investigate the history of Avening and the importance of the wool industry. In art, they are learning about textiles and enjoyed finding out about how natural dyes can be used to change the colour of the thread. They were surprised that the colour of the plant used to dye the thread did not always result in the same colour of the finished thread.

Copsegrove Farm

September 22nd, 2020

The Kestrels had a fantastic time visiting Copsegrove Farm. They were able to develop their collaborative skills while building dens and learnt about human and physical features. Everyone really enjoyed the visit and the fantastic visit. A full gallery of pictures is on the school website.

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