EBA pupils visit the National Tennis Centre
Earlier in the year, before the summer holiday and all the excitement of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, our former Year 6 children all entered the "Get Set to Ace It" competition. This entailed writing a motivational speech for the British Olympic and Paralympic tennis teams, and our children enthusiastically rose to the task. We were absolutely delighted to learn that one of the EBA entries won first prize - the winning speech can be read here. We are sure that Nathaniel's words must have helped propel Team GB tennis players towards the grand total of seven medals won across both games this summer!
The prize was a fantastic all expenses paid trip to the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton, for the whole class - our wonderful Year 6 leavers from last year, now all in Year 7 at secondary school! Joined by a group of current Year 6 children, who were lucky enough to have this opportunity as a reward for a homework task, they all enjoyed a fabulous day of tennis tuition, taught by some of the best tennis coaches in the country, using world class facilities
Author Julia Jarman visits EBA
The children of EBA were honoured to receive a visit from the author Julia Jarman on Friday 24th June. Author of books such as Piggy Wiggins, The Lovely Old Lion and the Time Travelling Cat series, Mrs Jarman read from her books and gave the children invaluable tips that they can take into their own writing. She also answered the childrens questions about her life and the things that had inspired her work. The children sat spellbound as the author made her books come alive and afterwards all agreed that they had been both entertained and inspired by the visit.
Pupils attend Commonwealth Day Service
On Monday 14 March, 8 children with Mrs Slatter and Mrs Young from Eaton Bray Academy joined nearly 1,000 young people from all corners of the UK at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Service, the UK’s largest annual multi-faith service.
The celebration was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. This year the service celebrated the 2016 Commonwealth theme - ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth.’ The aim of the Service was to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth’s achievements and role.
Speakers included former United Nations Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan and leaders from a number of major faiths. The audience also enjoyed a performance by singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding. The event was broadcast live on BBC One for the first time.
The staff and children who attended this service were thrilled to see the Royal Family; it made them feel really proud to be British.
Quotes from some of the children who were very proud to be part of this prestigious event:
“It was the best day of my life. I felt so honoured. If you ever get a chance grab it, before it goes”
“I felt privileged; it was the best day of my life. I thoroughly enjoyed my commonwealth observance day!”
”It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I was delighted to be on the television. I would definitely go again if I ever got the chance.”
Just before the Easter holiday the eagerly awaited final of the school chess tournament took place. Over a period of 6 weeks and many games involving members of the lunchtime chess club the competitors were whittled down to the two finalists Freya and Nathaniel. In hard fought contest during Friday lunchtime Nathaniel came out on top by checkmating his opponent and winning the tournament. As well as being fun the lunchtime chess club has introduced a number of pupils to the game of chess who had not previously played.
World Book Day 2016
The whole school participated in world book day on the 4th March 2016 with all students and staff dressing up as their favourite book character. There were many different outfits in evidence with some imaginative costumes on display during our 'catwalk' show.
International Week - 8th to 12th February 2016
This week we have been embracing International week. The children went on a journey which involved them travelling to many different countries and continents experiencing the beauty of different cultures and cuisine, sights and sounds without leaving Eaton Bray Academy!
All the classrooms became different countries being tastefully decorated with flags, art work and artefacts associated with that country. Every afternoon the children would go to a specific classroom within their age phase. The learning for the afternoon sessions was centred around the country being studied.
Foundation Stage and Key Stage One went on an epic journey passing through China, Mexico, Great Britain and South Africa.
Whilst visiting China in Hamster Class, the children embraced the cultures and traditions of this country. They learnt how to write messages in Chinese on their lucky money bags. The children built their own Great Wall of China exploring its heritage. They experienced the culinary tastes of China by sampling prawn crackers and noodles eating their dishes with authentic chopsticks!
Next the children sang and danced their way around Mexico in Hedgehog Class. They learnt a Mexican dance and sang a traditional song. The children investigated pyramids before designing and building their own. They too explored the culinary delights of Mexico salsa, tomato, coriander and onion. They made Mexican flags and bookmarks and listened to a Mexican story.
The children then made a brief homeward stop to Great Britain in Otter Class where they explored British traditions and heritage. They attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace and decorated their own plates and glasses before sampling the high tea. The youngest children went to the seaside where they played on the beach and sampled ice cream.
The final stop was South Africa in Squirrel Class where the children located South Africa on a large map and found out some fascinating facts about the country. They discovered how long it takes to travel there from Great Britain. The children explored the similarities and differences to England before creating a stunning sunset safari piece of art work. The youngest children made animal masks and flags.
The children in Key Stage Two went on a journey to Iceland, Australia, Africa and China.
The first stop was a cold one travelling to Iceland in Rabbit Class where the children found out facts about Iceland. They proceeded to explore the geographical features of Iceland before looking at the spectacular Northern Lights. The children then produced their own interpretation of the Northern Lights using chalks.
The land Down Under called the children to their next journey – Australia in Badgers Class. Once there, the children embraced Aboriginal art by exploring lots of examples of art work. They created their own boomerang using some of the Aboriginal designs and listened to music being played on a didgeridoo. The children wrote their own Australian fact files based on their experiences and findings.
The children then made their way to Africa in Foxes Class. They explored the Kenyan flag and talked about its true meaning. The children also learnt about the continent of Africa and created their own water colour map. They explored traditional African cultures by designing and making African masks and bookmarks.
Finally, the children reached China in Deer Class where they explored the culture and traditions associated with the Chinese New Year. The children investigated their own Zodiac signs and created their own zodiac wheel. They continued to embrace The Chinese New Year traditions by learning and performing a dragon dance. They experienced the culinary delights of China by eating with chopsticks, even completing a chopstick challenge having one minute to pick up sultanas using chopsticks.
Christingle Service 2015
The entire school made their annual trip to St. Mary's Eaton Bray where we took part in the traditional service using Christingles that the children had made themselves.