Wild West WOW Day

on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted in Head Teacher

Wild West WOW Day
Our new topic, The Wild, Wild West has really captured the children's imagination this week - Mrs Priestly, our wonderful Forest School trained teacher, gave everyone a taste of the Wild West by organising a 'WOW' day...and it really was a 'wow!!' day...

This, from Mr Pattenden :

"I started at Miserden as Interim Headteacher just last Tuesday and what a first week! My first impressions of the school?

  • Polite and friendly children
  • Beautiful school building in an amazing setting (do these children realise how lucky they are?!)
  • An exciting curriculum making full use of the excellent facilities and resources.
  • A strong staff and parent group who are totally committed to the school and freely give their time to prove it.

What better example than Friday’s Wild West Day organised by Mrs Priestley? All the children were engaged in a wonderful variety of hands on learning experiences to launch our Wild West topic. Two words I heard children using during the day were ‘fantastic’ and ‘amazing’. I couldn’t agree with them more. Can’t wait for my second week!
Bob Pattenden
Interim Headteacher

So - the WOW day....

Firstly everyone came in to school wearing something connected to the Wild West (mostly cowboys and cowgirls, with a sprinkling of Indians), staff included, of course (any excuse for a dress up)!

The day was absolutely packed with activities, that involved every single child from the youngest pre-schooler to the oldest Year 6. They were split into groups and the activities in the morning were archery by Cotswold Archers, straw bale building, making straw dolls in the tepee, and a Pioneer's Trail outside in the huge space we have to play with - fields and forest.

After lunch, Rosie the pony came into school and the children were shown by Mrs Newman and Mrs Tucker how Indians rode their ponies 'bareback' and also how the cowboys rode their ponies using saddles. If that wasn't enough excitement for the day, the children then took turns panning for gold, lassoing and playing Native American games like Ring and Pin, and making corn dollies.

At the end of this lovely day, the children sat in one of the classrooms on the straw bales and finished the day with hot dogs and beans!

The classroom, unbelievably, was returned to normal with help from the parents.

This from one of the pupils..." The best bit for me was building a straw pen from bales for Mr Stinchcombe, who was dressed as a cow! It was so much fun - the straw was everywhere!"

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