Friday, 13 December 2019

Week Ending 13th December 2019

A fantastic festive week at Eaton Bray Academy!

On Monday, the whole school enjoyed a special Christmas treat - a trip to Leighton Buzzard Theatre to watch a performance of "The Night Before Christmas".  This was a lovely show, which followed the antics of the Secret Society of Santa Hunters (SSSH!) who meet every Christmas Eve to seek out Father Christmas. Set in 1969 amidst the excitement of the moon landings, the performance featured scientific experiments, songs and puppets, and the children (and adults) all enjoyed it very much.


Later in the week, it was the children's turn to perform!

On Tuesday afternoon, the Key Stage Two Carol Service took place at St Mary's Church. Everyone walked down to the church (in the rain) where they were joined by parents, who were treated to an afternoon of beautiful singing and readings, as well as musical performances from our talented young violinists and pianists.


On Wednesday, Hamsters celebrated Christmas with a "Stay and Play Day", where parents joined their children in the classroom and took part in the morning's activities. There was also a visit from a well-known bearded man in a red coat... What a fun morning!


On Thursday and Friday, Rabbits, Squirrels, Otters and Hedgehogs Classes performed their Christmas play, "The Landlord's Cat" to appreciative audiences.  There were two performances which were delivered with gusto by the cast despite the fact absence due to illness in most classes had disrupted some of the rehearsals.

The main characters were played by the children in Squirrels - these were: the Landlord, the Landlord's Cat,  Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men, the Angel, the Stars, the Townspeople and the Smallest Sheep.  Otters played the parts of the Shepherds, Sheep, Donkeys and Camels.  Hedgehogs were the Townspeople and Rabbits narrated the story.


We ended the week with Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, which was an opportunity to have some fun, and raise some money for Save the Children, helping to improve the lives of children around the world.

Friday afternoon assembly was an awards assembly, recognising the achievements of our pupils. This term, several children have been working incredibly hard at their times tables, inspired by the TT Rock Stars programme, which encourages them to practice their times tables every day. They were all rewarded for their efforts with a certificate and special badge. Well done Rock Heroes!


Merry Christmas from everyone at Eaton Bray Academy!

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Week Ending 6th December 2019

Christmas has well and truly started at Eaton Bray Academy!

On Saturday, we held a very well attended and successful Christmas Fair, which raised a fantastic sum of money for the school. This will be put towards new play equipment, including a new "trim trail" in the new year. Thank you to the PTA for organising such an enjoyable day, and to everyone who supported this event.


Hedgehogs classroom was transformed into Santa's Grotto for the Fair, and still resembled a Winter Wonderland on Monday when the children returned to school. The PTA had kindly left the Elves' Workshop for the children, and they had a lovely time playing in their "Snow House".


The children throughout the school have been busy getting ready for their Christmas concerts, with the younger children rehearsing "The Landlord's Cat", and the older children preparing for their carol concert at St Mary's Church next week. On Wednesday morning, we were visited by the ladies and gentlemen from the "Wednesday Club", who enjoyed listening to the children sing, followed by a cup of tea and a mince pie.


On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school walked down to the church to take part in our annual Christingle service. The children all made their own Christingles, and learnt about the symbolism of each element of the decoration:

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
As usual, it was a lovely service, and children and adults alike felt quite moved by the sight of our eight hundred year old church lit by flickering candlelight. What a wonderful way to start the festive season.


On Thursday morning it was Badgers Class assembly. The children spoke about all that they have learnt about during this busy term, which has seen them enjoy trips to St Albans and to Amazon as well as visits from Whipsnade Zoo and Affinity Water. They shared videos of some of the Science experiments they have carried out, and displayed their artwork. Everyone was very impressed by how hard the children have been working, and by how well they spoke up in front of their audience.


Next week will be very busy, with a theatre trip and all the Christmas concerts taking place. So much excitement as we approach the end of term!

Friday, 29 November 2019

Week Ending 28th November 2019

What a fantastic evening was had by all at Mount Foodius last Friday!

Guests were greeted in Italian as they arrived, by smartly dressed and courteous waiting staff, and treated to nibbles and drinks before being shown to their tables. The hall had been transformed into a charming Italian restuarant, with low lighting, music, and table decorations adding to the authentic atmosphere. All the food was beautifully cooked and served with great care and attention to detail - guests all felt extremely well looked after. Do have a look at just some of the five star reviews the children have received for the evening on the school website.

Every Year Six child had a part to play, with some being waiting staff and others remaining behind the scenes in the kitchen, and what a team they proved to be! They learnt so much, not only about preparing, cooking and serving food, but also about the many challenges of running a business:

A day in the life of a waitress, by Hannah

It is very stressful running a restaurant, especially when you are ten years old! We had enough chefs and waiters to get it running but it was hard to keep track of the different tables. We had fifteen tables and sixty three guests but only nine waiters with me being one of them. We took all their orders and wished them a good day whilst we were barely coping…

Mt Foodius by Siobhan and Eloise

                                           Mount Foodius, a restaurant run by Year Six,
                                           The oldest class at EBA.

                                           Food was distributed to all the customers,
                                           Overcooked food didn’t happen,
                                           Onto the plates, bowls and platters,
                                           Dinner was served to hungry mouths.
                                           Into the oven went pizzas and bakes,
                                           Up to the table went waiters with plates
                                           Standing up for hours to make our restaurant great!

Well done to Deer Class for a really successful evening, and a big thank you to school staff who gave their time to help, and to the parents that supported the event and helped raise over £750 for EBA Enterprise.

After all their hard work on Friday, on Monday, Deer Class enjoyed a trip to the Spy Centre in Milton Keynes, which tied in with their topic work on "Espionage". The children were given spy missions that they had to undertake, which involved a number of physical and mental challenges. Once again they had to work in teams, co-operating and co-ordinating their strengths and skills to achieve the desired outcome!


On Thursday at school, we celebrated Bedfordshire Day. This is an annual cultural, historical and geographical celebration of our county, which takes place on 28th November, the anniversary of  John Bunyan’s birth. John Bunyan, the famous writer and preacher of the seventeenth century, and author of "The Pilgrim's Progress",  was born in Elstow, near Bedford.

At Eaton Bray Academy we chose to focus on the landmarks of Bedfordshire from the countryside to the towns and aspects associated with it. 

Hedgehogs found out about the Vauxhall factory in Luton. The children saw pictures of the earliest cars produced at the factory and looked at some examples of later models.  They also learned about the importance of Vauxhall in World War Two, finding out about the famous Churchill Tanks which were produced at the plant and used in the military operations. They also identified some examples of modern vans which are produced today. The children chose to take part in a range of activities. They played with the cars and road map, designed and created their own model cars from junk materials. Groups of children also made a larger car model from a cardboard box.

Badgers Class children looked at depth into the village of Whipsnade.The children were given carte blanche to devise their own information package, be it a leaflet,  poster, booklet, travel document. They worked really hard and showed good team work.

Foxes made a variation of Bedfordshire Clangers from start to finish. This is a suet crust pastry, traditionally filled with a savoury filling on one side and sweet on the other. The children made their own sausage meat mixture with pork, onions and peas for the savoury side, and used apples with sweet mincemeat for the sweet side. As an extra twist, they dusted the sweet side with cinnamon sugar.

Rabbits children learnt about Woburn Abbey and the deer that are bred on the estate, and decorated some deer templates. They discovered that the concept of "afternoon tea" was first introduced to Britain at Woburn Abbey, by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840 - apparently she felt too hungry to wait for her late dinner!

Hedgehogs also celebrated the origins of afternoon tea, by having a tea party in the classroom!


Friday afternoon was very exciting, as the PTA volunteers came into school to set everything up ready for the Christmas Fair that takes place on Saturday 30th November. There are lots of stalls, with games to play and competitions to be won, as well as a raffle with superb prizes, and a magnificent Santa's Grotto...

Do come and join us, from 11.00am - 2.00pm!