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  • Tuesday 19th October 2021 Fun and Active Playground We’ve entered in theFun & Active Playgroundscompetition and are in with a chance of winning a playground transformation worth £3000 for the new academic year! We’re crossing our fingers as theSilver Sports Packageincludes 6 bright and colourful playground markings that encourage physical play and activity. With a Netball Court, Dance With Me, Active Trail, Jump Game, Dartboard and 4-Way Hopscotch – the range of markings can be used to enhance breaktimes and PE lessons!
  • Wednesday 13th October 2021 Year 5 & 6 Sportshall Athletics Wednesday afternoon saw 17 of our best year 5 & 6 athletes head over to Inspire Sports Village to compete in the towns Sportshall Athletics competition. Going against other Luton schools in a series of athletic events including relay races, long jump, speed bounce and javelin, they competed to the best of their ability and finished in 7th place.
  • Friday 1st October 2021 VI - Mobility Cane Work Here is one of our VI provision pupils having a mobility lesson practising using his cane correctly, with the Luton rehabilitation officer.
  • Friday 11th June 2021 FRIEND or FOE This term Year 6 are excited to learn all about World War Two.  They will be reading a new novel – Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo. 
  • Sunday 16th May 2021 Green Team visit Lewsey Park Our community-minded Green Team ventured out for their second 'clean-up' today, this time a lot closer to home, at Lewsey Park. Working together brilliantly and showing oodles of determination, the squad worked with Mr Kelly, Mrs Henry and friends of Chantry Phyl & Kevin, to collect 8 full bags of litter from the park, leaving it a LOT cleaner than it was to begin with! We received lots of lovely, positive comments from members of the public, who were extremely impressed with the efforts of the children.
  • Friday 14th May 2021 Big Trunk Trail - update You may remember we received delivery of a lovely-looking (but very plain) elephant recently, to be decorated in aid of the 'Big Trunk Trail' for Keech Hospice. Our pupils set to work creating designs, some of which would eventually be painted onto the elephant, ready for it to join 50 other elephants on the Big Trunk Trail across Luton, later this year. 
  • Thursday 13th May 2021 Eid celebrations Many of our families were at home celebrating the Islamic festival of Eid-Al-Fitr today with their families, so the children in school also took part in Eid activities, including crafts, cooking, arts and story-telling! The activities were very well-received by the children, who enjoyed learning about the important festival and what it means to Muslims around the world. As you can see, they had a thoroughly enjoyable time taking part in all the exciting activities. 
  • Monday 3rd May 2021 Captain Tom 100 Children across the school loved taking part in the 'Captain Tom 100' challenge this past week, whereby they completed activities linked to the number 100, in memory of the remarkable Captain Tom who died earlier this year. Tom was an inspiration to the nation during lockdown, when his fundraising efforts raised more than £30 million for the NHS. Children up and down the country enjoyed completing their 100 challenges, and here at Chantry, we had such things as running 100 laps of the Ten-a-Day track; writing stories with just 100 words; finding ways to make the number 100; bouncing a ball 100 times and even making towers with 100 blocks in them! It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all, and in memory of such an amazing human being. 
  • Monday 12th April 2021 Teaching Talons visit! It was wonderful to see our friends from Teaching Talons again today, who paid both Year 2 and Year 4 a visit to help them learn about animals, their habitats and how they're adapted to where they live. Year 2 are currently looking at nocturnal animals, whilst Year 4 are focusing on animals in the British countryside. There were a whole range of animals on show, many of which the children got to handle or stroke, and all of which the children absolutely loved learning about! Thank you to Becky for leading such informative and fun sessions for the children! 
  • Wednesday 17th March 2021 VI Lockdown News During the recent lockdown the children from the visual impairment provision have all been really busy learning new things, both in school and at home.
  • Thursday 4th March 2021 World Book Day event week We had a terrific time this week, celebrating World Book Day (not just for one day though, but over the whole week!). This year, as expected, there was a mix of both virtual events and hands-on activities taking place at home and also in school. We had virtual author visits from Stewart Ross and Margaret Bateson-Hill, craft activities, story-telling, dressing-up and illustration tutorials; all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by pupils across the school. Well done to everyone who took part and immersed themselves in hte love of reading! 
  • Monday 1st March 2021 Keech Hospice- 'Big Trunk Trail' We were very excited to take receipt of an extremely special delivery today in the form of a baby elephant (a model one of course!). The elephant is part of the amazing fundraising venture being organised by Keech Hospice, which will see over 50 elephant models being placed throughout the town centre as part of the 'Big Trunk Trail' for Luton residents to join in with. Our elephant is very blank at the moment though, so our children are working hard to come up with designs at present to inspire a local artist, who will be adorning the elephant with our children's designs and ideas...exciting stuff! 
  • Sunday 21st February 2021 Donation of Devices We have been honoured during this current lockdown to be the truly grateful recipients of some heartfelt donations from a range of companies and charities who have gifted us laptops and tablets for our pupils to use at home. Many of our families do not have access to suitable devices for home-learning or may simply not have enough devices for more than one child in the household. Through the donations we have received, it will enable a huge number of additional children to participate more fully in online learning and provide them with ability to continue their education. We would like to offer an enormous thank you to:
  • Sunday 24th January 2021 Fun in the Snow It's always fun times when it snows and today was no exception! We loved receiving lots and lots of fantastic photos of our families frolicking in the snow and having an amazing time. Snowmen, snow-angels, snowballs, sledging...there was so much enjoyment in the air! Take a look at the amazing things that went on...
  • Thursday 24th December 2020 Christmas Eve- special deliveries We were bowled over by the generosity we experienced today from a range of organisations who made the Christmas Eves of over 75 families in the Pioneer Learning Trust very memorable indeed! Luton Foodbank, Level Trust and Luton Town FC combined to provide cooked meals, presents, treats, crackers and snacks to a whole plethora of families! 
  • Friday 18th December 2020 Buddy the Elf visits We had a very mischievous visitor who popped in to see our younger pupils today. Buddy the Elf came to Chantry and kindly took some presents to each class. However... he was a bit cheeky and got up to all sorts! Spinning around on teachers' chairs, hiding in cupboards, trying to eat some of the children's snacks and even dancing to songs on YouTube! Luckily, Mrs Lloyd (the 'elf and safety officer') kept him in check and encouraged him to show our school values .
  • Tuesday 15th December 2020 Thank you to Dunelm Thanks to the kindness and love shown by Dunelm customers and staff in Dunstable, we were the grateful recipients of 15 shoeboxes full of gifts for some of our most deserving families at Chantry. Over the past couple of months, Dunelm customers have been taking 'tags' off of their Christmas tree. On each tag is the age and gender of a child, along with their interests. The customer then kindly purchases gifts to brighten that particular child's Christmas time! The scheme ended up with over 200 tags being taken by customers- that's 200 very happy children on Christmas Day 2020! 
  • Monday 14th December 2020 Accelerated Reader stars! A huge well done to these superstar readers from Key Stage 2 who were the autumn term Accelerated Reader champions! These 12 pupils have read the most books, achieved the highest number of AR points and have also read the most words too (2 of them have now read over one million words each!). 
  • Wednesday 9th December 2020 Rotary Club shoebox appeal Not so long ago, we asked staff, parents & children if they would like to help the Luton Rotary Club by filling shoeboxes with gifts, which would then be sent off to some of the most disadvantaged and deprived areas in Eastern Europe. We were expecting a handful of shoeboxes to be requested, so couldn't believe it when 92 shoeboxes were taken and then subsequently returned full of amazing gifts! 
  • Tuesday 10th November 2020 Reception traditional tales Our Reception pupils kicked off their new learning about traditional tales this week by having a special dress up and crafts day! It was wonderful to see gingerbread men, Red Riding Hoods, princesses, pigs and wolves playing with one another and having fun. In classes, children designed and created their own traditional characters, acted out stories, did some baking and went on a gingerbread man hunt in the playground....they had so much fun!
  • Wednesday 4th November 2020 Year 6 Greek experience Currently, Year 6 are studying Ancient Greece and as it's not quite possible for them to travel to Ancient Greece to see what living in that time period, instead, Ancient Greece came to them!
  • Tuesday 3rd November 2020 Year 5 virtual reality day What a wonderful experience Year 5 pupils had today, when they were visited by an amazing virtual reality company who took the children on a journey into outer space!
  • Monday 2nd November 2020 Year 4 Chocolate Museum visit A sweet treat was in store for Year 4 today when they were paid a visit by the awesome Chocolate Museum who came all the way from London to see the children!
  • Saturday 24th October 2020 Rotakids bulb planting event Our next Rotakids event took place today, which saw our committed group of children planting 500 bulbs around the school site! The event linked to the Rotary Club's international goal to end the Polio disease around the world. When children around the world receive the Polio vaccine, their pinky finger is stained with purple dye to indicate they've had the vaccine. The purple is significant as that's what colour the crocus bulbs will bloom into! 
  • Sunday 27th September 2020 Rotakids Litter Pick Our Rotakids finally got to take part in their first community project today, organising a fantastic litter pick at Lewsey Park! In partnership with their Rotary Club counterparts, the children teamed up and showed great unity to work together to collect over 20 bags, full to the brim with litter. The children had a terrific time with their grabbers, whizzing through the park, collecting any litter they cast their eyes on! They also showed great friendship skills by finding out all about the Rotary Club members who were present, getting to know them well. 
  • Thursday 17th September 2020 Year 5 Bollywood dancing Year 5 took part in a very colourful and energetic WOW this week as they participated in a Bollywood Dance workshop. All the children began by getting dressed in Indian costumes. The workshop began with a warm up exercise learning techniques such as screw the light bulb, cut the corn and Bollywood style DAB.
  • Monday 14th September 2020 Year 1 African dance Friend of Chantry, Lorraine, visited Year One today to immerse them in a whole range of African inspired dance and drama activities. The children learnt all about African animals, traditional instruments and different patterns and textiles associated with Africa. The sessions linked in nicely to the book the children are currently looking at called Anansi the Spider, all about a sly spider, who lives in Africa and plays sneaky tricks on his animal friends! A big well done to the children for taking part so well and demonstrating our values of friendship and determination throughout! 
  • Friday 11th September 2020 Year 4 steel pan drumming As a part of their Caribbean topic, Year 4 were lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn how to play the steel pan drums along with representatives from the Revellers Steel Band group today. They learnt and performed a rhythm that turned out to be the chorus for a Justin Bieber song!They were also treated to a performance by a steel pan drum musician who entertained them with a variety of music styles from reggae to pop! The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were able to get a true flavour of Caribbean carnival music and culture.
  • Thursday 10th September 2020 Year 2 kite-making As part of the fabulous book they're studying (Malala's Magic Pencil), Year 2 made and flew some terrific kites today! The book is set in Pakistan and tells the story of young Malala, whose magic pencil is used to draw away some of the not-so-nice things that were around her when growing up. Near to where she lives is the Basant Festival which sees lots of young people making and flying kites on their rooftops, having a wonderful time. This is what Year 2 replicated today (but flew their kites on the field instead and definitely not on the rooftops!). 
  • Wednesday 9th September 2020 Year 6 Umbanda drumming
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