Comic Relief Red Nose Day

As part of our fund raising activities at Sir John Lillie Primary School, we have encouraged everyone to come in red clothing and silly faces. Take a look at some of the children getting their faces painted by members of staff at Sir John Lillie Primary School

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Marchants Hill PGL 2015

Thursday 12th March

We’ve had another action packed day here at Marchant’s Hill! After filling up on a champion’s breakfast, we started our day with the dizzying heights of Power Fan and Aeroball (trampoline basketball). Following a lunch fit for a king, we again spread out and conquered the challenging, yet rewarding, trapeze, scaled the climbing wall, zeroed our focus in on the rifle range and held our nerve on the low ropes course.

Waiting for our activities to begin…

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Is is a bird? Is it a plane? Yes! It’s a bird!

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The big drop!

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Do you trust me?

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A race to the top to decide who is to become the next Spiderman!

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Phew! Back to solid ground!

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Hands up!

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Tomorrow’s our last day and although we’re sad to go, we’re looking forward to one more adventure, one more memory before being reunited with the ones we love.

Wednesday 11th March

Another wonderful day, although it did look a bit grey in the morning it had cleared up in time for our activities to begin. Today, children tackled an obstacle course, raced up a vertical wall (even Mr C made it to the  top), felt their way around the sensory trail, had a ride on the biggest swing ever (please, please Mrs Hayward can we get one!), zipped down a wire from the top of a swaying tree and had a go at rifle shooting.

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Now I know how fish feel!

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Perfecting her ‘royal ‘ wave.

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No really, PLEASE can we get one!

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Left a bit, up a bit.

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Standing on the edge of the Devils Punch bowl we all had a go at shouting “Sir John Lillie” at the top of our voices and hearing the echo back! And apparently the white house we could see in the distance belongs to the Beckhams…..maybe it was them shouting back at us?

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Tonight we are getting dressed up in our dark ‘sneaking around the forest’ clothes for a game of ambush! Yet another opportunity to get the torches out, yeah!

Tuesday 10th March

Yet another very busy day at Marchants hill. After a fortifying breakfast the groups set off for their first full day of activities which included abseiling, low ropes, sensory walk and archery in the morning.

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This is an unusual way to play follow the leader…..

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One small step for man....

One small step for man….

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Careful now….don’t drop the hat!

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Power rangers are go!

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After lunch we set out for the lake prepared to do battle in the raft building challenge. All teams carefully planned how they would construct their raft.

Planning our rafts

Planning our rafts

Planning our rafts

Go team “Unbeatable”, this is a winning plan!

Planning our rafts

But aren’t these rather small, how will we all fit on it?

We then got into our safety gear and built them together……

Dressed and ready......

Dressed and ready……

Useful things to do with a piece of rope!

Useful things to do with a piece of rope!



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Heave ho!

Finally we launched our creations, and they actually floated….well mostly! Team “Unbeatable” unfortunately modelled theirs on the Titanic and although they avoided any icebergs in the lake were soon all taking a very cold dip in the water. Mrs Thompson was pulling them back on as quick as they fell off…but all made it to shore safely and were revived by  hot showers afterwards.march 1016

Off we go.

Off we go.

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I'm sure they said this lake was heated!

I’m sure they said this lake was heated!

For our evening activity it was time for a game of Robot wars and then off to bed. I think there will be a few children falling asleep rather faster than last night!

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Monday 9th March

After a great trip down we arrived at the Devils Punch bowl for lunch and could not believe how COLD it was! As it was threatening to rain we quickly ate our lunch and scurried back to the warmth of the coach for the quick 5 minute drive to PGL.

After unloading the coach we went to the sports hall to play a few games, create our room names, find out our activities and get into our activity groups. But of course we made sure there was time for our first team photo!


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After settling into our rooms we all went on  a tour of the grounds with our PGL group leader, Sally. Dinner was at 5:40pm, and by then all were ready for their first meal. The first evening entailed a night walk adventure around the grounds where we finally got to use our torches, yeah! Ready for bed, and even though the thrill of their first night at PGL  will no doubt keep some children awake buzzing with excitement, there are a few children already looking very sleepy! Check in tomorrow for updates on our first day of activities.

World Book Day 2015

World Book Day’s theme this year to help celebrate Science Week was Science Fiction Theme. We had Mad Scientists, Super Heroes, Einstein, Frankeinstein and all sorts of Space Creatures! 

There were prizes for the best dressed in each year group as well as activities throughout the day including: the 100 world challenge, comic strips, paired reading and Stop, Drop and Read! 

Modern Day Mad Scientist

Mr Bilsborough the Minion

Incredible Hulk

Year 4 and Year 1 Paired Reading

100 word Challenge

Internet Safety Day

Tuesday 10th February 2015

Today is internet safety day. At Sir John Lillie we will be looking at this year’s theme of:

‘Let’s create a better internet together’

We all know how much we rely upon the internet for all sorts of things such as communicating with people, playing games, doing our home work, shopping….in fact the list is endless. But sometimes things can go wrong and in our classes we will be having discussions about what to do when we come across a problem using the internet.

What would you do if you came across one of these dilemmas?

  • You receive an email containing an upsetting image. What would you do?
  • You receive a message saying something mean about someone you know. What would you do?
  • You click on something by accident and it won’t go away. You’re worried that you may get in trouble. What do you do?
  • You have been chatting to someone on an online game for some time and they now suggest that you meet up. You have never met this person in real life. What would you do?
  • You have spent ages building your own creation town on your favourite online game. One day you log in only to find that your town has completely disappeared. Someone has obviously deliberately deleted everything. What do you do?

Why not share some of your ideas by posting it on our blog?

13th February 2015

Update to Internet Safety Day.

Well what a great response we have had to internet safety day. Year 6 have posted some very insightful responses to how they will make the internet a better place. We have also had some very informative posters made to help children understand how to remain safe on the internet. Lower school really enjoyed the story of ‘Smartie’ the Penguin, who was able to help them understand how to be safe on the internet. Year 4 and 5 created some great logos about how to make the internet a better place. All of these things will be going on a display in the Learning Resource Centre. Well done to all who participated in this event and remember be SMART when using the internet!


Working Walls

Here is an update of our working walls, we are using these to show progress in our work.

We hope the parents that attended our parents open morning had chance to see our work.

This is Nursery’s working wall


This is Reception G’s working wall

Reception G

This is Reception S’ working wall

Reception S

These are 1B’s working walls

1B Writing 1B Science1B Maths2

These are 1L’s working walls

1L Maths 1L Writing

These are 2A’s working walls

2A Maths 2A Science 2A Writing

2D will have their working walls up by the end of this week.

These are 3F’s  working walls

3F Maths 3F Science 3F Writing

These are 3H’s working walls

3H Maths 3H Science 3H Writing

These are 4F’s working walls

4F Maths 4F Writing

These are 4S’ working walls

4S Maths 4S Science 4S Writing

These are 5B’s working walls

5B Maths 5B Science 5B Writing

These are 5T’s working walls

5T Maths 5T Writing

These are 6H’s working walls

6H Writing 6H Science 6H Maths

These are 6D’s working walls

6D Writing 6D Science

Working Walls

Take a look at our working walls, which we have started working on this week and although they are still in development, they are already looking promising.

Here is Nursery’s working wall

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Here is Reception S’ Working Wall

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This is Reception G’s Working Wall still being worked on but a good start

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This is 1B’s Working Wall

Working Wall 1B

This is 1L’s Working Wall

Working wall 1L

This is 2A’s Working Wall

Working Wall 2A

2D’s Working Wall will be in development over the course of the upcoming week.

This is 3F’s Working Wall

Working Wall 3F

This is 3H’s Working Wall

Working Wall 3H

This is 4F’s Working Wall

Working Wall 4F (2)

This is 4S’s Working Wall

Working Wall 4S

This is 5T’s Working Wall which is in development but will surely look great when finished.

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This is 5B’s Working Wall

Working Wall 5B

This is Year 6’s Working Wall

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The working walls will be updated to reflect our current work on writing.