Year 4 had an amazing time at Claxby Grange farm. What a  day of learning about farm life, getting hands on with the crops and meeting the wildlife. We had a wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds and climb aboard a combine harvester and tractor. We were made so welcome by Farmer Andrew and Verity! We have lots of children now aspiring to be future farmers.

On Wednesday, Woodlands Primary came across to William Barcroft to play a football friendly for both year 5/6 girls and boys. Both schools behaved impeccably and we can’t wait to face each other again and possibly other schools in our Harbour Learning Trust family. Both games were 20 minutes long with a 5 minute half time break.
Girls Match: William Barcroft 2 v 1 Woodlands Primary
The Barcroft girls got off to a flying start curtesy of Alexise, who fired us in front after 4 minutes. Alexise had a few more shots but these were saved well by the Woodlands goalkeeper. We went into half time with a 1-0 lead. William Barcroft started the second half like the first with a smashing goal by Alexise (as seen in the photo). Woodlands applied the pressure on William Barcroft and this paid off as they pulled one back towards the end of the game. Paige had a great shot which had drifted wide. Lillie-Rose also had a shot which skimmed past the past. Alexise nearly grabbed a hat trick but her powerful shot also skimmed past the post. Great result for our girls as both teams played really well.
Boys Match: William Barcroft 4 v 1 Woodlands Primary
The Barcroft boys kicked off and for 7 minutes, both teams were unable to break each other down with Ethan and the Woodland’s keeper making some great saves between them. Eventually, the deadlock was broken thanks to some great footwork from Louie who fired the ball low into the net. 2 minutes later, Robbie scored a fantastic goal of sheer quality with a beautiful volley fired into the roof of the net. William Barcroft went into half time 2-0 winners. William Barcroft were rampant and were looking for more goals. 2 minutes into the second half, a corner was fired in by Louie and Robbie got on the end of it to make it 3-0. A few more minutes later Tobias chased down a loose ball and collided with the Woodland’s keeper to make it 4-0. Both boys went in fairly but the Woodland’s keeper chose to go off after the collision, due to injury. A minute after kicking off Woodlands pulled one back but it proved only to be a consolation goal. A dominant display from the boys who looked like a different team to the one that drew 2-2 with Woodlands in January.
A massive thank you to Mr Bowden and Woodlands Primary for coming over, it was a pleasure to have you all with us and enjoy a fun afternoon. Such a rewarding treat after SATs. Well done to everyone that played today, you all did fantastically well and yet again have made Mr Dawes very proud!

Year 4 D.T. week was a great success. The children have used all their electrical systems knowledge to create a Themed Steady hand game. We researched a variety of games that use an electrical component, created a detailed, accurate design explaining choices and what we need to do to be successful. Making the game encouraged lots of team work, collaboration, problem solving and perseverance.

Since January, our pupils have been offered the chance to attend a boxfit after school club on a Monday with an excellent coach called Carmen from BeGreat Fitness. This has benefited the children massively because they have improved their confidence and fitness. BeGreat Fitness have enjoyed working with our pupils and will be back again in the Summer Term to do a multisport club. They are amazing at what they do and primarily focus on the mental wellbeing of the pupils as well as the sporting aspect. We hope your child decides to take this up in the Summer Term as it is always great to welcome quality external providers into our school to work with our children doing sport. Thank you to everyone who attended the club, Carmen has enjoyed working with every single one of you!

This week, William Barcroft hosted our very own Talent Showcase and what a show it was!  The performers taking part were extremely brave and the talents displayed were amazing: pianists, drumming, dancers, readings and even live art! There was laughter with our comedians, gasps with our magicians and the audience singing along with fantastic singers. The show has inspired other children to take part in our next Talent Showcase! There was truly an air of excitement and joy after the showcase, the performers made all of the adults in school proud.

We love showing off our learning here at William Barcroft! During the week beginning 27th March we hosted a special Learning Showcase event for each year group. This involved a special assembly to showcase what has been learnt in a wide range of subjects over the term, and then an opportunity for parents to enjoy some refreshments whilst the children showed off their books. Our amazing parents responded fantastically to this new event and all 4 year groups had a packed audience! These showcases will now happen at the end of every term.

On Monday, 30 children from our school attended a netball festival at Havelock Academy. This festival aimed to improve students’ skills in netball and improve their knowledge of the game. The session was carried out by Havelock staff. The effort by the pupils were second to none and every single person improved their netball skills by the end of the session. It was a fantastic opportunity to enable more pupils to go out and represent William Barcroft. Massive well done to everyone who attended, you were amazing!

Last Friday, Year 4 learnt how to be a Fine Chocolate taster – experiencing a  workshop delivered by Cocoa Encounters. The children learnt many new skills and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They learnt about how cocoa plants are grown, they ground, then tasted coca beans and found out which countries grow cocoa beans. They used all their senses to smell and taste flavours within chocolate and watched a video explaining the chocolate process undertaken by a local chocolatier (Duffy) based in Humberston. The children had the opportunity to ask questions which were answered by Kathryn (World chocolate tasting judge). Positive comments were received about the children’s impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm throughout the sessions.

In the final 2 weeks of Spring term we had some special visitors here at William Barcroft. They arrived in eggs and left as beautiful fluffy chicks! The children loved watching them hatch and even got a chance to hold them once they were big enough. We learnt all about how to look after them and how to change their environment as they moved through each stage.

This week, the whole school enjoyed a Saint Patrick’s day celebration which culminated in an exciting parade put on by the children after spending the afternoon making accessories to walk with. They also learnt about the origins of the day and why it is celebrated by many Irish people all over the world. As well as this, the children learnt about different Irish traditions and what makes their culture unique.

Please check our Twitter page for pictures of the day…