Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”


First Aid workshops for all classes

On Thursday 19th January 2023, each class undertook a fun and practical First Aid workshop led by Daisy First Aid.  Children as young as four years old learnt how to get help in an emergency, DRABC (Danger, response, airway, breathing, compression), how to put people in the recovery position and practiced compression skills (CPR) using a manikin.  Older children, aged 7-9, also learnt how to respond to chocking or bleeding.  First Aid training does not currently feature on the curriculum for schools.  However, we feel that it is an integral life skill and children should be exposed to potentially life-saving strategies as young as possible. You never know when these skills might be needed. “I can’t believe that I can actually save someone’s life!”,  Said Emily Oram, aged 8.


A huge Thank You must go to Andy Osbourne from the Therfield Parish Council and Jo Straham, at the C2C group for funding these sessions.  

Marking the Passing of the Queen

To honour the very sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we decided that we would celebrate her long life and all of the amazing work she has done in our country and across the world.  We hand-painted pebbles with pictures linked to the Queen, wrote messages in our Book of Condolences and created craft flowers using egg cartons, which we joined together to make a special wreath.  We had a tree planting ceremony on the school field, arranged our pebbles next to the tree and sang a special song.  At the end of the day, children took their parents onto the field to look at our new tree and pebbles.  We then took our flower wreath to the village church, ready for their special weekend service.  


The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

What didn't we do to celebrate the Queen's very special Jubilee?  Throughout the week we ... had a special museum workshop taking us back in time to the Queen's Coronation, had an art masterclass where the whole school drew a portrait of the Queen, were visited by a famous author and her Corgi, Ditto!, played old-fashioned games at playtime, made willow crowns in forest school, re-enacted the Coronation in the local church and finished the week off with a special lunchtime street (playground) party!  Another example of how we bring learning to life at Therfield.  


World Book Day

At Therfield First School, we are always passionate about books - but we are especially excited during our annual World Book Day celebrations.  A range of reading-based activities took place across the day, including a special assembly, character cat walk, book swap, story-themed lunch and a 'choose a school adult/story' read-aloud session.  Mrs McGovern's may have been the most popular!!!!!


The Sky's the Limit!

As part of our Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) PE curriculum, pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 set off for an exciting afternoon at Clip 'n Climb in Cambridge.  Our children were adventurous indeed; showing huge leaps in bravery as they challenged themselves throughout the session.  


The Big Burn!

As part of their Great Fire of London topic, Duckpuddle Class worked together to recreate a  cardboard version of Pudding Lane.  With the help of Royston Fire Service, Pudding Lane was set on fire!  


Den Building

In mixed-aged groups, the whole school took part in a den building challenge.  Each group worked collaboratively to erect a den/shelter using the same set of equipment.  The children were very resourceful and worked together brilliantly to achieve the goal.  Go Therfield!


The Fairy Garden - Ssssssssh - you might wake them!

Throughout the summer holidays and autumn term, we have been developing our outside forest school areas for children to enjoy during outside play and lunch times.  Take a peek below at our finished fairy garden area.  How magical!


Wellbeing in Nature - developing our outside spaces

Throughout the summer holidays, we were very busy developing additional 'awe and wonder' spaces for our children to use during their outside play and lunch times.  These have included digging sites, fairy garden, den building stations, hideaways, bird hide, treasure island sand pit, wooden train and ticket station.  Happy children make happy learners!


The Big Day In Festival

In the summer of 2021, due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to take the whole school out on our annual trip.  So, we set up 'The Big Day In Fest' and brought the fun to the school field instead!  Children had to remain in their 'class bubbles' but that did not stop our rotation of festival activities for everyone to experience across the afternoon.  Groovy!


Go Ape Adventures

In the summer of 2021, our Year 3 and 4 pupils spent a wonderful day at Go Ape.  Children challenged themselves out of their comfort zones and took part in many team building, problem solving and adventurous activities.  The treetop challenge was VERY high!