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A new physical activity area has been added to our Outdoor Learning area. The Trim Trail was carefully selected and designed by Jo Gavin with help from the school council and Jacqui Hanna-Jones our Behaviour & Sensory Lead. Pentagon play installed the equipment.
Trim Trails provide children with a variety of physical challenges to develop balance, climbing confidence, upper and lower body strength, core stability, coordination and gross motor skills.
Cherry Oak's Trim Trail consists of the following equipment:
A slatted timber deck bridge that sways under foot as it is crossed. The handrails over balance as your children improve their stability control and footwork with the moving deck. The flat-top beams at each end of the bridge deck provide a sturdy start and finish point and assist in developing confidence before taking on the bridge!
Double-Sided Timber Climbing Wall
A traversing climbing wall constructed from timber with over 50 colourful climbing holds. The challenge develops both upper and lower body strength, flexibility, core stability, gross motor skills, and gripping the climbing holds improves hand strength contributing to fine motor skills. Features assorted colour climbing holds so the climbing challenge can be varied.
A balance beam with vertical logs either side, to create a twisting, balancing challenge as the posts are negotiated like a slalom. Great for core stability and speed challenges as you slalom quicker to the other side.
Swing Log Traverse
Suspended log steps make up this adventurous traversing challenge. The swinging logs - unstable under foot - will challenge your children’s balance, core stability, and lower body strength as you struggle to keep your feet from slipping away and your legs from spreading apart. A physically demanding challenge, this is perfect for physical development and improving strength, gross motor skills and coordination.
Trapeze Swing Traverse with Step Up Logs
An overhead crossing challenge featuring trapeze holds suspended from a timber beam, this challenges your children’s upper body strength, grip and coordination to the fullest. Not only a strength task, this challenge teaches your children about momentum and its development of hand strength will assist in developing fine motor skills.
Last year, 2018, Cherry Oak School was selected by the Royal Shakespeare Company to become a "Matilda The Musical Champion School". This meant that with support from the RSC, Cherry Oak would put on its own version of the multi award winning West End and Broadway Musical !
Matilda The Musical is an adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel; Matilda, the story of a bright, rebellious young girl with special powers. Sadly for Matilda life has dealt her a rough hand, with neglectful parents and a terrifying headteacher! Thankfully with the support and help of her teacher, the ever caring Miss Honey and her school friends, Matilda learns to stand up to the injustices of the world she lives in and along the way discovers her special powers!
Musical Directors, Choreographers and Stage Directors from the West End production of Matilda the Musical trained and supported some of our staff led by Jacci Cottam.
Every Pupil was involved in the production and starred in the show. We are so proud of them all and what they achieved. The performance was watched by Parents, Governors, representatives from the Royal Shakespeare Company and people from the local community. It was a resounding success and all who watched the show said how amazing our pupils were and how hard they must have worked!
Below are just a few highlights from the performance.
Cherry Oak School continues to work in partnership with the RSC and Birmingham Hippodrome
Justin Fletcher aka: Mr Tumble, came to visit Cherry Oak school! He filmed an episode of the Cbeebies programme, Something Special. It was a very exciting time for the pupils and parents.
The programme aired on the 1st of March 2018 and pupils and parents had the opportunity to watch it together in school.
The episode is available to watch on Cbeeies iPlayer:
Something Special:- Pairs