Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Cyclones Reach Desborough

The Cyclone’s first major competition held yesterday at Desborough Leisure Centre resulted in more than 300 riders of all age groups from all over the Central Region taking part.

The Cyclone’s training sessions are open for children from 6 years upwards and are completely free of charge.  They are run by a growing number of British Cycling coaches and places are still available.  They will continue to take part under flood lights at Buccleuch Academy and Rothwell Community Centre on a Monday night throughout the winter.  For more details see the club calendar on

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The Cyclone’s Regional Cyclo-Cross Race

It’s not too late to join in with the Cyclone’s first Regional competition for round 8 Central CX league on Saturday 14th November at Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 2JJ.

The new site offers varied interesting terrain including cambers, mud, woodland trails and singletrack as well as fast flat grass sections. Cyclists will be offered some Go-ride coaching after racing utilising a superb BMX track!

The facility is brand new with excellent changing and toilets. There will be food and drink available from ANS catering.

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The Kettering Cyclones at a recent Monday night training session

Please note that signing on for this event online is much cheaper than on the day so please get your child’s name down. It will be suitable for all age groups. More details on
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Learning about Living Things with the Royal Society Microscopes

Year 2 enjoyed using microscopes  to learn more about the structure of invertebrates and plants by viewing them close up through the lens.

They discovered that the 7 life processes of all living things can be remembered by MRS NERG – movement, respiration, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, reproduction and growing.  Looking for signs of these and comparing the similarities and differences of animals and plants through the lens is far more fun.

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Feeding the wild birds and replacing Mrs Warren’s dead house plant with winter flowering bulbs – Year 2 have lots to do!

Mad Science is here again!

Thirty one very excited children welcomed 2 members of the Northampton Mad Science team back into our school again to help ignite our enthusiasm and knowledge of Science.  Our first session involved learning about light and flight by creating optical illusions and very stylish looking model aeroplanes!


Now you see it, now you don’t! Learning how to use mirrors to create optical illusions!


Looking forward to flying our planes…



The Mad Science sessions will take place for the next 6 weeks, every Tuesday from 3.15-4.15pm until the last session on Tuesday 15th December.

Gardening Club 2 gets off to a great start

Gardening club group 2 got off to a great start tonight.  The children enjoyed planting their own Shallot, sunflower or Runner Bean seed.  We wish them well growing these at home. The remaining session was taken up by learning more about plants that grow from bulbs then digging up the small plots in the garden in preparation from our visiting farmer.  We aim to be growing a selection of British arable crops this year to learn more about British farming and cereals!


This club will meet on the following dates: Monday 29th February, 7th March, 14th March and 21st March 2016  at 3.15-4.15pm.

Meanwhile if you have any ideas for to improve our school gardens or have ideas for future plants or food you would like us to grow then please reply via the comments link at the bottom of the page.



Some members of the new eco team thinking of plants they would like to see growing in the raised beds.

Horses, Snakes and Cattle!

Year 2 were bursting with ideas and enthusiasm for their new topic, ‘All Living Things’ in Science today.  Their love of nature and their pets was very clear as they shared stories and the adventures they have had with their favourite pets.


Inspiring us all with stories of these beautiful animals.

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Year 2 are looking forward to learning more about farming cattle and sheep.  They will be thinking up lots of questions for a great farmer in the Highlands of Scotland. Did you know that every farm animal has their own personal passport?These are some of his very beautiful cattle and sheep…

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Sharing lots of knowledge about the life of a corn snake! The children would love to see this beautiful reptile to find out more!


Year 2 look forward to learning more about all living things and their 7 living processes. Can you name anything that all living things do?

Searching For Christmas Trees!


“We’ve made the decorations all we need now are the trees!!  That’s the plea from eco members who would really like some outdoor trees to hang their home made decorations on in time for the Christmas celebrations…

Here’s hoping their letters find a source of some beautiful evergreen trees for the school to decorate nature themed trees to benefit the winter feeding birds.