Churcher's College Junior School is an IAPS school for boys and girls aged 4 to 11 in Hampshire.
Churcher’s College Junior School occupies an attractive site in Liphook, some 8 miles from the main college in Petersfield. Whilst geographically separated, the two schools share the same ethos under a common leadership. Within the context of a caring and friendly environment, and through exposure to a broad range of activities and experiences, we aim to develop children’s self-confidence, respect for others and an enjoyment of the educational process.
Hands in Isolation Together – Art Project to thank the NHS
All the children at Churcher’s College Junior School, from Reception to Year 6, and siblings, parents and friends have contributed to this special art project as part of the school’s virtual ‘Expedition Day’ activities. The children were encouraged
24th May 2020 — So far we have combined 240 “Hands in Isolation Together” to produce this striking visual image which both thanks the NHS and represents our community that is together in our hearts although apart. The children were encouraged to join together although isolated at home on their virtual expedition to produce this collaboration.
It is not too late to add your hands and the project can continue to grow. It would be amazing to include the wider community, so if you would still like to add your hands or encourage friends and family to do so please request the template or email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Churcher's College Junior School Virtual Expedition Day
After being away from their peers for almost 6 weeks the whole of Churcher's College Junior School set off on a Virtual School Trip on a home learning day with a difference.
11th May 2020 — After being away from their peers for almost 6 weeks the whole of Churcher's College Junior School set off on a Virtual School Trip on a home learning day with a difference.
In Reception the children set off for the farm and were excited to see lots of different farm animals. They learnt about the special names for animal babies. We made sure we didn’t forget the wonder of our own backyard/gardens and the children played ‘What can I find’ bingo.
Years 1 and 2 enjoyed visiting Longleat Safari park and using their field guide to spot the animals they saw en route. During their travels they completed a map of the parts of the world the animals they saw came from and the children went to find out what trees they had in their gardens or on local walks, and some matched them perfectly! Year 2 thought about the way animals change as they grow and how some babies look like their parents whilst others don’t.
Year 3 and 4 also visited Longleat and looked at where animals came from. They were delighted to see some animals ‘live’ all the way in San Diego Zoo, where the orangutans were particularly helpful in showing off to the camera. Year 3 then visited the International Space Station to learn what it is like to be an astronaut. On their own doorstep, these year groups were encouraged to go out and about to do some bird spotting too. Year 4 wrote persuasive letters, totally mastering the art of emotional blackmail!
Year 5 set off to the British Museum armed with a worksheet to investigate the animals they could find in Room 27- the Aztec Gallery. This was then followed by a trip to Mexico to the National Museum to see their prize exhibit the Aztec Calendar Stone. Children were then invited to make their own, considering the symmetry in their design and the symbolism. They then headed off to space to see the surface of Mars and think about places on earth that had similarities to the planets, followed by a short trip to a planetarium and a voyage to the edge of space. Just before lunch they had a quick tour to the Great Wall of China and stopped to take their photos and send postcards home!
Y6 were given their morning briefing, packed their bags and headed off to Washington to the Smithsonian Museum of National History in search of fossils. They were keen to take photos when they found them! They were given a talk by an expert paleobiologist before showing their new found knowledge in a quiz - attaining excellent scores! They then headed back to the South England coast and went hunting for ammonites virtually - sharing the certificates they were awarded with pride. After a short break on a roller coaster they headed off in the style of Howard Carter to explore the tombs of Queen Meresankh III and Pharoah Ramesses VI. The last journey of the day was to wind farms on google earth and their challenge to write persuasive letters to local governments convincing them of the advantages of this form of power. It was delightful to see how Y6 entered into the spirit of their school trip and send in many additional videos of their experiences and their finds along the way! We were also very impressed with the journals that both Y5 and 6 completed of their travels and think we had some future travel journalists amongst them!
Purr-fect persuasive writing skills - 9 year old Francesca's letter goes viral!
Purr-fect persuasive writing skills - 9 year old Churcher's College Junior School pupil writes dad letter asking for a cat which has gone viral with over one million views! Boris the lockdown kitten arrives in 3 weeks! #ChurchersLimitlessPotential
5th May 2020 — On Friday, 9 year old Churcher’s College Junior School pupil, Francesca, wrote her dad a persuasive letter about getting a pet, she has been desperate for a cat for years. She put the letter in an envelope and pretended it had been hand-delivered to her dad. He shared it with his work contacts on LinkedIn and made a deal with her that if it got 20,000 views she could get a cat. He thought this was unlikely, however since Friday it has been shared thousands of times and now has over one million views and is still climbing! Francesca has had thousands of lovely comments, including well known authors and big company CEOs, not to mention several job offers for her persuasive skills. The result? Boris the lockdown kitten is arriving in 3 weeks!
5 year old, Year 1 Churcher’s College Junior School pupil, Bea, ran 100 laps (2.2 miles/3.6km) of her garden at the weekend and raised £175 for Children In Need/Big Night In. Well done Bea! #ChurchersAtHome #TeamChurchers #ThisGirlCan
4th May 2020 — Year 1 Churcher’s College Junior School pupil, Bea, ran 100 laps (2.2 miles/3.6km) of her garden at the weekend and raised £175 for Children In Need/Big Night In. Well done Bea!
Book Week was a memorable week with many opportunities to share books and stories in and outside of the classroom
12th March 2020 — The children enjoyed a wonderful focus on reading, beginning with bringing in their amazing wooden spoon and ‘book in a box’ creations. Mrs Robinson described them as really outstanding and said how lovely it was to see them all around the classrooms. The Juniors were treated to an awe-inspiring talk from mountaineer, film maker and author Matt Dickinson, with Years 5 and 6 being lucky enough to be treated to writing workshops. Glenn McLernon visited the Infants and inspired the children in their writing too. Thursday saw the opportunity to come together as a whole school and recite our three poems to one another in a World Book Day assembly. Everyone enjoyed some quality time with another class in the school and relished in the opportunity to share some books and stories. The children also had great fun in swapping and unwrapping a surprise book to keep. World Book day was a wet play day, but the Junior School children made the most of this as it provided them with a chance to don their detective caps. They hunted around school for interactive buttons; and had to guess which teacher was reading which book in a challenging competition!
Churcher’s link bus between Petersfield and Liphook helps busy parents and the environment.
10th March 2020 — Churcher’s link bus between Petersfield and Liphook helps busy parents and the environment.
For many parents, the school run can be the most stressful time of the day with the unpredictable bad traffic and the pressure to get your child ready and to school on time. Not only is there pressure as a parent, but official statistics show that transport is the largest source of climate pollution in the UK, accounting for over a third of annual emissions.
“We work in partnership with our parents and are aware that it helps that we offer a supervised and easy option to the school run for those juggling complex work and family logistics,” explains Ffion Robinson, Head of Churcher’s College Junior School & Nursery. “It also sets an example to our children, who are educated about nature and the planet and making good decisions. They know the link bus avoids multiple cars making the same journey and polluting the environment”
“My son loves travelling with his friends of all ages on the bus, he is experiencing independence which will set him up when older to be a self-confident,” adds Liz, a Churcher’s parent. “Like so
many children his age, Oliver wants to do his bit for a cleaner planet and knows that travelling by bus helps.”
“I love getting the bus with my friends,” explains Oliver. “We have lots of fun on the way to school – it’s great!”