On The Home Straight
Many Nursery Hands Make Light Work
The Nursery children have started the new half term with bags of energy and enthusiasm. The teachers began the week by giving the children the opportunity to share their own ideas of what they particularly enjoy and want to experience during their last few weeks of Nursery; empowering them to take ownership of their learning. One idea was to go on a ‘bug hunt’ – so off we went! With bug pots, magnifying glasses and binoculars at the ready, the adventurous youngsters set about exploring high and low under logs and on trees. This outdoor adventure provided a fantastic opportunity for discussion; learning new vocabulary and interesting facts. Once back in the classroom, the children used their creative flare to create the most wonderful bug houses, suitably adorned with slides, beds and bug swimming pools. Their imaginative homes really were were such a delight. Almost all of the children mentioned their love of cooking, so it was decided to use the vegetables growing in our very own vegetable patch to make an omelette. Using their gross motor skills, the children drew on all their strength to pull the leeks from the ground and discovered that working collaboratively they were stronger together. They developed further their fine motor skills by chopping and mixing the ingredients before tucking into their delicious omelette.
Rosie Snagge, Nursery Class Teacher
Team Spirit Alive And Well In Reception
Come rain or shine, the outdoor construction blocks are always popular with our enthusiastic young learners in Reception. Whether it’s exciting dinosaur dens, lively musical stages or challenging obstacle courses, the children love working collaboratively while sharing their creative ideas. This week, having created an obstacle course for their peers, an inquisitive group searched for a range of different objects which could be included to extend the route. It was quickly decided that some of their choices were better than others based on their properties, but nothing was discarded before being tested by keen volunteers. Once complete, enthusiastic onlookers were invited to try out the course, displaying resilience when reaching long stretches or wobbly planks. But the little learners weren’t deterred, instead they responded by challenging themselves to speed around the course at a greater pace supported by cheers from their friends. Teamwork was also to the fore as the children worked together on balance and movement during Games with Mrs Oecken before honing their ball skills with a series of throwing, catching and fielding exercises. It seems like team spirit is truly embedded in our Reception cohort.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Go Animal Crackers At Marwell Zoo
As the slogan says: ‘Marwell Zoo, more than just a great day out!’ And it really was for Year 1, who discovered that there was so much to see and do. Watching penguins waddle, meercats peer, tigers stretch and monkeys chase, it truly was a feast for their eyes and their senses. Year took part in two workshops that were incredibly informative; one on the adaptations that animals have made over time to their habitats and one on the classification of animals. As a result, the children learnt a memorable mnemonic to help them remember the classification groups and categorised skulls based on their shape and teeth. This reinforces all the learning they have been doing in Science this year around the topic ‘Animals, Including Humans’. This wonderful first-hand experience really helped to bring a fascinating subject to life.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Class Teacher
Instructions Galore For Industrious Year 2
Year 2 returned to school on Monday in fine fettle and determined to make the most of their last half term as Hedgehogs and Foxes. They will be concentrating on writing instructions until the end of term, so they have been busy following instructions this week to make and create things. Highlights included making jubilee crowns at Forest School, following instructions to become a Roman soldier, learning how to make Roman battle formations (and have a battle), making bird scarers and repurposing plastic bottles as planters. Unfortunately, no photographs exist of the aftermath of the children’s own attempts at writing a set of instructions – apparently, turning your teacher into a toad is not a reversible process and, without opposable thumbs, the poor toad/teachers have struggled to operate the camera!
Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Set About Ridding Our Oceans Of Plastic
A rather unexpected, unconventional and somewhat eccentric scientist whirled into Year 3 on Wednesday morning, whipping up a whirlwind of wonderful excitement. World-renowned workaholic and reclusive researcher Professor C Lea Nup, whose nickname is ‘Cleanup,’ ventured away from her science laboratories to impart some of her vast knowledge about plastic pollution affecting our rivers, seas and oceans. Quoting her esteemed eco-colleagues, Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and Boyan Slat, Professor C Lea Nup shared how approximately one thousand polluted rivers were currently creating expansive areas of floating debris in the world’s oceans. The most famous, which is called the North Pacific Garbage Patch, is currently three times the size of France! From turtles confusing plastic bags for jellyfish, sea creatures becoming entangled by abandoned nets and the disastrous consequences of seabirds feeding plastic to their young, the Year 3 pupils were appalled and recognised that things must change. Horrified by the realisation that, if we don’t act now, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, the children took up the mantle to create their own inventions to help address the growing issue of plastic pollution. Over to you, children!
Shirley Jervis, Year 3 Class Teacher