Poppies And Fireworks Capture Nursery’s Imagination
Understanding that they are all wonderfully unique but can work brilliantly together as a team has been an important theme for the Nursery children this week. The children brilliantly took turns as they collaborated to produce beautiful poppy displays for the front door at pre-prep to mark Remembrance Day. They also worked together to make giant Bonfire Night-themed firework pictures and rockets and in the garden shared ideas when designing a balance bike obstacle course which challenged both their collaboration skills during construction and their physical skills when they bravely tried out the end result.
Sam Forster, Head of Nursery
Forest School Challenge No Problem For Resourceful Reception
This week, come rain or shine, our young learners in Reception have been enthusiastically enjoying our beautiful grounds. At forest school, the eager children worked as a team and put their problem-solving skills to the test by designing plank bridges to cross water, measuring the biggest splash in muddy puddles and making mysterious magic potions. They also had to be resourceful, using binoculars and scouring the woods in order to find the various items they needed to complete their tasks – and coming across some creepy crawlies along the way! Listening to the children share their imaginative ideas and remain resilient throughout the challenge was wonderful to see.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Forming Bonds In So Many Ways
In maths, Year 1 were tasked with representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20, in other words using pairs of numbers that add up to 20 such as 17 and three. The children aimed high in their work, ensuring that they effectively used the classroom resources to complete the calculations. They also stayed positive when faced with new mathematical challenges and concepts. The end result was that the children demonstrated that they can support each other when working together. They will continue to explore positive aspects of working together, listening and being resourceful, and they will use maths in real-life scenarios going forward.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Sound Reasoning Behind Year 1’s Phonics Progress
Within our pacey, passionate and lively phonics sessions, the children actively participate, fine-tuning their listening and speaking skills to identify and practise saying a specific daily sound. The children aim high as they recognise the importance of acquiring their phonics knowledge to enable them to read and write more successfully, as well as enhancing their reading and writing experiences and making them even more enjoyable.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Explore The Wonders Of Gilbert White’s House
To create awe and wonder for their topic ‘How are we connected to Antarctica?’, the exuberant Year 3s visited Gilbert White’s House in Selborne to learn about Antarctic expeditions. After exploring the creatures, climate and challenges faced by Antarctic explorers both now and in the past, they were inspired to develop their own curiosity about the natural world; to explore it, understand it, enjoy it and fundamentally why we need to look after it. Back in the classroom, the children were encouraged to aim high when recounting their trip by focusing on working carefully and paying attention to detail.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3