Lest We Forget
Remembrance Creativity Blossoms In The Nursery
The children in Nursery have been learning all about Remembrance Day and its significance this week, with particular attention paid to the symbolic red poppies. The children used various different media to make their own colourful poppies, including paint, playdough, tissue paper and glue. Some children created beautiful poppies using handprints and halved apples while others collaborated on a huge poppy. And in order to produce their wonderful seasonal artwork, children showed brilliant perseverance by using fiddly tweezers to place pompoms onto their floral creation. With their arty poppies complete, the children made tasty poppy biscuits and watched a short video on Remembrance Day which inspired much discussion among the children and prompted one sage young man to reflect: “We made poppies to think about the soldiers that died for us.”
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Determined Reception Head To The Woods With The Bear Essentials
This week, Reception’s ‘Talk for Writing’ text has provided a fantastic opportunity to ignite the children’s imagination on what it would be like to go on a bear hunt. The children eagerly set off for the woods equipped with nets, honey, magical dust and magnifying glasses. But much to their disappointment, no bears could be found – although some children were convinced they could see and hear one! The children then came up with thoughtful suggestions on how best to trap a bear (humanely, of course) and were encouraged to work collaboratively to make their own bear traps. They planned their designs, decided which materials to use and wrote instructions to explain exactly how their traps worked. The children’s creativity was incredible and it was agreed that there would definitely be no more bears lurking around the woods! On Friday, the Reception children welcomed their grandparents into school for a special morning of reflection to mark Remembrance Day. The children have been stretching their resilient learning muscles all week and persevering to learn a lovely poppy poem, which they performed beautifully to their grandparents with great confidence. The children then worked with their special visitors to make their own unique clay poppies, a beautiful handprint poppy wreath, and delicious poppy seed and honey cookies. It’s safe to say that it’s been another action-packed and fun week in Reception!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1’s Burning Desire To Meet Firefighting Heroes
This week, Year 1 have had an exciting visit from a group of people who help all of us – our local firefighters. Excited to meet their heroic visitors from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service, the children were particularly keen to see a real-life fire engine. And they weren’t disappointed as they had a wonderful opportunity to explore the fire truck inside and out and get a close look at some of the amazing equipment that the firefighters use. The highlight of the visit for many was a competition involving shooting a ball off a cone with a powerful jet of water from a hose. In literacy this term, we have specifically focused on firefighters; including rehearsing our Talk 4 Writing text, studying non-fiction books, and sharing prior knowledge in a class discussion. As hoped, the brainstorming session set a brilliant foundation for the children’s naturally inquisitive natures to emerge. After sharing their most pressing questions with their talk partners, the children recorded questions in their books. As always, they were diligent, imaginative and super resourceful in their learning. Some wonderful and well-considered questions were ready to be posed to the visiting firefighters. It was the perfect way to inspire and motivate the children for yet more wonderful writing and to become some of the people of the future who might help us, perhaps more potential firefighters!
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Busy Year 2 Really Have Their Fingers On The Pulse
It’s been another truly terrific week of fun, interactive learning in Year 2. The children have collectively created habitats for woodland creatures, improvised drama to bring persuasive writing to life, and investigated addition and subtraction relationships in maths using a plethora of mathematical resources. Today, they collectively commemorated Remembrance Day in a whole-school assembly, respectfully observing a one-minute silence to reflect upon and remember all those who have given their service and lives for ours to be free. An exceptionally thrilling learning experience in science focused upon the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and set of lungs. The children discussed the need to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet, integrate exercise into their daily routine, and keep themselves hydrated in order to maintain a healthy heart. During this immersive, interactive science lesson, the children literally put their hearts to the test. They tried to find a pulse on their wrist or neck to work out what their resting heart rate was. This wasn’t an easy task, although most did thankfully manage to find a pulse! They then undertook a variety of activities, ranging from relaxing (reading, sitting and talking, completing a word search) to throwing and catching, as well as much more strenuous pursuits such as doing star jumps and running on the spot. Those who couldn’t find a pulse previously were then able to feel their hearts literally pounding in their chests. Data was assimilated in both classes, put on spreadsheets and converted into bar charts, enabling the children to visualise how hard their heart (which they had earlier discovered was a muscle) had been working. All in all, an enlightening, memorable and enjoyable experiment.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Explorers Get A Taste of Scott’s Epic Polar Adventure
Undeterred by the wet weather, Year 3 became intrepid explorers themselves when they visited Gilbert White’s House in Selborne to find out about Captain Scott’s epic expedition. Using their prior knowledge of different materials, the children compared equipment, rations and clothing the explorers used more than 100 years ago to that of today. After learning about the few animals which inhabit the inhospitable polar desert of Antarctica, the children honed in on their measuring skills to discover they are the same height as an Emperor penguin. Furthermore, to get a real feel for stark conditions, the children timed themselves to see how long they could keep their hands in an icy bucket of water before – to much amusement! – donning the thick, cumbersome suits and boots worn nowadays. The final challenge was to pull collaboratively one of the sleds outside, crying “mush, mush!” to imitate the explorer’s cries to his sled dogs. Year 3 returned to school in high spirits eager for their next adventure.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3