This Week’s Headline Story…
Beekeeper Flies In To Talk To School’s Busy Bees
12th January 2024
There was a real buzz around the school this week as an expert beekeeper flew in to say hello. Michelle Ernoult, of The Little Honeybee Company, gave an engaging talk and demonstrated some of the tool…
Kindness Key As New Starters Welcomed Into Nursery Fold
Friendship and kindness to others is a key element of nursery life and this week the children have loved being back together and welcoming new starters to their classes. They have been learning to take turns and speak in front of others when sharing exciting news and stories from their holidays during circle time and have enthusiastically shown their new friends all the resources and play opportunities available to them in school. And nowhere was this more evident than during PE, when the children worked together to tackle the various challenges they faced, with admirable levels of co-ordination, focus and determination to the fore. We have been so impressed with how well all the children have settled this week and the atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm for the new term has been contagious!
Sam Forster, Head of Nursery
Eager Reception Explore Their Winter Wonderland
The wonderful winter weather proved the perfect opportunity for the Reception children to embrace the new season on their return to school after the Christmas break. The eager young learners enjoyed sharing their ideas and listening to others while discussing the effects of changing seasons on the natural world around them. They experimented with ice at forest school; watching it melt in their warm hands, stamping on it and dropping it from height to see how it reacted. They also observed the plethora of bare trees and shared their knowledge on how animals behave during winter. It has been such a pleasure to have these young conservationists back in school!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Busy Making Sense Of Science
In science this week, Year 1 have been busy making sense of… senses! They were tasked with identifying the five senses and finding out more about which parts of the body they relate to. Working as a team and sharing their thoughts and ideas, the children discovered exactly how they had the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and feel. As well as the joy of discovering the different sensations affecting their hands, feet, ears, eyes, mouths and noses, the children demonstrated wonderful listening skills as they worked with their talk partners during their lessons.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2’s Balanced Approach To Gymnastics
Year 2 this week had their balance, co-ordination, creativity and agility tested as they took to the gymnastic mats in PE. There was no shortage of ingenuity and imagination on show as the children, having listened carefully to instructions, cleverly created poses using one, two or three points of contact with the floor – which, the children discovered, related to the number of body parts in contact with the mat at any one time. This was a wonderful introduction to gymnastics for many but their attitude and aptitude showed that they are more than ready to take the next steps.
Rob Dilworth, Year 2 PE Coach
Year 3 Make Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Music Room
Year 3’s first lesson of 2024 was an introduction to their new topic, Instruments of the Orchestra. The children listened to Benjamin Britten’s iconic Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, with the first objective being to learn the names of the four families – strings, percussion, woodwind and brass. Strong listening skills will be paramount in succeeding in this topic, so we worked on listening-based games. The children enjoyed a circle game which involved trying to remember the four orchestral family names that relied upon them listening to their peers’ answers, as well as a percussion game based on Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Musik.
Jess Harman, Y3 Music Teacher