Nursery Bridge The Gap Between Storytime And Performance
Our focus story this week has been the traditional tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and this well-loved story has provided a stimulus for many different learning opportunities in the Nursery. The children loved re-enacting the story in the garden, collaborating to build a bridge out of large building blocks, and then taking turns to take on the roles of the different billy goats and the horrible troll during their role play. In the craft area, the children used their individual creativity and fine motor skills to design their own masks, which they proudly used as props in their storytelling. They also started learning to use some of the speech element for writing skills that they will use as they progress through the school, including using actions and picture prompts to help learn and narrate the story together as a group. They are really looking forward to displaying their new-found skills when they perform the story to the Reception teachers later in the Summer Term.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Determined Reception Make A Real Splash In The Swimming Pool
After spending the year attending weekly swimming lessons, Reception have become confident and energetic swimmers. This week they had the chance to showcase everything they have learnt to proud parents on poolside who witnessed a display of fantastic swimming. Excited chatter filled poolside as the children got ready for their first front crawl race. Swimming in small groups, the determined children jumped in ready to tackle a width of the pool as their parents and friends cheered them on. Backstroke followed as the children showed off their newly-acquired skills before they got the chance to have some fun, laughing and smiling as they raced across the pool with a ball before shooting into a goal. The children clearly are a sporty bunch as many goals were scored, much to the delight of the watching parents. The final challenge was the trickiest – diving underwater for an object. But our brave and resilient children showed just how grown up they are as they submerged themselves under the water to reach down and grab the colourful object. What a tremendous achievement for some of those children who at the beginning of the year were afraid even to put their faces in the water. We are so lucky to have such a positive bunch of children who take everything in their stride.
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Fascinated Year 1 Given An Insight Into Monastic Life
Excited Year 1 were this week treated to a fascinating trip to Chithurst Monastery. The children were met by a monk dressed in special robes who showed them inside their amazing monastery. The children respectfully took off their shoes and sat in an ornate room where they were told many interesting things about the Buddhist religion before asking lots of intelligent questions of their own. From there, Year 1 made their way to the meditation hall where the children sat on individual mats to gain an understanding of how the monks meditate in silence before collecting their lunch. The monks demonstrated how they chant and show gratitude before they eat. The enthralled children then left the monks to eat in peace while heading off to have their own lunch. Fully satiated but hungry to learn more of the monastic way of life, Year 1 were given a guided tour of the beautiful grounds which were adorned with many statues of Buddha. The children found the experience incredibly enlightening and had a wonderful time as they learnt so much about Buddhism.
Rachael Berry, Year 1 Class Teacher
Coronation The Crowning Glory Of Year 2’s Cultural Week
Year 2 this week continued their fascinating exploration of different spiritual and cultural ideals. The coronation of King Charles III offered the perfect opportunity for the children to reflect upon an ancient Christian ceremony, which our monarch chose to adapt to reflect modern-day Britain. The children learnt that while The Archbishop of Canterbury crowned King Charles III, different faith leaders participated in the service and greeted the king, making the ceremony more inclusive and more representative of British society today. Our children loved learning about the coronation and enthusiastically shared how they celebrated this momentous occasion with their peers, through their writing and drawings. Year 2 also marked the occasion by performing the poignant song ‘Sing For The King’ during a wonderful music concert on Wednesday morning, singing their hearts out in front of appreciative parents. And if that wasn’t enough culture for one week, our intrepid ‘Round the World’ explorers were treated to a conducted tour of Russia by one of our wonderful pupils. It was a sheer delight as he guided us through an assortment of interesting cultural and geographical maps to impart an amazing array of awesome, fun facts.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Cricketers Welcome New Season In Style
Ushering in the new cricket season, enthusiastic Year 3 welcomed our friends from Edgeborough School on Thursday. In readiness for their first fixture of the season, the children have been outside come rain or shine honing their batting, bowling and fielding skills while fostering the key elements of collaboration and teamwork. Their undoubted resilience and ability was there for all to see in their stellar performances. Away from the cricket pitches, Year 3 have demonstrated bags of reflectiveness and resourcefulness during their Maths lessons. Building on their mathematical learning at Forest School last week, when the children used scales and familiarised themselves with key language relating to measuring mass, Year 3 had to work together and think together to solve mass-related problems, something they did with great alacrity. In Literacy, the children underlined their powers of reflectiveness by editing and improving previous written works involving adverbial phrases. And continuing to show their interest in becoming better learners, Year 3 have begun to create a sequel to the popular ‘Flotsam’ story.
Robert Grech, Year 3 Class Teacher