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Excited Children Right At Home In Fabulous New Nursery Extension
The Nursery children have had a hugely positive and exciting return to school for the start of the new Spring Term. Not even the seemingly endless rain could dampen their spirits as they got to explore their brilliant new Nursery extension for the very first time. The new extension, which is so light and airy, has been a fabulous addition to our already wonderful Nursery. The freeflow area, which is used throughout the day and is always incredibly popular with our youngest cohort, was again a huge draw as the children were reunited after the Christmas break. What’s more the snug book corner, the area dedicated to exploring and investigating and the well-stocked arts and craft area were given a huge thumbs up by the excited children from Woodlands, Meadow and The Den. Exciting times lie ahead!
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Refreshed And Ready To Learn
It’s been wonderful to welcome our Reception children back into school for the Spring Term. They have returned from the Christmas holiday refreshed and raring to learn, and what better way to embrace the start of the year than to discuss their thoughts on what they would like to achieve in 2023? With bags of enthusiasm and smiles on their faces, the children came up with their own unique ideas. We celebrated each one and encouraged the children to recognise links with our building learning power values; to be resourceful, reflective, resilient and relating. The children then represented their thoughts through beautiful drawings and used their ‘fred fingers’ to write down their ideas, which they stuck onto the back of leaves. The young learners then worked carefully and collaboratively to make a ‘turning over a new leaf’ tree which takes pride of place in Reception’s shared area. What a fantastic start to a new year and a new term.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Fired Up Year 1 Probe Pudding Lane Blaze Drama
Something’s burning in Pudding Lane, but who is to blame? Year 1 had the opportunity this week to discover what really happened in 1666 during the Great Fire of London. Divergent Drama ran a fantastic workshop for our lucky children, who created scenes from the great fire, explored the different tactics used to quell the blaze, and discovered how the flames were eventually extinguished and what it might have been like to have experienced such an historic day first hand. Year 1 had so much fun bringing this fascinating history topic to life. Exploring the timeline of events and meeting historical figures meant the children had a hands-on, practical experience of their new topic in a lively and entertaining way. The day really ignited an enthusiastic curiosity for factfinding among the children and it was a great way to introduce such a dramatic topic.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
One Small Step For Year 2…
Even the gloomy, grey January weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm, energy and spirit of Year 2 pupils returning to school on Tuesday morning. And they were still full of excitement as they headed off to the South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre in astronaut Tim Peake’s home city of Chichester. Welcomed by a passionate and knowledgeable team of volunteers, the children were treated to an elaborate, spectacular and fun day of space exploration and stargazing. While reclining on enormous former aircraft seats within the 11-metre, domed Star Theatre, the impressive star projector portrayed the heavens onto the ceiling. Renowned astronomer Dr John Mason enthralled his audience of teachers and pupils alike as he navigated and narrated his way through a 24-hour celestial cycle. His passion for astronomy was infectious and the children shared their knowledge of the solar system, locating the sun, the moon and the visible planets of Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Dr Mason utilised the magnificent technology to superb effect, identifying the patterns depicting an array of constellations within the night sky, including the Great Bear and Little Bear, Orion and Sirius before spectacularly bringing them to life with stunning images. Children gasped in wonder as they detected a meteor shower and were flabbergasted to detect the International Space Station orbiting the earth at the phenomenal speed of five miles per second – or 18,000 miles per hour; at which point a female astronaut conducted an incredibly informative and enlightening tour of the International Space Station, explaining all the practicalities of eating, drinking, exercising, brushing your teeth, going to the toilet and sleeping in space. Before leaving the amazing planetarium, the children completed a quiz and learnt about the Artemis programme; discovering that the planned Artemis 3 mission, which is due to launch in 2025, will see the first woman and first non-white astronaut set foot on the moon. Who knows what impact this wonderful visit may have on our Year 2 pupils and what their futures may hold, but they certainly excelled themselves at the planetarium; demonstrating their inquisitive natures and impressive thirst and desire to extend their knowledge of the universe.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
New Year Starts Off With A Bang For Year 3
The Year 3 children welcomed the new year and the new Spring Term by collaborating to become relating learners. And the week certainly started with a bang as Year 3 got stuck into the brilliant ‘Marvellously Minty Geyser’ experiment. This fun test looks at the physical reaction of mixing two ingredients, in this case Mentos mints and diet cola. Mixing the mints and cola releases carbon dioxide which has settled at the bottom of the bottle which creates pressure and forces the cola up and out of the bottle with impressive results. Inspired by the experiment and the book George’s Marvellous Medicine, the children were then given the opportunity to make their own ‘medicine’ involving lots of weird and wonderful things such as mouldy socks, a rotten banana, toothpaste, baking soda, washing-up liquid, paint and bubble bath. Year 3 also switched sports this week during their Games lessons, with the girls playing hockey and the boys playing rugby. Both sports require a good deal of collaboration, resilience and perseverance and we look forward to playing matches in the coming weeks.
Robert Grech, Year 3 Class Teacher