Positive Signs As Nursery Embrace Makaton
In Nursery, we use Makaton (a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech) as part of our circle-time discussions, with the children learning a new sign each week to support the development of essential communication skills with friends and teachers alike. This week, the children honed their new-found skills while painting, as well as during lovely group storytime in the classroom and up at Forest School, modelling the signs and symbols which support their personal, social and emotional development.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Can Have Their Cake And Eat It!
Listening to instructions and teamwork were at the fore of Reception’s cookery session this week. After a discussion on autumn foraging, the children agreed to use apples to create their own cake. They carefully sounded out words to make their own list of ingredients and then chopped, mixed, poured and sieved while sharing their prior knowledge on cooking. And the highlight? Eating their masterpiece, of course!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Tenacious Year 1 Refuse To Get Tied Up In Knots
Enjoying the warm autumn sunshine, Year 1 headed up to Forest School with positivity, teamwork and creativity on their minds. We have been focusing on remaining brave and resilient in the face of challenge and the children explored the woods while being set the task of making magic wands using sticks and wool. The tricky job of tying knots and wrapping the wool around the sticks to fit their unique designs proved no problem for our talented bunch, who showed their positive nature and refused to give up.
Hannah Feery, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Feel The Beat And Keep Strictly In Time
In their Strictly Come Dancing-themed music lessons, Year 2 have been learning about two, three and four-beat time. Each week we focus on a different dance on the show and this week we looked at the Viennese Waltz being danced to music from the film Encanto. We recapped the conducting pattern for pieces in ‘three time’ and worked on our conducting skills to make Mrs Harman play the Blue Danube faster and slower on the piano. We really enjoyed working as a team to play different crotchet and quaver rhythms that equate to three beats in a bar on percussion instruments.
Jess Harman, Year 2 Music Teacher
Year 3 Make A Song And Dance Of Learning Spanish
In Spanish this week the children learnt the words of colours, which builds their vocabulary and develops their descriptive skills. Catchy songs with rhyming are a fantastic way to make learning colours fun and memorable. Year 3 are continually demonstrating their listening skills by learning to speak effectively using the appropriate language and this week added speaking and reading into the mix.
Leana Staring, Year 3 Spanish Teacher