Reaping Rewards Of A Diverse Curriculum
Eager Nursery Explorers On The Trail Of Nature
The year has got off to an exciting start for the youngest members of the school. The children returned refreshed and raring to learn, and what better way to embrace our winter topic than exploring inventive ways to get to the Arctic and Antarctic animals that had been hidden in ice? The children investigated by enthusiastically hitting the ice with spoons, pouring warm water over it, banging it on the ground and even driving over it with bikes! Great determination was shown by everyone and the sheer excitement on their faces and shrieks of delight could be heard all around the school. With all children cosy and wrapped up warm, they headed out to explore Forest School. They eagerly discussed and identified signs of the season; the bare trees, the crunching of ice beneath their feet and the beautiful frosty patterns on spider webs and leaves. They worked collaboratively to make their own natural bird feeders, mixed and moulded seeds around pine cones and hung them around the woods, and the children loved hiding in camps with binoculars to try to spot the hungry birds feeding from their works of art. We can’t wait to continue exploring and learning together as winter truly sets in. Now, little fingers are tightly crossed for what would be a fantastic ending to a brilliant week… snow!
Rosie Snagge, Nursery Class Teacher
Rosy Cheeks Galore As Reception Hit The Ground Running Reverberates To The Happy Sounds Of Christmas
The Reception children returned to school with huge smiles, wonderful holiday stories and an abundance of enthusiasm to learn. They all seem to have grown, not just in height and shoe size but in maturity too. It really is lovely to have them all back in class and to hear about their magical breaks with family and friends. The sun has shone and the playground glistened, laughter and smiles warming the frosty air. And it was another busy week, from ballet to Forest School, which has meant the children have hit the ground running – quite literally. The frozen tuff tray and puddles provided ample entertainment as their feet crunched across the frosty grass racing the break the ice! Forest School provided many new experiences for the children’s senses, which were shared in circle time in the woods. It’s always interesting to hear the different perspectives, reasoning and interpretations. Some creative children enjoyed making art with natural resources, mixing potions and building camps in the woods, collaborating to improve their masterpiece. And fittingly for a new term, the children tried their hand at a new sport – hockey. Suitably togged up, the youngsters loved their introduction to hockey in the crisp winter air as their little feet worked hard to keep them moving and warm. The result was rosy cheeks, concentration and great teamwork. The children’s perseverance, independence, kindness and collaboration has resulted in a fantastic start to the Spring Term, which we are sure will continue.
Rebecca Lane, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Immersed In The Great Fire Of London
Year 1 travelled back in time to London in September 1666 for an exciting hands-on history workshop run by famous diarist Samuel Pepys himself. Everyone had a role to play, firstly reconstructing the tightly-packed wooden houses on the cramped and busy streets, then erecting the iconic London Bridge. After ten months without rain, the children soon realised that when the spark from the baker’s oven started to spread, there would be trouble ahead. Scenes of panic were acted out as the leather buckets of water were passed along from the River Thames to Pudding Lane, where the fire began. The fire engine was pulled as close as possible, but the streets were so jam packed they were unable to get through. Thankfully, King Charles II arrived and instructed the team to start pulling down the houses using fire hooks to create a gap to stop the spread. After such a dramatic start to our morning, we then went on to examine artefacts from that time including quill pens, coffee pots (only the men were allowed in the coffee houses) and we learnt what types of food were eaten for breakfast (cabbage and onion soup). The highlight of this session was making gunpowder using a curious mixture of secret ingredients. This was another strategy which was used to blow up some of the houses to create a barrier to stop the fire spreading. The children truly enjoyed being immersed in the mindset of the people from this period and they gained an insight into what life was like in London in 1666.
Lindsay Langrish, Year 1 Teacher
Year 2 Astronomers Search Closer To Home
Year 2’s new Space topic has again taken the children to infinity and beyond after last week’s out-of-this-world visit to the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. With curiosity and interest suitably ignited at the planetarium, the children enjoyed imparting their knowledge and bamboozling their teachers with incredible facts. Consequently, it came as no surprise that they revelled in discussing this week’s news concerning the impressive James Webb Space Telescope. They thought about the key British value of individual liberty, deciding it was important to know about the past and the origins of the universe in order to help us to protect Earth. After discovering what a telescope is, Year 2 used binoculars to reach new heights and explore the school grounds using a different pair of eyes. Up at Forest School, the children homed in on their resilient learning power to spot birds, get close-up views of bird nests, and spot aircraft flying overhead. They compared binoculars to magnifying glasses, thinking about which of these they would use to identify bugs and the plethora of spiders’ eggs that they found. It’s been a great start to the Spring Term for the intrepid explorers who are fast becoming budding astronomers!
Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Teacher
Inspired Year 3 Produce Marvellous Medicine
Last week, whoops and hollers of sheer wonder and delight brought inquisitive staff members to Year 3 to investigate the source of such extreme excitement, fun and pleasure. Inspired pupils were enthralled as they enthusiastically added the most unlikely of ingredients to an enormous, metallic cauldron, collectively concocting a supremely magical, yet revolting, marvellous medicine for George’s grandma – quite possibly the world’s most ungracious, unkind and unimaginably grizzly, grumpy grouch of a grandma. Lashings of golden gloss shampoo, slithery snakes of toothpaste, squirts of shaving foam, capfuls of ‘Flowers of Turnips’ perfume, scoops of dazzling, super-white washing powder, clumps of lavender-scented, Waxwell floor polish, shakes of flea powder, glugs of extra-hot chilli sauce, pints of disgusting, murky engine oil and 500 gigantic, purple pills for horses with sore throats bubbled, boiled and smoked to produce an explosive tonic that would blow your head off! Roald Dahl would have been proud of the children’s rigorous, vigorous efforts, following George’s recipe to a tee and blasting our new literacy topic off to such an awe-inspiring, dynamic and memorable start! As the children have been picture planning the story with their teachers this week, they have become increasingly confident retelling the story and it’s now role-reversal time … so sit back, relax and let the children enthral you as they tell their truly animated stories. We hope that you all enjoy them!
Shirley Jervis, Year 3 Teacher