Nursery Children Make A Splash In The Pool
The children in Nursery enjoyed their first swimming lesson of the year. The session was planned to foster the skill of listening in order to help develop water confidence and encourage some children who had not had swimming lessons before to try something new. For some it was a challenge, but they learnt how to be courageous, overcome anxiety and enjoy new experiences as they happily splashed and played water games in the pool with their swimming teachers.
Sam Forster, Head of Nursery
Reception Calmly Focus On Their Feelings
With the new academic year under way, the Reception children have been learning the importance of recognising and managing their feelings. They were encouraged to listen to our calm chime, closing their eyes and focusing on their breathing and how they were feeling in that moment. The children then shared their experiences with their friends and it was a delight to see their kindness as they thought of ways to support each other.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Book In For Some Literary Problem Solving
Year 1 were set the learning objective of appreciating the value of books; participating in class discussion around Julia Donaldson’s children’s favourite The Detective Dog and making links between the book and our school library. Bringing the task to life, the children had to solve the problem of finding a dog who could sniff out some missing books and their teaching assistants, something they did with a little help from Mrs Wilkes and her trusty pooch. The result was a huge amount of enthusiasm for visiting the library and choosing their own weekly books for the first time and reading in the great outdoors!
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Maths Really Adding Up For Year 2
The essential skill of problem solving was at the heart of Year 2’s first Maths challenge of the new school year. Tackling number and place value up to 100, the children pondered techniques to identify quickly whole numbers and learn to partition into tens and ones, and they enjoyed using part-whole models to find missing numbers. Year 2 certainly rose to the challenge, gaining the confidence to order, compare and make links with numbers, while getting to grips with worded problems was also an aspect of the lesson they enjoyed.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Patient Year 3 Hone Their Listening Skills
In Year 3, we have been thinking about what it means to actively listen, by not just receiving information but thinking about it at the same time so that we understand what is being said. With a focus on what it means to interrupt and why should we avoid it, the children discussed the positive and less-positive reasons for interrupting. In small groups, the children were challenged to have a conversation about what a great party would look like, with one of them taking on the role of observer to monitor the instances of interruptions.
Henrietta Platt, Year 3 Class Teacher