Warm Days No Problem For Cool Young Nursery Cyclists
The Summer Term is in full swing, bringing us hot and sunny days that are perfect for wonderful outdoor activities. One such activity is cycling and it was thrilling to see our Little Bears and Big Bears bringing in their bikes and to experience the joy of riding them. Some of the children are mastering their coordination and balance with the help of their trusty balance bikes, while the older ones are pedalling away on their impressive pedal bikes. It’s incredible to witness the resilience of our children as they pick themselves up after a fall and bravely get back in the saddle, always eager to try again. They truly thrive in the outdoors, embracing new challenges and acquiring new skills every day. Our dedicated teachers are right alongside them, running, encouraging and cheering them on. Well done, bear cubs! Keep up the fantastic work and continue to enjoy the sunshine and endless possibilities that the summer brings.
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Hocus Pocus Focus As Reception Set A Potion In Motion
A teaspoon of grass, a pinch of dust, four petals and six drops of water mixed together and shaken three times was one of the exciting potions created by our enthusiastic Reception children. Building upon their knowledge of the text ‘Instructions for how to make a potion’, the inventive children spent time collecting a range of interesting and unusual ingredients from all over our wonderful grounds. Once they had collected their goodies, the children stretched their relating learning muscles when working together to decide how much of each ingredient was to be included in the creative and curious potions. And they even linked their potion project to their Maths when considering the different measurements that they were going to include in their marvellous mixtures. This required a dash of discussion, a pinch of patience and a cup of collaboration at times before the children were ready to produce perfect potions. So, with a mix and a shake and a huge tablespoon of wonderful imagination, a plethora of fantastic creations were concocted. Some claimed to make people invisible, others turn teachers into dinosaurs. What was certain was that there was a great deal of laughter as the children experimented with their brilliant brews. While none of the potions quite managed to do what they said on the tin, the keen Reception learners were undeterred and are determined to keep on experimenting to find the perfect potion!
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Eco Warriors Branch Out With Compost
Enthusiastic and environmentally-minded Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed working together to create a special area for compost in our wonderful woods. The eco project has taken several weeks, but the children have shown commitment, hard work and perseverance during their regular sessions at Forest School. Year 1 began by gathering fallen hazel branches, which involved great dexterity and technique using saws and long-handled secateurs, carefully shaping them into the correct length and thickness for their green plans. Once gathered and shaped, the children worked together to transport the hazel to a special site within their dedicated Forest School area. The industrious children then removed leaves and stripped the branches, ensuring that all offcuts were saved for future use, such as whittling around the campfire. Several children were than tasked with using little mallets to erect a wooden perimeter around which the hazel would be woven, demonstrating their excellent problem-solving techniques along the way as they decided that they needed a little water to soften the hard ground in order to keep the stakes in place. Once content that the structure was sound, everyone had a go at weaving the hazel. Year 1 worked together diligently and steadfastly and they are now the proud owners of a compost which is ready for use.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
A Moving Day As Year 2 Revel In Kwik Cricket Debut
Excitement filled the air as Year 2 enthusiastically bounced into their respective classrooms on Monday morning. It was abundantly clear from the outset that the children had only one thing on their minds – playing in their first ever Brookham kwik cricket tournament and hosting our near neighbours from Churcher’s College Junior School. Such is the importance of cricket for many children that they had forgotten that it was also ‘Moving Up’ day. When they returned to their classes, they recounted their fabulous mornings creating books and participating in team-building exercises with their soon-to-be new teachers, Mrs Platt and Mrs Statham. So, after a hearty and healthy lunch to refuel, lashings of sunscreen and water to rehydrate, they bounded across to the prep school cricket pitches – and the tournament surpassed even the children’s wildest expectations. They collaborated within their teams, showed resilience against a good standard of opposition and demonstrated the developing batting and fielding skills that they have acquired from their games lessons and in diamond cricket club this term. The children entertained their superbly supportive spectators with an array of fine shots, great effort in the field and, most of all exceptional, sportsmanship. But the final word went to the legendary match tea which was a true delight!
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Discover That Food Is The Language Of Love
With food being the language of love, Spanish proved to be a real treat for Year 3 this week as Mrs Staring brought in an array of lovely tapas for the children to sample. The children began their tasty project by labelling pictures of some delicious Spanish treats, including tortilla de patatas, las olivas, chorizo and una ensalada Rusa handmade by Mr Grech. They then took turns to sample the morsels of delicious food and gave their verdict in Spanish. It was really encouraging to see the children try everything and that their favourite response was “quiero mas” or “more please”. Far and away Year 3’s favourite food was the manchego sheep’s cheese which went down extremely well with all three classes. All in all, it has been an exciting week, with Moving Up day on Monday and every other spare minute spent practising our year-end production. The children are starting to get ready for the challenges ahead and the frantic fun that signals the end of term and the start of summer.
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher