Full Steam Ahead
Rain Fails To Dampen Nursery Children’s Spirits
Although the weather has been extremely changeable this week, the children have all enjoyed the outdoors immensely come rain or shine. We embrace all the elements, and even this week’s biggest downpours couldn’t dampen the children’s spirits or stop their joy of learning. When it rains, on go the waterproofs and off they go to explore! From putting their heads under torrents of water cascading from the roof to making mud pies in their new mud pit and mud kitchen, nothing was going to stop them having fun. Then the sun came out to play and the children enjoyed showing the new Nursery children our stunning grounds while topping up their levels of Vitamin D. Basking in the autumn sunshine, the eager children headed out across the playing fields looking out for things that started with our sound of the week, ‘A’. Plenty of time was spent building sandcastles, playing tag, and even hide and seek in the long grass. While building Buckingham Palace sandcastles in honour of the Queen, the talk from some of our children turned to the sad death of our monarch. The children showed an incredible amount of empathy and sat with the teachers reflecting on the things they had learnt from their parents. When we returned to the classroom, some of the children wanted to make flags like the ones they had seen on the news. We talked about how the Queen’s passing made them feel and they shared their feelings with us. We are so proud to have such caring children in our community.
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Teacher
Reception Reap The Fruit Of Their Labours
This week, come rain or shine, our young learners in Reception have enthusiastically enjoyed our beautiful grounds. Whether it was measuring the biggest splash in muddy puddles, designing plank bridges to cross standing water, picking delicious blackberries in hedgerows or learning to whistle using an acorn cup, the children embraced the weather while working collaboratively and getting to know one another a little better. The children have been delighted to see each other again after the long summer holidays and new friendships have been forged too. Walking and talking is a well-known way to encourage conversation and it has been wonderful to hear the buzz of children chatting happily together, thereby helping one another to settle into new routines and overcome any anxious moments. They continue to develop tolerance and respect for others and for their environment while in Reception and are becoming increasingly independent. Back in the classroom, the children discussed and planned what they could do with the blackberries they had picked on their walk. After discovering there weren’t many left in the bowl – there were many purple mouths – they decided to mix them with apples in order to make the fruit go a little bit further. So the children got to work, developing their fine motor skills and demonstrating their ability to persevere by carefully peeling, chopping and mixing the ingredients. The highlight at the end of the week was tasting their delicious creation. And the outcome? There were thumbs up all round!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Teacher
Eager Year 1 Explore New Areas Of Learning
We have had a spectacular second week of the Autumn Term in Year 1. As always, the week was a delightful mix of adventure, challenge and fun. The children particularly enjoyed exploring and continuing their learning in new areas. Firstly, the children got busy with continuous provision, which is focused on child-initiated learning and enables all three Year 1 classes to come together, before turning their attention to new topics, not least sewing and science. Wonderful collaboration and rich discussions have been heard around the beebots and the reconstruction of a small model body. Armed with interesting questions, the children have once again displayed their inquisitive natures to impressive effect. In science, the magnets link nicely to our current topic, which is materials. The children have immersed themselves in this and it has provided the basis for conversations around properties of materials. Sewing, meanwhile, encourages tremendous patience, prior planning and fine motor skills. Despite never having sewn before, many of the children took to this discipline like a duck to water and have clearly found a new interest or hobby. Away from the classroom, the grounds have been fully explored during our Forest School sessions and bug hunting reached a high with the surprise discovery of a toad. As always, our fun-filled and diverse week has provided the foundation for new, and old, friendships to blossom and, once again, we have not been defeated by the weather!
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Wonderful Sense Of Togetherness Evident In Year 2
Year 2 are developing into a kind and collaborative group of reflective learners, always keen to turn to a ‘talk partner’ to share ideas or listen and work together. We have seen this inside and outside the classroom. Curious to learn how to make a stretcher in Forest School, the children quickly offered to work together to help carry all of the equipment we needed. The children worked in pairs to carry the big, heavy buckets full of waterproof jackets and supported each other to carefully drag long branches across the playground, over the field and into the woods. There was much chatter on the walk and many creative suggestions about how we might be using the equipment we were carrying. It was wonderful to see the children listen intently to the ideas of others and then discuss the merits of each idea. Once we arrived at Forest School, Mr Millsom explained how the children would use the red waterproofs and the sticks to build the stretchers. The task was a little tricky and took some time and care, but their perseverance was rewarded when each child had a well-deserved rest and a giggle on a stretcher.
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 2 Class Teacher
Intrepid Year 3 Dig Deep To Tackle Brookham Caves
Year 3 have always liked a challenge and this year’s group of children have certainly raised the bar! For our ‘Exploration’ topic hook, Year 3 had the opportunity to explore the Brookham Caves, tunnelling under the ground and overcoming their fears of darkness, insects and so much more. The children made a collective decision that they would help one another to overcome their fears and I am proud to say that everyone had a go. Tunnelling was hard to top but meeting Nick Carter, the adventurer, has helped everyone to realise that they can do anything they set their mind to. After a fantastic insight into the life of a perennial explorer, the children now feel confident that they know how to get an adventure started: first, dream; second: plan; third: go for it! What a tremendous and exciting start to the term.
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher