Nursery Fostering A Lovely Sense Of Togetherness
Coming together for circle time, the children in The Den are quickly becoming familiar with their new routines. This lovely period of togetherness offers the children a great opportunity to practise using their listening skills and to follow instructions. It’s also a great chance for our youngest cohort to get to know their teachers and friends while having fun learning nursery rhymes.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Recharge With Wonderful Windy Walk
Reception took an invigorating wellbeing walk this week to help both mind and body. The focus for the children during their ramble was on staying positive and an interesting discussion ensued on how best they could achieve this and support each other. The windy weather also offered up magical moments for the children, who had great fun trying to catch falling leaves and were left spellbound watching the branches swaying in the breeze. The children loved their walk and said how happy and calm they felt afterwards.
Natasha Jacklin, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Prove That It’s Good To Talk
Year 1 took time out of their busy schedules during Wellbeing Day on Tuesday, heading outside to enjoy the fresh air and special time in the company of children from Year 8. The children focused on the skills of staying positive and speaking, taking the opportunity to chat with their prep school friends about the early days of life in Year 1 and asking for tips on how to be better learners. The children visibly grew in confidence as they opened up about any worries or anxieties they had about starting in a new year group, and they also found time to focus on themselves and their own positive mindsets.
Hannah Feery, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Plot Their Way Through The ‘Wellbeing Jungle’
Tuesday’s visit by Milly, the anxious puppet, presented Year 2 with an interactive, engaging and informative trip through the ‘Wellbeing Jungle’. There, they learnt to recognise signs of how it can feel, physically and mentally, to be worried. The children used their excellent listening skills to reflect upon Milly’s worries. They thought about how you could have funny, uncomfortable feelings in your tummy, your breathing could become faster and you might lose sleep, making you even more tired and even more worried! Using their teamwork skills, the children discussed their own strategies for overcoming their worries.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Have Designs On Celebratory Headdresses
Creativity, problem solving and teamwork were to the fore as Year 3 were tasked with reproducing Stone Age headdresses. Children worked together using modern materials such as cardboard, string, sticky tape and felt-tip pens to craft their unique creations. It was amazing to witness the children cleverly applying their understanding of Stone Age materials and innovation methods to design and create their very own celebratory headgear.
Rosie Statham, Head of Lower Prep