Nursery Working Together Like A Well-oiled Machine
The children have embraced a fun-filled week in the sunshine, cherishing their time together and making the most of every opportunity for growth and enjoyment. The nursery children consistently demonstrate their growing ability to generate ideas and deepen their comprehension of the world around them. Absorbing knowledge from their peers and adults, drawing inspiration from a range of activities and experiences these young learners are actively engaged, seeking hands-on opportunities and embracing the process of trial and improvement to enhance their understanding. Their persistence and resilience are invaluable qualities that help the children on their educational journey. This is never more evident than when observing the children as they embrace new challenges. Throughout this week, we have seen them showcasing their collaborative skills, working together like a well-oiled machine. The youngest children in particular, rely on the support of the adults while also finding inspiration in their older peers. In turn, the older nursery children demonstrate their knowledge and continue to learn, while providing guidance and support to their younger companions. Taking risks, being creative and exploring and investigating in the safety of their familiar community, the children are learning through play and forming solid foundations ready for their future development.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Are As Cool As Ice
The Reception children have had a fantastic week, enjoying the beautiful weather and making their own ice lollies. They have been learning new vocabulary and independently sequencing recipe pictures which allowed them to exercise their creativity and decision-making skills. The children worked together, demonstrating collaboration, as they mixed, squeezed and pulped the ingredients for their ice lollies. They enjoyed using all their senses by smelling and tasting the ingredients along the way. After their successful ice lolly making session, the young learners used their resilient learning muscles to write their own recipes. They began their sentences with imperative verbs, which not only helped them practice their writing skills but also reinforced the importance of clear instructions in a recipe. After a hot and busy week at school, the children definitely deserved their well-earned treat of the delicious and refreshing ice lollies they had created themselves.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Busy Little Bees In The Art Room
Year 1 have been busy in their specialist art lessons over the past few weeks. They have been discussing plastic pollution and the importance of reusing and recycling everyday objects to help the landfill and environmental crisis. By using plastic bottles, the children have designed and made bees practising a variety of artistic techniques. Once these were finished the children moved onto making careful observational drawings of butterflies. Art helps children to learn to observe the world around them more closely, this helped on our trip to Wisley where the children looked carefully at the many beautiful butterflies in the glasshouse. Once back at school they were able to use their self-expression to create their own butterfly patterns using ink and pastels.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
Results Are In – Maths On Top In Year 2
The children have been looking into handling a range of data in Maths. The children collected, organised, analysed and interpreted an assortment of data. The focus has been to record information in a tally format or pictogram. The children used these recording short-cut methods to quickly work out the frequency. All of the information collected was based on the children choosing their favourite animals, foods, places to visit and school lessons. It was wonderful to see Maths high up in the results! The children displayed their collected data in the format of bar charts allowing them to quickly identify the greatest or most popular animal, lesson or food in the class and the least favourite and enabled them to work out the differences between two certain focuses. There was also time to reflect on their predictions and use the data to support their answers. Year 3 worked collaboratively and used their resourceful thinking muscle to question and make links. Data handling is an integral part of children’s mathematical understanding. By allowing the children the opportunity to learn about, and use data, helps them make sense of information. All the skills and operations the children have been learning this year can be used whilst working with statistics too. Everyone has had an amazing time exploring their education in this way and it has allowed the children the opportunity to identify patterns, trends, predict and plan.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 Hooked On Drama In Play Rehearsals
After weeks of learning the songs and their lines, the Year 3 play is starting to take shape as rehearsals ramp up ahead of next week’s production of Peter Pan. With costumes and props at the ready, there has been much excitement and enthusiasm as the children encouraged one another and taken pride in practising their scenes together. Inspired by Year 4 earlier in the week, who set the bar high with their play, Go For Gold, the children recognised the importance of being a good audience, whilst also remembering to project their voices slowly and clearly. Our budding actors have had to dig deep and show their resilience as they have come to realise that practise means progress. With a smile on their faces as they sing and act their hearts out, the Year 3 teachers are immensely proud of their collaborative achievements so far, and know they will soon be ready to steal the show.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3