Nursery Children Do So Much More Than The ‘Bear’ Essentials
A highlight of the week for the Nursery children was welcoming their parents to a wonderful teddy bear’s picnic in the garden. In glorious sunshine, the children enjoyed sitting with their mums and dads and a favourite soft toy from home; eating sandwiches and gingerbread teddy bears which they had carefully prepared earlier in the day in their new Nursery kitchen. The parents had the opportunity to chat while watching their children busily working together and forging friendships during child-initiated learning time in our outside environment. Continuing the theme throughout the week, the children listened to a variety of lovely bear stories and went on an exciting bear hunt in the grounds of the school. Yoga also featured this week, as the children developed their coordination and strength during a session with Mrs Rollitt based on the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Not surprisingly, the children have embraced the theme enthusiastically and it has provided a wealth of learning opportunities.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Young Reception Detectives On The Hunt For The Big, Bad Wolf
An intriguing letter addressed to the curious Reception children arrived in our classrooms on Wednesday morning. Desperate to know what was inside, eager little hands quickly opened the letter and were immediately caught up in a whirlwind adventure to help the three little pigs find the runaway wolf who blew down their houses! The children worked together to do some serious brainstorming and decided that the first thing they should do was create some ‘wanted’ posters to see if anyone could help them catch the mischievous wolf. The determined children displayed their posters all around the school, after considering where the best places would be for people to see them. The creative children also used their artistic skills to make pig masks in an attempt to lure the hungry wolf back to their Reception classrooms. The children are thoroughly enjoying immersing themselves in the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs – and they are very much looking forward to catching the naughty wolf!
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Superheroes Up To Brave New Challenges
Year 1 have been immersing themselves fully into Eliot, Midnight Superhero, their current literacy text. As a result, they are embracing new language and the challenges that Year 1 lessons present. For the first time, the children have all created their own story maps which they have carefully illustrated to support them when it comes to recounting the text later this term. As always, a fantastic amount of effort, care and attention has gone into their work, demonstrating their desire to be their very best, which is one of the school’s golden rules. Alongside producing their story maps, Year 1 have also spent time collaborating to decide what actions are needed to accompany the story as they retell it. This also provides an opportunity for the children to learn new Makaton signs, which allows them to communicate in an alternative way. As always, Year 1 have been resourceful, making considered and logical links. Meanwhile, new penpal Eliot the superhero has had regular communication with Year 1. As a result, the children have learnt how he helps others, and that has provided a real source of inspiration and excitement which, in turn, has led to many interesting conversations and opinions about what makes someone a superhero and what qualities and traits we would expect them to have. The main identified qualities were kindness and courage – two more of our golden school rules. Collaboration has been another key focus for Year 1 this week, with tangram Chinese geometrical puzzles and physical education games encouraging the children to move out of their comfort zones – and it was an opportunity they seized with both hands!
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Wildlife Park Visit A Natural Fit For Inquisitive Year 2
It’s only week three of the new Autumn Term and Year 2 have already been treated to an exciting and illuminating visit to the New Forest Wildlife Park. The park specialises in the native wildlife of Britain in their natural surroundings as well as providing a home for otters and owls from around the globe. Year 2 are learning about ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ in science this term, so it was the perfect place for our keen and inquisitive learners to think about and observe what we have been discussing in the classroom. The children were keen to share tales of what they could see in each of the enclosures and delighted in discussing how well the animals were cared for; noting carefully the provision for water, food, shelter and space. We all marvelled at the exquisitely designed habitats for the mice and ferrets but excited chatter tailed off at the sight of wolves emerging from their dens in search of their breakfast. The Year 2 children have continued to talk about and refer to their trip throughout the week. It has enhanced and expanded their writing ability in literacy, their conversations in personal, social, health and economic (PHSE) lessons, and their investigations in science. Well done Year 2, you really have been exercising those relating learning muscles!
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 2 Class Teacher
Dramatic Twist As Year 3 Explorers Take Action
With an emphasis on developing and expanding their knowledge of vocabulary that requires a higher level of thinking and understanding, Year 3 were energised and enthused as they used drama to retell our class text. Having created a picture map to follow, the children revelled in making up actions to imitate the story, while also using Makaton signs for key connectives, prepositions and other general vocabulary. Time was spent discussing similar words and opposites, trying another word in the sentence and relating it to their own experiences. By exploring and finding out about things, they were able to develop their resourceful learning muscle. Furthermore, to really embed the story, the children collaborated in pairs, taking turns to say a sentence each. After their epic caving experience last week, hearing tales from Nick Carter about his perilous escapades and now being inspired by a thrilling snow-bound adventure, Year 3 have become totally absorbed and intrigued by their topic of ‘Exploration’.
Henrietta Platt, Year 3 Class Teacher