Nursery Cooking On Gas To Produce Perfect Pancakes
Things were certainly cooking in the Nursery kitchen this week as the children produced a veritable pile of pancakes to mark Shrove Tuesday. The pancake project provided the perfect opportunity for the children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills by cooking together. Satisfied that they had all the ingredients they needed, the eager young chefs got to work. Collaborating beautifully, the children got busy measuring, whisking and pouring; paying particular attention to Mrs Forster’s amazing chicken, bantam and duck eggs, which came in all different shapes, sizes and colours and really piqued the children’s curiosity. Using eggs, flour and milk, and just a hint of salt, the children worked in pairs to create the perfect pancake batter, with just the odd lump left in for added flavour! Then came the cooking – with a little help from the adults – and the flipping, which sparked much hilarity as not all the pancakes ended up where they should have! No matter, with their newfound confidence and pride in their amazing culinary accomplishments, the Nursery children did what they do best and came together to sample their delicious snacks.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Bend To The Wide-Reaching Benefits Of Ballet
Weekly Ballet lessons are always a firm favourite with the Reception children. Expertly taught by Mrs Oecken, the sessions always begin with a warm up to prepare the children for the lesson ahead. Ballet helps the children think about their core strength, the development of which helps gross motor skills, fine motor skills, stability and balance, all of which enhance the ability to write and work in the classroom. This, in turn, affects their ability to coordinate more refined movements which are repeated in every Ballet session so that the moves can be perfected and developed further. While refining their moves, the children are being reflective learners; adapting and thinking about how their performance can be improved while also taking on board advice from their supportive audience. So while Ballet itself is taught only once a week, the skills developed during these sessions constantly help the children immensely in their learning across the curriculum. This week, the children have loved expressing themselves through their brilliant dinosaur dance, which will be showcased in a few weeks’ time during the Reception assembly performance. Be prepared to be wowed by the children’s superb moves!
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Forest School Foray As Year 1 Delve Into Habitats
The inquisitive Year 1 children have used this week’s Science lessons to explore the school grounds; looking at both animal behaviours and habitats. As a group, the children pondered how best to group certain animals; introducing some key terminology such as ‘minibeast’ and ‘invertebrate’ to help with that particular task. Working with their learning partners, the children then looked at the similarities and differences between the various habitats that they found during their woodland exploration. And some interesting discussions followed in a bid to discover why minibeasts choose the habitats they do and what their needs, habits and diets are. The children’s enthusiasm and understanding of the natural world was clearly apparent when we had some informed, mature and interesting discussion surrounding a range of macro and micro-habitats. The ever-thoughtful children have also been enthusiastically designing and building minibeast hotels during their beloved trips to Forest School. And carefully considered locations have now been selected on our wonderful woodland site based on the children’s newly-acquired knowledge. It’s safe to say there’s an air of excitement surrounding the potential new inhabitants of these lovingly-built bug hotels. It’s also safe to say that it’s been another busy, fun-filled and successful week in Year 1!
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
One Small Step For Year 2, One Giant Leap For Mankind…
In 2024, NASA will be aiming to send a crew of experienced astronauts back to the moon. This is all part of their new space programme, Artemis. These stepping-stone missions will be the start of a greater quest to colonise the Moon and Mars. Future quests will include the construction of a Lunar Gateway and Artemis Lunar Base, which will begin sending humans to Mars using Elon Musk’s starships. Jobs that don’t yet exist will be at the forefront of the success of human exploration of our solar system. And our Year 2 children are well prepared and eager to become future geologists, botanists, meteorologists, chemists, miners and engineers of these lunar and martian missions. These potential young scientists have been navigating and investigating the truth of mind-blowing facts about our planet, solar system and the endlessness of our universe. And a brief, but detailed, performance was launched to parents during Wednesday’s assembly to show exactly what the children have learned – and it was certainly a case of mission accomplished. Cosmic glue, nebulae, electrons, colliding galaxies, neutron stars and the continuous discovery of moons orbiting Saturn were just some of the facts the children so engagingly and fluently shared with their parents. To embellish their celestial learning, Year 2 were treated to a visit from Professor Hootsmen, a passionate conservationist who had to travel for more than two years from the red planet to share her information about Mars and the ‘lifeforms’ that live there…the Zorbs. Professor Hootsmen told the assembled children that these kind and gentle creatures are under threat from humans who are hunting them for the medicinal properties in their toenails! Having discussed the Zorbs’ odd furry, orange appearance and martian insect diet, the children are ready to embark on their next intergalactic adventure; researching and writing a non-chronological report about other interesting lifeforms that may roam our neighbouring planets and moons.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 In Rude Health In And Out Of The Classroom
Year 3 have returned to school after the half-term break raring to go. And the industrious children have forged lots of cross-curricular links with this term’s ‘healthy eating’ topic. In maths, the children are learning about length and perimeter, and recording their measurements. They have had such great fun measuring each other’s ‘wingspans’ and had to decide whether to chart their findings using millimetres, centimetres, metres or children! Year 3 did have one tricky moment this week, though, when Mrs Baber spotted that we had been given crisps as part of our literacy hook. Luckily, we also had our usual portion of fruit alongside! The children engaged in some brilliant discussions about whether or not we should have crisps at snack time and how to make a balanced argument. This all fed beautifully into our Healthy Fitness Day, which was an absolute triumph. From smoothies to circuits, the children stretched their minds as well as their muscles; and it was fabulous to see so many of our parents joining in too. What a first week back!
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher