Hats Off To Nursery’s Easter Parade!
Just like that the Spring Term has drawn to a close in Nursery, but not before the children put on a perfect Easter parade to proud parents and made a real splash in the pool! The youngsters in Woodlands and Meadows showed off the handsome headwear and bonny bonnets that they had lovingly created as they paraded through the woods to the delight of the watching parents. Each child chose their own design and carefully fashioned their hats using colourful card, pretty paper and even fancy feathers and their beautiful creations really were worn with pride. Wearing their hats, the excited children, armed with beaming smiles, then happily searched the woods for their very own Easter bunnies. Earlier in the week, parents got the chance to see their children show off their swimming skills in our wonderful pool, and they certainly proved just how far they have come since September while confidently splashing around in the pool. For many children the swimming sessions are their first experience of water without the security of their parents by their side. Although this isn’t always an easy process for some, they never fail to amaze us with just how resilient they are. They have been gently introduced to the water and gained in confidence every session, thoroughly enjoying their time with excellent swim coaches Sharon and Suzie. They practice kicking and floating on their fronts and backs and gradually find the courage to jump into the water with a little help from the adults. It’s fair to say the children have really made a splash!
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Spring Into Action In Quest For Seasonal Changes
With Monday being the first day of spring and the Easter holidays on our minds, the Reception children used Forest School as a chance to look out for signs of the change in the seasons. Inspired by their woodland exploration, the creative children got busy penning spring poems back in the classroom. Looking at non-fiction texts and relevant images, the children thought about what they could feel, hear and see during spring, and it proved to be an excellent opportunity for us to discuss buzzy bees, more sunshine, lots of animals, and a time of new growth. The children used their amazing writing skills to sound out some tricky words to help them produce excellence poetry. Reception were unanimous in deciding that their favourite parts of spring were the Easter eggs and delicious treats, so with that in mind we decided to make our own delicious (and healthy) Easter biscuits. We mixed, measured and baked while chatting about exciting holiday plans and what we had learnt about spring. In class, the children talked about the Easter story and what Easter means to different people, as well as looking at where the tradition of Easter eggs came from and how they symbolise new life. The children were so fascinated to learn that the traditions we celebrate have so much meaning behind them. Wishing all of our wonderful Reception children a happy and healthy holiday.
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Busy Bees In Year 1 Look Ahead To Next Term
Year 1 have been thinking ahead this week, busy discussing our new Summer Term topic and asking the searching question ‘why do bees matter?’. The children put their thinking caps on and came up with a number of excellent questions that we would like to find the answers to next term. Year 1 have also been celebrating Easter this week and sequencing the Easter story, putting the key events into the correct order. During child-initiated learning time, in the ‘shared area’ as the children call it, Year 1 have had fun cooking, experimenting with magical magnets and exploring and consolidating their learning through activities of their own choice. At Forest School, the industrious children have been busy preparing kindling ahead of learning how to make our own small fires next term. Have a wonderful Easter break, Year 1.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
Year 2 Embrace The ‘Four Rs’ In Woodland Work
If you went down to the woods on Tuesday, you were sure to have had a big surprise. For you would have found reflective bears, resourceful bears, relating bears and resilient bears aplenty in the form of industrious, curious and creative Year 2 children. This half term, the children have been busy colonising their new Forest School territory to create a space of their own. It was evident that they were engaging all of their learning muscles. Reflecting upon their existing den, they dismantled it, sure and determined that they could build a far superior model. The children also used their relating muscles to collaborate effectively, contemplating and deciding together exactly where to best position different lengths of branches. To witness the children working together in the woods, strengthening friendships and bonds across the year group, is always a delight to behold. In other areas, pupils were resilient while learning the technique of successfully using a palm drill for the first time to pierce holes in sawn, cylindrical pieces of chestnut. It was hard work, but no-one gave up. And the resourceful children enjoyed creating unique items, finding charcoal from an old campfire to decorate and personalise their creations. From chatting, playing, whittling and exploring to investigating, creating and navigating a newly-designed ropes assault course, the children and adults love the plethora of outdoor learning experiences available at Highfield and Brookham, and we are all looking forward to embracing many more opportunities in the Summer Term.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Thoughtful Year 3 Open Their Hearts And Minds On Mosque Visit
Learning about Islam, Year 3 were struck with awe and wonder this week when they visited the first purpose-built mosque in the UK. Having recently undergone a full renovation project to restore it to its former glory, the Grade I listed Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking captivated the children’s interest and attention from the off. Mesmerised by its ornate features, Year 3 gained a real sense of its promotion of peace, understanding and harmony after spending time in the gardens, prayer room and main mosque. During the tour, the children discovered key features, artefacts and symbols of Islam through an exciting quiz. Our guide, Mohammad, engaged the children as he explained the five pillars which uphold the Muslim faith. They were introduced to the Qur’an and told how it is a special book for Muslims written in Arabic from right to left. After visiting a synagogue in Year 2 and with their understanding of Christian places of worship, Year 3 were able to make some interesting comparisons. Through their curiosity, the children demonstrated their resourcefulness by making links and asking myriad thoughtful questions. As a result, they are beginning to gain an understanding of the different religious beliefs and ideologies in this country and around the world.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3