Creativity Taking Shape In The Nursery
Nursery have been wonderfully engaged in fine motor skills development through the creative combination of paper straws and pipe cleaners. Our little learners have been bending, twisting, and threading these materials to explore the fascinating world of shapes. From circles to triangles and everything in between, the children have enthusiastically discovered the endless possibilities for shaping their environment. This hands-on activity not only enhances their fine motor skills but also sparks their curiosity about the various shapes present in the world around them.
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Get A Wriggle On As Nativity Looms
Beautiful singing and donkey sounds are a sure sign that the Reception children are rehearsing hard in preparation for their forthcoming performance of ‘The Wriggly Nativity’. Working with Mr Moo, the children have been listening attentively and encouraged to move to the music, expressing their own feelings as they do so. Now, we can’t wait to show everyone the result of all this Christmas creativity!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Scientists Make Material Gains
In science this week, Year 1 focused on materials. Aiming high in their quest for knowledge, the children discovered that water is a material and ice is water in a different state. They then put teamwork to the test as they worked in pairs on an experiment to find out how an ice cube changes its state when coming into contact with different materials, such as tissue paper, card and plastic. The result was one of delight and amazement.
Hannah Feery, Year 1 Class Teacher
There’s No Smoke Without Fire For Year 2
Year 2 headed to forest school to learn how to light a fire, the key objective being to listen carefully in order to follow instructions and stay safe. The children built small stacking structures, opened up tinder bundles and used special steel rods to create a spark and light cotton wool – all the while remembering key safety rules. Making a spark with the fire steels proved quite tricky, especially in the damp air, but Year 2 showed incredible resilience and the ability to stay positive to achieve their objective. And it might only be short-lived but the moment the spark from their strike of the fire steel connects with the cotton wool and the first glow of the flames wanders over the white tinder is a moment of real pride for the children.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Show Great Endeavour On Shackleton Project
Read all about it! In English this week, Year 3 have been exploring news articles about Shackleton’s dramatic expedition to Antarctica in the early 1900s. Using excellent listening and teamwork skills, the inquisitive children edited the various articles to highlight the features of both the story and the expedition that impressed them most.
Rosie Statham, Head of Lower Prep