Nursery Sandwich A Special Visit Into Their Busy Week
Another half term has simply flown by and the children are well and truly making the most of their final term of the year. This week, the children excitedly prepared for the official opening of the nursery extension – and welcomed a very special visitor to open the new space and read the children a lovely story about a very special bear who is partial to a marmalade sandwich! Ahead of the opening, the children got busy in the kitchen making bread. Having mixed the ingredients and kneaded the dough, the excited children waited for the bread to bake – and wafts of freshly-baked bread filling the air meant it must be time for the young bakers to sample their delicious snack. So, gathered together in the sunny garden, the Nursery children tucked into yummy, sticky, marmalade sandwiches. What better way for the children to finish a week filled with sharing stories and building relationships with all the special people in their lives, sparking interests and making memories together in our lovely learning environment, where so many educational journeys begin and flourish. Together we really do grow!
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Club Together To Learn And Have Fun
Our Reception children have been immersed in a range of fantastic clubs this week. These clubs not only provide opportunities for fun but also allow the children to develop key learning skills. In Exploring Nature Club, the children have embraced their creativity and imagination by using natural resources to make self-portraits. It has been a delight to see their artistic talents shine as they express themselves through these unique creations. Additionally, they have learned about environmental awareness by constructing bug houses from twigs and plastic bottles, providing habitats for insects. Furthermore, the children have honed their observational skills by making beautiful drawings of wild flowers in our school grounds. Lego Club has been a collaborative endeavour, with the children working together to construct designs. This club has nurtured their teamwork abilities and problem-solving skills as they explore the endless possibilities of building with Lego. The children have enjoyed the hands-on experience and the opportunity to exercise their creativity in constructing various structures. Multisports Club has been a fantastic platform for the children to develop their gross motor skills. Through engaging in a range of sports activities, they have enhanced their coordination, balance and physical fitness. It has been a joy to witness their enthusiasm and growth in these areas as they participate in energetic games and exercises. The Book Club has offered them a valuable opportunity to engage in quiet and focused reading, exploring a diverse selection of non-fiction and fiction texts. This club has been instrumental in developing their comprehension skills and fostering a love for reading. The clubs this year have provided our Reception children with diverse learning opportunities. We are proud of their accomplishments, creativity, and development of important skills, and we look forward to continuing to nurture their interests and providing them with exciting club experiences in the future.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Go To Great Lengths To Make Pool Progress
What incredibly resilient little swimmers we have in Year 1. Tuesday’s swimming gala highlighted not only the progress the children have made over the year in the pool but also in terms of their stamina, grit and determination. Initially planning to get the children to swim widths of our lovely indoor pool, the gala was reorganised so that Year 1 swam lengths for their races in recognition of the impressive progress the children had made. At this age, performing a skill like this in front of an audience of parents is amazing and takes great courage, and we were all so proud of each and every child’s performance.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
Learning Brought To Life With Year 2 Synagogue Visit
This term Year 2 have been expanding their knowledge of world faiths by learning all about Judaism. In the classroom, the children have learnt to recognise The Star of David and the Menorah as key symbols of Judaism while discovering that synagogues are sacred places where Jewish people learn, worship God and congregate as a community. On Wednesday, the children got to bring their learning to life as they visited the Portsmouth and Southsea Synagogue. Once inside, Year 2 were amazed when host David Clannachan drew back heavy velvet curtains to reveal an ark of the covenant which contained ornate Torah scrolls, which are believed to be 200-300 years old and filled with the five books of Moses. With art books at the ready, the children were then tasked with sketching any aspects of the synagogue that really captured their imagination, resulting in some fine drawings. It was a wonderful learning experience for Year 2 and one which is sure to live long in the children’s memories and help them to understand and appreciate the Jewish faith.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Have Outdoor Learning All Mapped Out
With the sun shining, the coach was a veritable buzz of excitement as Year 3 embarked on an orienteering expedition around Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield. The task, quite simply, was for the children to find their way from markers numbered one to eight by recognising and reading key symbols on an Ordnance Survey map. Careful observational and awareness skills were vital to ensure the children didn’t make unnecessary deviations and detours. Deciding which path to take as they climbed up the steep hill and into the enticing forest gave the children a valuable opportunity to work as a team. After finding their way back to the start, the number of steps were exchanged before Year 3 took to a welcoming grassy area to enjoy a well-earned picnic. After lunch, the children used a kinaesthetic approach – which requires manipulation or touch – to learn about the different types of seed dispersal through a range of engaging activities. The children revelled in their outdoor learning in what was a truly memorable trip.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3