Owl Babies A Reassuring Tale For Nursery Children
This week, the children in Nursery have been busy thinking about their friends and family. The young pupils very much enjoy their PSHE activities and circle time, particularly because there is always a lot of discussion among themselves. Nursery’s book of the week was the wonderful Owl Babies, which tied in nicely with our PSHE theme ‘what can we do if our friends feel lonely?’ The charming book addresses separation anxiety and reassures young children that their parents will always return to them, something we always tell the Nursery children who are feeling wobbly about the day ahead. We’re incredibly lucky to have a kind, inclusive and empathic class who like to comfort each other when they see another child is sad or needing just a smidge of reassurance. Throughout the week, the children have engaged in lots of activities to encourage them to think about how to be kind and support each other. From making paper dolls who are holding hands to painting the beautiful owls from the story, the children have embraced it all. In Nursery, we celebrate being kind and everyday we see the children thrive on it.
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Revel In Storied Approach To Language Learning
I have been blessed this term with the chance to teach our wonderful Reception children for a few weeks and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to trial teaching through stories. You will all have favourite books at home, I am sure, that both you and your child can recite word for word. You will also be aware that so much of the vocabulary your children know come from these wonderful stories, from classics such as Beatrix Potter or the Tiger Who Came to Tea through to the more modern delights of Julia Donaldson. My feeling as a languages teacher is, if our children learn so much of their own language this way, why not another language? As luck would have it, the pre-prep library just happened to have a copy of the Room on the Broom in Spanish – which Reception are currently reading in English. So I leapt on my broomstick and this week we started the story – reading the first few pages and practising the tagline as we searched the school for my missing hat, bow and wand. Reception eagerly tackled some of the key vocabulary and can’t wait for the next chapter.
Jo Longshaw, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Year 1 Buzzing With Ideas On The Subject Of Bees
Now fully settled into their final term in Year 1, these curious, inquisitive and hardworking children have had another action-packed week. In PSHE, our young learners pondered the uniqueness of families and tackled the challenging task of finding the other members of their class family without speaking; effectively promoting alternative communication through actions. It was wonderful to see the collaboration between the children and to witness them persevere. In Maths, the children have turned their attention to length and height. Forest School proved to be a stimulating and exciting classroom where the children could practice what they learnt in class, ensuring that the rulers were used accurately while comparing lengths of natural objects using mathematical language. And our new class topic ‘Why Do Bees Matter?’ continues to enthuse and engage Year 1. Having considered exactly why our buzzy little friends are so important, this creative cohort enjoyed making their own bumblebees while asking oodles of relevant and interesting questions about the furry flyers, the answers to which they are sure to discover in the coming weeks.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Have Designs On Quality Engineering
Building upon the excitement of last week’s inspirational Roman Day, Year 2 hosted another exceptionally exhilarating event. They extended invites and warmly welcomed parents, grandparents and carers into school to collaborate on the challenge of building a Roman aqueduct. The Year 2 staff were overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response as everyone arrived adorned in exquisite, Roman costumes and jewellery and gave full commitment to the task. So much so that Phoebe’s grandfather was delighted to explain that the Romans actually invented cement, which they used in the construction of their buildings, bridges, reservoirs and aqueducts. The Romans also learnt that by adding pozzolanic ash (originating from the Bay of Naples, where our class text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ is set) strengthened the concrete as it prevented cracks from spreading. By contrast, our creative Year 2 designers and builders had to work with cardboard cereal boxes, kitchen and toilet roll middles, masking tape, aluminium foil and a classroom stapler! But that failed to deter our resourceful young engineers. They used their raw materials to brilliant effect and collaborated effectively to overcome problems and setbacks to produce fabulous, working aqueducts. Emperor Millsomius and Empress Jervius were suitably impressed!
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Show Maturity On First Residential Trip
The mood was one of sheer excitement as Year 3 this week drove up the steep hill of Lodge Hill, overlooking the picturesque Arun valley. Incorporating a mix of creative, challenging and practical skill-building experiences, Year 3 wholeheartedly embraced their first residential, surpassing themselves beyond all expectations. The fully-immersive and inspirational outdoor learning gave the children not only a wonderful opportunity for a thrilling adventure, but also time to bond and forge relationships outside the classroom. It has always been said that Year 3 return from their residential trips standing taller and it couldn’t be more true this year. They have shown themselves to be kind, courageous and the best they can be, with an awesome attitude. We are so proud of them all!
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3