It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas In Nursery
With just two weeks to go until the end of term, Christmas preparations are well and truly under way in the Nursery. The children have been busy using their creative flair to create colourful crowns for their Christmas celebration, as well as practising a number of songs both in their music lesson with Mr Moo and in the classroom. There was much excitement early in the week as the Christmas tree was brought down from the loft and the children enthusiastically decorated it in their own unique style. In circle time, the children eagerly listened to the Nativity story and talked about what Christmas means to them and people around the world. With more Christmas activities planned over the next two weeks, there is no doubt the children in the Nursery are going to have a fabulous time in the run up to this very special time of year.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Reception Are Kindness Personified As Paper Dolls Resonates
This week in Reception the children have been focusing on one of our school rules, ‘be kind’. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to Julia Donaldson’s much-loved story ‘Paper Dolls’ and, keen to stretch their relating learning muscles, shared their own thoughtful ideas of what makes a good friend and what they particularly like about their friends. The imaginative youngsters then worked collaboratively to create their own beautiful paper dolls. The resourceful learners selected their own materials and perfected their drawing and cutting skills to create their own unique masterpieces. They then used word mats, Fred fingers and their phonic knowledge to write their own inventive names for their dolls, which included, ‘Rainbow Flower Dance’ and ‘Honey Gruffalo’. Throughout the week, the children built on their shared discussions and could be heard ‘being the best they can be’ by sharing kind words and supporting their friends. What a fantastic cohort of children with such kind hearts.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Learning Takes Shape In And Out Of The Classroom
Year 1 have been investigating and deepening their understanding of both 2D and 3D shapes, and the relationship between the two. There have been many opportunities, both within the school grounds and across many lessons, where the children have been able to question and further their knowledge and understanding of shapes. There have been some challenging and interesting ideas to contemplate which have required the children to showcase their resilience and collaboration with their talk partners and in small groups. A great example was when the children were presented with a selection of 3D shapes in a ‘feely bag’. Each child had to describe what they could feel by naming its properties; they would then work together to identify it. Another activity involved the sorting of shapes in a Venn diagram. These activities have allowed the children to build their knowledge and confidence regarding shapes and their properties. Away from the classroom, the children worked effectively together at Forest School too see what shapes they could spot and produce. The use of natural resources within our natural environment ensured that the children were given the opportunity to really soak in and appreciate their beautiful surroundings and discover what lurks within them. It was very evident immediately that the children didn’t need reminding of the wonderful value of Forest School to their learning as they quickly and independently discovered some interesting and abstract things; making solid links in their learning while understanding that we can learn anywhere, with anything and anyone. It is always fascinating to see the world through their eyes. To round off ‘shape week’, the children used child-initiated learning time to trace around the edge of 3D shapes to create their own pictures, be it a castle or an emergency vehicle. And this cemented their learning and reinforced the link between 2D and 3D shapes.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Caring Year 2 Hone Their Powers Of Persuasion
Year 2 have finally put pen to paper with all their inspiring ideas and persuasive thoughts for a better planet. As the term has progressed, the children have been discussing the importance of having their own toys at school and for use at playtime. Convincing Mrs Baber was going to be a tricky task and, sadly, they didn’t succeed in their task of persuading or convincing the headteacher on this occasion. Using this as a platform to improve their persuasive writing, while linking to their topic of Famous Forests, the children were set the task of writing letters and finding facts about the importance of orangutans and the destructive powers destroying their homes. Having masterfully convinced many teachers and parents within the school community about the importance of buying sustainable palm-oil products to help look after the rainforests of Asia, the children were ready to look at the plight of other animals and their habitats around the world whose future was under threat from mankind. So Year 2 turned their attention to compiling letters to a variety of factory owners, fishermen, presidents and many more powerful people in order to get their support with helping the red wolves of America, African wild dogs, the tropical watered hawksbill turtles, Amur leopards of Eastern Russia and many more. A huge number of animals are having their habitats changed and destroyed because of new plantations, developments and pollution edging into the homes of these unique creatures. Year 2 have also discussed how these dwindling and damaged habitats will impact certain animal populations around the world, creating an imbalance to particular eco-systems. It goes without saying, that the Year 2 children have been extremely influential; their teachers will be thinking very carefully about how often they drive their petrol cars and watching the products they buy from the shops next time they visit. As the wise children always say: “There is no planet B!”
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 Unearth Geographical Gems During World Cup
With World Cup fever really starting to kick in, Year 3 developed their geographical skills by researching a chosen competing country. They used maps, atlases and the internet to locate their country before finding out about its climate, the size of its population, the name of its capital city and other key human and physical characteristics. Through the use of technology to enhance their learning, the children displayed their resilience by being totally absorbed in the activity; there was clearly much enjoyment had sharing interesting facts and locational knowledge they had collaboratively found out. Some of the children chose to research one of the countries they drew in their respective class sweepstake, identifying their team by recognising its football kit, flag and where in the world that country is located. Having taken part in competitive sports themselves with their weekly matches, Year 3 reflected on their performances this term and thought about ways they could improve. Out on the netball courts, the girls focused on practising their shooting skills. After refining their technique, it was fabulous to see the progress they made with goal after goal being scored!
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3