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Nursery Discover That Maths Is Child’s Play
Play is the perfect vehicle to teach tricky mathematic concepts to the youngest children in our school, and throughout the day the children in the Nursery have many opportunities to develop their mathematical language and understanding. Whether exploring capacity in the sandpit or water tray, singing number songs or weighing and measuring out ingredients for baking, they are constantly developing their understanding of the relevance of mathematics in their day-to-day life. To mark NSPCC Number Day on Friday, along with the rest of the school, the Nursery children have also been exploring maths through art. They have had a fantastic time learning about tessellation when making mosaics, printing and cutting out different geometric shapes to make pictures, and learning about symmetry by painting and folding paper. In the garden, the children have used loose parts such as pine cones, glass stones and shells to make patterns, and at Forest School they have had to use their mathematical skills when choosing resources to build giant insects out of natural materials. All these hands-on activities not only help develop key maths concepts but also help the children discover their own capabilities and realise how much fun maths can be.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Resourceful Reception Have Got It All Mapped Out
When the Reception children arrived at Forest School this week, they discovered that Badger Bear was missing and all alone in the forest. How would he find his way home? The eager children quickly came up with imaginative ideas such as designing their own treasure maps to help him to find his way back to the classroom. The children eagerly set about creating wonderful individual maps, even adding a touch of authenticity by ageing them with stains from used tea bags! The children collaborated brilliantly by discussing the best route back to school and happily shared their ideas with each other. And the young explorers even used their resilient learning muscles by following maps made by their friends back to the classroom. Once safely home again, the children had a lively discussion all about directional language. Looks like Reception have got everything beautifully mapped out!
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 Get A Taste For New Challenges
Year 1 have been thinking carefully about their achievements so far and the new challenges that they are all working toward. Thoughtful discussions in PSHE lessons have inspired the children to chat with their learning partners and come up with some shared goals. Perseverance, resilience and determination are all skills which the children know are needed when working toward a tough new challenge. But the children have learnt how important stretching themselves can be and have created their own flowers with stretching fingers to show how they are constantly growing and reaching toward their goals. Each class has collaborated to create a ‘Garden of Dreams and Goals’ mural, showing how we are all stretching ourselves to meet new challenges. In science, Year 1 have been learning all about the five senses – touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste. This week, the children focused on their sense of taste, having great fun with blind taste testing to get their tastebuds tingling. A wide range of flavours was explored, including sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Sweet honey was a big hit and even the bitter raw spinach went down a storm. This tasty project linked seamlessly to Year 1’s work in literacy this week; with a great range of adjectives emerging with each new and different flavour.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Class Teacher
Artistic Year 2 Discover The Wonder Of Woodland
With the frost easing and the sun shining, Year 2 this week explored their magnificent woodland setting. It was a particularly productive session as the woods have gone through a major felling process to encourage the canopies to expand and smaller plants and shrubs to grow. The children considered the reasons for the woodland works and the sensitivity surrounding this process; and they have already begun to see an impact with the emergence of beautiful snowdrops and other bulbs. Naturally there was immense disruption when the work was undertaken, including to Year 2’s Forest School sessions, but the children have already been keen to replant any stray bulbs that were unearthed during the process. With the majority of the work now complete, the children could get back to what they do best and develop their collaboration, problem solving and resilience skills. They have skilfully created tinder and kindling for campfires, erected dens, established homes for local wildlife, and brought some friendly faces to life courtesy of air-drying clay; all have which have been produced through their incredible imaginations and conversations. The children have been manipulating small objects with precision; developing and supporting their fine motor skills with precise movements, something which actually helps with their writing! If you happen to go for a walk in our glorious woodland, keep your eyes peeled for the smiling and uplifting woodland art work created by talented Year 2.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Healthy Hearts And Healthy Minds Is Year 3’s Mantra
As part of their ‘Healthy Hearts’ topic, Year 3 have been continuing to focus on the importance of staying safe and looking after their bodies and minds. After stretching both their learning and literal muscles last week by measuring their heart rates before, during and after exercise, Year 3 have learned that it’s very important to be physically and mentally healthy, particularly in terms of a diet, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle. The children researched what it takes to make a healthy smoothie before creating their own wonderful recipes brimful of fresh and tasty ingredients. Furthermore, the children have been busy designing and decorating posters for their classrooms packed full of useful information about healthy eating and the positive impact it has on various parts of the body. Away from the classroom, the healthy focus continued on Thursday afternoon as Year 3 took to the rugby and hockey pitches for some competitive sports matches against Amesbury and Portsmouth Grammar School. And what better way to round off a brilliant afternoon of hockey and rugby in the fresh air than with a healthy match tea!
Robert Grech, Year 3 Class Teacher