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Nursery Celebrate Chinese New Year In Spectacular Style
Chinese New Year, which is often referred to as spring festival, is a time when families and friends get together to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new – and the youngest members of our school have used this as a valuable learning experience, raising their awareness and acceptance of what, how and why other people celebrate. During an engaging circle-time discussion, the children eagerly shared their knowledge and ideas about what people eat in China. They then came up with their own ideas about what they could cook to celebrate in school, but they were left a little anxious with the prospect of being served grubs and bugs! Luckily, a healthy stir fry got the vote and the children enjoyed chopping, mixing and stirring a range of ingredients to make the most delicious, vibrant stir fry. They could be heard giggling and patiently persevered using chopsticks to taste the results of their hard work. The children then set about creating a number of Chinese crafts. They practised their cutting skills to make hanging Chinese lanterns, handprints were cleverly turned into dancing tigers – with 2022 being the year of the tiger – and fans were folded and decorated beautifully. To round off an exciting week in Nursery, the children listened to Chinese music before working together to produce a wonderful dragon. It was a fantastic opportunity for the Nursery children to move their bodies creatively and imaginatively and, most importantly, to have lots of fun!
Rosie Snagge, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Prove There Is Strength In Numbers
From writing Chinese numbers to becoming authors of their very own mathematical story books, Reception children have been weaving numbers into all areas of their learning this week. With the extra focus of NSPCC Number Day on Friday, our budding mathematicians have been eagerly collaborating with their friends when exploring and developing their skills in numbers, shapes and patterns. Taking their learning outdoors, repeating patterns were explored using natural resources and shapes were created using sticks. On returning to school, the usual race to the launchpad was more keen than ever as the children encouraged their friends to reach them while counting to ten in Spanish. Throughout the week, the storytime focus has been on stories related to numbers, which has inspired many to write their own delightful, numeracy-based tales to reinforce their learning. And excitement levels peaked during the house meetings when our resident music maestro DJ Rigby pumped out the sounds in the playground while entertaining the children with fun learning games such as musical shapes, make a number and musical groups. There’s absolutely no doubt about it, maths really is everywhere!
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Learning Is A Feast For The Senses
Year 1 have been learning about their bodies and their senses in Science this term, and this week they used all of their senses to explore different foods. In class, they used their sense of smell, touch and taste. They delighted in being blindfolded and tasting sweet, sour, bitter and salty foods. The children became absorbed in carefully describing what they were tasting and how the food they were trying made their tongues feel. Out of the classroom, the children continued to explore and use their senses in Forest School as Mrs Langrish brought along some popping corn which fascinated the young learners. She had a plan to pop the corn on the fire but it proved more difficult than everyone thought. But by altering and improving our approach, and with a huge amount of perseverance, our sense of hearing was the first indication that the corn was finally popping. Next came the distinctive sweet smell of popcorn before the children used their sense of taste to confirm their findings. Thank you, Mrs Langrish, the slightly sweet, bitter ‘burnt’ taste was worth the wait!
Kathleen Salusbury, Year 1 Teacher
Material Witnesses In Year 2 Build A Picture For Shelter
Year 2 were undaunted when the high winds on Monday led to the cancellation of outdoor learning. Continuing their exciting space theme and remarking that the winds could be as strong as those on Neptune, they considered the upside of the situation – at least Neptune-like conditions were preferable to the swirling clouds of hydrogen sulphide surrounding the planet Uranus! As the children are busy studying materials and their properties in science this term, they embarked on a tour of both schools to investigate the materials used in the buildings’ construction, working together to make observations and ask key questions. Why are windows made of glass? Why not build a roof out of bricks? With newly-formed hypotheses aplenty, the young investigators considered which materials would be suitable for the moon shelter they intend to build. And they continued their analytical materials exploration by producing wax resist pictures, discovering along the way that using oil pastels repels the watercolour paint.
Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Teacher
Diligent Year 3 Set About Achieving Their Dreams
‘Dreams and goals’ is the current theme that Year 3 children are exploring in PSHE this half-term. They have been using their reflective muscles to consider when they or others have faced difficult challenges and achieved success. Simultaneously, they have been discussing, investigating and learning about the lives of famous people in their respective fields, such as Dame Jane Goodall, who overcame her own challenges to become one of the world’s leading and respected ethologists. The children learnt that an ethologist is a scientist who studies the behaviour of animals in their natural environment. Year 3 have also explored which dreams and ambitions are important to them. They have depicted these in words and images on the petals of a flower and planted their individual flowers in pots, as just like a seed requires nurture to blossom into a sensational flower, our dreams do too. The children have learnt to appreciate that to achieve their dreams they will need to be resilient and keep trying, even when things become difficult. In maths, the class has consolidated the long division learning method and applied it to one and two-step problems. And today, Year 3 have been introduced to the topic of capacity through the joy of literacy as part of the NSPCC’s annual Number Day. Inspired by their class text, George’s Marvellous Medicine, the children created multi-coloured, magical mocktails; carefully following recipes, measuring out volumes of liquids precisely in litres and millilitres and presenting a dazzling display of Berry Blitz, Orange Fizz, Green Goblin, Muddy Puddle and Blue Wave with characteristic Brookham flair and enthusiasm.
Shirley Jervis, Year 3 Teacher