Royal Preparations A Crowning Moment For Nursery
While the sun has been shining on the Nursery’s Earth Day sunflower seedlings, the children’s enthusiasm has grown along with the sprouting plants. Putting their green fingers to good use, the eager young gardeners set about sowing more seeds in the hope that they can entice some creepy crawlies to work their magic within the vegetable patch. Always ready to get a little messy, the children dug deep and planted an array of flowers and cress to help further their knowledge and understanding about life cycles and caring for and growing plants. Away from the garden, the buzz of excitement continued this week as the children got busy with preparations for the King’s coronation. Snippets of red, white and blue adorned the craft table and littered the floor as Nursery was swept up in a creative flurry ahead of the big day. Demonstrating a real desire to soak up every ounce of the festivities, the children made wonderful crowns brimming with unique style and pizzazz to help celebrate the imminent arrival of the new monarch.
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Coronation Excitement Levels Reach Fever Pitch In Reception
There was a huge amount of anticipation and excitement in Reception this week surrounding the upcoming coronation of King Charles. The children began the week by writing a letter to the new monarch, asking many important questions about the ceremony, not least ‘will there be cake?’ and ‘what colour balloons does King Charles like?’ The young learners used their phonics knowledge, sound mats and ‘Fred fingers’ – a technique using hands which helps children with spelling – to write independently before reflecting on their work and editing and improving as they went along. Keen to stretch their relating learning muscles, and appropriate for the coronation, the children then shared their own thoughtful ideas of what they believe makes the best party. This interest continued during child-initiated learning time when many children chose to use a range of media, including paint, collage and natural resources, to create crowns, bunting and flags. Today the Reception children wore their handmade crowns as they stood shoulder to shoulder with their prep school peers to create a huge Union Jack on Chapel Field for an aerial picture which is sure to provide a fantastic memory for years to come.
Rosie Snagge, Reception Class Teacher
Things Really Adding Up For Year 1 Mathematicians
Year 1 immersed themselves in the tricky task of ‘marvellous multiplication’ this week – and they were up to the challenge. The children made the link to repeated addition, understood the difference between equal and not-equal groups, and learnt how to skip count accurately in twos, fives and tens. Using manipulatives from our environment and pictorial representations, Year 1 also found the total of multiple equal groups. Building natural arrays have been a powerful way of developing their multiplicative reasoning. Our busy bug hunters found multiple beetles at Forest School and by doubling and repeated addition they were able to carefully calculate how many legs were in the bug pot. The week came to a close with a brilliant creative crown-making session, a house crown parade, and the creation of an epic human flag on Chapel Field.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
Year 2 Take Inspiration From Thriving Forest Floor
Inquisitive Year 2 headed up to Forest School to observe how a little bit of sunshine and a lot of rain can have a huge impact on the woodland floor. Especially now, after the school’s treasured woodland has gone through some intensive tree felling to reduce the canopy and allow more growth from the ground up. The changes were dramatic as the scars from the heavy machinery used in the clearance are now becoming hidden beneath the bursting green floor. The children also linked the woodland work to their science lessons by predicting how seed dispersal will take place for our legendary bluebell meadow. The woodland session began with a safety refresher for using a sheath knife. Having recalled the key information to stay safe from a previous visit, the resourceful children had the opportunity to help turn chestnut into durable mallets. And there was real focus and determination, as well as resilience, to achieve the desired outcome. Furthermore, Year 2 worked together to use skills picked up during last week’s Roman workshop to weave a robust fence. The perseverance and collaboration this week really was outstanding and the teachers were delighted to see the children exceed their expectations.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Busy Year 3 Build On Their Lodge Hill Experience
Following last week’s character-building residential trip to Lodge Hill, Year 3 turned their attentions to the coronation of a new monarch. Working together effectively just like they did in West Sussex, the children faced a variety of challenges with purpose and a real spring in their step. Among the tasks designed to usher in the reign of King Charles III were creating collages, making crowns and designing their very own coins. The children also learned all about the coronation process and a few interesting facts about the new king himself before heading out to Chapel Field to create a human Union Flag. In between the coronation preparations, Year 3 threw themselves into the start of rehearsals for their end-of-year play while relishing another wonderful visit to Forest School for some more much-loved outdoor learning. Working on their new Summer Term topic of ‘Mass’, the children were tasked with finding equivalent masses using natural resources, learning key words and phrases along the way which will help them unlock the door to their new project.
Robert Grech, Year 3 Class Teacher