Full Of Festive Spirit
Festive Fever Sweeps Through The Nursery
Christmas has well and truly arrived in the Nursery! From decorating the tree and making Christmas cards to baking festive goodies and having fun with myriad different Christmas crafts, the children have been incredibly enthusiastic about joining in with all the festive activities. Some were even dressed as elves! The Nursery children also sang their hearts out during their Christmas performance in front of their proud parents and grandparents. Dressed head to toe in white with beautiful, handmade rustic crowns, the children carefully carried precious candles in jars which twinkled in the dark. The candles were carefully placed around lovely green foliage peppered with bright red holly berries, which looked so beautiful in the low light, while the children sang their well-rehearsed songs to their watching families. With Mr Moo’s expert accompaniment on the piano, the atmosphere was positively magical and the Christmas spirit was well and truly alive and well!
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Stars Shine On Nativity Stage
In Reception, the children have been learning all about the wonderful Nativity story; culminating in a beautiful adaptation on the stage in front of proud parents and teachers. The children used the Nativity as an opportunity to explore how other people around the world celebrate Christmas. They became completely engrossed in the story and loved taking part in classroom discussions. Ahead of the stage performance in the theatre, all the children in Reception have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks; learning their lines, singing with loud voices, and doing everything with a big smile on their faces. And it paid handsome dividends as we felt immensely proud of the children as they put on a wonderful festive performance on Friday morning. The children’s eyes twinkled as their parents clapped and cheered at their outstanding efforts. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the willing Reception team who supported the children throughout the performance.
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Imaginative Year 1 Clearly Made Of The ‘Write’ Stuff
Year 1 were this week set a creative and inspiring challenge – to enter a national writing competition set by Young Writers, a group which has promoted poetry and creative writing within schools and poetry competitions for the past 31 years. The Magic Door was a lovely, open-ended title which inspired the pupils and sparked their imaginations, really enabling the children to celebrate their individuality. The story could be set anywhere; at a World Cup football match, in Lego City, under the sea with Ariel, or perhaps on a pirate ship with Captain Hook. Endless worlds of wonder awaited the eager children’s imaginations. The realisation that their hard work could be published encouraged the children to produce wonderful pieces of writing. Careful picture plans were drawn up, interesting vocabulary was brainstormed, and the final draft was carefully checked for punctuation. As the children read their stories to their friends, totally absorbed in their activity, it was delightful to see how proud they were of their work, as were the teachers. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we may be one of the schools chosen for the best overall set of entries, or perhaps lucky enough to have a few stories published.
Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 1
Year 2 Are Good Sports On And Off The Pitch
Excitement filled the air as Year 2 enthusiastically bounced into their classes on Monday morning. It was abundantly clear from the outset and the buzz that they had only one thing on their mind – hosting Churcher’s College in their inaugural hockey tournament. However, as always, the children had vital learning to undertake and important tasks to accomplish and achieve first. Yet it was intriguing how many discussions in geometry led straight back to the most topical sporting events of the day…first the hockey and then England’s significant 3-0 win over Senegal in the World Cup in Qatar.
Always keen to develop cross-curricular learning opportunities through such important events, both classes enthusiastically updated their wall charts to plot England’s success and progress to the quarter-finals. The children have had to keep a beady eye on all of the scores to determine which teams would progress as winners and runners-up in the group stages of the competition. And they now know the formula: three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat. Sports-based learning continued in geometry. Spheres – globes, hockey balls and footballs; rectangles – hockey pitch and penalty area in football; circles – centre circle in football and netball; semi-circles – shooting areas in hockey and netball; and right angles were identified where the touch line meets the goal line. When Monday’s sunny but chilly afternoon finally arrived, all of the Year 2 children surpassed our highest expectations. They collaborated brilliantly within their teams, showed resilience against a good standard of opposition, and demonstrated the silky skills that they have acquired from their games lessons and in hockey club this term. The children entertained the superbly supportive spectators with a wealth of short but thrilling matches filled with attacking hockey, resolute defending and, most of all, exceptional sportsmanship and fun. Well done, Year 2!
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 Book In For Exciting Visit To Library
Year 3 were treated to a session in the Highfield library this week where they met the librarian, Dr Whitfield, who explained how the books were organised. With a wealth of literature knowledge, she was able to make recommendations based on current reading and interest. After being shown how to independently borrow a book, the children were then able to search for their favourite author, using and applying their dictionary skills to pick out a book. During the session, the children clearly enjoyed the calm sense of space and inviting cushions to sit on while they dipped into the many exciting reads. It was evident that the children were enjoying reading for pleasure; a key factor in personal development and academic attainment. With a number of children finding it hard to put their books down, it has inspired them to read more and get the next book in the series. With two more classes having their sessions next week, it has stimulated much book talk in the corridors and on the playground.
Henrietta Platt, Head of Year 3