Model Pupils Get Creative In The Nursery
Model making has been a very popular activity in the Nursery this week. The children made the most of the warm weather and were really keen to use the woodwork bench in the garden, giving them hands-on experience of using tools and making models. Our youngest cohort have been busy planning and constructing their own unique models using a range of materials and tools, providing not only an opportunity to get creative but also to develop their fine motor skills. Elsewhere in the Nursery, the children were encouraged to engage in another form of modelling using junk materials which they repurposed and recycled. They experimented with different ways to join materials together and thought carefully about shapes as they chose the items they needed to carry out their building plans. These model-making activities have provided the children with a fantastic opportunity to learn about safety measures and the correct use of tools, as well as developing their ability to problem solve and persevere in order to achieve their aim. Away from model making, the children also spent time tending their vegetable patch, while a busy week ended with a wonderful visit from our prep school reading ambassadors. The Nursery children always love it when the older children come to see them and they were left hanging on every word as the ambassadors read them a series of wonderful stories.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Poetry, Potions And PE All In A Day’s Work For Reception
What a busy first week back the children have had in their last term in Reception. We began the week with a special visit from children’s author and poet Alan Durant. The children were thoroughly engaged as they worked together to come up with their own rhyming poem. They also discussed what they already knew about poems and used their knowledge of rhyming words to create wonderful creative sentences with well-thought out actions. The children left feeling inspired to write their own poems in their free time. The next morning, the children came to school to find a bubbly, oozing potion complete with ‘eyeballs’ and ‘worms’ left on their shared area table. There were also instructions on how to make a special potion of their own and the curious children came up with some wonderful ideas of what they could include, heading out into the lovely grounds to collect the ingredients they needed. Back in the classroom, the children collaborated to mix, grate and chop their woodland goodies to produce their fascinating potions. In PSHE, we also took the opportunity to explore the human body. The children used their writing skills to work together to mark where the various body parts were before discussing the important roles of the major organs. And they got to see various body parts such as arms and legs working in harmony as they warmed up for sports day with some long jump and hurdling practice during PE.
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Year 1 In Awe Of The Natural Wonders Of Wisley
A visit to the stunning gardens of RHS Wisley was a natural fit for eco-conscious Year 1 this week. Under a beautiful blue sky, the children spent the morning looking for minibeasts and exploring their natural habitats, carefully discovering what lives and thrives in ponds, meadows and under logs in woodland. During their scientific explorations Year 1 made some fabulous discoveries, not least wiggly newts in the pond! In the afternoon, the fascinated children saw another brilliant side of the impressive Royal Horticultural Society site as they walked through a section of rainforest and desert created in a huge greenhouse before marvelling at the Japanese gardens and the bonsai walk, complete with miniature trees. And they also had the chance to plant their very own cornflower seeds which they can nurture and watch grow in the coming weeks. It’s safe to say the children had a full and action-packed day, learning so much more about the natural environment that will stand them in good stead for future science lessons and enhance their understanding of the school’s own natural surroundings.
Rachael Berry, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Discover That All Roads Lead To Roman Villa
What an amazing experience the Year 2 children had this week as they went back in time to around 90AD to visit Fishbourne Roman Palace, the largest Roman residence north of the Alps. The spectacular villa near Chichester measures 150 square metres and was built about 30 years after the Romans conquered Britain. It boasts some of the most amazing and perfectly preserved mosaics from the second and third centuries and it’s safe to say that Year 2 were totally in awe of the decorative detail and sophistication of the mosaics. As they toured the historic site, the children were astonished to discover that the Romans not only had so much influence on many things we take for granted today but were also capable of producing such incredible works of art. Year 2 also took part in an engaging workshop where they got the chance to write in Latin, serve up meals for people of power, observe some of the tools and artefacts that had been discovered around the site, dress in expensive silk robes and use mosaic tiles to piece together their very own miniature masterpieces. It really was such an interesting, educational and influential day that has opened the children’s minds to the history and importance of the Romans.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 Poets Inspired By Visiting Author
Inspired by visiting writer Alan Durant’s brilliant poetry workshop, Year 3 learnt about the structure of poems and the difference between a poem and a story. The children were tasked with creating their own poem titled ‘In My Box’ and were encouraged to include things that sparked emotions, things that made them happy, sad, excited, angry, calm or excited. The children then read out their poems to Mr Durant and their classmates, helping build their confidence in public speaking. Allowing the children to express and share their poems gave them the chance to reflect on their writing, something they can take forward into their future studies. Away from the classroom, Year 3 showed just how much they have learned and improved as they played some wonderful cricket matches against Oakwood School. Parents and teachers alike were delighted with the effort and talents on show. Well done, Year 3!
Robert Grech, Year 3 Class Teacher