This week in Lower Phase both Nursery and Reception have been learning in Forest School. Children have been looking at different camping equipment and thinking how to use it safely, exploring natural materials and working as a team to build different constructions.
The children have also been exploring the physical possibilities of the outdoor environment by tree climbing, rolling down hills amongst a few fun activities.
In the Forest School the children are encouraged to take calculated risks and the adults are there to support and protect them.
This week in lower phase we have had another busy week. The children in Nursery and Reception have been exploring the amazing change in the weather and were rushing outside to explore the snow. They spoke about the change in the property of rain to snow and discussed how the weather changes through the different seasons.
In Year 1 we were really proud of 1T's class Assembly, the children practised their lines and learnt the songs and dances in order to celebrate their learning all about the South American Rainforest. The children performed clearly and confidently in front of the whole school and should be proud of their hard work. Thank you again to all our parents for their wonderful costumes helping them learn their lines and coming to watch.
This week in Lower Phase we have had a very exciting week again. Year 1 took part in their first ever 'Spelling Bee' all the children showed amazing resilience and represented the house colours with pride in the completion.
This week in all our classes we also had a very special visitor who came into teach the children some makaton as part of Equality week, the children joined in with the actions and songs. They learnt lots of signs and different ways of saying hello.
We were very excited this week as part of our South America topic, we have been writing non-fiction facts all about some of the creatures that you may find in the Amazon Rainforest. One of the creatures that the children were very excited to explore and learn about was the Anaconda.
Miss Harris then told the children about how snakes scales feel and said that she had corn snakes at home, so she very kindly brought in one of them. The next day the children meet Cairo the snake and felt his scales and looked at how they used their tongues to smell by tasting the air.
The children in Year 1 were very brave and were keen to touch the snake and feel his skin. After this the children decided that the snake felt, smooth, slippery, tingly, soft and flickered.
This week we have had another fun and fantastic week in Lower Phase. Nursery have now fully transformed their learning space into an enchanting land for our Nursery pirates.
This week in Reception they have been investigating their transport topic and have been using recycled materials to make different modes of transport. The children showed great characteristics of effective learning, being active and thinking critically in order to make their different modes of transport.
In year 1 the teachers this week have been so impressed with their maturity of the children and how they have settled back into the term and are so excited to challenge their learning and reach their learning goals for 2018.
Last week in Lower Phase all our classes launched themselves into their new topics! A huge thank you to all our parents who came along to support their children's learning, we had so much fun and the children have already started challenging themselves by using some wonderful topical language.
Thanks to this wonderful work the classrooms have changed overnight into a pirate ship or the underground or even the Amazon rainforest.
At the end of last week the children in Year 1 have been celebrating their learning of their topic 'Kings and Queens'. They have become experts throughout the year comparing the monarchs Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth II, looking at different palaces and castles features.
Designing umbrellas, dragons and sandwiches both practically and on the iPads. They have worked really hard this term and have shown all our school values and have even made up rules for the day in which they rule the Kingdom.
So to celebrate their achievement the children came into school dressed as Kings, Princes, Queens, Princess, Knights and even dragons. We changed the Year 1 class rooms into the Banquet hall and the ballroom to celebrate.
Last week in Nursery we revisited some of the traditional tales that we have been reading. Nursery particularly enjoyed the Three Little Pigs story and outside in the Nursery garden, some of the children wanted to build a house for them.
They thought carefully about how to build a house made of bricks and talked to each other about their ideas, making sure that they included a kitchen, a fireplace and a door. They loved pretending to be the big bad wolf. Uh oh, here he comes, he’ll huff and he’ll puff, but will he blow the house down?
This week in Reception, we have been learning all about the Gruffalo's Child. We thought about why the Gruffalo's Child might have been scared and how we could make her feel better. We wrote letters to the Gruffalo's child in our very own Gruffalo den and even made some Gruffalo crumble! The children worked well as a team, they were able to follow a recipe safely and hygienically and cut them all up to make a yummy crumble.
Also thank you to all our parents for attending Parent evening this week, we have really enjoyed celebrating your children's learning and appreciate your support.
This week in Year 1 we have been testing out our knowledge of materials and their properties to see which material would be most effective for the Queens umbrella.
The children discussed fair testing and making sure that their results were as accurate as they could. We worked together to record our findings and reflect on our hypothesis to see if our predictions were right.
This week the whole of Lower Phase have had so much fun getting active. We have done a whole class circuit session which were lead by professional athletes. The children enjoyed the hard work that they had to do an discussed the effect that exercise has on our bodies.
We then met the professional spring hurdler Serita Solomon, who spoke to us about what it takes to become a professional athlete and how our school values reflect this with resilience, pride, kindness and determination that we too can reach our goals.
A special thank you to all our wonderful families who have raised money over the past few weeks to support young athletes.
This week we were thrilled to invite our existing parents and our new parents to our Reception open morning. We had a great turn out and both the staff and the children took pride in showing them around our amazing early years environment. Thank you to all those who came and please don't forget to sign up for a place in our fantastic Reception classes for September 2018.
If you need any further information or support please come in to the school to book an appointment and we will happily support you were possible.
This week Year 1 had a special visitor, Major Hall came into speak to the children about what it is like working for the Queen. The children behaved amazingly and asked some very insightful questions.
This week the children in Nursery have been exploring how to stay safe when cooking and have been baking delicious biscuits.