Foundation Stage had a visit from a real ‘Bee Keeper’, Mr George Butler, and got to learn all about how important bees are, why we need them and how to look after them.
The children were really buzzing after the visit!
St. Michael’s Lets Talent Shine!
We had a super night at school for our ‘Let It Shine’ Talent Variety Show! We had marvellous performances by the children with singing, dancing, instrumentalists and even comedy (and then there was the Staff act..!)
Well done to Eloise & Martha, ‘The Matilda Twins’, who won on the night and a big thank you to everyone who auditioned and helped out – lots of fun and we raised £330 for the School Fund too!
As for the Staff, ‘Grease is the Word!’
Don’t forget Mothering Sunday!
Children in Foundation Stage were ready with fantastic portraits of their mums as they welcomed them into school for an early Mother’s Day Tea Party!
Alongside the fabulous paintings, the children sang songs and shared home-made cakes, made especially for the occasion!
Caring & Sharing
Did you know the motto of the school Prince George will be attending in the autumn is ‘Be Kind’?
During our Easter Egg Hunt we were delighted to spot one of our youngest children being just that! Young Harland had managed to find lots of eggs all by himself, but noticed Harry had none. Without thinking or being asked, Harland walked over to Harry and gave the eggs he had found to him!
Well done Harland – we are proud of you!
Enjoy your big ‘Golden Egg’!
“Do you want to build a (miniature) snowman?!”
It may not have lasted long, but the snow was around just long enough for Foundation Stage to explore this strange cold white stuff for the first time at school!
A ‘Special Place’
To end a busy Term 1, we wanted to give our children the chance to stop for a moment and reflect on the things they care about or are concerning them. Winnie-the-Pooh had a ‘Thoughtful Spot’ to go to and we turned the Music Room into a ‘Prayer Space’ for the week.
All of our children had the opportunity to explore any or all of the eight activities designed to help them ‘Be Still’. Many wrote a ‘Thank You’ on a leaf for our ‘Friendship Tree’ and all contributed to a giant ‘Friendship Flower’. Some used the ‘Sorry Sand’ and ‘Fizzy Forgiveness’ to put behind them times of upset and others said ‘Let it go!’ to worries or fears. Some simply sat quietly watching the ‘Bubble Tubes’, wrote prayers or read the letters from the children of the AES in Jordan as we thought about our world. One of our youngest children, in Foundation Stage, summed up the activity perfectly in what he told his Mum:
“I got to do a lovely thing today. I went in a special room, and it had special lights. It had lots of special things for us to play with… Not toys, special things. I put rocks in water and they went away! There were fishes in a tent, and flowers, and you could draw a picture of the person you wanted to say sorry to. In my classroom, there was green sand where you could say sorry. You say sorry to the person and then you go in the sorry sand. Today was a good day”.
Who built the best house for Mr Mole?
Foundation Stage had a competition in the wooded area to see who could build the best house for Mr Mole. The children had to work in teams and could only use natural objects.
The people of the USA might be choosing who should live in the White House, but we asked parents to decide which was the best Mole House for Mr Mole by liking their favourite on our Facebook page.
Which do you think is best?
After a wide range of activities we all agree that Maths can be fun! Over the course of the week children made maths games, Top Trump Cards, giant 3D structures and even ate Numicon Biscuits!
The children also went on number searches and followed Maths Treasure Trails around the town designed by Mrs Cass and the week culminated with a design a Maths Hat Competition.
We all learnt that numbers and shapes are all around us and some parents and grandparents found Maths can be fun too!
Mud Day Fun!
The children and staff in Foundation Stage had great fun exploring all things mud related as part of International Mud Day! No-one in the school was safe from a mud pack (including the Office!) as the outdoor area became a giant ‘Texture Kitchen.’ However, the ‘Mud Pudding’ tasted delicious!
Foundation Stage had lots of fun searching the school’s ‘Secret Garden’ for flowers and interesting plants! The children were very careful where they walked and recorded their findings in detail. A big THANK YOU to our Site Manager Mr Gaunt for creating an exciting path through the woodland (to the hidden pond!) for the children to follow.