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”.
Roald Dahl Phizz-Whizzing Day!
To celebrate what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday, the children (and staff) had a whoopsy-splunkers day either dressing up as characters (with some winning his books as prizes!), making ‘Dream Catchers’, inventing new BFG words or simply learning all about the stories found in his wonderful books.
To end the day, Y5/Y6 performed some of Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ to the rest of the school and beautifully sang ‘Pure Imagination’ from the film version of ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’. Can you name the books from the photos?
A really whoopsy-wiffling day!
Year 1 remember St. Michael’s Day
Each 29th September we try to mark our Saints Day in some way. This year we took all of Year 1 up to St Michael’s Church for a ‘Treasure Trail’ exploring the inside and outside of the building. The children were delighted to find images of sheep, peacock feathers, hosts of angels and even two lions in the beautiful stained-glass windows. Perhaps most exciting of all was finding a trap-door that led under the eastern end of the church and the thought what might be found if we went down into it!
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!
Down on the farm!
Year 1 and Year 2 had a wonderful (if wet) time at Rushmoor Country Park learning all about our furry and feathered friends! The children loved feeding the lambs and goats, cuddling rabbits, stroking rats(!) and holding owls! Tortoises might not be quite as cuddly, but they are fascinating all the same!
A great day out!
Happy Nurses Day!
A big thank you to the ‘Royal College of Nursing’ for providing Y1/2 with some fabulous resources to help the children learn about nursing past and present.
The International Council of Nurses chose May 12th for International Nurses Day because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday! As well as learning about the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, the children have enjoyed finding out about Mary Seacole and role playing hospitals too!
UNSPECIFIED – :: Florence Nightingale (1820 -1910) English nurse, in the barrack hospital at Scutari during the Crimean War (1853-56). Wood engraving c1880. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Year 1/2 had lots of fun searching the school grounds for wild flowers and interesting plants! The children were very careful where they walked and recorded their findings in detail.Young botanists all!
KS1 have been creating fantastic art based on the works of Delaunay, Kandinsky & Mondrian. The children have been learning different techniques in using a range of media and the outcomes have been super! Well done everyone – you have brightened up the school!
KS1 have been celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday by having a party! The children made Crown Party Hats and played games including ‘Flap the Corgi!’ & ‘Bow or Curtsy’ Musical Statues, ate party food and stood to attention to sing the National Anthem! The children have also drawn pictures of Her Majesty and every child has written to the Queen so she will have our 90 letters on her 90th Birthday!
Year 1 & Year 2 celebrated the end of their Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland topic with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to which parents received special hand written invitations – with wearing funny hats compulsory!
As well as enjoying a drink and a biscuit, the children had the opportunity to share some of the written work they had done on the theme. A big thank you to Mr Hugill and the Priory Hotel for the loan of the pink flamingo croquet sticks and other Alice resources.
The event was really well attended and no-one was late – not even the White Rabbit!!