Half term is upon us - the children have the opportunity to take a break and enjoy their freedom away from the everyday routine of school life.
What was the last book you read? This is a common question I ask pupils, as well as being a standard interview question for prep school children moving to a senior school. The responses are varied and sometimes bashful: “Harry Potter, sir” or “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” I might even get a calculated answer: “Oliver Twist. I do love Dickens, sir, such memorable characters.”
In Nursery, we enjoyed our last story this week: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children acted out scenes on the playground bridge. They used critical thinking skills when building their bridges. They also became detectives, as they had to try and work out who had broken the classroom bridge. After immersing ourselves in popular traditional tales this half term, we ended our topic with a dress-up day. From the Captain Hook to Cinderella, you name it, we had all the characters at school and they certainly did have a good time together!
This week, the newsletter really does give me the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our pupils over the past week. As ever, all pupils have been engaged in a diverse range of activities and events. In Year 3, this included a visit from Mr Armstrong. He came to talk to the children and teachers about World War 2. All those present raved about his enthusiastic and informative presentation and the children were able to look at artefacts that he had inherited from his ancestors. The children then prepared a 1940s rock bun recipe, enabling them to enjoy the tastes and simple ingredients of that period. To wrap up their week, Year 3 visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford
This week we have been looking at how to plan a story. We have looked at how to begin a story; the build-up; the dilemma; how to resolve that dilemma and finally how to end it. In maths we have been looking at weight. Over the course of the week, the children have been practising how to use scales by weighing different objects around the classroom to see which is heavier and which is lighter. At the beginning of the week each class had the opportunity to make their own mini beast hotel with Mr Lawson.
On Wednesday morning, the children in Middle and Senior School enjoyed an assembly about disability. This was led by Elizabeth Mills, one of our School governors. Ms Mills is passionate about developing people’s understanding of the need to look after the vulnerable and disabled in our communities. Her assembly helped the children understand and respect the fact that people need comfort and company. Last Christmas, some OAPs visited St Aubyn’s to enjoy a Christmas lunch which had been specially prepared for them. Using a series of photos, Ms Mills introduced us to these individuals and explained how difficult it is for some of them to accomplish everyday tasks like buying bread and milk. The Year 7 and 8 pupils then had the opportunity to take part in a disability awareness workshop. This was a valuable session and it is always pleasing to see our children embrace sensitive but important issues in our society.
It’s been a week of exploration in the nursery. The children were interested to learn about different types of vegetables and looked closely at their similarities and differences. After reading ’The Enormous Turnip’ some children helped to create props and enjoyed acting out the different parts. We also created our own garden centre!