With only one week left, we look forward to wrapping up the term and preparing for the excitement that summer always brings.
This past week, many of the children got to grips with the art of riding a bike. The Bikeability team patiently instructed the children on the skills needed for safe cycling. Some children progressed to a level that enabled them to take to our roads. This is no mean feat when you take into account the high volume of traffic on the roads in our area. They were taught how to deal with this safely, with consideration for other road users.
It’s an Emergency!
It is evident that the children in Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed learning about people who help us this half term. We finished off our topic by looking at different types of emergencies and what to do in the event of one. The children enjoyed acting out different scenarios. They used their handmade mobile phones to dial ‘999’ and explain what the emergency was. We also established the importance of telling an adult about the emergency as it is best for them to ring.
On Tuesday, the children and teachers enjoyed a day filled with all things “science”. With the help of mentos sweets, coca-cola was propelled into the air. Pupils were equally fascinated by the texture of the play dough they had made, as well as by the smells and colours they were able to infuse in their product. Using everyday chemicals to cause a volcanic explosion is always a popular experiment for those children seeing it happen for the first time. In the lab, Miss Gamble, Head of Science, demonstrated how using different chemicals can change the colour of the Bunsen burner’s flame. A visiting scientist entertained pupils and teachers alike with scientific magic that amazed all of those present.
This week in Reception, we have continued with the story of our little yellow friend Beegu and delved into the story by making her a spaceship. We got into her mind and imagined what she might write in a postcard home to her mum and dad about planet Earth. We took a closer look at 3D shapes and really got to grips with the mathematical language involved with these solid shapes. Hopefully, everyone should be able to point out a face, edge and vertex/vertices on a 3D shape now. We absolutely loved Science Day and enjoyed experimenting with lots of different scientific phenomena. There were a lot of new things we learnt during this day and we really discovered our passion for science.
This week, I would like to bring to your attention a digital application that I am sure most of you, especially parents in the Seniors, might already know about. The App is called musical.ly.
Gone are the days of singing into a hairbrush in front of the mirror. These days you can become an internet pop star in seconds…but if you are not careful, you may also become a target! Musical.ly is a free music, video and social app for ages 12+, that can be downloaded for IOS and Android devices. It allows users (also called “‘musers’”) to create fun music videos (called “musicals”) within minutes, share them online with friends and other musical.ly subscribers. ‘Musers’ can give and get feedback, comments and likes on their performance.
Don’t worry, Bob the Builder can fix it!
The children in Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed learning about builders and what they do. We began this topic by looking at photos of how our new nursery was built, including the machinery and materials used. Without a shadow of doubt, the highlight of the week was when the children had their turn to be grown-up carpenters and used our new woodwork benches to build a wooden model.