We have come to the end of another successful and productive term. There is always a heavy concentration on the 11+ and 13+ entrance exams. This does take up a lot of time and energy from the pupils, parents and staff alike. It is a relief for everyone when it is all over and we can enjoy what the remainder of the school year has to offer.
At the start of this term, we were all very excited at the prospect of the Nursery children and teachers settling into the new purpose-built facility, with its modern state of the art furniture. The children are at home now and I am sure that their portacabin experience is long forgotten, even if it did accommodate them so well for a term.
This week, in Reception, it has been filled with celebrations! It started off with the children sharing their work with their family and friends. In literacy, the children have been learning about the Easter celebration. We read the Easter Story and discussed the events of Jesus’s life from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. In maths, we recapped our learning on addition and subtraction and did further work on sharing. The rest of the week has been filled with lots of Easter activities, including making Easter cards for our loved ones and designing our own Easter eggs for a competition judged by Mrs Butcher! The week ended with a special assembly to celebrate all the children’s achievements so far!
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.