A is for Alive!

During the summer term we embark on a project all about living things. Topics are chosen by staff in order to encompass seasonal fascinations, pre-requisite knowledge needed in later years and cultural capital opportunities.

At forest school this week we observed how the frogspawn we had found had changed and grown into tadpoles. We described the way they looked and how they moved and used an information book to develop our knowledge about the lifecycle of a frog. Some children subitised that there were four tadpoles. “I can see two and two and that makes four!”

We also found newts and were able to compare them to frogs.

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak!

We have had an Eid celebration in our classroom. We really enjoyed hearing from our children of Muslim families. We have had Eid biscuits brought in and we enjoyed some sweet treats and discussed the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Reception/Year 1 classes enjoyed a Eid forest school experience where we discussed the importance of the moon and stars in Islam.

 

PE News

Hi all,
It is so important for our children to be physically active in school but also when they are at home too.
We are increasing our PE sessions so that children for Year 1 to Year 6 get two hours a week and reviewing lunchtimes to provide lots of physical activities.
Read our PE News to know why it is so important….

PE News

Happy holidays…

Mrs T

Home Farm Attingham Visit

Today the nursery children visited a farm in Shrewsbury to deepen their knowledge of farm animals in a meaningful, real-life context. This knowledge is crucial to support their later learning in science.

The children have been exploring farm animals and their features in a range of ways including books, rhymes poems and games.

Today the children noticed the hair and snouts on the pigs, as well as the udders on the cows. They were able to feed lambs and kids using bottles of milk. This is the beginning of understanding which animals are mammals and how they can be identified. Seeing young animals also support their understanding of the season of spring and the lifecycles of animals.

The children had to use our school values of respect and bravery in order to care for and feed the animals.

It was a truly wonderful, memorable day.

 

Lego Robotics Workshop

Our Year 5 children and a selection of children from across Year 3 and 4 had the opportunity to take part in a Lego Robotics workshop today in school to enrich our Computing offer. The children had to create a ‘Monkey Drummer’ from Lego pieces and then code it to drum! They explored engineering concepts such as cams and were shown how it links to real-life engineering jobs! The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Thank you to Nick from JuniorSTEM (Home | JuniorSTEM | Lego Robotics Workshops KS1 KS2) for running the sessions in school today.

British Science Week in Nursery

In the Early Years we pride ourselves on developing curious thinkers who notice features of the world around them. This week we have celebrated British Science week and invited our parents in to join in with our learning about the season of spring.

Curriculum topics are chosen by staff based on children’s interests, cultural capital and the knowledge we believe is fundamental to later learning. Children are taught pre-requisite knowledge for the key threads in the National Curriculum of Animals including Humans, Plants, Materials and Seasons.

We provide active, memorable learning experiences and children have ample opportunities to be immersed in the natural world. Through weekly forest school sessions and daily outdoor learning children are given holistic opportunities to develop their scientific enquiry skills including observation, prediction and generating questions. Check out the children looking at slugs and daffodils, hunting for signs of spring and planting beans.

Books are a high priority in our setting and both non-fiction and fiction texts are selected and shared with children regularly to develop their knowledge of key themes.  This week we used books about frogs to understand more about the frogspawn that we found in the pond. Nursery rhymes, songs and poems are taught and learnt which develop children’s scientific conceptual knowledge and vocabulary. This week we have been learning a poem called Popcorn and the children chanted it and noticed how the heat of the fire changed the hard kernels into soft, puffy pieces!

Some of these photographs will be added to our class timeline to support children to reflect and recall their learning and remember it as time passes.