As you are aware we now have our own mini allotment in school, over the lockdown period it was planted with a variety of salad crops. Well over the summer they grew – so too did the weeds and nettles! It has been lovely to watch groups of children in the Class 2 & 3 bubble working collaboratively in teams to weed, harvest and clear the beds ready for new crops, in their play and lunch time. They have decided which crops to keep – a big patch of beetroot – and which to clear. Growing up through the weeds was a beautiful large sunflower full of flowers sprouting at different levels. Of course the children chose this should stay and used canes to help it stay upright once the surrounding weeds were cleared. Well, Class 1 were captivated by the bright sunflowers, which initiated a child-led learning focus for the week. The children studied and painted pictures of the sunflowers in art linking to Van Gough’s famous painting; explored spirals looking at a large seed head; used the sunflower to make comparison in length and developed their fine motor skills by using tweezers to remove the sunflower seeds from the seed head.
You may have seen little apples on the playground and school driveway this week. Class one have enjoyed harvesting the apples from the Nursery playground at Forest School. They have used the apples to create different shapes, created apple stampers, peeled and chopped the apples and made a delicious apple crumble.
Class 3 have continued studying their Visual Literacy topic the Secret of Moonacre and the text The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. We were very impressed by the acting talent in Class 3 when the children recreated scenes from the text and film in their own dramas on the playground this week. Later in the week the children the used their creative writing and direct speech skills to write their scenes. Continuing to focus on the Anglo-Saxons Class 3 have been studying artefacts, especially Anglo-Saxon jewellery.
Class 2 have been continuing their English topic studying the poem The Sound Collector by Roger Mcgough. They have been working collaboratively to create and perform their own versions of the sound collector.
While digging a trench and fortress on the school field, Luke, a budding archeologic, discovered a penny dating back to 1945. He was very impressed with his find – as was I – and he hoping to see what else he can unearth in the same location. We will keep you informed!
We have had another wonderful week in school, we wish you all a lovely weekend and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday.
A reminder that last week we sent home Parent Surveys and this week the Home-School Agreements and a Parents Evening booking form. If you have not received these letters please make contact with the school office.