Ooh arrr me hearties – Nursery pirates sail the high seas!

Today Nursery had a wonderful morning learning to sail. We left school, travelled by public transport and walked through the Aqaudrome. We spotted berries growing and listened to the crickets and grass hoppers in the long, dry grass.

The children were fantastic and it was repeatedly commented on how polite, well mannered and focused they were. Nursery embraced new challenges and obstacles with a “YES we can” attitude. It is great to see them putting all we have learnt to use.

To quote Oli, “This is the best day of my whole life!”

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Nurseries favourite stories

This morning Nursery selected some of their favourite stories we have read over the year. These books are from our core book box and the children hear them read again and again and again. When we read them as a whole class the children join in, adding expression and rhythm.

Today the children selected a favourite and read it to a friend or themselves. It was wonderful to hear them become such fantastic story tellers.

 

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Nothing could dampen our spirit!

Year 1 had a fantastic time on their trip to the Ruislip Lido. We wanted to explore the weather and we certainly got to…Bright sunshine, grey skies and then strong down pours of heavy rain. However, nothing could dampen our spirits! We enjoyed exploring summer activities in the differing weather conditions instead: riding the steam train, playing on the beach, having a picnic and even enjoying the treat of an ice cream. A beautiful day in the beautiful British weather!

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Early Years Quality Standard – GOLD

Today some of our Early Years team traveled to Stevenage to collect our Gold award for the EYQS. This was part of the journey and not the end! It has been two years of hard dedication by the whole team to transform the EYFS into a learning centered environment.

Our consultant described the project as follows . . . . .

A very cohesive and reflective team who work tirelessly to improve the learning opportunities for their children. Over the last two years, they have developed and transformed the EYFS into an inviting and accessible environment that reflects the individual needs and learning of each unique child. Their ‘gold’ project enabled children in the nursery and reception classes to improve the achievement and outcomes for their children. The EY Leader is inspirational in driving forward the Early Years practice and enables all practitioners to be part of a cohesive and dedicated team. Well done to all the team!

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Learning Festival

Tonight we all shared our learning projects with the FGB. This was an opportunity to articulate the wonderful leaderships projects that are led by everyone in school.

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There was a real buzz around school as posters, booklets, photographs and displays were shared. It was great to see true leadership so visible. The Governors commented on the quality of the projects including visible impact upon learners (adults and children) and the wide variety of approaches to develop pupils independence.

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Y5 ‘Pond Project’ – Outstanding tasks

We are nearing the end of our project now, but there is still lots to do. We will talk through the remaining tasks (below), then it will be up to you to decide what order you want/need to complete them in.

  1. Make sure your Thank you/invitation letters from last week  have your name and a date in the header. When this is done, spend some time editing and checking against your targets, then print out (to the PPA printer).
  2. Update your income/outgoings spreadsheet using information on the working wall.
  3. We need to ensure that we think carefully about where to position our plants. Use this website to find out key information such as whether a plant that we have is an ‘annual, perrenial or evergreen’ plant (what does that mean?); how much sun/shade it needs; how tall it grows and how much it spreads. Present this information how you wish, but ensure it is clear.
  4. Update your journal with todays learning – perhaps you could include a pencil drawing of one of the plants?
  5. Research water features uing this website or this one. How will you know what budget you have available?
  6. Create a planting plan. How will you know where to position the plants?

There will also be some work/learning to do in the garden – crews will be rotated throughout the morning.

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