The Watercress Pioneer

Year 5 were lucky enough to have a visit from an artist, Emily Compton, who shared her story of The Watercress Pioneer. This was a man, William Bradbury, who came from Maple Cross and was the first person to grow and sell watercress, which was transported to London on The Watercress Express! Year 5 used local, natural resources as the characters in their stories, who became pioneers to solve problems we experience in our community. The stories are only in the early stages but the creative thinking that took place was incredible!

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The Tempest

Wow! What an incredible performance Year 5 produced of The Tempest! Each member of the cast worked so hard to learn their lines, develop their character and improve their voice. I was blown away with how confidently they performed. The class worked beautifully together supporting each other to develop a brilliant overall performance. Well done Year 5.

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Campfire in EYFS

The children in Nursery and Reception had a campfire today.  Firstly we needed to find a safe area clear of leaves to place our fire. We collected sticks for kindling and then safely lit the fire making sure we didn’t stand too close.  Once the fire was burning well, we toasted crumpets on it. The  children told us that we shouldn’t get too close or we might get burnt and of course, at the end we poured cold water onto it so it didn’t continue to burn.

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States of matter – Year 4

This afternoon, year 4 were introduced to their new science topic – states of matter. They started to organise items into three groups – solids, liquid and gases. We then looked at how the particles in these are different. To demonstrate this, year 4 went outside and took on the role of the particles within a solid, liquid and gas. They had to ensure they were showing the right characteristics of each state by ensuring they had the right space, energy and amount of contact with other particles. What state of matter do you think they are showing in the pictures?

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Christmas has come early…

Thank you so much to everyone who came and joined in with our Christmas card making day. It was so lovely to see so many adults come to make cards with the children. The cards look fantastic and we can’t wait to see what they look like when they are professionally printed. The Year 6 children did a brilliant job preparing all the resources and the PTA were fantastic at keeping the day running (and the room clean!)

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Salt dough modelling in Nursery

In nursery this morning, inspired by our recent exploration of pumpkins, we made pumpkin models using salt dough. We remembered that pumpkins can be green or orange and different sizes and noted that the one we had in class had ridges in it.  We rolled the salt dough into a ball and then added the ridges with play dough tools.  We finished it by adding a green stalk on the top.

 

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Snails!

There has been great excitement in Reception this week as the African Land Snails have arrived! We were expecting 2 snails but were very fortunate to receive 3. They have been named as Slimy, Spike and Speedy. We have learnt how to spell ‘snail’ just look at our writing. The children have remembered to wash their hands both before and after handling the snails and have been very gentle whilst they have held them.  This afternoon they decided to have a snail race with them but the snails were not that good at staying in their lanes.  The race was abandoned after 22 minutes when the snails left the course.   We will keep you updated on the snail developments.

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Mabel’s training

This week, Mabel has been at DHK (Dogs Helping Kids) HQ in Devon for a full day of training. This is in addition to puppy classes and 1:1 sessions she has been attending on the weekends. All her training is preparing her for her first full assessment at one years old, where she and Mrs Trickett, will need to complete their entry exams so she can work with the pupils and across school.

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