Friday, 1 May 2015

Week Ending 1st May 2015

Now it's the month of May, and the end of another busy week of School life!

Signs of new life are all around, with many trees in bud and flower.  The allotments have been planted up with a variety of fruit and vegetables, which the EBA Enterprise team will be selling as part of their "sowing and growing" project, and Otters Class have been planting potatoes to find out more about how things grow.

We have all been enjoying lots of outdoor work this week.  Hedgehogs Class went on a nature walk, through Forest School, stopping off in our "Outside Classroom" where the willow is now beginning to bloom, and then out of the School grounds and along the lanes and footpaths around the village.  They saw a variety of spring flowers, wildlife and farm animals.


Rabbits Class went a little further afield, and spent an afternoon in Ashridge Forest, where they put to use some of the outdoor skills they have learnt in Forest School this term, to create structures and sculptures from the natural resources around them.  They played games, enjoyed a drink and a biscuit picnic style, and were lucky enough the spot a wild deer enjoying the Spring sunshine!

On Wednesday the whole of Key Stage Two went on a very interesting trip to the Hindu Temple in Luton, as part of their work for the RE Curriculum.  They were able to observe a service, with lots of bell ringing and singing in Hindi, and afterwards had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.  They enjoyed looking at the beautiful deities which had come all the way from India.

There was excitement for our older children this week, as a parcel arrived from their penfriends in Lesotho.  This was full of letters from the children, and a DVD with a video of the children in their school.  Accompanying the letters was some interesting information about how the children in Lesotho learn in English from their very first day at school, rather than in their own language which is Sesotho.  They are delighted to have the opportunity to practice their English by writing to Eaton Bray children, and we are very impressed by how well they write in a language that is not their own.

Our children are full of ideas about how we can build on this relationship, and strengthen the links between our school and theirs.  It really is a lovely project that fills the children with enthusiasm.