Friday, 12 May 2017

Week Ending 12th May 2017

SATs week is over for another year!

Our Year Six children have been wonderful this week, taking everything in their stride, remaining calm, cheerful and positive before, during and after their KS2 assessments.  We have been very pleased with their behaviour and attitude.  The same goes for the Year Two children, who have been sitting their KS1 SATs - they have worked really hard and made us proud!

Now it's time for both year groups to celebrate, have some fun, and enjoy the rest of the summer term!

Children throughout the rest of the school have been very considerate, keeping quiet when they need to, adapting to the necessary changes to the school timetable without any fuss, and producing lots of interesting work in the classroom.

Otters Class continued their studies on different animal types.  This week, they looked at fish... very closely!  They had fish from the fishmonger's to study, and were given the task of drawing them and labelling all the different parts.  It's surprising that we didn't have every cat from the neighbourhood in to find out what was going on!

Badgers Class have been introduced to Shakespeare this week, and have enjoyed reading Macbeth.  They were asked to retell the story in rap form, which was a task that they were really enthusiastic about, and which produced some fantastic results!  The raps were performed in assembly on Friday for the other children to enjoy - we hope you enjoy this one too!

by Keir and Heidi

Hamsters Class meanwhile, have based their work this week around the much loved stories, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," and "The Tiny Seed," by Eric Carle.  On Tuesday, the oldest pre-school children went on a trip in the minibus, to Eaton Bray Nurseries, in The Rye, Eaton Bray.  The nursery grows all its own plants from seed, and nursery staff showed the children the different stages of planting.  We are grateful to them for welcoming our children and giving their time to allow us to visit.

The children were all given a tomato plant to take home and grow.  Back at school, the children planted sunflowers and peas in the growing area on their playing field, and played in their home corner "Garden Centre".

Our Creative Curriculum topic for this term is "Art Attack" and as part of this, next week we will be visited by a professional potter.  She will be working with the children in Main School throughout the week, and they will all have the opportunity to create a clay sculpture.  If parents choose to purchase their child's work, it will be glazed and fired in the potter's kiln, and can be taken home as a keepsake.

The potter came in for a preliminary visit on Monday after school, and ran a taster session workshop with school staff.  Everyone who attended made a sculpture based on a hobby they had enjoyed as a child - it was very interesting to learn how different members of staff spent their childhood!  Here are some of the staff masterpieces - we can't wait to see what the children will produce!