Friday, 3 November 2017

Week Ending 3rd November 2017

It may be November now, but happily, the weather is still warm and dry enough for the children to enjoy playtimes on the field.

Seasonal customs and traditions seems to have been one of the themes for this week, with different classes exploring some of the celebrations that mark this time of year. 

Hedgehogs have been finding out about Divali, the Hindu festival of light.  They have made clay diyas, created their own version of Rangoli patterns in chalk and made a lovely Divali card for Mrs Slatter.  They also had a wonderful time hollowing out pumpkins, in celebration of Hallowe'en!

Badgers Class have been thinking about  Bonfire Night, and have written exciting firework poems.  They have also explored the genre of persuasive writing, by creating their own Bonfire Night safety posters - we do hope that everyone abides by the Firework Code, and stays safe while having firework fun this weekend.  

Meanwhile, Hamsters children have looked at another aspect of this traditional British celebration, turning their scarecrow into a very cheerful Guy Fawkes!

We have had the Bikeability team in this week once again, teaching cycling skills and road safety to children in Foxes Class.  The first sessions took place on the playground, then once the children were confident on their bikes, they were taken out for a cycle ride around Eaton Bray. 

The children all thoroughly enjoyed the week and we hope are now keen to use their new found cycling skills safely in the future.

Otters Class have been making telescopes as part of their work on Christopher Columbus.  They tested out their models in the classroom, pretending they were Christopher Columbus looking for land.

In Science, they have been learning about the human body.  They drew around one another and labelled the different body parts on their drawings, and also measured one another's feet!

Deer Class had fun in their Computing lessons this week.  They learnt about QR (Quick Response) codes, and found out how to scan these with an iPad to find information.  They were set a series of tasks that required them to decode QR codes in order to learn what they needed to do - a very modern and technological version of the old-fashioned treasure hunt!

We have a new piece of collaborative art in the hall.  It is based on the work of 20th century abstract artist Piet Modrian, and, when finished, will represent the world map.  This week, the children have been completing their own coloured sections using a variety of media, and researching some information about the area of the world that their segment represent. 

We look forward to seeing the completed piece of work soon!

It's that time of year again, that we begin thinking of Christmas, and looking forward to all the exciting things we have planned.  The first of these, is the Christmas Fair, which takes place on the evening of Friday 1st December. 

The HSA volunteers and school staff are already very busy with arrangements to make this a fun evening for all, so don't forget to put the date in your diary, and please come along to support us!