Beach School

Last week we had a fabulous time at Beach School. The children were amazed at the power and the colours of the sea and the waves. We found lots of ‘treasures’ from the high tide and excitedly identified various shells, plants and other things that had been washed up on the beach. Then, we spent some time collecting stones and balancing them to see which pair could build the highest tower. Before we returned to school, the children threw stones at their towers to knock them down again! Thanks, Key Stage One for another interesting and enjoyable afternoon out.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

All the children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One celebrated Chinese New Year last week. Our celebrations culminated with a celebratory assembly on Monday this week, where the children showed examples of their work, shared facts about the festival and sang and played Chinese music. I was particularly impressed with the Key Stage One children in our assembly as they sang and played the accompaniment to our dragon song on hand bells, ocarinas and symbols. It was the Year one’s first performance on their ocarinas, as they only started to learn to play this term!

We had such great fun that the children asked if we could visit the nursery again to share our music with them. The nursery loved our song and watched with wide eyes as the 5-7 year olds showed the little ones their instruments and let them have a go. The 3-4 year olds were delighted to see their friends again and were beautifully behaved. The second time through, they joined in with the actions of our song.

Sharing Dragon Stories with the Younger Children

This term, Year 2 have been writing dragon stories for the reception and nursery children. This week, the children finished their wonderful creations and we visited the reception class yesterday and the nursery today so the children could share the fabulous books they had made. The Year 2 children told me they were a bit nervous at first: they were anxious that the little ones might find their stories too scary! The reception and nursery children loved to buddy up with the Year 2 children and were very excited and complementary about the books the children had made. All the children were incredibly well behaved and the little ones sat and listened beautifully! Well done Year 2- I’m very impressed with your work.