Meg here, woof. Today we did a lot of work on trust. I had to lie down as the children carefully step over me. I had trust that they wouldn't step on me and they had to trust that I wouldn't jump up. We had lots of fun playing head, shoulders, knees and toes stay. The children looked so silly, it was really fun. We did lots of sit downs and stays and finished with a fun game of nose touch. I can't wait till I'm back in. Woof, woof.
The Owls and Hedgehogs were very excited this morning to discover that our dinosaur egg has hatched! We had to help the dinosaur out of the egg as he is very little and very shy. We discovered that he was a Stegosaurus and thought of different names we could call him. We had a class vote and decided to call him Bob. During discovery choices the children wrote speech bubbles explaining what had happened, built dinosaur houses labelled Bobs house and created playdoh versions of Bob. We have decided that we are going to have to take good care of Bob until his mummy returns to collect him.
This week some of the Owls and Hedgehogs visited the local sheltered housing complex Pritchard Court to meet some of the residents. We stayed for about an hour and the children chatted about themselves, read stories with the residents and completed jigsaw puzzles. The children and residents all had a lovely time making friends with each other. We will be visiting every Thursday afternoon to build relationships and friendships between the children and residents. We are very excited to go back next week.
This week Mrs Gardner and Mr Shipton ran two phonic information meetings for Year 1 families. They talked about how we teach phonics in school and the process we use to help to your children progress. Mrs Gardner also talked through the process we will have to follow when the children take their phonic check at the end of Year 1. The families in Year 1 have all been given copies of red words and the sounds the children will need to learn for the phonic check. Thank you to all the families that attended and gave us feedback. If you would like anymore information then please come and speak to any of the Year 1 team who will be happy to help you.
This week, year one were lucky enough to go and visit the Milton Keynes museum in Wolverton, to look at old means of transport. We saw lots of different vehicles like a fire engine, horse and cart, an old bus and best of all a steam train. We also got to see what an old Victorian school looked like. Ours is must nicer and they didn't have any chrome books!
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Today The Debating Club met today for the first time and had some fantastic discussions regarding fast food in schools. The children all had the opportunity to use their confident voices to present their arguments for and against a hypothetical McDonalds being opened outside school. Some of the children came up with some fantastic arguments against for example, the traffic and healthy eating issues. Others stated it would be great to open one because it would create jobs for local people and investment in the area! The children can't wait until next week when we will be debating more key issues!
Year 6 had a great time in maths investigating the properties of different 2d shapes using a geoboard. They revised key concepts including perpendicular and horizontal whilst also investigating different types of triangles. Using rubber bands, the children were tasked with investigating different questions. Mr Rowlands had a great time bouncing ideas with the class - some managed to use their Vulcan eyes to spot some truly unique shapes .
Year 5 stepped back in time last week and spent a day as a Victorian child at Holdenby House. Dressed fit for the occasion, they got to grips with some of the sorts of jobs children back then would have been expected to do. They learnt about the history of Holdenby House and its place in history and ended the entertaining her ladyship (which turned out to be Helen in disguise). Overall, the children learnt a lot about how difficult it was being a child in Victorian times and had a good time being in role for Mrs Bumbridge, Mr Rett and Mrs Crumpet.