Many staff and children have been very excited this week about a special event that took place after school. Books at Bedtime was held on Wednesday evening and the children got the chance to come back to school dressed in their cosy pyjamas and have hot chocolate and cookies whilst listening to a variety of exciting stories read by different teachers. Some of the favourites from the evening were 'The Sausage Inspector', 'The Gruffalo' and 'Peace at Last'. We even had a special visit from Meg the dog who was also enjoying listening to stories and sneaking crumbs from the cookies that were enjoyed! We are already looking forward to next year's event and can't wait to see the different stories that will be read.
The Owls and Hedgehogs were very excited today as some real life superheros visited us. We were very lucky to have the Newport Pagnell firefighters join us today. They showed us their engine and all the equipment they carry to help people who are in trouble. They let us all sit in the fire engine and some of us - including Mrs Collick - got to try on their helmets! The children asked lots of questions and found out lots interesting facts. We are looking forward to using the information we found out in our learning this week.
I am sure many of you have wondered where I have been this week! So thought I would share my excitement. I was lucky enough to be sent on some training this week.
The first course was looking at possible ideas for our outside area, whilst we are doing our best to raise funds to make our current outside area even better, the course was amazing to look at other outdoor areas and think of possible ideas that may support the children we have in their learning.
On Wednesday I caught a very early train into London and was very excited to attend a course specifically aimed at learning outdoors, why it is done and how to engage all children. There were teachers from all around the country in attendance. So as well as gaining the knowledge of an expert on outside learning. we were also able to discuss what we already do and compare what we find is effective.
Whilst it was an extremely long day packed with knowledge, I of course missed my lovely class. But I came home with a wealth of knowledge that I aim to share with our fantastic team. As well as high fiving myself for not getting lost on the underground!
The children in Forest School have been learning all about birds and how to identify some of the different birds we see in our school grounds. We are lucky to be visited by lots of our feathered friends at GLPS and have been busy creating bird feeders to make sure they are fed throughout the Winter. Children will be taking part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch soon so hopefully all the food we leave out will encourage even more birds into our school grounds.
On Thursday some of the Owls and Hedgehogs visited the residents at Pritchard Court as part of our intergenerational project. This week the residents and children painted pictures together. One man Shaun was very brave and volunteered himself to be painted! The children were very enthusiastic to do this and covered his whole head and neck! Lets hope it washes off! Everybody had a great afternoon and cannot wait to spend time together again next week.
Thank you to all the families that attended the English open morning for the EYFS and Key Stage one children. The families enjoyed a short talk from Mrs Gardner about how the children are taught English at Great Linford Primary School and then they to share learning with their children. The families watched an imitate session from Talk for Writing and then took part in some shared writing with the children. Everybody had a great time and took ideas away on how they can help their children at home. The slides from Mrs Gardner's presentation can be found attached to the year groups pages.
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.