It has been all stations go in the Pre-Prep this week. Our Reception cohort have enjoyed a busy first week back with curriculum highlights including swimming, music, Forest School and games, on top of phonics, reading and maths.
Pupils have been delighted to make full use of our new role-play area, built in the Reception classroom by the very talented Stefan from the maintenance team. The children have loved setting it up as their ’emergency hub’, which includes a hospital, a police station and a fire station! The role-play area is linked to their new topic, ‘People Who Help Us’. This term our lively 4 and 5 year olds will be learning about all the different jobs people do which help us. The topic kicked off with a lesson thinking about people who help us at school, before they visited Sara, Matron and Jane in the school kitchens (who even baked us a cookie to take home!) But despite the cookies in the kitchen, a highlight for many was a visit to Mr Chapman, who told them all about what being a Headteacher involves. They also had a good look round his office! The children asked excellent questions and were keen to learn about some of the different roles which make the school run so smoothly.
Year 1 have been equally excited about starting their new topic, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. During the course of the week they have learned about nouns, and were animated when creating their own lists of items which they would take in their backpacks when off on a jungle adventure. The pupils worked extremely hard creating their own rhyming poems inspired by the story Rumble in the Jungle. As part of their topic work the children have identified Australia and the UK on a world map. They were surprised to learn that Australia’s seasons are opposite to our own. The children loved reading the story of ‘Conker the Chameleon‘ by Hannah Peckham, which inspired them to create their own colourful chameleons in art. Well done, Year 1!
There was much excitement in Year 2 on Thursday when we had a mobile planetarium arrived in Pre Prep Hall. As part of last term’s space topic, the children absolutely loved the experience and were full of enthusiasm as they crawled through the dark tunnel to enter the dome. They learnt about the sun, stars and moon, and the children were fascinated to learn how the ancient Greeks made stories up related to the constellations and joined the stars to form different pictures in the sky. It was a super learning experience; a great time was had by all.
Wow, what a week! We look forward to Monday when it will be all stations go once more!