Budding Gardeners

Thank you to the incredible support of our PTA, and in particular, Karen Terzer, as we are making huge strides forward to improving our grounds and getting our children gardening and growing their own veg! Thanks to Karen’s inrpiration and drive we have transformed our once bare field into a a series of growing beds, garden storage and great spaces for exploring and enjoying the outdoors.

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Flower Show

This week, Year 3/4 have been on an exciting trip to Winchester Cathedral as an introduction to their new history topic on Anglo-Saxon Britain. Elsewhere in school, Year 5/6 have been designing their own mechanical toy using a CAM mechanism, Year 1/2 have been zooming in on flowers to create artwork in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe and Year R have drawn and labelled their own story maps.

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Giants are coming!

This term we have made some changes to how we plan and teach our foundation subjects. Through these changes we are hoping to better develop our children’s subject specific knowledge and, for example, their understanding of what it means to be an historian, artist or designer. You will be able to see examples of this in our blog this week: Year 3/4 have been learning about joining in their design technology lessons; and, Year 5/6 have been learning about ocean currents in their geography lessons. We believe this approach will promote many of our subjects, increase engagement and, maybe, even unlock hidden talents!

You can also read about how much our Year 1/2 children have grown and Year R’s attempt to grow a beanstalk – just like Jack from the famous traditional tale. I hope that we don’t have any giants come to visit us!

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World Book Day

The highlight of our first week back after half term has to be our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday. On the day, Year 1/2 enjoyed a book bonanza quiz and found out how to make a book fortune teller. Also during the week, Year R have been out and about looking for signs of Spring, Year 3/4 have created pieces of Ugandan Art and Year 5/6 have been exploring the idea of ‘What would Jesus do?’.

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An expedition to the South Pole

Our Year 1/2 children have been on an expedition to the South and whilst they were there they learned all about a famous Royal Navy Officer called Captain Robert Falcon Scott! Y3/4 have taken a step further to a galaxy far, far away, Year 5/6 have been building shelters and Year R have been celebrating the Lunar New Year and reading one of my favourite stories ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’.

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Salt, Sea Dogs and Green Fingers

This week in our blog read about how our school grounds are being turned into a gardening, growing and nature haven for our children to explore and learn in. With help from staff, parent volunteers, Nursling Men’s Shed, S. Wood Timber Merchants and many other local residents we are building something that children for many years to come will get to enjoy. Also read about Year 5/6’s salty experiments, Year 3/4’s first look at Vikings, Year 1/2’s trip to Lordshill’s library and Year R’s sea dog ship-building fun!

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Separating in Science

Year 5/6 have been very busy… learning more about biomes in geography, separating in science, dancing with Miss Batchelor – and taking tests! Their minds and bodies will definitely need a rest after all of that! Around the school, Year 1/2 have produced fantastic front covers and whizzy writing for their brilliant stories, Year 3/4 have been learning all about magnets and Year R have been digging for pirate treasure!

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