The Reception children have been busy preparing for their swimming gala, where the children will be swimming for their houses.
We have been talking about the children’s house colour and name. The children enjoyed repeating the names of the Girls’ School houses: Perigo, Kitchener, Lester and Neild and learning that all of the names originated from past head teachers. We also talked about the Boys’ School houses: Howlett, Kay, Derby and Hulme. Only Howlett is named after a head teacher; Kay was a ‘re-founder’, Derby is named after the Earl of Derby, and Hulme, like Derby, was named after a benefactor. Reception were excited to relate the house system to the houses in JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ stories. Thankfully our daily dramas are slightly more mortal and mainstream.
Year 1 were transported back to Victorian Times as part of their Cornerstones topic ‘Memory Box’.
On Friday we travelled to the Portland Basin Museum. The children immersed themselves in the day, becoming Victorian workers and school children. They learnt about the jobs done within the house and also down the coal mines. I think the children have decided they didn’t fancy those jobs! Ask your child what the ‘Bucket Boy’ did!
There was silence in the classroom as they became Victorian school children. Hands were checked for dirt and the children bowed and curtsied to their ‘teacher’. They learnt about the rules and structure of the school day. The Year One team would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the children for their impeccable behaviour. They were an absolute credit to themselves, you and the school. A joy to take out!
Year 2 have been learning all about habitats as part of their Science topic.
They have really impressed us with their knowledge of various minibeasts and were already aware of some of the specific habitats they can be found in. They have been set the challenge of planning and creating a microhabitat with the right conditions to attract specific living things. In order to make sure they provided the right habitats for the right animals, the children were asked to locate some habitats on the school grounds. In teams, they used their knowledge to pinpoint where they might find some animals hiding, and were pleased to discover some ladybirds, spiders, bees, wasps, worms and birds. All the children were willing to get their hands dirty in the name of Science and we are really looking forward to seeing the final designs the children will create!