The children have been writing letters home. On Tuesday we went off to the postbox in Blacklands Road to post the letters. It was a good opportunity to explore our local area.
What a busy week the children in Reception have had as they returned to school for the Summer term. We have had lovely warm days and windy wet days. The children learned about St George and made flags. They are also very much enjoying our transport topic. This week we were reading stories about trains. They had a lot of fun building their own trains and some buses too. Next week we will be reading stories about buses and learning about the different types of vehicle that use our roads. We will also be talking about our local environment and what we see on the way to school. The children talked about the beautiful pink trees that are around us at the moment and they painted pictures. They also planted potatoes and beans in the garden and will do some more planting next week.
Happy Easter everyone!
After lunch we headed for the aquarium. It was beautiful. The children were again quite taken with the beauty and the colour they saw around them. It was wonderful to see the different types of fish in their natural habitats. We just had time to see the animals that reside in Horniman Gardens and had a quick play on the musical instruments before heading back to school. Thank you to the many parents who came along to support our visit.
The children have been practising their drumming skills and made two wonderful Dragon heads for a traditional Dragon Dance through the school. It was definitely difficult not to notice them! What a welcome they received when they visited Nursery and the KS1 and KS2 classrooms. Happy New Year everyone! – or as they say in China – Gung Hay Fat Choy.
The children in Reception were very excited to have Bishop Pat visit our classroom. Bishop Pat was thrilled to see that the children had made special hats (mitres) for the occasion (which they wore all day, and then wore home). It was also very nice to see Fr Sam. The children were delighted with the visit and made our special guests feel very welcome.
After the show, the children were also treated to a workshop where they used their bodies and faces to perform some of their favourite fairytale characters. The parents also joined in. What a great time we had.
The children very much enjoyed the story of Rama and Sita and have all made clay diva lamps to help guide Rama and Sita back on their journey. The children painted Rangoli patterns, traditionally a symbol of welcome. They also made sweets, traditionally given to children during Diwali celebrations. Making the sweets was hard work as the mixture was especially sticky. The sweets were delicious. The children have been dancing to Indian music and Tamil music throughout the week and finished the week with a circle time, where they quietly reflected on the week’s activities. They also found out what it was like to meditate in the traditional style. Happy Diwali. Namaste!