Back to School Highlights

I was really glad to see all the children back in class this week. We have taken a fairly gentle start to getting back into routine. Everyone settled down really well and are working and playing enthusiastically. Quite a few children seem to have grown an inch or two over lockdown. 

On Tuesday we started a new project on Robotics, the Primary 7s are working on the First Lego League challenge and have spent a bit of time starting their first tasks and getting their heads round all the boxes and elements of the challenge. The Team will have to use teamwork, innovate and investigate values while building lego, programming robots and solving problems.

Meanwhile the primary sixes are working on programming micro:bit move robots. I was really please by how well they remembered and used their micro:bit skills and worked independently. I am looking forward to seeing them learn more coding and apply that to some maths and problem solving. 

On Wednesday we went for a walk to Dow’s wood. We were looking for signs of spring, there are not too many about yet. Some trees, hawthorn are starting to put out leaves and we found some hazel catkins. It was a beautiful, clear day. After some adventures in the mud the class had a game of hide and seek. Back in school we have been recording our afternoons in individual ways, showing lots of creativity.

There have been plenty of other things going on this week, some good writing, accurate maths and brilliant fielding. I am looking forward to next week. 

Autumn Leaves #ourdoorlearning fun

We are going to try and get outdoors a bit more this month. Today was a beautiful clear day with only a little wind, a good day for some leaf art.

We went out and gathered leaves of different shapes and colours for the play ground. First we created designs and patterns with the leaves, thinking about colour and shape.

After that we cut leaves in half and sketched in the other half, trying to match the veins and shade and blend colours.

The class enjoyed working outdoors and identified some of the reasons:

It felt peaceful, calm and relaxed. We had better concentration. We felt free. We could sit beside different people had more choice and enjoyed working with nature.

We will be adding all of our work to the blog soon to the Art Gallery and add links from here.

Dow’s Wood, the Beginnings of Autumn

Yesterday we went to Dow’s Wood with Mr & Mrs Carter. We found many signs of autumn, seeds, plants and signs of wildlife.

The Children have written a little about their finds, click the thumbnails to read more.

Climbing Capers and Ski Blaze

Davyid and Jack had another amazing day, you can listen to them above. They did Banton proud, joining in and succeeding at all the tasks, making friends and working with others.

Climbing Photos

Ski Blaze

And a Couple of Crash Gifs: