Many parents have been asking why our Forest School programme is playing a more central role in our curriculum. As an independent school preparing children for competitive examinations at 11, what, exactly, is the contribution of Forest School in ensuring success in these crucial assessments?
Lower school really enjoy their ‘Buddy Reading’ sessions. This is a great opportunity for the children of different ages to buddy up together and enjoy listening to and reading stories to one another.
“I love buddy reading time, it’s so nice to be able to read to a younger friend and know that they are enjoying listening to me.” – Sadie
“It is fun to listen to the older children read. I love to follow along and look at the pictures!” – John
Meeting the Chicks!
Class 2 had a lovely time meeting the chicks! They knew that they had to be very gentle when handling them and quiet so that they did not scare them.
“I was scared to start with but then I used my courage and stroked a chick on the head. It was super soft!” – Sara
“I won the competition to name the first chick. She is called Herald and she is so cute and fluffy.” – Beatrice
Lower school have been having lots of fun at Forest School. They particularly enjoyed toasting marshmallows on an open fire. They learnt all about the fire safety rules and then got to enjoy their yummy, toasted marshmallows!
Class 2 have enjoyed a wonderful day trip to London Zoo to support their English topic this half term, which focuses on the book ‘Zoo’ by Anthony Browne. They saw many different animals and were able to identify which animal group they belong to, from their prior learning at school. A lovely day was had by all!
“My favourite animal to see was the scorpion!” – Kamil
“I loved looking at all of the different kinds of mammals!” - Evie
The Terrible Tudors!
Our enquiry continues… at the start of our exploration of the Tudor period we wondered what the living conditions were like. After a copious amount of research, we discovered it was not as safe or as hygienic as our comfy homes today. Class 4 had constructed these very realistic 3D models of late Tudor homes. We’ll have the opportunity to present our findings next week…
Great effort, Class 4! You have excelled yourselves.
Through our topic on environmental sustainability, Class 3 & 4 have continued to learn about the pros and cons of plastic usage. We discussed the 3 R's and the importance of recycling, with the children sorting items into what can and cannot be recycled as well as discussing what can be reduced or reused.
The Plastic Debate
Class 4 had been investigating how plastic pollution is affecting our marine life. It is a hard-hitting project that looks at the destruction plastics have already caused in our oceans. We concluded that there are many advantages and disadvantages to the global use of plastic, although, evidence suggests that we should take action to stop the production of single use plastics.
Every group worked incredibly hard to get their message across. Perhaps they’ll be able to convince you to reduce, reuse and then recycle. Fabulous work, Class 4! You should all be very proud of your presentations.
Vegetable Growing Competition
Over the Easter Holidays, children were set the challenge of growing vegetables at home, even though the weather has been slightly on the cold side recently some wonderful gardening has taken place with the entire school taking part. Entries for the vegetable growing competition were then all sent in to be judged and winners for each category to be announced for the best vegetable specimen and the most unique vegetable grown. Here are some of the fantastic vegetable entries sent in...