As part of their topic and science work, Mr Pannell came and talked to the children in Hamble and Medway about his job as a tree surgeon. They found out about different types of trees and how to care for them. The children spent time investigating different leaves, bark and fungi! They also learnt how to work out how old a tree is. It was a great way to bring their learning to life! Also, Medway would like to thank Dylan’s grandmother for coming in to talk about floristry and plants. The children loved their Snapdragon flowers and learnt about flower pressing.
On Wednesday 22nd June, the children in Reception, year 1,2 and 3 enjoyed a fabulous day out at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The children enjoyed many of the attractions from iconic buildings and glasshouses to inspirational art collections and landscapes. One of the highlights was the new Hive scuplture designed by Wolfgang Buttress, which tells the plight of the honeybee and is surrounded by a beautiful meadow. It was nothing like our hive though!
Mrs Hayers' 'Genre of the month' in music is Jazz. Jazz is a style of African-American music that started in New Orleans just over 100 years ago. There are many different styles of jazz, including blues, bebop, Dixieland and modern jazz. When singing jazz a singer tries to make their voice sound like a musical instrument.
Hamble, Medway and Arun enjoyed a wonderful day on Friday at Hampton Court. The children loved walking round the kitchens, the chapel, Henry VIII’s apartments and the gardens. We also enjoyed a workshop where we learned a Tudor Dance, looked at Tudor artefacts and also created a Tudor hat. I was very impressed with the children’s behaviour, listening and the questions they asked. The lady who ran the workshop told me that our children’s behaviour was exceptional. I know that all the staff on Friday were very proud of the children. I would recommend a visit to Hampton Court with your children this summer as we only touched on some of the wonderful rooms there in the time we had. I know I will be returning!
I am delighted to inform you that we have been awarded the West Sussex Dyslexia Aware School Award. A letter will be coming later this week with more details, but I would like to say a very big thank you to Mrs Mullineux for all her hard work and dedication. She had to put an enormous amount of time and effort into collating all the information and evidence required. As a school we were already working on the standards we had to meet, so this confirms our commitment to good dyslexia practice.
A new national campaign has been launched by the NSPCC to help parents keep their children safe online. ‘Share Aware’ aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to ensure they are talking to their children about this issue.
Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, added: “The NSPCC campaign highlights an important area in the subject of child safety. “Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility, whether that’s looking out for their physical wellbeing or making sure they are not at risk while online. Information about the NSPCC campaign can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware
The children in Hamble, Medway and Arun classes had a fascinating talk from Dr Roberts about the moon landings, of which he was very knowledgeable and had even met the Apollo 11 astronauts! He showed the children how a rocket works and talked about the first moon landing. Dr Roberts demonstrated how big the moon is compared to earth. The talk really enhanced their understanding of the topic.
Children and staff arrived at school with some fantastic costumes today, based on some of their favourite book characters. It was brilliant to see the enthusiasm generated by World Book Day.
Children have also brought in some great pictures for the 'Catch me reading' competition as well as doing some super book covers, book token designs and other related work in class.
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