The Nursery started the second half of the term with a very colourful Chinese New Year celebration morning, during which the children learnt more about this traditional Chinese celebration and enjoyed doing a dragon dance to Chinese music and a number of related creative activities.
The second half of the term has also seen the children sharing their favourite books with us and acting out some of the traditional favourites such as "Room on the Broom" and " We're Going on a Bear Hunt".
We had a very interesting and enjoyable visit from two of our Nursery mums who are vets; they came in to talk to the children about the very valuable job they do. The children particularly enjoyed feeding the baby lamb that Mrs Sharples brought in. Thank you to both Mrs Herbert and Mrs Sharples for taking the time to come into nursery and speak to the children.
All the children have been busy recently making cards for Mother's Day and taking part in creative Easter activities.
This term has flown past and we can't believe we are now over half way through the academic year, with only one term left before the children in the older classes move on to Reception...goodness time flies when you're having fun at Heywood Prep Nursery!
Year 1's Global Explorers topic has taken them around the world and across oceans with explorers from the past. They enjoyed making models of Amelia Earhart’s plane and visiting the Space Station with Tim Peake, where they discovered what jobs he had to do and what Earth looked like from space. 1J taught us about the explorer Ibn Battuta and demonstrated a dance from India in an informative and colourful assembly. Their topic culminated in an exciting trip to ‘We The Curious’ in Bristol where they experienced space on a virtual rocket adventure and became explorers for the day.
In STEM lessons they have been busy working on their construction skills turning their plans for scientific research vessels into models and taking part in lego building challenges.
Year 2 have worked hard throughout the second part of the term. World Book Day was enormous fun and the children had great fun visiting Mrs Hill to learn how to read tea leaves! In Topic lessons the children have continued to learn about Oceans and Seas with lots of work about the Titanic and learning about pirates. Topic highlights this term were the visit to Bristol Aquarium, where we met Tom who guided us around the different tanks with unusual facts including that some fish poo from their chins! Our other highlight happened whilst some of the year group visited Warminster School for a football festival, the rest of the children participated in a pirate themed morning with lots of fun activities. The children made shortbread biscuits, after deciding that hard tack biscuits probably wouldn't taste very nice, and made pirate hats and treasure maps. Much fun was had by all!
YEAR 3 AND 4
Year 5 have enjoyed a term learning about the details of the sinking of the Titanic. This included learning about the different class of passengers, what human rights they had and who was actually at fault for the tragedy that occurred. The children turned into investigative journalists, recreating newspaper articles and questioning survivors of the Titanic to see what they remembered. Within STEAM, the children have been trying to create a way to alleviate the issue of dirty water in third world countries. Many solutions were posited, however it was decided that providing clear signage is a cheap and viable way of warning communities that water may not be safe to drink.
It has been a busy term in Year 6 as they have embraced the challenges of the Wishford Enterprise scheme. The year group were split into 3 teams. Each were given £50 and had to develop their own business plan and assign roles and responsibilities within their own company dynamic. They will be selling t shirts, fruit kebabs and holding a move night. This will culminate on the 15th June at the Year 6 Wishford Weekend, when the Wishford schools will come together to celebrate each other’s success and choose a winner.
On Monday 5th March Year 5 and 6 pupils treated us to an evening full to the brim of fantastic Music and Drama entertainment! As always, the children impressed us hugely with their confidence and talent. George kick-started the event with a lively, rhythmic performance of West Coast Rolling on the drums and from there on we were amazed by the children’s drama, voice, clarinet, flute and guitar performances. We were lucky to see a number of pieces which gained our pupils Music or Drama scholarships at their future schools and the evening concluded with a rousing performance from the Heywood Rockers Year 6 Band playing ‘Don’t Stop’, featuring piano, drums, ukulele, percussion and vocals. An enormous thanks to our fantastic team of peripatetic music and drama teachers and of course to our very talented pupils. We now can’t wait for the Year 3 and 4 event next term!
The Spring term saw an exciting and innovative addition to the curriculum at Heywood with STEAM lessons for all students in Prep and Year 1 (Year 2 were at Forest School and Reception were swimming this term). These project-based lessons include application of: science, technology, engineering, art and maths knowledge as well as essential 21st century learning skills such as problem solving, team work, research, creativity and perseverance. This term, the theme for all year groups involved was the UN Global Goals, 17 ambitious targets set out by the United Nations to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Using these real-life problems as a vehicle for the children’s learning led to memorable and high-quality learning experiences.
Following Heywood’s own design and engineering process (illustrated in the diagram above), the children in Year 4 have learnt about gender inequalities in different parts of the world and created an action plan to inform and educate people of this injustice. Year 1 were horrified to learn of the plastic waste in our oceans and created prototypes of underwater clean-up vehicles using recycled materials. The children are already excited about the different themes organised for next term, which include: ‘Dinner on board the ISS’; ‘Lost in Space’; and ‘Ground Control to Major Tom’. We can’t wait to see where the children's ideas will take them with this intergalactic learning experience!