London to Brighton Off Road Charity Bike Ride
Well, we made it. Although a little sore and very fatigued we completed the 74 miles or approximately 115km in a respectable time and somewhat respectable condition. Although I will confess that I did indulge in a little 'Steve Redgrave' moment when, having somehow made it over the finish line, I vowed never to sit on a bike saddle ever again, ever, ever again....
Other than this temporary moment (obviously brought on by over exertion) Mr Clarke and I were able to leave Kempton Race Course promptly at 7.15am last Saturday morning before then crossing the river at Hampton Court along to Weybridge and then down through Shere, Cranleigh and then, as we discovered over the next three hours, quite literally up the Downs...
The view down into a very sunny and picturesque Brighton made the labour worth it as we descended rapidly to the coast and along to the finish (with a headwind for the last 5km as a final reward...)
News from the Classes
A very active and busy week has seen First Steps settling into their routine and making very encouraging progress with their 'first steps' in phonics.
We have been very impressed with the models the children have been making with the Play-Doh and the developing vocabulary when describing their work.
We have also made the most of the improved weather by enjoying the bark area and making patterns and shapes with the bronze coloured leaves that are now falling.
Second Steps have begun the week with exploring Richmond Park during Woodland School. The children made different shapes, Stick Men and formed shapes using nature objects in the park. We have been using our senses (sight, smell and touch) by exploring the large sensory tray. Second Steps have been learning 2D shapes this week and have used the interactive board to match shapes. Outside we have been exploring what objects are able to roll down the pipelines, we did this in groups with a number of different objects. We finished of the week with a cooking class, using different measurements. What a great and busy week Second Steps have had!
This week it has been lovely to see Reception settle fully into the class routine. They have been full of excitement and enthusiasm enjoying 'Health and Fitness’ week, participating in varied active sessions. Especially meeting Ezekiel Ewolu, a professional Long Jumper. The children enjoyed jumping jacks, mountain climbers and press ups. They quoted: "I liked meeting Zeeks,” Eliza. “My favourite part was star jumps," Abbie. In continuation with our health week, the children have been learning a dance routine to the ‘Skeleton song.’ I am sure you will get to see children perform the song very soon.
In Maths, the children have been looking at 2D shapes and thoroughly enjoyed a shape hunt around the classroom. This learning continued into a ‘shape challenge’ applying their knowledge, understanding and vocabulary to build a shape dinosaur. I must say, there were some fantastic looking shape Stegosaure’s and Triceratops. Well done Everyone!
In PSCHE, the children discussed ‘the qualities of a good friendship.’ As a class, we made a ‘friendship recipe’ and decided we needed a pinch of happiness, 1 handful of kindness, 1 cup of sharing, a teaspoon of helpfulness, lots of laughter and most importantly all of our love. When you mix them all together you have a ‘perfect friend.’ In Literacy, the children wrote their own recipes which we have put onto Tapestry for you to see.
Health and Activity week has been a wonderful experience for Year 1 - they throughly enjoyed; circuit training with Nuffield Health on Tuesday, aerobics on Thursday and daily brain breaks to music in class when we practised our counting skills in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.
The children have learnt how to stretch before exercise and practiced running with their knees up high and jumping with toe flexed when going over a hurdle.
During PSHE circle times we have been reflecting on our strengths and uniqueness to continue to build the children's sense of self worth and self esteem.
In our RE lessons we are looking at nature and recognising how people are thankful for the Earth’s resources. We also answered the question ‘Why is the sky blue?’ both creatively and factually.
In Maths this week we are measuring length and learning about millimetres, centimetres and metres.
Well done Year 1!
This week we have been looking at poetry, particularly at Spike Milligan and his nonsense poems. The write have worked hard to create poems for the end of this week - and, inspired by Milligan, nonsense they certainly are. In Mathematics we have looked at equals and money, working out amounts and then comparing them. There were so many pound coins and the new ones provided temporary confusion - quickly overcome. Food chains were the order of the day in science and we learnt to create them using animals from our country.
We also had the pleasure of having Elena and Henry read to us this week, learning to show and express themselves to make a story exciting and interactive.
Year 3 & Year 4
We have certainly had a focus on health and fitness this week. With lots of extra exercise thanks to Nuffield, Zekes and games. In Science, we were very lucky to be able to experience listening to our heart with a stethoscope and measuring our pulse with an oximetor. In groups the children have planned their own investigations to effect heart rate for next week.
In D.T. the children have made real life shaduf’s from Ancient Egyptian times and are hoping to test them in the Thames during our next games session to see how well they were made!
Prep School Science
The Year 3 and Year 4 children are clearly benefitting from their time at the Canbury School Science Labs. Moving on from the heart and lungs exploration last week, the children made good use of the specialist equipment available to measure heart rate levels pre-exercise. This data will then be compared against their readings post-exercise next week.
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.
Parent Social - 30th September
As a reminder, I would like to remind you that we have a social event on 30th September. I very much hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. BBQ, quiz, good company and refreshments all guaranteed and provided....
Health and Activity Week
It has been a very active week. The bike ride this afternoon was rather special, in addition to the assembly yesterday the children have circuit trained, had their core well and truly put to the test, danced, stretched and star-jumped like never before.
Our friends from Nuffield Gym visited on Monday and Tuesday to lead two sessions for the children. Do please refer to the offer of a free visit to the gym below. Miss Georgina led a dance session in addition to lessons exploring the importance of activity and health. As you can see from the images below, we did our best to exhaust the children!
What better way to finish the week than to go for a ride?