First Aid Course
As part of the Adventure School Curriculum, all of the children in Year 2, 3 and 4 completed their first aid training on Monday. In addition to learning how to place a patient in the recovery position, apply bandages and treat wounds, the children also learnt how to use a defibrillator machine and how to attach the pads to an adult and to a child. The qualification lasts for two years. We were delighted to be able to include this qualification as part of the curriculum.
Inter-House Spelling Competition
The first of our inter-house events took place today with the spelling competition proving to be quite a competitive event. As you can see from the images below, the House Captains were challenged, with St. David House being crowned overall champions.
News from the Classes
This week we have been very busy.
We are singing our good morning song & saying 'good morning' in different languages. This has had some interesting funny results!
The children have shown a lot of interest in books. Elmer the Elephant, The Gruffalo and Its the Bear have been a few of the favourites. We have been using their interest in these stories to re enact them using the dressing up clothes, home corner play and singing songs using the musical instruments.
We had lots of fun in our music lesson with Mrs Baillie, helping her to sing 'the wheels on the bus' correctly and keeping count of her 'five little ducks'. Finishing off with popping all her bubbles.
Miss Georgina came for a visit this week and she introduced some new music to us and we worked in pairs acting out songs, marching and dancing round the classroom to 'Following the leader'.
We have continued with colour mixing letting the children choose their own colours and seeing what colours they can make and how much.
What an amazing and busy week Second Steps have had! We started of with an adventure during our Woodlands School. We found many different shapes and sizes sticks to create our very own Stick Men. We also listened very carefully to what treasure we had to find and how many we needed to find. It was Holly's Birthday and during Woodlands School we got to celebrate it out in the nature of Richmond Park. For our Early Years Assembly we learnt about Diwali, which is the festival of lights that is celebrated by Indians. We had such fun trying on colourful scarves, bangles and bindi's and even had a photo booth to take photos! We also celebrated Beth's Birthday who had brought in some lovely home made cakes. Second Steps have been learning about different 2D shapes as well as going on a treasure hunt to looks for hidden shapes. Second Steps children had great fun using the iPads and exploring how to use it by creating some lovely pictures. Mrs Patel made some traditional Indian sweets with the children too, what a lovely treat. So as you can see we have had a very busy and fun week!
This week in Reception we have been recapping our ‘Human Body’ topic by naming the bones in our body. We embedded our learning by using the game ‘Operation’ to test our knowledge about the body parts. We thoroughly enjoyed the game, especially when we managed to pinch the objects out of the body before the buzzer alerted.
Following on from this, we enjoyed a wonderful assembly on Diwali, delivered by Mrs Patel. We learnt about the festival of Diwali and why we celebrate it. We watched a story about Rama and Sita and the girls got to wear a bindi. This inspired us to make our very own rangoli patterns in our choosing time.
This week we stayed on site for Woodland School. As a class we voted to create woodland animals such as squirrels, foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs. Please see tapestry for our lovely creations.
We have collaborated much of our learning within our Computing this week and experimented using special apps on the iPad. Book Creator is just one app to name. You can now call us an author as we all made our very own book about a topic we find most interesting. Our friends was a popular topic amongst the class. We used special effects to make our books more interesting such as adding videos, typing messages, taking photographs and recordings of our very own voice. We have had a phenomenal first half term in Reception and we look forward to next term.
In Year 1 this week we have been delighted to receive and learn how to use Apple TV. In addition we have enjoyed learning how to airplay videos and our book creator projects on the iPads.
Our iPad projects this week have included creating a book to document our DT work making moving Jumping Jack puppets and using photo and video to create a record of the signs of autumn.
Our Literacy focus has been writing instructions adding a title and using numbers to sequence each step.
In Maths, we have been counting in 2s 5s and 10s from any number to 100 and I was privileged to witness many lightbulb moments from the children as they achieved success in the lessons. By the end of the week all children could identify tens and ones in two digit numbers, sequence in the correct order and count on from any given number.
“It's really fun that Year 1 is working a lot on working hard and working to learn new things, working to get a certificate.” Harris
“I liked doing the book on the iPads, I learnt how to change the font and add videos and make new pages and to send our book to other classes.” Mario
“We made moving bat puppets called Jumping Jacks and I liked making mine move and flap its wings.” Rhea
“We have been writing about our jumping jack puppets and it was really fun and on the interactive board we could borrow to improve our writing.” Gaby
This week, Year 2 have been working to complete their DT protects, putting their cars together and adding he finishing touches. Mathematics this week has involved a lot of time (if you pardon the pun), and we have been working to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes, both on digital and analog clocks. We have also completed our species in Science, designing a baby version of our animals, looking at the features that our babies would have and how they were different to our adults.
The children have also worked, with year 3 and 4, on the iPads to create movies about our very exciting first aid lesson on Monday. They demonstrated the recovery position, what numbers to call when we are in trouble, and how to check that someone is breathing. The movies produced were very good and are still in the final stages of development. We look forward to sharing them with you soon.
Year 3 & Year 4
Monday proved to be quite an exciting day. First Aid training followed by a rather impressive football result started the week off with a real bang!
The children have been using the iPads more and more. Most recently, they designed a movie all about first aid, our science lessons over the half term, and our fantastic shadufs! The finished products were most impressive and we look forward to sharing them with the parents soon.
In English, we are looking at stories from other cultures and learning about pearl diving in the United Arab Emirates, realising that life can be very different in different countries.
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.