Who knew Nursery are a dab hand at baking? We found out last week!
Our Nursery class loved learning all about how bread is made and really got into the swing of baking, with their class teacher Mrs Milton. First the children watched the expert (Mrs Milton) at work and learned the ropes, or bread plaits, before giving it a go themselves…
Mrs Milton was highly impressed with her student’s baking skills and was delighted with their concentration, engagement and interaction in the lesson.
“It’s always a fun lesson with the children, they seem to really enjoy it. I’m very happy with how their bread rolls turned out and they taste delicious too!” – Mrs Milton
In Science this morning year 4 took part in a science experiment involving fizzy drinks and raisins. The children put the raisins into the fizzy water and watched them dance by floating up to the top of the cup and then dropping back down.
The children learnt that carbon dioxide bubbles float up and then burst, causing the raisins to rise and sink.
Gymnastics is a key part of our PE Curriculum and Ms Fourie believes “it helps our children to build positive personality traits such as confidence, self-esteem, courage and also gives the children body awareness as they begin to learn new balances, postures and routines.”
Gymnastics provides a unique and valuable social education and experience. It provides an ideal opportunity to learn about teamwork; sportsmanship; fair play and dedication. The time required to master the fundamental skills requires a great amount of patience, dedication, perseverance and planning. Regular gymnastics therefore helps people learn to work hard for objectives that can take years to achieve.
It is known that gymnastics is linked to fostering a ‘growth mindset’. This helps create a love of learning and a resilience essential to great accomplishments. Gymnastics also promotes improved mental focus and concentration, a valuable attribute to have throughout life!
Just before half term, Ms Fourie held a Gymnastics Competition for each year group and the children were able to make a routine of their choice, as well as partaking in some events such as the vault. “The children really enjoy the classes and the competition just adds a bit more of a fun factor. I feel it gives the children the opportunity to really push their efforts and prove to themselves just how capable they all are too!” – Ms Fourie.
Year 4 try their hand at making pretzels in this week’s DT Lesson! The children followed instructions with Mrs Gallagher and the results were great. Not bad for a first try Year 4, we’ll make bakers of you yet!
Gymnastics is one of the highlights of the week for our pupils – it’s a chance to have some fun, test their physical skills but also test their mind in how far they are willing to go. Gymnastics offers the children a chance to develop their climbing, balance, coordination and is a fantastic confidence boosting, fun class!
This week, Reception class learned star jumps, forward rolls, plank walking, jumping on the rebounder and climbing an obstacle! We had lots of fun, watch more over on YouTube:
Year 5 practise their jumping, balancing, focusing and gymnastic skills today in the PE lesson with Ms Fourie.
Ms Fourie asked the children to pick some warm ups for themselves and instruct the rest of their class. This is a brilliant way for the children to improve public speaking, speaking with clarity and confidence and most importantly, really getting to grips with the lesson and what is required when exercising.
Gymnastics is a definite favourite lesson for the children and you can see their enthusiasm as soon as the mats are out. Today the children were practising jumping over blocks, with a tuck and a straddle jump. They also had to walk the bar, learn new static postures and were also working on improving their round offs, handstands and cartwheels.
Learning skills such as these, allow the children to develop their spatial awareness, fine tune their balance, toning and strengthening their developing muscles whilst maintaining flexibility. Click through the videos below to watch some cool slow motion action!
Ms Fourie commented that “the children are always developing their talents in gymnastics and it’s brilliant to see them really enjoying the lesson. They always try their hardest, even when the obstacle is quite a challenge, which is great for their self-confidence. I’ve also noticed how the children work really well together in this lesson, often helping each other giving tips on how to tackle the poses!”
Ms Burgess started last week’s relaxation club by seeing the ways in which our children choose to relax. Some children answered that they like to “read”, “ride my bike or scooter”, “I like to watch tele”, “I go home and have a sleep”, “I like to think about the good things that have happened in my day”. Others said that they relax “by playing football”, “I put on pjs and sit down when I get in” and some children said that they like to play with their siblings.
Why is it important to relax?
Ms Burgess then spoke to us about whyit is important to relax and what we can gain from having a calm mind, a relaxed body and a better sense of wellbeing. We spoke about the ways in which we feel relaxed and began the introduction of ways and techniques to help us relax and take care of ourselves.
In this week’s Wellbeing Assembly, we looked at a beach scene whilst listening to some calming, soothing music. Ms Burgess asked us to watch the scenery, or close our eyes and listen to the calming sounds. We sat for a few minutes in silence, taking in the peacefulness. Afterwards, we discussed what it made us feel and how we can keep those feelings with us when we aren’t feeling our best. Ms Burgess spoke to us about how living in the now helps us to deal with stress, as we’re not thinking about what could happen, what we need to do, what we should have done… But accepting where we are right now.
Ms Burgess finished with a prayer, “Thank you Lord, that we can be together and learn, that we are able to think about being grateful for what we have. Help us to take time to think about what is happening in that moment. Allow us to make time to rest and relax, spend and enjoy time with our families. Help us to learn and do the best we can do today! Amen”.
We finished the assembly with Eva Cassidy’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ and lastly, Happy Birthday.
We’ve had lots of birthday’s this week – a very “Happy Birthday!” to Mrs Milton, Mrs Foster, Mrs Colburn & Mr Curl, we hope you all have a lovely day.