The enchanting tales of children’s author Nick Butterworth are inspiring learning for all 27 children at the School this Autumn term. Butterworth’s famous character ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ is the springboard for work across all 3 year groups from the Busy Bees in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through to Year 2.
The Busy Bees kicked off this topic with an engaging ramble around Stoke Goldington village, taking a look at seasonal changes on trees and plants just as Percy does in his park in the Autumn. They collected leaves and items to make some creative pictures and displays back in School. Their literacy and numeracy work focuses on this topic and child-initiated activities take the children’s learning off in many different directions both inside and outdoors in the course of a School day! The 6 Busy Bees are also enjoying their first explorations of science, observing the weather and natural changes during the seasons, as well as finding out how things move and grow.
The 21 ‘Learning Ladybirds‘ across Years 1 and 2 are combining mini projects within the ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ topic with reading, writing, arithmetic and exciting new computer work based on the new curriculum recently introduced. They are making their own ‘Percy’ storybooks, writing poetry inspired by the stories, creating a new School weather station and keeping weather diaries, and looking at changes in the environment due to the effects of weather.
The Learning Ladybirds are really looking forward to their own ‘park-keeping’ activities when they take part in a fantastic ‘Forest School’ event for a day in Salcey Forest. The Forest School gives pupils a brilliant chance to get really hands-on and mucky in the forest, den-building, using hacksaws and making their own campfire for toast under the woodland canopy! A wonderful opportunity to extend all the childrens’ outside learning at School in the extensive forest environment at Salcey.
Weekly music lessons continue with Mrs. Rose from MK Music Service and children in Year 2 are very excited to have the chance to learn the violin this term. The after-school Sports Club run by Premier Sport remains really popular on a Thursday afternoon. Plus, every Friday morning there is a chance for parents and carers to share a library book with their children for 15 minutes at the beginning of the day which is a lovely way to share a quiet read with your child and help them to explore the School’s extensive library collection of story and fact books.
Happily the new hot School meals, which were introduced to all infant Schools at the beginning of the Autumn term, are a resounding success so far! The children all enjoy sharing a hot meal with their friends, taking time to sit down together to enjoy their food and hone their table skills before relishing outdoor play on either the playground or the School’s large field area.
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