Stoke Goldington CE First School update
Outdoor learning is becoming key across the primary age curriculum and is something children at Stoke Goldington can really embrace as part of a small rural School with the countryside right on their doorstep. This was especially case with the recent whole School trip to Salcey Forest to take part in another Acorn Forest School day visit.
All 27 pupils, ranging from age 4 to 7, donned their outdoor clothes and took to the forest for a fantastic day of den-building, natural crafts, using tools, hunting for mini-beasts and cooking marshmallows (and lunch!) on a camp fire.
Deputy Headteacher Mrs. Marie-Claire Parsons said: “The Forest School gave all the children the perfect opportunity to work together as a team and explore the forest environment, knowing that getting muddy and hands-on in the great outdoors is the perfect way to encourage independence and broaden knowledge whilst having loads of fun!”
Back in School, the topic on Nick Butterworth’s character ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ has inspired a huge range of work from the Busy Bees in Early Years Foundation Stage through to Learning Ladybirds in Year 2. The Busy Bees especially enjoyed their very own treasure hunt around School, following in Percy’s footsteps to discover that “friends really are as good as treasure.” School also had a fun dressing-up day when the children could come in dressed as either ‘Percy’ or one of the characters in the books, with a small herd of little foxes, rabbits and other small animals bursting into the classrooms that day!
This month all the children are marking Remembrance Day and this year’s 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, during a special ‘World War 1 week.’ The British Legion has kindly donated poppy seeds to School which all the children have been busy planting. Each year group is also spending time at the village War Memorial just outside the front of School, thinking about the contribution many local people made to the First World War.
Every Thursday the children from Stoke Goldington Pre-School are enjoying their weekly visits to Early Years Foundation Stage class at School. This the perfect opportunity to catch up with their old friends from Pre-School and familiarise themselves with the environment ready for when they move on in September 2015 – it may feel a long way off but time flies by for our little ones!
* If you are looking for an ‘Outstanding’ School for your child for entry in September 2015, please telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on 01908 551253 or see our website www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.