Motor Skills Learning Café

Learning Cafe focusing on the development of motor skills.

The children and their grown ups took part in lots of activities that help to develop large and small motor skills.  They made magic wands, pasta necklaces and playdough snakes. They also took part in an obstacle course, used tweezers to pick up objects, used pipettes to mix colours and made swirly patterns with icing to decorate a biscuit!

Nursery Christmas Learning Cafe – December 2023 

We held a Christmas themed Learning Cafe in the Nursery, the children and their grown ups were able to make a Christmas tree, a Christmas wreath and a reindeer, look for Christmas baubles hidden  in the garden and decorate a Chirtmas biscuit! At the end of the learning cafe the children sang and signed ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’.

English – December 2023 

Year 3 had a very exciting week!

A strange package from The Lazy Pet Company arrived in the classroom on Wednesday. Everyone was very curious and excited! First, someone suggested that we write some questions that would be helpful to know the answer to, then someone else advised that we should use books and the internet to do some research about lazy animals. So, Miss Murray decided she should cancel the English lesson for the day and instead, investigate. 

Later that evening, some clawing and scratching was heard from inside the box, and a baby sloth popped their head through! Obviously, having a sloth in the classroom was a little odd, so it was taken to the vets to get checked out. On Friday, Mrs Carter received a call with some news… the sloth is healthy and happy, and is being taken to a special sloth sanctuary to be looked after. 3M decided their name should be ‘Sparky’ after a book that we found in the classroom about a little girl who buys herself a pet sloth that she names, Sparky…

Music of the Week Autumn Term 2023/24

‘Listening to music is fundamental to musical understanding. By learning to listen critically, pupils will not only expand their musical horizons but also gain a deeper understanding of how music is constructed and the impact it can have on the listener’.

Each week, in music, the children listen to high-quality pieces of recorded music. The aim is to give the children the opportunity to listen and respond to a broad range of music from different time periods, genres, and cultures from around the world.

The music selected each term is based around a theme. Previous themes have included ‘Female Composers and Performers throughout the 20th and 21st Century’, ‘Music from Around the World’, ‘Film Scores and Soundtracks’ and ‘Music Through the Ages: 1200 -1900.’

Our theme this term is ‘The Blues and Beyond: Musical Genres in the 20 and 21st Century’.

Please feel free to listen and discuss these pieces at home with your child/children.

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‘The Blues and Beyond: Musical Genres in the 20th Century and Beyond’.

 11/9/23

The Blues

Blind Boy Fuller ‘Truckin’ My Blues, Robert Johnson ‘Sweet Home Chicago’.

18/9/23

Jazz

Valaida Snow ‘Patience and Fortitude’, Louis Armstrong ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’.

25/9/23

Big Bands (Jazz Orchestra)

Duke Ellington ‘Take the A-Train’, Glen Miller Orchestra ‘In the Mood’.

2/10/23

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Bill Haley and His Comets ‘See You Later, Alligator’ Elvis Presley ‘Jailhouse Rock’.

9/10/23

Jazz in the 1960’s

Dave Brubeck Quartet ‘Take Five’, John Coltrane ‘Giant Steps’.

16/10/23

The Beatles

‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Let It Be (Live on the Apple Offices rooftop).

30/10/23

Psychedelia

Pink Floyd ‘See Emily Play’, Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘All Along the Watchtower’.

6/11/23

Soul Music

Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’, Ike and Tina Turner ‘Proud Mary’, Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’.

13/11/23

Ska and Reggae

Prince Buster ‘Enjoy Yourself’, Toots and the Maytals ‘Pressure Drop’,

Bob Marley and the Wailers ‘Use It Up’.

20/11/23

The 1970’s Progressive (Prog) Rock

Genesis ‘I Know What You Like (In the Wardrobe), Jethro Tull ‘Living in the Past’.

27/11/23

Glam Rock

Suzi Quatro ‘Can the Can’, Slade ‘Coz I You’,

4/11/23

Disco

Chic ‘Good Times’, Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’, Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’.

11/12/23

Punk Rock and New Wave

Blondie ‘One Way or Another’, The Jam ‘Going Underground’, X Ray Spex ‘Germfree Adolescents’.