Maple Class have spent a lesson thinking about their new topic ‘Off We Go!’
They discussed what they knew already and what they would like to learn about. Lilac Class took them to the library to find some relevant books. They showed the children how the books were ordered and catalogued. They explained about non- fiction books. The pairs of Buddy’s selected books about transport and read them together. Maple Class brought the books back to the classroom to use throughout the term for their independent learning. It is always brilliant to see the great collaboration, support and sharing of ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm at St Mary’s.
The whole school paused to explore and celebrate wellbeing. We started by wearing our slippers to school to help us feel relaxed and comfortable! In the morning, each class took part in four different activities to learn different ways to look after themselves and their wellbeing. This included taking part in different mindfulness activities, which the children can do themselves at home to relax; learning about how to look after our bodies by making sure we are eating healthily; practising different elements of First Aid, such as ‘Dr ABC’ and how to help blood flow back to our hearts when we are hurt and lastly, joining in with different sensory activities to help focus our brains and connect with our bodies. We then spent a chilly afternoon at Forest School, which helps with wellbeing through building relationships, talking with others and allowing our brains to stop and focus on one thing at a time – the amazing setting and fresh air helps too! Please see the Forest School page on our website for more information about what everyone got up to! It was great to have so many grown-ups join us at the woods yesterday and thank you for being so helpful to all the children. What a fantastic day to remind us of the importance of our wellbeing, particularly at such a busy time of year!
Impact & Knowledge Gained
Highlighting the importance of wellbeing ensures a broad enhancement of the pupils’ moral and social development. It has built on the children’s knowledge of how to eat healthily and also that their mental health is just as important as their physical health. The pupils now have a range of strategies available to them and are aware of how to be safe, how to figure out what their feelings might be telling them and the importance of their relationships with others.
Willow class went to Hever Castle to learn more about the Tudors and Anne Boleyn. Along with the other children in years 3 and 4 in the Federation, we learnt a lot about the Tudors in a really fun and engaging way. We also saw many different types of Tudor houses on our journey which allowed us to discuss our learning at school in a real context.
As we are coming up to Christmas, we started off by looking around the Christmas Trail that was set up in the gardens to the Castle, which helped us to explore the gardens more fully in a way that the children found fascinating. We also went around the Yew Maze and in to the Mirror room to allow us to have some fun whilst learning about the crops in the Tudor gardens.
After eating our lunch, we looked around the castle and in the Tudor gardens, which showed the type of herbs the Tudors used and showed the topiary that they often had in the form of a giant chess set! At the entrance to the castle, we were greeted by Anne Boleyn – we managed to get a picture with her afterwards!
We absolutely loved looking around the castle and trying to find as many things as we could that we’ve learnt in school so far this term, but also looking for new pieces of information about the Tudors from the castle. We were able to see the type of furniture rich people had during the Tudor times, how rich people would dress in the Tudor times and how people prepared for battle in the Tudor times. The portraits that were positioned all around the house were a real highlight too. One of the main things we didn’t realise before was quite how short they were – their beds and doorways were tiny! On our way out, the guide also told us that we had to be careful walking down the stairs on the way out, as they were all uneven to trip up any potential attackers to the castle as they wouldn’t be concentrating on where they were placing their feet.
Before we came back to school, we had a quick play in the Tudor Towers. It was so much fun but was very slippery, so we had to be very careful. But we had a great time anyway.
We’d all like to say a massive thank you to our parent helpers and also to all of our parents who have allowed us to go on the trip.
Impact and Knowledge Gained
The children were able to deepen their knowledge about the Tudors, both by learning more about what we had been doing in class and by allowing us to learn extra facts about the Tudors, as we are unable to learn everything there is about the Tudors at school. They enjoyed being able to see how the rich Tudor homes were set up, and the furniture and clothes they would have had. Finally, the children were able to see what the rich people’s gardens would have been like in the Tudor times to compare them to ours and to see how they used them in different ways to us.
On Tuesday 19th November Cherry went on a Hartfield Village walk as part of our “What happens where I live ?” topic.
We walked from the Lych Gate and to the Anchor Pub which used to be a workhouse until 1891. We then walked down to the old station which is where some of us had gone to playgroup.
We loved kicking the leaves as well!! We then walked to Salisbury house and looked at the cannons which decorate the top of the house. This was because a cannon ball had been fired in 1876 from the Earl De La Warr’s garden by accident by some children and it had landed in Hartfield! We finished at the Pooh Bear shop and learnt how Christopher Robin had been taken by his nanny to buy sweets there when he was a child.