Reception News

It is hard to believe that the reception children are half way through their first full year at school. It has been an exciting time to see them settle to learn. Our most exciting day last term was our celebration of Chinese New Year. The children were amazed by the Chinese lion dancers and practised with our very own Chinese lion in the classroom accompanied by their own version of Chinese drum music! We were delighted to have Imelda Yuen from Hong Kong with us for that day. She was keen to share aspects of the Chinese culture with the children who asked some very interesting questions. The children learned how to count in Chinese and write numbers. They cooked noodles and learned to eat them with chopsticks. We have painted the most amazing dragon and snake which hang majestically from our ceiling. As our topic was about Places far away we explored other countries especially Africa and learned how people live there and what animals we would find in Africa. Children have enjoyed learning about using atlases and globes and were amazed by Google Earth.

We also spent a morning at the village coffee shop where we bought juice and biscuits. The children showed impeccable table manners and learned how to order and pay for food. Customers commented on the excellent behaviour and abilities of our children of whom we are very proud.

It has been a pleasure this term to start our Open Coffee Mornings, Stay and Play sessions and Parent Workshops as we seek to further develop our links with families and their involvement in their children’s learning.

Athletics Competition – March 5th 2013

On Tuesday 5th March a group of children from Year 5 and 6 took part in the Roundwood Park Sportshall Athletics competition, held at the University of Hertfordshire. The children competed in a variety of events, from relay races, to speed bounce and even javelin, against a number of schools from the St Albans and Harpenden district. All of the children performed brilliantly and were a credit to the school, well done!

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Robotics Workshop

On Thursday 28th February, Year 5 took part in a robotics workshop. The children spent the day building and programming lego robots to complete various ‘missions on mars’. Throughout the day the children worked in small teams to prepare their missions ready to ‘show off’ what their robot could do on the ‘challenge mat’. Activities included rescuing stranded astronauts, clearing solar dust, launching a canister and helping a stranded rover buggy. Points were earned for successfully completed missions.

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Year 5 had a wonderful day and were a credit to our school, showing good team work, problem solving skills and impeccable behaviour! Well done to ‘The Humanoids’ who were our winning team on the day.

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Building Houses

Before half term the children designed and built houses based on the knowledge they had gained from their topic work on Houses and Homes. They used a variety of materials and even included such things as gardens and interior fabrics and furnishings.

In addition, they explored materials suitable for building different parts of houses and conducted experiments to test their properties. Fieldwork was carried out locally in the village, where children sketched houses both old and new, observing the features of both and deciding who might inhabit them based on the number of rooms and the size of the building.