Hidden within the leafy trees of our
Woodland, you will find two Tee Pees. This peaceful, calm and relaxing place is
where Art, Music, Poetry and stories are brought to life by the children who
So far this term we have had the
‘real’ Tiger who came to Tea! We have loved sitting around the ‘blazing’
campfire toasting leaf marshmallows in the freezing cold. We have listened to
the sea from the conical shells, whilst reading themed stories such as: Mariana
and the Merchild; The Little Boat; The Storm by Kathy Henderson.
We have studied still life and created
our own sketches and water colour paintings of daffodils whilst listening to
Classic FM on an old- fashioned radio. We have even made our own music with a
basket full of instruments.
An ever changing audience, sees Year 2
children nurturing and caring for our younger children with a positive ethos of
kindness and friendship no matter the age. Our ‘ring of benches’ is often a
forum for discussions such as ‘shall we create our own Wishing Tree. It is also
symbolic to our circle of friends and we sometimes might be overhead, singing
at the end of play:
our circle, our circle of new friends and just like a circle, our kindness and
caring never ends.”
We are free to come and go as we
please because the Two Tee Pees will always be there whenever we need them.
term, we invited the Reception parents in for a stay and play session all based
on learning in the outdoor classroom. We read stickman, designed our own stick
men and then went outside and made our own stick characters. It was a VERY wet
day. Thank you to all of the adults who stayed and braved the weather with us.
We REALLY do go outside in all weathers in Reception. And we learnt, not for
the first time, that our parents have brilliant imaginations.
On the last day of half term, Reception had an Ugly Bug
Ball. Everyone came dressed up as lots of different minibeasts. We had a
minibeasts hunt, sang some songs, danced in the hall and made our own biscuits.
We had lots of fun. Thank you to all of the families for their brilliant and
days earlier we had a visit from Ed and the “Minibeasts Roadshow”. We
met a tarantula, a bearded dragon, a millipede, two African land snails and a
corn snake. Many of the children were braver than the adults. We were able to
touch and hold the animals. It was a brilliant day.
We were really lucky this term to have won a visit from a
live band as part of the Norfolk Music Hubs live music event. The children had
a brilliant time. Thank you for the team who encouraged us to sing, dance and
have fun while we learnt new songs, played instruments and travelled around the
world through music. This was an amazing opportunity for the children.
After working extremely hard on our SATs tests we ended this half term with a fun Medieval Castle Day. The children came dressed in a range of costumes including kings, queens, lords, ladies, squires, pages, maids, clergy, peasants and jesters.
We started the day with a fun sword and shield making session with our families. Each child had a large sheet of cardboard and the shields that they created from them were truly impressive.
We then undertook a number of fun castle themed craft activities and games, including crown making and the Battle of Hastings related tasks.
In the afternoon we took our swords and shields onto the field where we re-enacted the Battle of Hastings from 1066. The Owl Class undertook the role of the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada’s army but were soon defeated by the Otter Class who were Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson’s army when they met for the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The Otter Class were then defeated at Hastings by the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy as played by the Squirrel Class.
The day culminated with a magnificent banquet, where we used our fingers to eat food that would have been available at a medieval banquet. We then tried some medieval dancing.
Otter class had a lovely two weeks visiting Badgers Wood. This was arranged with the support of the charity Friend in Deed. The children enjoyed playing games, sharing photos and talking with the residents.
Thank you to Badgers Wood and to the parents who walked down and joined us in these sessions.