Spring Term 1 - Update
The rehearsals are nearly at an end and the performance is nearly here. The children’s voices are filling the corridors as they have become more and more familiar with the songs they will be performing. It is an impressive sound and one which I am sure those attending the Coffee Afternoon will really enjoy.
The spring has brought a range of different activities during our time at Wildside which the children have really enjoyed. They have made mud pies, completed a bug hunt, listened to the different noises that branches make (who knew they made noises), created twig art which was great for the children’s fine motor skills and had a Winter BBQ. The children do enjoy this time outside especially when some of our pupils do not have the opportunity to experience the outdoors in such a child orientated environment.
The children have made good use of their own areas on the website and created their own calming area. As well as playing the games which are centred around well-being and achieving, the children has a worry box which they can use to let their teachers know about anything they feel is concerning them. It could be a recurring bad dreams, things at home they don’t understand or to say that their pet is ill or died. Whatever the worry, they can let someone know and then we can offer help and advice.
Topic – Space
During this half term we will be exploring Space…the final frontier! We’ve blasted off into outer space with this exciting and informative cross-curricular 'Space' topic. We have learnt about the solar system, found out about the history of space exploration, explored the lives of astronauts and use your creativity to create artwork, models and music. The children have asked some amazing questions and researched to find the answers. They have designed and created their own rockets and placed them among their comets which they have described using exciting vocabulary. It has made a very informative and child centred display.
The topic will end with a whole school trip to ThinkTank with a session in the Planetarium to explore the stars and the planets in a more involved environment and for some jaw dropping!
Green and Blue base have combined the topic work of Space with the story of Space Pirates, an Active Literacy programme, which combines physical activity and Literacy. It is an initiative between the Football Association and the National Literacy Trust and the children have really enjoyed using their imaginations in both a physical telling of a story spread over 6 sessions and followed up with descriptive writing.
After a short break we have embarked upon our water safety awareness with the Key Stage 1 children, where they are given strategies to be water confident as well as how to be careful in and around water within a safe environment. We have trained our two youngest members of staff, one of whom, Mr Booth, is a Community Sports and Health Officer, as Life Guards and Mrs Kearsley is now a Level 1 Swimming Instructor. This enables us to deliver a more targeted swimming approach for our more-able swimmers with several passing stage 1 of the ASA Swim Award scheme. What a fantastic achievement in 3 sessions!