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Infants trip to sukkah

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Coral and Caribbean learn about the Festival of Sukkot

 

On Tuesday, Coral and Caribbean classes visited a sukkah as part of their learning on Judaism and Jewish festivals. Laila is Jewish and her mother, Helen, very kindly invited the Infants to come and look at a real one! In class the children learned that Jewish people celebrate a festival called Sukkot at this time of year. Sukkot is a time for Jews to remember the years after they escaped from Egypt, when they had to build shelters in the wilderness, called sukkahs, to keep out the fierce sun and keep them warm at night.

The children looked at photos of real sukkahs and have begun to design their own. It was exciting for them to see a real one, particularly one as beautifully decorated as Helen's! 

After looking around the sukkah and asking lots of questions, the children ate a delicious fruit and biscuit snack in the sukkah, just like Jewish people, who eat all their meals outside in the sukkah during the Sukkot festival. Mr Orwin

Nursery Gingerbread Fun

Friday, 13 October, 2017

The tale of the Gingerbread Man

Run, run as fast as you can........you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!
 
Over the last few weeks Seahorses and Caspian classes have been following the tale of the Gingerbread Man from oven to the fox's mouth!  As we became familiar with the story our confidence grew and we have been choosing our own actions and beginning to create our own story maps. We have also been describing the characters in the story and thinking about the voices each character would make. We thought about what questions to ask the Gingerbread man and we have been 'hot seating' him, asking him our questions.
 
We baked our own gingerbread men. We used lots of different ingredients and followed the recipe. We also got a bit sticky and messy, it was lots of fun!

Miss Ransome

Seahorses Exploring Numbers

Friday, 22 September, 2017

As part of our topic, Seahorses have been thinking about what makes a family. We have been talking about who is in our family and who are special people in our lives.

As part of our topic, Seahorses have been thinking about what makes a family. We have been talking about who is in our family and who are special people in our lives. We have also been drawing pictures of the people in our family. 

This week we embarked on a Numicon hunt around the Nursery. They searched the Nursery high and low to find many different numbers. They then bought the Numicon over to their teacher and counted out how many holes in each piece from one to ten. We explored the different colours, learning that the number five Numicon is red so every red piece is the same amount! The children have been accessing the Numicon as part of their free play and look forward to doing more activities with it in the future. We have also spent some time listening to the sounds in the environment and talking about all the different sounds we can hear both inside and outside. 

Forest School Fun

Friday, 22 September, 2017

Caribbean and Coral children took part in the year's first Forest School experience last Friday at Abingdon Woods.

Forest School

Caribbean and Coral children took part in the year's first Forest School experience last Friday at Abingdon Woods. Despite the less than friendly weather, the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the woods, playing hide and seek and looking at interesting plants and fungi.

Over the coming weeks they will be building dens, making homes for imaginary creatures, and finding out about the trees and plants in the forest as it moves through the seasons.

We will keep you updated on their adventures through the term!

Temporary Home at Bateman Street for Infant and Junior Classes

Tuesday, 05 September, 2017

The Nursery, Infant and Primary School area of Cambridge International School at Cherry Hinton Hall is currently undergoing a £3.5 million redevelopment. This work is due to be finished by the end of the year, so for one term the school is moving Years 1 - 6 to the School's premises at 61 Bateman Street.

The Nursery, Infant and Primary School area of Cambridge International School at Cherry Hinton Hall is currently undergoing a £3.5 million redevelopment. This work is due to be finished by the end of the year, so for one term the school is moving Years 1 - 6 to the School's premises at 61 Bateman Street. This site includes bright spacious classrooms, which provide a wonderful learning environment and will ensure continuity in the education provided by the School. The premises also has a safe area in which the children can play at the rear of the building.

The Nursery and Reception classes will remain at Cherry Hinton Hall as their area in the School has been completed, allowing them to start benefiting from the improved facilities.

The exciting development at Cherry Hinton Hall underlines Cambridge International School's long-term commitment to its pupils and parents, to deliver excellent facilities and provide a truly 21st century education. Once complete it will provide a beautiful, modern and light setting in which children will thrive. The unique location of the School in Cherry Hinton Park, as well as the new landscaping and refurbishment of Cherry Hinton Hall will provide the opportunity to expand our outdoor learning programmes and Forest School curriculum, which will enhance our pupils’ learning and development. The School will have a new central enclosed early learning courtyard which will provide a fun activity space for the school’s youngest pupils, linking closely with the internal teaching spaces, and outdoor room for covered learning.  A new ‘Giants Garden’ linked to Cherry Hinton Brook will offer opportunities for children to extend their learning from the library to the outside to ensure that the redeveloped school integrates into Cherry Hinton Park. The improved teaching and learning spaces will provide contemporary and inspiring environments, whilst retaining the unique historical character and setting of the school. 

Mrs Philippa Mills, Principal, commented "The temporary move to Bateman Street will ensure that all the work is completed safely and we are appreciative of how supportive the parents and staff have been in the temporary relocation. We are committed to providing the best education possible to the children here and are looking forward to welcoming the children to Bateman Street for the first term of the academic year."

Woodland Fun

Friday, 30 June, 2017

This week, in Coral class, we have finished off our Woodland Creatures' mini gardens.  We foraged in the beautiful park to find the natural bits and bobs we needed for being creative. "It was the best

 

  

 

This week, in Coral class, we have finished off our Woodland Creatures' mini gardens.  We foraged in the beautiful park to find the natural bits and bobs we needed for being creative. "It was the best day ever", apparently!

Bewilderwood

Sunday, 11 June, 2017

Getting ready for the woods

 

This week Coral class began learning about Bewilderwood in preparation for our trip. Using the website, we found a list of characters and clicked on Thornyclod - the spider-like creature - to find more information. We looked at all the fine details of Thornyclod and began to recreate this out of Newplast and collage bits. We now also know the names for the two segments of a spider. Can you find out where its stomach is?

You can also see the beautiful little woodland creatures and their homes that we have designed.

Shiver Me Timbers!

Sunday, 11 June, 2017

Pirate Day at EYFS

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage has been learning all about treasure.  To celebrate their learning, we had a pirate day. The children had an opportunity to walk the plank, attend sword school, build their own pirate ship, ride the waves on a boat (bike). We also went on a treasure hunt and played musical treasure island (musical chairs).

Weaving a Little Magic

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Last week was Art Week at Cherry Hinton Hall

 

 

After a very successful Art Week, where the children at CHH created some wonderful artwork based on the painting 'Penelope and the Suitors' by Pintoricchio, the exhibition was put together and displayed in one of our classrooms on Parents' Evening.

There were all kinds of art on display, from large sculptures to small intricate clay models, with a range of beautiful paintings drawings and weaving in between. The only shame is that it could only be shown in its entirety for a very brief time! For parents who were not fortunate enough to see the wonderful talent on display, these photographs should at least give a flavour of the exhibition.

Elementree Knowledge

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Learning about leaves at Forest School

 

   

 

This week, in Forest School, Coral Class learnt leaf identification finding beech, horse chestnut and ash leaves. We also began to learn the difference between compound leaves and simple leaves and the part of the leaf called a lobe.

Our second activity was to learn how to build a fire from scratch, gathering and separating various pieces of tinder, twigs and sticks into piles and getting it started with - surprise, surprise - a little vaseline on a cotton pad.

Next time, we will be supervised to build our own fires safely and to maybe make elderflower ice tea!

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