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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!


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!

This Week in Coral and Caribbean Classes

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Such an interesting week!






We've had a very busy week this week. We went on a nature walk to observe plants in our environment and find them on our list. We are learning about arrays and using peg boards. We planted Cucamelon seeds in our specially designed pots. Isaac brought Rodnet, the giant African snail, for a visit to Coral class.

It is Art week in Caribbean. We have chosen weaving as our task.

Billy Bob Buttons

Sunday, 14 May, 2017

Visit from a favourite author

Billy Bob Buttons an award-winning children’s author, visited the Primary School this week. He is the author of sixteen very popular children’s books including 'Felicity Brady', 'Muffin Monster' and 'I think I Murdered Miss'. He delivered workshops to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, focusing on Planning a Story, Adventure Writing and Characters. Additionally, Billy Bob Buttons read a story to Years 1 and 2. He also signed his books for the children.

Woodland Soup

Saturday, 06 May, 2017

Just yummy!



Today in Forest School Coral class helped Mrs James to make Woodland Soup. First we gathered some wood to add to the fire. We were so good at remembering our campfire rules. Next we found and added the nettles and wild garlic to the potatoes, carrots and onion. It was truly yummy! Prior to this we also learnt to identify some plants and seeds that we should not eat.

Little Green Fingers

Sunday, 30 April, 2017

Infants discover nature in the garden



As part of the Science topic 'Greenfingers', Years 1 and 2 took a walk around CHH grounds on Monday morning to look for different kinds of plants. Dandelions, buttercups, pansies, crocuses, cow parsley and bleeding hearts were just some of their discoveries! There were several others that neither children nor adults were sure of, and we will be using the Internet to investigate their proper names.

Tribute to Mums

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Mums received a special welcome at the Mothers' Day Assembly

The Infants and EYFS Department held their Mothers' Day assembly last week.

There was a very full turnout, and mothers enjoyed watching their children perform a variety of songs, poems and dedications of love for their mummies! There was a huge 'Ahhhhhh' factor as the youngest children said, loudly and clearly, why they loved their mummies so much. Coral Class children used their senses to describe how their mummies looked, sounded, smelt and felt.

Caribbean Class used similes to compare their mothers to a range of beautiful things, including scientists, rainbows, pizza, and the joy of playing in the snow. The songs too were a great hit - we even had a Spanish Mothers' Day song to finish the show. The mothers who came were able to enjoy a breakfast before the show started, and there was a really happy family atmosphere to the whole event. (Mr Orwin)