Things have been as busy and exciting as always in the Primary Phase. The Spring Term has seen the completion of our Building Project and we are so delighted with the results. Matt, Neil and the entire Seascape team have done a fantastic job, creating the most wonderful learning environment for our children and staff. We are now busy ordering resources and furnishing our new spaces. Parents and visitors to the site are welcomed in our ‘new-look’ reception area.
In Reception, the children have enjoyed many learning opportunities centred on their focus books, ‘Bedtime for Monsters’ and ‘The Naughty Bus,’ this term. During their ‘Monsters’ theme, the children shared and addressed some of their ideas and fears and went on to design their own friendly monsters. They discovered that the monster in their story wasn’t scary at all – in fact he just wanted a goodnight kiss before bedtime. More recently the children have been busy focussing on transport. They have been reading and writing about the adventures of the Naughty Bus as well as using their growing skills in design, construction and problem-solving to make their own naughty vehicle. Last week the children were visited by the History Bus. They had great fun exploring the bus and asking the driver their very many inquisitive questions!
This term Year 1 have designed and made beautiful crowns for the princess in their story ‘The Princess and the White Bear King.’ They have learnt many facts about the Antarctic and the animals that live there, which 1G shared with the rest of the Primary Phase in their wonderful class assembly. Our Year 1 children particularly enjoyed their ‘day in the life of a penguin’ experience this term as part of their ‘Frozen Planet’ theme. They are now busy becoming Solar System experts with their focus on Space and are looking forward to their upcoming trip to the Science Zone and planetarium in Boscombe. Our Year 1 children have also been participating in a programme run by the Council called ‘Steps,’ in which they have been learning how to be ‘road wise’ and stay safe.
Our Year 2 children started the Spring Term as ‘Mini Master-chefs’ with a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style challenge. They worked collaboratively to prepare tasty snacks using the ingredients they had been provided with. This, along with their story ‘Burger Boy,’ led to a focus on healthy eating. As part of their focus on food, they also enjoyed a trip to our local Tesco’s store, where they found out about food preparation and storage. We were privileged to be visited by the published author Debbie Coggan and have the opportunity to talk to her about her book ‘I don’t like Vegetables.’ Our Year 2 parents were invited in to try the healthy veggie burgers that the children had cooked and packaged as their fantastic finish. More recently, our Year 2 children have been learning how to innovate traditional stories as part of their ‘Tangled Tales’ theme.
In Year 3, the children have travelled back in time to the Stone Age and the Victorian era this term, comparing life in these periods of time with life today. They created a fantastic museum of tools, jewellery, clothes and other artefacts from the Stone Age which they opened to other classes, teachers and parents. It was a brilliant display of everything they had discovered and made – the children even prepared leaflets and acted as tour guides for their museum visitors. Mr Francis and a team of students from the Secondary Phase came to the Iford Site to lead a workshop on Cave Painting with the children, which really developed their understanding of ways in which we can find out about the past. As part of their focus on the Victorian times, Year 3 have enjoyed a Victorian School Day as well as a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum.
The Book Fair visited us after half term and was hugely popular. It kick-started our ‘World Book Day’ celebrations which included dressing up as our favourite book characters, a ‘Where’s Wally?’ search around the school, designing book covers, writing riddles describing story characters for other classes to solve, and creating shoe-box bedrooms for some traditional characters from well-known tales.
The Primary Phase children treated all the special ladies in their lives to a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration. We welcomed lots of our special family members into the hall on Friday 9 March, where we prayed, sang and shared a papercut movie in honour of the women who love and care for us day-in, day-out.
Our Parent-Teacher Association continues to thrive. The PTA organised a hugely successful ‘Neon Disco’ earlier this term and are now busy preparing things for our Easter-themed Fun Run, which will take place on Thursday 29 March. We are very appreciative of their fundraising efforts on behalf of the school.
Liz Wogan, Head of Primary Phase