Festive Forest School
The last few weeks of Forest School were very busy, with many of the children choosing to create a variety of natural Christmas crafts. We had tree cookie ornaments being sawn, snowmen being built, reindeer being created and santa sticks being whittled. Some of the children hadn't used the tools before, so it was lovely to see them gain confidence as they learned a new skill.
Other children that had been interested in using a flint and steel to start a small shell fire, learned to make natural firelighters using wax, sawdust and egg boxes; they then used these to create a larger fire in a fire bowl.
The children have been trying lots of different food to warm them up on the colder afternoons - from crumpets to quesadillas (which were very popular!!) and good old hot chocolate!
We hope the children have enjoyed their term of Forest School; we will be welcoming back Nightingales on Mondays after Christmas and it will be the turn of Hawkings Class on Tuesdays.
It's getting busy behind the scenes...
School is a hive of activity at the moment with preparations for the Christmas performances. But it isn't just the children having to learn lines and songs; adults behind the scenes are working really hard to tweak costumes, create 'growing' beanstalks and paint props!
Woodstock Museum Visit: Toys from the Past
Nightingales had a fantastic day out at the Woodstock Museum. We began by exploring toys from the past in their workshop, including playing with toys children had in Victorian times, talking about the resources and materials these would have been made with, then making our own peg dolls.
We all enjoyed our lunch before having a run around outside in the autumn sunshine.
After this we looked around the museum exhibits. Children particularly liked the Victorian room where they were able to try on clothing, the dinosaur room and making their names with runes.
A big thank you to museum staff who were so friendly and informative. The whole day was pitched just right for our children and supported the learning we have been doing in class. I would highly recommend this as a family day out, I am sure children would love to go back and show parents around and discover more as we could not possibly look at everything in our time today. The museum also had a lovely shop and cafe.
Nightingales sharing assembly and workshop
Many thanks to all the parents who came to our first class sharing assembly on Friday, I am sure you will agree all the children did very well and were very brave standing up and sharing their learning in front of the whole school as well as their parents.
Thank you also to all those who were able to join us in our workshop after the assembly. We hope you enjoyed making the wooden spoon puppets and well done to all those parents who tried so hard to make their creations look like their children's plans!
Why do we like our village?
On Friday 17th November Kennedy and Nightingale classes went for a walk around Brize Norton. Next year we will be taking part in the village plan so in preparation for this we began thinking about all the good things we can enjoy in our village. Children liked the open spaces to play and explore, they thought the village looked pretty and everyone loved the park!