On 22nd May we had another fab visit from Mike Mullen -3x Pro BMX Halfpipe Champion and Former World Master Champion. Once again, he came in and started the day with an assembly that reminisced about his life and encouraged the children to keep going and never give up; whatever their passion, continue to work hard and -if you fail - pick yourself up, dust yourself down and have another go!
Throughout the day, each class got to take part in a workshop with Mike. He taught some children to ride a bike, boosted the confidence of others and encouraged all of them to be daring and step outside their comfort zone.
At the end of the day, he put together a small team of children to take part in a show for the rest of the school and parents. To the amazement of the children, he even jumped over 7 teachers and parents!!
If the day did anything, then hopefully it inspired children to dust of their bikes and scooters and get outside.
Watching and learning
At the last Nightingale session, Mrs Fairhurst popped down to see what was happening under the trees. Some of the children took her under their wing and showed her how to light a small fire using a flint and steel. They were clearly very good teachers, because she listened and watched carefully and was able to start her own fire!
Julia Donaldson Concert
Foundation and Year 1's had a brilliant time singing with Julia Donaldson on Wednesday. We practiced all of her songs throughout the past weeks and Harry W was picked to perform as the bird, in her Room on The Broom song! Even The Gruffalo made an appearance!
Cooking in Nightingales class
We try to cook regularly in Nightlingales, usually on a Friday. Our cooking activity is linked to the weeks learning and often consolidates maths or literacy vocabulary. It is a great opportunity to practise speaking and listening skills and interactions with others.
Last week in our cooking session we used the balance scales to weigh ingredients to make fairy cakes. This enabled children to consolidate their understanding of heavier, lighter and balance, or the same, as well as practising using the vocabulary in a practical activity.
To make fairy cakes using a balance scale place one egg (in its shell) in one side of the scale. Weigh all the other ingredients (butter/marg, sugar and flour) against the egg so they balance or weigh the same as the egg, so equal quantities of each. Combine in a bowl. Spoon into paper cases in a baking tray then bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 for 10-12 minutes. We added chocolate chips to our mix; alternatively you could add a teaspoonful of jam to each cake case for jammy dodgers or cocoa powder to the mix for chocolate cakes. Make a simple icing by dissolving icing sugar in a little boiling water, add cocoa powder for chocolate icing or food colouring for different colours, decorate as you like.
In literacy over the last two weeks we have been exploring stories by Julia Donaldson, linked with her concert on Wednesday. This has helped children practise recognising rhyme and make rhyming strings. This week our focus was Room on the Broom. To finish the week children in foundation stage made witches hat chocolate coated biscuits; children in year 1 made witches cat biscuits. We melted chocolate in the microwave to look at changes from solid to liquid and back again.
We had a lovely session back at Forest School, looking at the changes to the site - both natural and man-made! We have a new canopy up over our fire and seating area - after the last one collapsed under the snow. We also have an amazing new pond area which is almost finished thanks to Dave Golding and his family.
Many children made use of the pond area - searching for frogs and tadpoles. Others enjoyed planting seeds, playing on the rope swing and using a flint and steel to make fires.