We have had some great conversations in our R-time around what working together looks like. This week the children had the challenge of working in pairs to create ‘something’ out of three pieces of Lego. As always the children greeted their partner with a smile and kind words, using eye contact and showing their partner using their body language that they are a team. I was really impressed by how all of the children showed their partner that they cared by taking it in turns to speak and listening carefully to each other. We explored how showing our partner that we care by using our R-time skills filled them with good feelings and then that filled us with good feelings too! How great is that?
Here Jacob and Alfred worked in a team to build using their blocks. They couldn’t decide whose idea to use so they made both!
One of our families respectfully informed us that they were going to attend the Friday for Future gathering in Exeter this Friday.
This inspired us and gave us a great opportunity to come together as a KS 1 team to explore aspects of geography, history and citizenship with the children within a thoroughly up to date context. Using first hand accounts and internet resources, we were able to explore what Fridays For Future is, the science, theories and opinions behind it, why it exists and the inspirational personalities driving and supporting it.
Whilst we could not support or encourage families to keep their children out of school, we can be hugely respectful and understanding to any individual who feels the need to make such a choice.
We have been using our R-Time skills in our reading by sharing, listening carefully to each other and taking turns. We have been exploring our Special Book Box and reading together. Kyron and Jacob were keen to share their book with an adult in the room talking about the pictures in “Good Knight Sleep Tight”.
Year 1 have been thinking carefully about their pencil grip. We have practiced creating our alien hands which go CHOMP! because they like to eat pencils, pens and paintbrushes. We have then had a go at looking through the gap created by our fingers so we know that we are ready to write.
We have started to come together as a Key Stage on Tuesday morning to share an R-time activity together. This week the children worked in teams to draw around each other’s hands on one small piece of paper. The children firstly greeted each other with a smile, sharing some kind words before discussing how they were going to draw around each other’s hands.
Here Sophia, Millie and Lilly are working together to include everyone in their group in drawing around their hands. Great teamwork!
To help us to remember our new story, “Knock, Knock, Open the Door” we have been using our slimy writing packs to have a go at writing the names of the different animals behind the doors. Some of us chose to the paint brushes to write the letters (remembering our alien hands!) whilst others got a bit slimy and used their fingers, yuck!
In PE over the past 2 weeks we have been exploring risk taking and confidence as we speedily approach the beginning of our next journey in Year 2. The children have been using teamwork, problem solving, balance and bravery to maneuver the different equipment. The confidence and courage each child displayed exploring new height mirrored how they have grown throughout the year and showed how they are ready for the next year.
Well done Year almost Year 2s!
The children in Years 1 and 2 have been working together to think about ‘Changes’ and the feelings that change can bring.
We are all getting ready for our move up through the school and value being able to share and explore the feelings that changes like these bring.The R-Time skills that all of the children use to manage their interactions with each other are truly impressive!
It is noticeable this year that the children have very, very few uncomfortable feelings about moving year groups and are actually more excited and looking forward to it, than worried about it.
We are going to continue to explore the feelings that change and continue to support that growing comfort and confidence in dealing with the changes that life inevitably brings.
Thank you to all the effort put in by both children and parents to make our Crazy Hair theme for non-school uniform great. We loved seeing all of the different styles and colours that made us all smile and gave the children lots to talk about. We promise we didn’t go too crazy!
After our success with coming first in the Sustrans ‘Leg it to Lapland’ competition, we have had the pleasure and privilege of welcoming multiple Guinness World Recorder holder and bike stunt professional Andrei Burton to Haytor View this afternoon. Andrei is one of the most established and successful professional mountain bike athletes in the UK and showed us the steps that we need to take to do different bike stunts. Andrei proved to us that practice pays off and has inspired many of us to get on their our. We loved watching Andrei’s thrilling performance (even if we spent most of our time holding our breath!). Wow! A big thank you to Sustrans and Andrei Burton for providing us with a spectacular experience that will stay with us for a very long time.