Friday, 13 October 2017

Minutes 13th October

Congratulations!
On achieving your Eco-Schools Bronze Award
Well done you did it! Hopefully the first 3 steps on your Eco-Schools journey to Green Flag have gone well; you now have an active Eco-Committee, Environmental Review, Action Plan for topic projects and probably much more!

We will now begin working towards our Silver award. During the evaluation of our bronze award we felt that not everyone in the school really understands recycling so we would like to plan a whole school assembly around the importance of recycling. We shall ask Mrs Hamilton when we could do this.
We will also look through come catalogues to create an order to improve the secret garden and the gated space along the wall.
During your class council meetings please:
Share what you already know about recycling.
Discuss what you would like in both of those spaces.
Please comment below.

  

Friday, 6 October 2017

School Council Minutes 6th October 2017

In today's school council meeting the children were presented with their school council badges which they are now wearing very proudly. This will help everybody know exactly who the school councilors are so you can share your thoughts and ideas with them to contribute towards our meetings further.







We then looked back over our Environmental review and looked at the comments that Year 3 had left. We agreed with their ideas so have decided to tackle the issue of electricity being wasted and improve the amount of recycling. We spoke to our caretaker Vic who was really helpful and supportive of our ideas. He has said that he has to read and record the meter readings on the 1st of every month and has asked some of the school councilors to support him with this so that we can keep a track on how much electricity is being used and see if the amount reduces following our campaign to reduce wasted electricity. He also said that we can have extra bins in the classroom so there will be one that is just for paper and cardboard so that this can be kept separately and be sent to be recycled instead of joining all the other rubbish on the landfill site. He also supported out idea of having a compost bin to collect the fruit peelings. We decided that we should trial this initially on the playground. Vic said that he will support the school councilors to empty the bins into the compost heap in the school garden on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If this is successful we will look at having more opportunities to compost waste around the school. Thank you Vic for helping us to make a positive impact.
We completed the Changemaker application form and showed our agreement to the values by signing the form. This will be emailed to the University of Northampton and displayed on our school council noticeboard. We will shortly begin the application for our next award.
We then listened to some questions from each of the classrooms but would really like all questions and comments to be added at the bottom of our minutes so we can keep track of them all.
Please comment below with your thoughts and suggestions for how we can reduce the amount of electricity we use.

 

Conkers, conkers and more conkers!

This week in nursery we went on a conker hunt! We walked to our local park with some big bags, we collected hundreds! We walked to the park holding onto our magic rope, we stopped at the roads and remembered our safety looking left and right, listening and looking again before crossing. We were so excited when we got to the conker tree we let go of the rope and explored them, some of us found sticks and leaves too and had fin comparing all of the different things. We also looked at the hard spikey things that were on the floor and discovered these were conker shells! We carried our big bags full of conkers back to nursery and explored them further, we painted them, we rolled them, we counted them and we sorted them.


 
We also explored melons, we looked at the shape and colour and had a guess at what we thought was inside of them! Some of us thought lemon juice was inside! We hammered golf tees into them this was great fun showing off our strong hand muscles and then we noticed water was coming out! We were right there was juice inside! We made a mind map of everything we had discovered.
 

We also spoke a lot about play dough on Friday and how we wanted to create things with it. We then had a hunt in our kitchen and researched for a recipe online we found everything we needed and located the equipment we needed. We created our own play dough! We were especially good at the kneading part! I can't wait to learn loads more with you next week!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Forest School session 4

Today was a chilly Tuesday at Forest School! We found another caterpillar this week he was a big green, fat caterpillar instead of a hairy one like last week.
We also spent lots of time tying and knotting the ropes around the willow dome. Some of us used the ropes to play chasing games. It felt good to run in the wind!






 

Friday, 29 September 2017

We love learning!

This week in nursery we have explored lots of different ideas and materials! Some of us decided to try out sitting on different textures and sliding down the slide! We discovered the silk fabric was the best for sliding down really quickly!

 
We also turned our computer area into a café! We had lots of imaginative fun pretending to take orders through the phone and writing them down. Climbing was also a particular interest this week with lots of us interested in climbing on the boat and the climbing frame! I can't wait to see what we engage with next week!



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Forest School session 3

Reception are so settled into Forest School now and they have so many ideas about what they would like to do! Last week I noticed that the children were highly engaged in wrapping and weaving the trees and sticks so we had some wool in autumnal colours. We had a lovely chat about Autumn on our way to Forest School and Freddie said "I love autumn because all the leaves change". We found some Autumnal objects including conkers and cones and these were used for collecting, counting and making into fishing rods!
The willow dome is looking fantastic with all the weaving and wrapping with wool and masking tape!
We also discovered a lovely looking spider which the children thought 'looked like a tarantula' and a very hairy caterpillar which we thought looked rather funky!