Nursery and Reception have been observing the signs that winter is on its way! After noticing the frost last week, we decided to make some of our own ice decorations using natural materials. We collected leaves, conkers and twigs to create them and then hung them on our apple tree to watch what happened as they began to melt. The results were beautiful!
Children from all across our school have been involved in planting bulbs and winter plants in our outdoor shelter, Bowfell’s outdoor area and around our school.
Our Eco Team are responsible for making sure they are regularly watered and all the children in EYFS are busy sweeping all the autumn leaves away to keep our environment looking tidy.
If you did happen to pass Heaves woods this afternoon, you may well have seen Reception having super fun at their forest school session! The rain did not put us off, especially as we had one of Miss Butler’s brilliant shelters to hide underneath when we got there! We all enjoyed having a scavenger hunt to see what we could see and hear, we thought about why we might not have found certain things on our list and created our own magical wands from nature’s treasures. Mrs Haslam was also very proud of her newly acquired fire making skills, which were put to good use for us to toast marshmallows on to complete our afternoon!
Children in Nursery and Reception have enjoyed two recent visits from PC Jayne Park from Cumbria Constabulary. The children were fascinated to find out about the work of a Police Officer and all the equipment they use to help them do their job. The uniform was a definite hit as well as exploring the Police van and hearing the sirens! Jayne also visited again to help us learn some important rules about keeping safe on the road.
We enjoyed the best of days at Lakeside! From the moment we set off from school, everybody was cheering and buzzing with excitement.
First Year 1 took themselves to new heights on a rope ladder up to the treetops! Everyone pushed themselves to the limit to get as high as possible. Next we enjoyed a game of ‘Duckies’ on the lake where we had to use our hands as oars to collect as many floats as possible. After a delicious packed lunch, we enjoyed an adventure in the woods making potions, creating homes for our furry friends and then some calm mindfulness moments getting close to nature.
Everyone had an amazing time with their friends! Well done everyone!
Reception had a wonderful time at Lakeside on Wednesday. On arrival they hunted for natural materials and sticks to make their own potions with the magical ingredient that was lake water! They thought about what special powers their potions might have…
They then built shelters and homes for a variety of woodland creatures, thinking carefully about what each might need to have in their home.
Soon it was time to harness up for a climbing challenge, seeing some children making it right to the top in the trees, everyone had such a good go! A splashing afternoon was had by all playing duckies in the lake, collecting ducks and balls in teams whilst having to manoeuvre their boats using only hands to push the water away. Everyone was very happy and soggy at the end of a fun-filled day!
This week Year One began their computing topic about algorithms. They had to think logically about how to give a robot the correct instructions to brush its teeth. The next challenge was to work together to build Lego models, capturing picture instructions at each stage for another group to follow.
Nursery and Reception children have enjoyed exploring Bowfell’s new sensory space on our mezzanine level in the classroom. The dark den cave was a huge hit as well as the fascinating bubble lights and goo tubes!
This year, our new outdoor classroom area was the main focus for Experience Easter. Each day this week, classes have taken time to reflect on different stages of the Easter story – The Garden of Gethsemane, Caiaphas’s Courtyard, Golgotha and the Garden Tomb. We finished with planting seeds and colouring butterflies as signs of new life. Thank you to Pam Martin for providing all the content and to Miss Butler and Mrs Haslam for preparing us in school and creating our visual scene settings each morning. St John’s Church is hosting a similar event in the church grounds this week and have extended an open invite all members of the community to Experience Easter for themselves.
Happy Easter everyone!
Lots of our pupils have risen to the challenge again this week with some incredibly inventive, original and carefully crafted creations. Thank you to everyone who took part!