Board Games

What a fabulous final week of term for Eagles class! The final Forest School of term saw the children enjoying one last hot chocolate - we're looking forward to seeing the difference a change in season makes when we next visit. The children experimented with salt and watercolours to make Christmas cards; there were some very effective patterns. They also made traditional pompom tree decorations - some looking like Brussels sprouts, others a riot of colour. We played our board games which were a culmination of our Around the World in 80 Days topic - there are certainly some potential future graphic designers in Eagles! On top of all this, the children completed their explanations of how Father Christmas gets around the world in one night!

Instruction Writing

The inexorable march to the end of term continues with lots of varied opportunities for learning in Eagles class. Another excellent Forest School was much enjoyed by all the children - many thanks to all the parents who have donated biscuits or hot chocolate - always a highlight of the morning! Mathart also continued with a very cross-curricular topic of Islamic art. Some of us even had a go at creating our own geometric patterns using compasses and rulers - it was very tricky! We've started a new genre in English - writing instructions - and will be applying this to our Around the World in 80 Days board games we are producing in Geography.

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A very muddy Forest School saw Eagles enjoying knee slides a little bit too much! They also made willow wreaths and woodland crowns; a fabulous seasonal activity! We've nearly finished our Highwayman stories - the figurative language used by some of the children is very impressive. We've also continued our Mathart series with a look at Giotto's Ognassanti Madonna. Our focus was on ratio and we experimented with different ratios of paint colours. At the time of writing, we have yet to experience the Spirit of Christmas, but the children have done very well in their singing practices.



Eagles welcomed back Mr Major this week - he was right back in the fray with a morning of cover while Mrs Holt was monitoring the quality of Maths across the school. In the afternoon we started making healthy lifestyle adverts using iMovie, which the children will finish with Mr Major next week. We continued our singing practice on Tuesday - the children already sound lovely and we are very much looking forward to our concert at the cathedral (they are looking forward more to Pizza Express!). On Wednesday Mr Major accompanied Eagles to a very midge-filled Forest School with Mrs Wycherley where they made clay cookies. We've split for PE in this inclement weather, half with Mr Major playing boccia and half finishing off bits and bobs with Mrs Holt.

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy