Together we nurture the genius in everyone
Friday 24th April
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Spring is really with us now, and the children are enjoying all the opportunities for outside play and activity. Julia Palmer is our lead on playground development, and she has some fantastic ideas about how to provide imaginative, open-ended opportunities for play and creativity. The PSA, at our AGM on Tuesday, agreed to fund some natural resources and developments in the playground, and we hope to get started very soon so that everyone can have even more brilliant playtimes. We all really benefit from the work of the PSA, but we need a new chair, as Rebecca is leaving us when her younger child goes to ST Paul’s after the Summer. We need someone to take over as Chair, so don’t be shy!
On Monday of this week, Suzanne Ramsey brought her collection of natural artefacts from Richmond Park. The Year 1 children were enthralled by the huge range for them to see – tiny animal bones form the inside of owl pellets, enormous antlers – and everything in between! The Y1 children are certainly enjoying their current topic: Creepy Crawlies and Garden Gremlins. In a couple of weeks they will have a very exciting visitor – I don’t know if you remember when we had the enormous bee swarm in a tree by the ball court last summer? The bee keeper who came to collect the swarm has looked after it ever since, and on the 13th May he is coming in to tell the children how the bees are getting on in their new hive. We are all hoping he will bring us some of their honey too.
This morning the whole of Year 2 got into coaches and set off for the zoo. The children, and the adults, were very excited, and I’m looking forward to hearing lots of great stories when they get back this afternoon.
Last week, Topaz children helped to look after our hens. They brought in the kind of food that chickens like, took turns to collect the eggs, and visited them in their run and in the herb garden. They also made an egg carrier each so that they could take an egg home to eat! This week, it has been Amber Class’s turn. Here are some photos. Next week Jade children will have their turn, and then we will move on to the Year 1 classes. It is very nice to share our school with some friendly hens.