D R A G O N S T O D AY S U MM E R 2 0 1 6
Outdoor learning provides endless
opportunities and caters for all learning
styles and interests. Forest Schools sessions
at St Edward’s are greatly enjoyed by
children in Reception and Year 1, while
gardening afternoons at the Prep are
productive, both in terms of learning and
the vegetable and plant yield. Reception
children busily and eagerly explore their
new outdoor play and learning area.
Maximising opportunities for outdoor
learning and play will be our main focus
for the year ahead.
Maximising opportunities for outdoor
learning and play will be our main
focus for the year ahead.
Over the past year, the Massage in Schools
programme has provided children in
Reception with an opportunity for creative
learning, helping to equip them with
crucial life skills. The children are taught
a set of gentle, basic moves which follow
a story and which they perform on each
other. As well as benefiting social skills and
showing the importance of gentle touch,
the emphasis is on consent. The child
being massaged has a clear choice to make
and that choice must be respected.
The Expressive Arts are integral to
creative development and to everything
we do at the Pre-Prep. The children
experience many opportunities to play
musical instruments, to sing, to perform in
assemblies, concerts and year group plays,
and to build, paint, create and programme
in ICT. Through these activities they
develop teamwork, resilience, patience,
determination and confidence.
As staff at the Pre-Prep, we like to have
the opportunity to experiment with new
ideas, learn new skills, be curious and open
minded and, very importantly, to have fun.
If we are modelling these behaviours, the
children will maximise and maintain their
own levels of enjoyment and creativity
in their learning throughout their school
careers, and beyond.
Little Dragon Big Difference
Reception were visited by Mr George Hedges, Secretary of
ROSY charity ((Respite Care for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters)
during the Easter Term. He wanted to thank them for all the
hard work they had put in last term to raise money for their
charity. Reception explained how they had written recipes and
invitations, baked Easter nests, made cheese and cucumber
sandwiches and squeezed lemons for lemonade to sell at their
‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ themed party for friends and family.
Mr Hedges explained to the children where their money would be going and how it would help
children who are very ill.
Year 1 ended their topic ‘Blitzed’ with a VE Day street party. The
children and staff dressed up in 1940s clothing, made party hats,
ate food that they had prepared following war time recipes and
had fun dancing to Glenn Miller and other war time favourites.
Following on from this topic, Year 1 reflected on all those people
who have been affected by war as they planned their charity
fundraising event. The children were set the task of finding an
unwanted item at home and giving it a make-over, ready to sell
at our ‘Make Do and Mend’ sale. After learning about the many
charities that support people affected by war, the children voted
to donate any funds they raised to the ‘War Child’ charity. The
children also learnt about different charities who support people
affected by war and voted to donate the £200 they raised to the
‘War Child’ charity.
Year 2 Talk Politics
Over the Summer Term Year 2 had a weekly News
and Current Affairs assembly. During the month
of June the European Union and the upcoming
Referendum was a very topical discussion. The
children learned about what the EU Referendum
was and discussed their thoughts. At the end, the
children voted to decide whether we should stay
in or leave the EU. The children were engaged
throughout and shared insightful thoughts and
opinions happily. The overwhelming majority
thought that it was best to stay in, giving reasons of
trade and support if we were to go to war.
Year 3 Balloon Debate: The Finals
Picture the scene: a hot air balloon, overloaded with characters from history, myth or fiction.
The balloon is sinking fast and only four characters can stay in … each Year 3 child explained
to their class why their character should stay in the balloon; the class then voted for their two
favourite characters, leaving eight finalists.
On finals day we had Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the
internet, Willy Wonka, Athena, Goddess of wisdom, war and
crafts, Walt Disney, Kung-Fu Panda and most gratifyingly,
some of our teachers. The finalists, dressed as their characters,
put their case to stay in the balloon. Year 3 listened attentively
and respectfully to each persuasive argument, enlivened with
humour, threats and bribes. The children put some tough
questions to each finalist. When the votes were counted, the
lucky (and persuasive) survivors were Tim Berners Lee, Athena,
Willy Wonka and Kung Fu Panda.
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