We had a wonderful time ‘on tour’ on Saturday June 4th, singing at the Jubilee Fete in the Exwick Parish Hall. The children turned out in force to delight their audience with a rendition of the National Anthem and ‘It’s Our Dear Old Queen’…. a unique song for EHPS with lyrics written specially for the occasion! Thanks to all of you for coming and singing so enthusiastically and to the parents for bringing you along in half term and supporting just as enthusiastically! How wonderful to be able to involve the children in live music again after so long! Here’s to many more community events, concerts and sing-alongs now we can gather in one place and sing altogether again.
Before half term, we spent the week looking at Civil Rights. We discussed what Human Rights we are all entitled to spoke about which groups in history have been denied basic human rights with children recalling learning from previous years including slaves in Benin, women before the Suffragette movement and Jews during the Holocaust. In our new topic, we looked at Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Oliver Brown and the Selma to Montgomery marches.
We then linked this to our learning on our British Values.
Miss Baxter, Miss Stone and Mr Tanner
We have had a super day celebrating the Queen and her Jubilee. We have designed and made crowns, sung the National Anthem and enjoyed lots of fun on the field.
We hope you have a great half term. Fingers crossed for fine weather!
We have had a lovely morning, learning more about the queen, designing our own commemorative plates, putting up our bunting and having a go at some English Country Dancing. We are sure the Queen herself would have enjoyed it all!
On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
This week we have been reading the story ‘On the Way Home’ that is all about a little girl called Claire who is walking home to tell her mum about how she hurt her knee. On the way home, she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake or an enormous dragon? This story has really allowed our imaginations to run wild!
The weather is starting to get better and we have enjoyed making the most of our discovery garden. Outside we have used the story to enact different scenarios, whether this is pretending an alien spaceship or a witch on a broomstick meets us on our way home. What will happen on your way home today?
Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: email@example.com
Happy half term everyone!
A few notes:
- We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies, thank you.
Year 2 have been learning two songs to help us celebrate the jubilee. We hope you enjoy our performance!
A big thankyou to everyone who sent in their portraits. They were all amazing and showed great artistic flair! We have loved sharing your work and here are just a few examples. We really are a talented bunch at Exwick Heights. These would definitely get the royal seal of approval! Well done everyone and have a fab half term.
Suddenly! A Preston Pig story has been our focus text this week, yet another fantastic story, which has helped us develop our narrative focus of ‘what happened next’. In the story written by Colin McNaughton Preston Pig is making his way home from school, little does he know that he has a hungry wolf pursuing him! At the end of each page, there is a moment where suddenly something happens and Preston luckily manages to avoid the hungry wolf. The children found it hilarious each time the wolf has a little mishap and enjoyed predicting what would happen next each time.
We learnt the Makaton sign for ‘wolf’ this week and we revisited ‘pig’ and ‘hungry’. For our cooking activity this week we enjoyed making our own cheese straws, these were very tasty and we were so pleased to enjoy them at snack time on Wednesday.
On Friday we celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by dressing in red, white and blue, bringing in a soft toy and a delicious snack to enjoy as our high tea in the afternoon! This was a fun filled day; we talked about the Queen and the Jubilee celebrations, made bunting to decorate our classroom and enjoyed some craft activities too.
Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 6th June) to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you have a wonderful half term break and we will look forward to seeing you for our final half term of the academic year.
The Nursery Team
We have enjoyed Topic because we have been learning about Freiburg. Freiburg is very sustainable because they have banned cars and only use buses. This is sustainable because most cars are toxic due to the CO2 that the cars produce. Freiburg is located in Southern Germany, on the the boarder of France and Switzerland.
Riley and Ayson, 5LS
In English, we’re writing to Ben Bradshaw about the environment and asking about ways that he can help fix it. We have to try and use formal language because we’re writing to an MP and this tone will make him listen. Some of the features we are trying to use are: list of three; rhetorical questions; emotive language; subject-specific vocabulary about the environment; relative clauses. I like writing letters to people so I am enjoying this topic!
We have learnt about online safety during our PSHCE lesson. We learnt to never talk to strangers, block bullies, stay within our age limit online and the most important: never give private information about ourselves. We know not to speak to a stranger because there is a danger that it could be an adult pretending to be a child so we have to be careful. We also learnt about being in an online community, for example XBox, where you can enjoy playing with friends online who have the same interests as you.
Dexter and Alfie, 5MW