This week, a group of Year 7s had the luxury of being coached by three members of staff from Bedes, Eastbourne.
We had Dan Harding, a former professional football player, Olly Davies, Director of Swerve Soccer and Tony Morriss, a performance-enhancing sports coach, who worked with Team GB and Brighton & Hove Albion.
The pupils experienced three sessions; we had football with Dan and Olly then strength and conditioning with Tony. All three sessions were intense as Year 7 were put to the test for their physical fitness & core footballing skills, but they all proved they're hard workers and enjoy a challenge!
Year 7 had so much fun so we would like to invite Dan, Olly and Tony back again for even more! Everyone listened intently and fully immersed themselves in the demonstrations.
It is safe to say, everyone came away with better understanding of the tough conditioning athletes go through and ways to prevent injury from developing; good footwear and the correct way to tie up shoelaces are very important!
Well done to the staff cricket team last night who put the mighty Pat Richards XI to the sword. Don't in any way let their three-figure average age detract you from what was a sparkling performance including; big hits, straight bowling and sensational catching.
The Windlesham Staff took to the field for the first time since 2019 and carried on where they left off in previous years by dispatching the Pat Richards XI convincingly.
An entertaining game in lovely weather with Year 7 and 8 watching on in support suddenly reminded us of what we've been missing during the lockdown periods! Thank you to everyone who took part or supported us.
Windlesham in the sunshine is the most glorious place to be. The children are making the most of spending as much time as possible outdoors and the many plants that have been growing in our outdoor spaces have begun to flourish. The children have been excited to return to school after half term to find a new outdoor learning environment at the back of the Pre-Prep. Securely gated, with log stools, our new outdoor maths classroom is beginning to take shape. We have a multiplication rainbow, large whiteboard and an outdoor teaching clock to begin with and we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 100 square blackboard. We are looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it in the next few weeks. With that in mind, please can we ask that the children all have a sun hat and sunscreen in school. Application of sunscreen at home before school would be hugely helpful.
There is so much to look forward to over the next four weeks of term; sports day, swimming gala, whole school transition day in addition to the exciting learning opportunities the staff have planned for this half term.
I hope you enjoy our highlights from this week and I wish you all a happy and sunny weekend.
We began this week with wonderful tales of busy half-terms and lots of welcome back hugs. Our classroom looks much smaller as day by day the children grow taller, a sure sign of the last half of Summer term! Our topic of Wonderful Water has started with fiction stories set in the sea. We have read Commotion in the Ocean, Smiley Shark, A Home for Hermit Crab and What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside. Next week we will use the children’s water wonders to guide us through non-fiction texts. The class has been busy experimenting with how water moves and flows, how it mixes with other materials and the many containers that can hold water from pipettes to spray bottles, teapots and cups to watering cans.
In maths, we have been looking at the balance scales and how they can help us to measure how heavy objects around the classroom are. The children gave lots of suggestions on how they use scales at home in the kitchen and the bathroom, the scales they have seen at the shops and the scales that are at the doctor’s office. This week we also tried our hand at adding coins together and trying to understand that having more coins does not always mean having more money. Our writing focus has been on recalling and reflecting on the best aspects of Reception and Windlesham so we can share these ideas with the new children who will be in Reception this September.
The children are continuing to develop their reading stamina and fluidity by remembering to reread a sentence after they’ve decoded all the words. It has been wonderful to see friends reading books from our classroom library to one another in the sunshine. Their confidence as readers has really grown! Our social and emotional focus this week has been respecting others’ wishes and remembering to communicate to each other when we are unhappy with game rules or if people are hurting or bothering us. Specialist lessons this week have had us swimming like fish, singing like mermaids, learning Spanish ocean words and dancing up a storm!
It was so lovely to hear about everyone’s extremely happy half term adventures, from sailing around the Isle of Wight, to horse show rosettes and trophies, to beach playdates - the children certainly seem to have had a blast! As everyone was catching up, Jeremy asked me very sweetly how my holiday had been and even how I had gotten on with writing my reports!! Miss Kelleway and I have really noticed how incredibly mature the children seem in this final half term as they settle so quickly to tasks these days and complete them with significantly increased independence. They will be very ready for the challenges that Year 2 will bring come September.
We have been learning a little about the history of cars this week and the children have been writing their own stories following the structure of Quentin Blake’s amusing text, ‘Mrs Armitage, Queen of the Road’. Things gradually fall off her car and it begins to look much more like a motorbike! We learned to name features of a car by studying my old jalopy out on the playground; the children could not resist the challenge of seeing if they could all fit inside it!
They are in the process of making their box model vehicles which should be ready for a race down the hill behind Pre-Prep next week!
It was so lovely to welcome everyone back after a week of sunshine and adventuring! The children in Year 2 were super excited to see each other and share their holiday news.
This week, we’ve taken a non-fiction focus as we become experts on one of the (real!) animals from Alice in Wonderland. We’ve been developing our research skills, using a range of sources to find out more about flamingos, hedgehogs, dormice, dodos, cats, rabbits and hares. The children have done an excellent job of scanning websites and books and listening to video content to find answers to their questions in order to develop their understanding. They are now in the process of writing their own fact files, carefully organised using the features of a nonfiction text.
In maths, we have been telling the time. The children have made exciting progress with this challenging topic. As adults, it’s easy to forget how complex reading an analogue clock can be… Which hand does what? How many minutes to and past the hour? We’re encouraging the children to look out for clocks and keep practising at home.
In our topic work, we’ve been investigating habitats. We’ve been hunting for habitats around the grounds of Windlesham (with much bravery!) and we’ve been finding out what certain habitats provide to their inhabitants. In our art sessions, we’ve been inspired by surrealism and we are now creating our very own creative wonderlands!
Miss Rickaby and Mrs Sutherland
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