This week’s newsletter for Rossall Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School.
Message from the Preparatory School Headmaster
How time flies when you are having fun! The term is already over a week old and the sheer amount that we are filling into each and every day, is truly fantastic.
I have been particularly pleased to receive a number of trip requests from staff over the past few weeks. Organising external visits is a mainstay of any outstanding educational setting, with the understanding that not everything can be taught within the classroom.
This process has been a somewhat difficult one over the past two years. Firstly, having not been able to go anywhere and more recently, ensuring that establishments are happy for us to safely attend and that appropriate risk assessments are in place.
I am delighted that every year group now has a trip booked or planned for this term, all of which support the learning linked to their work in School:
- Rec: Samlesbury Hall, Preston
- Y1: Blackpool Zoo
- Y2: Clitheroe Castle
- Y3: Sea Life Centre, Blackpool
- Y4: Deva Centre, Chester
- Y5: Hoghton Tower, Preston
- Y6: Science & Industry Museum, Manchester
That is not to say that classroom learning cannot be fun! Year 5 had a wonderful time creating a lava lamp in Science, learning all about solutions and density.
The co-curricular programme got underway this week and I was delighted to hear so many children talking so positively about their new experiences. That includes the Year 6 cast of Oliver!, many of whom have already learnt every word and know every song! Competitive fixtures are also back on the cards for next week, with the rugby and hockey teams squaring off against AKS.
All in all a very busy start to the term, just as it should be!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mr M Turner
Headmaster of Preparatory School & Nursery
1st & 3rd in Vida Education’s drawing competition
Congratulations to our first and third place prize winners in Vida Education’s drawing competition. What an amazing achievement in the countywide competition.
Well done to all who took part and created beautiful pictures about ‘What We Love About the Fylde Coast’.
Our first full week back at school since the Christmas break has been full of learning, last week we discussed New Year’s resolutions, this week we have started lots of new topics across all areas of the curriculum.
In Mathematics we have been multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. The class have been letting their inner Beyoncé out, “to the left to the left”, with great success!
In English we have started our new book “The Selfish Giant” we have already used this to write our own class poem using expanded noun phrases.
In Science our work has begun learning all about the circulatory system, thus far the children have found out all about blood, what it contains and its purpose, we even made a raspberry smoothie to help illustrate this, it didn’t really look too much like blood and luckily tasted nothing like it.
If all this learning wasn’t enough we have also started our new topic on Government and Politics, thus far we have discussed what makes a good leader and rules we would implement if we were in charge of the country. Oh and of course discussed garden gatherings!
It has been a most entertaining week in Year 5. The children have begun learning the songs for the upcoming performance of Oliver and they are absolutely loving it! Here is a report from Miss Silverton on their progress so far.
“Year 5 have started the Lent Term with a bang! We have started preparations for the Prep Musical Show: ‘Oliver!’. The children have been learning chorus songs such as “Food Glorious Food”. Miss Mullin & I are so impressed with how quickly, musically and enthusiastically Year 5 are learning the song, before you know it, the children will be parading around your kitchen with spoons and bowls singing at home! We are all extremely excited and looking forward to the term ahead.”
We all were fascinated to learn about the very complicated battles and intrigue that surrounded the War of the Roses. It did not help the Year 5 historians that the majority of protagonists were all either named Richard or Henry!
We have looked at ‘ Yggdrasil’ as part of our English this week, the children were fascinated to learn about the ancient beliefs surrounding this tree. They have produced some incredible sketches of Yggdrasil which they are quite rightly, very proud of.
Once again, a busy and most productive week in Year 5. Time to recharge batteries over the weekend ready to do it all again next week!
It’s been an action-packed week in Year 4 and the children have enjoyed discovering all about their new topic: The Romans. They have focused on placing the Romans on a timeline and discovering how quickly they invaded other countries (Even Britain!)
The children have come up with lots of questions about the Romans that they would like to find the answer to over the next few weeks:
- “Why was the Roman army so successful?”
- “Did the Romans eat fish?!”
- “How many countries did they invade?”
- “When was the colosseum built?”
Hopefully over the coming half term, we will be able to find all of the answers to these questions!
In Science, we have looked at States of Matter, and discovered that everything in the world is either a solid, a liquid or a gas! We also discovered that sometimes the state of matter can change by either heating or cooling.
The children conducted their very first experiment to see how applying heat to chocolate can allow it to change its state from solid to liquid. They carefully predicted which type of chocolate they thought would melt first, planned out their experiment and wrote up their method.
Conducting a fair experiment is tricky but the children discussed all the different variables and decided which ones they had to keep the same. The experiment went well and we found that chocolate will begin to change it’s state at only 35 degrees! The children enjoyed carrying out their own experiment, and the classroom smelt wonderful!
his week we have introduced our new topic of ‘Water’ and have focused on the question “How do we use water?” We have learnt about hydration and how important water is to keep us healthy. We have looked at where we would find water, including different types of weather and different bodies of water in our environment. The children enjoyed discussing how they use water, usually from the very first moments of their day … washing, going to the toilet and brushing their teeth. They were also fascinated to find out how much water was in different types of fruit and vegetables. This has led to lots of activity ideas and continuous provision suggestions for next week.
On Thursday, on our way to lunch the children found an empty egg case. They quickly realised that it looked quite different to the traditional idea of an egg. We decided to work out what species it was from based on its size and shape. When back in class we found out that generally, shark eggs have curly tendrils at the ends or are covered in fibres, whereas ray eggs are usually squarer with horns protruding from the corners. We went onto the Shark Trust website and decided our egg case was from a Smallspotted Catshark. We then recorded our find on their website and watched videos of shark egg cases hatching. The children were fascinated and have created a small world ocean in our water tray, with of course, lots of sharks! I am sure this will also mean more visits to the beach to find more egg cases too!
Year 3 have had a wonderful second week of the Lent term. The children have delved deeper into the Stone Age. In English, we continued to read Stone Age Boy, practised writing speech and learnt how to use dictionaries to find definitions of words.
In Topic, we learnt about how Stone Age homes changed during the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. We also created our own Stone Age cave drawings. We have been ‘rocking out with rocks’ in Science again this week, exploring different properties of rocks such as permeability and density.
We have also been working hard in Maths looking at comparing multiplication and division facts, and starting to learn about multiplying with 2-digit numbers.
Finally, we recently received a strange letter… from Henry VIII inviting us for a Zoom call! Our Topic last half term was Riotous Royals, and King Henry wanted to speak to us himself! We met him on Zoom on Thursday, calling in from Hoghton Tower, and we heard all about his riotous reign, his six wives and he even answered some of our own questions. Thankfully, no-one was beheaded!
Year 2 have had another super week! We have been making predictions about our new book ‘The Dragon Machine’ and using adjectives to describe the dragon’s personality.
In Science, we have continued to investigate absorbency and we went on a learning walk around the school site to look at the environment around us and we focussed our attention on the different building materials around us. Back in the classroom, we created our own hypothesis and experiment to test the absorbency of hard materials.
In Topic we have learned about Motte and Bailey castles, looking carefully at the castles features. This is in preparation for our trip next week as we are visiting an old Motte and Bailey castle.
Today, we enjoyed our first lesson in our new Rossall Rotation – golf. All the children participated and were super enthusiastic about their experience in the Golf Academy.
This week we have started our new class story ‘ The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth’ by Ellie Hattie. We have made predictions about what we think is going to happen in the story, where and when we think it is set and who the characters are.
In the book Oscar has been woken up by a loud CRASH! But what was it that made the noise? We have our own ideas, but are we right? Could it be a snappy, green crocodile, a big, strong gorilla or a fast, spotty leopard. We have used describing words to improve our sentences about what we think it could be. But, of course, it’s none of these. It’s a huge hairy mammoth! What adventures are Oscar and the mammoth about to share with us?
In Maths we have been finishing our work on addition and subtraction and have used our skills and knowledge to help us solve multi-step problems. We have had lots of discussion about whether we need to do addition or subtraction, or both in the word problems.
In Topic we have been ordering our own lives on a visual timeline and thought about our firsts; our first steps, our first birthdays, our first day at school. The children enjoyed sharing their photos with each other and talking about their memories of some of these important events in their lives.
This week we have introduced our new topic of ‘Water’ and have focused on the question “How do we use water?” We have learnt about hydration and how important water is to keep us healthy.
We have looked at where we would find water, including different types of weather and different bodies of water in our environment. The children enjoyed discussing how they use water, usually from the very first moments of their day… washing, going to the toilet and brushing their teeth.
They were also fascinated to find out how much water was in different types of fruit and vegetables. This has led to lots of activity ideas and continuous provision suggestions for next week.
On Thursday, on our way to lunch the children found an empty egg case. They quickly realised that it looked quite different to the traditional idea of an egg.
We decided to work out what species it was from based on its size and shape. When back in class we found out that generally, shark eggs have curly tendrils at the ends or are covered in fibres, whereas ray eggs are usually squarer with horns protruding from the corners. We went onto the Shark Trust website and decided our egg case was from a Smallspotted Catshark. We then recorded our find on their website and watched videos of shark egg cases hatching.
The children were fascinated and have created a small world ocean in our water tray, with of course, lots of sharks! I am sure this will also mean more visits to the beach to find more egg cases too!
It’s been a week of fun in the winter sun for us at nursery this week…
Sanderlings enjoyed a trip to the beach, where they delighted in filling buckets with sand, exploring the different textures and even looking for nemo in the sea. Our babies also had fun out on the playing fields this week where they toddled, crawled and rolled around with their friends, we certainly had lots of smiles.
Sandpipers have been cooking up a storm in the mud kitchen this week, adding water, mud, leaves and pinecones to the mixing bowl and using their imagination in play alongside their friends. They have enjoyed walks around the school grounds too where they have built on their listening skills and awareness of the natural environment.
Sparrows room held ‘move it Monday’ on the play ground this week, which soon evolved into a giant game of hide and seek, where the children could develop their counting and turn taking skills. Our sparrows children have also been mastering their fine motor skills by ‘rescuing’ animals trapped in the tuff tray, the teachers used tape to trap the animals, so the children had the opportunity to use scissors to free them.
They have also channelled their inner scientists by combining materials to create new effects, such as gloop & play dough… what a busy week we had!
The year 6 awards this week go to:
- Sophie – Fabulous first week at Rossall School
- Adriana- Fabulous first week at Rossall School
- Bailey – Being a caring and considerate friend
- Charlie- Enthusiasm towards learning
For excellent work in History our awards this week go to Kieran and Michael.
In 4R our awards this week go to Rhiannon and Reuben for outstanding enthusiasm and perseverance in all activities.
This week’s Year 3 certificates go to Spencer for his fantastic progress with his reading and his confidence, and to Aaron for his hard working attitude and great improvement in his handwriting.
This week’s Year 2 awards go to Matilda and Anthony for super independence in Maths lessons.
Well done to Alicia and Kaxshaan who received this week’s awards for fantastic writing.
This weeks certificates of achievement go to Max and Khaled.
Max has recently made excellent progress with his reading.
Khaled has completed this weeks Maths activities confidently and independently.