Learning about the United Kingdom
This half term Year 1 have been learning about the United Kingdom and its four countries. As a special treat, each Year 1 classroom became a country for the day. Each class visited all 4 countries and took part in an activity based around that country. Lavender class became Wales, and the children created a picture of Snowdonian mountains using various art materials. Orchid Class was Northern Ireland and children were learning steps to Irish dancing. Daffodil Class was England where children made a colourful St. George’s Dragon and in Dandelion Class, children experienced cooking by baking Scottish shortbread biscuits. It was a fun day of learning for all!!
There has been great excitement in Nursery with our Bug’s Life topic. The children have been so engaged learning about the different types of minibeasts. We have been busy being minibeast detectives in our outdoor area and recording what we find. The children also made some jam pastry snails to support their topic.
The Easter egg hunt was also a great success. What a busy half term we have had. We can’t wait for next term!
It has been a very busy and exciting time for Reception as over the last two weeks we have had some little visitors! As part of our learning about life cycles, we had some caterpillar and duck eggs, which we have watched hatch and grow into butterflies and ducklings. The children have had amazing opportunities to observe, talk about and care for their guests and are now writing beautiful letters to the farmer to thank him for letting us look after his animals.
We had a very informative day on Wednesday 28th February when the school took part in FairTrade Day! The children participated in exciting activities such as looking at products to find the FairTrade logo.
The Rights Respecting Ambassadors even braved the snow to visit Sainsbury’s and find out about FairTrade products! Children chose FairTrade products to put in their shopping trolley. After all our learning about FairTrade the Fairtrade Foundation has awarded us the FairAware Award and we are very proud of this achievement for the school!
Ministry of Chocolate
As part of their topic “Where does chocolate come from?” Year Two had a visit from The Ministry of Chocolate and took part in an educational and engaging workshop. The children really enjoyed learning about chocolate. At the end of the workshop they were all awarded a unique ‘chocolatologist’ certificate to prove their substantial knowledge of this devilishly delicious food!
Within Minet, we encourage our children to explore different skills and techniques across all subjects. We were extremely lucky to have Art students from Uxbridge College visit our school during their work experience week. They supported our Year 1 and Year 2 children to create fantastic Spring Projects using different mediums of Art, for example: weaving, water colours and oil pastels. The Work Experience students inspired our children to become young artists and as a result of this, the children demonstrated true passion, attentiveness and willingness to be creative!
At the beginning of March Sally McGregor, who is our dental nurse, came to talk to each class about how to look after their teeth. Sally was impressed with the children’s knowledge of choosing healthy food and drinks. Each child learnt about the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day and they even got to have a go at brushing some false teeth! It is recommended that a dental check-up is carried out every 6 months to ensure good dental hygiene. If you would like further information about how to find a local dentist, leaflets will be available at the front desk.