Engaging young children in mark-making is the first step to creating confident and enthusiastic writers BUT it can often be challenging to get the boys on board!
This week we have moved the Literacy activities outside and made them as multisensory and messy as we can and the results have been fantastic.
Al the children but especially the boys enjoyed activities such as mud-painting, mark-making in wet sand, large-scale chalking, painting trees with ‘puffy’ paint and puddle-painting and even the changing weather couldn’t dampen their enthusiasm!
Some boys loved the mud more than others!
On the last day of term Year 6 were lucky enough to be able to Skype with the explorer, adventurer and author Justin Miles. The children’s full report will follow early next term! It was a fantastic session where we learnt about Justin’s passion for the outdoors and some of his extreme adventures.
Still working on their topic ‘Under the Sea’,Reception have been ‘diving’ into a range of exciting activities including: making their own jellyfish; creating their own under the sea scenes and thinking of adjectives to describe an under the sea scenario.
An enormous amount of effort has been put into this work and the reception children should be very proud of themselves. WELL DONE!
Here are a few pictures of the children’s work:
An assembly, in which the entire student body congregated in the main hall, was held last week to acknowledge the various achievements accomplished recently by many students. These pupils had to stroll to the front of the hall to explain what they did and were also congratulated by Mr Turvey and all Tubbenden children.
Firstly, the four year 6 pupils that took place in the national Maths challenge-held by Explore Learning- explained what they did and how well they thought they did. They were congratulated with a medal 🎖 and a certificate. The students stated they enjoyed the experience and thought they did very well.
Secondly, a golf centre near Tubbenden saved up £1000 and donated it to our school. We all would like to say thank you to all those people that kindly did this.
Then, a child in year 5 shared his experience of being a mascot at the football match between West Brom and Tottenham. Although he waited two years for this experience it was well worth; he got a Tottenham shirt signed by all the Tottenham squad.
Finally, a young boy named Shlock took place in a under 8 chess championship for in London. In the assembly he was given a trophy 🏆 as he had become the best under 8 chess player in London. Many congratulations to Shlock for this fabulous achievement and good luck for future competitions!
The Nursery children have been exploring the topic ‘All About Animals’ and had shown a particular interest in pets. As such, we adopted the role of ‘dog trainers’ and trained our ‘pet dogs’ (our Nursery friends) to complete exciting tricks such as jumping through hoops.
Once we thought they were ready, our ‘pet dog’ friends competed in an exciting ‘Crufts’ style competition complete winner podiums and rosettes that we had made earlier!
The Morning Nursery Class were also treated to a visit from ‘Gizmo’ the cat! We would like to say a BIG thank you to Mrs. Atkinson for bringing ‘Gizmo’ in to meet the children.
After lots of interest in ‘Gizmo’s’ collar and discussion about the reason why pets need to have their address printed on their collars, the Nursery children made ‘Missing’ posters for pets which led to some fantastic mark-making and attempts at name-writing.
What a busy week we have had!
On Tuesday the 7th of February the eager boys and girls of Year 6 contested the netball team from Farnborough. They played skilfully, impressing the bustling crowd on the sideline and especially our coach Mrs Brash. Our defence was impenetrable and our attack was swift and precise with passes and shots. We oozed teamwork and we’re able to zoom pass their defenders. We defeated our opposition 10-5 as a result of our continuous practice and hardships; this added another win to our seemingly endless streak. Congratulations Tubbenden!
Yesterday, the 5th of February, all reception classes visited the Horniman Museum to learn about sea creatures linked to their topic ‘Under the Sea’. They were given the pleasure of visiting the gallery and setting their eyes upon colourful creatures. In the aquarium, they got to feel some different species of sea life and had fun pretending to be them! After that, they were set a task: to find one fact about their animal. I hope Reception enjoyed their trip and will continue to do excellent work during their topic.
Last week (Tuesday 24th) the Tubbenden netball team excitedly anticipated a game against Hawes Down school. The team took their places and the ear-piercing shriek of the whistle shattered the silence. Supporting parents watched the entertaining game, despite the freezing conditions. It was a thrilling match and by the end of the first match Tubbenden were winning 24-0 (although they tried their best not to broadcast their excitement as they were feeling very sympathetic for the other team). In the second match Hawes Down had upped their game, their intercepting skills were amazing. Tubbenden did win 15-0 in the second match although we all knew it was the taking part that counted. Congratulations to Tubbenden who did win 39-0 in the end but the game had been really enjoyable and playing had been much more fun than hearing the final score. Thank you to Hawes Down who kindly invited us to play in their brilliant school, it was really fun.
Last week the Nursery children celebrated the Chinese New Year Festival with lots of themed activities including noodle/rice malleable play, a martial art lesson led by ‘Aquila’ an after-school sport provider (http://www.aquilataekwondo.com/) and a ‘Tai Chi lesson’ led by Mr. Harms the school Site Manager and Tai Chi enthusiast.
The children also learnt about the traditional stories surrounding the celebration such as the ‘Zodiac Animal Race’ and watched short documentaries exploring how families celebrate the festival in their homes and communities.
Kung Hei Fat Choi (Happy New Year) to all our Nursery children, parents and their families and a BIG thank you to Mr. Harms and Aquila for helping make learning about this festival especially exciting!