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Burton Hathow Preparatory School
Lincoln LN1 2BB
Well, the children have blown us away with their continued enthusiasm for learning. Our Topic this term is ‘Let’s Build’ and that is exactly what they have been doing! Totally engrossed in the story of the Three Little Pigs, they read alternative versions, became familiar with repetitive language, and retold the story in their own words. They have enjoyed a range of practical activities including building houses for the pigs in the woods, making cheese straws and marshmallow pigs, testing materials and map reading around the school grounds. The learning of the Three Little Pigs Rap has been a highlight with so many words for them to remember, amazing!
Continuing the traditional story route, they enacted the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, some writing amazing stories, others creating their own story maps and then using a magnet to move characters around their map. We took a walk along the lane, discussing road safety and which way to face if they had to walk (with an adult) on a road without a footpath. At the end of the lane, they had to walk carefully over the bridge, but unfortunately their ‘trip trapping’ woke the Troll and they had to give him a reason not to eat them! We looked at a painting entitled Water Lilies by Claude Monet and over several sessions learning about techniques including a wash, experimenting with different sized brushes and sponges they created some stunning artwork.
Budding engineers used a large range of materials in a challenge to build a bridge over the ‘river’. Here they had to work in teams of four, negotiating and adapting their work, only being given a certain length of time before moving to the next set of resources. Lots of evaluating took place with groups discussing what went well and what could be improved. They designed trolls and discussed feelings, and how it affects others when we are unkind. We also looked at when anger and anxiety stop us making the right choices and after reading ‘Bruce’ a cloud that got very cross, they learnt breathing techniques, counting to 5 several times to calm themselves.
Chinese New Year was celebrated, tasting food, learning about traditions and customs including a dragon dance, which they did after making their own concertina dragons. They wrote numbers in Chinese and using magnets helped the 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac out the river and used the ordinal numbers to arrange them. All the children know which year they were born in and we talked about the really big numbers 2016 and 2017. One child wanted to know about the Great Wall of China, so as a class we researched on the internet.
We are ‘building’ a super group independent learner here in Reception.
First Day of Term
After School Clubs Begin.
UK Chess Challenge Commences
Come and Explore - Nursery & Reception Event: 10am-1130am
U9 Netball Coaching at Ranby House 215pm
Sports Fixtures Meeting at Ranby (Staff)
Closing Date for Lincoln Music, Speech & Drama Festival Entires (R-Y6)
Football v St Hugh's School (A) 2.15pm
U9 Netball v Highfields (A) 2.15pm
U11 Netball v Highfields (A) 2.15pm
Reception and Nursery Stay and Play
Y3-6 Parents' Evening
U11 Football v Handel House (at Marshalls Sport Ground) 2.15pm
Y1 & 2 Showcase of Topic Work
RSPB Big Schools' Bird Watch
Chinese New Year
House Singing Competition R-Y6
Burton Hathow Does Quizney - BH Owls - 5pm-7pm £5
Informal Concerns 2.15pm (R-Y6)
Main School Closes at 3pm. No after school clubs.
Half Term Begins
Second half of term begins
U9 Football v Ranby (H) 2.30pm
U11 Netball v Ranby (A) 2.30pm
U9 Football v LMS (A) 2.15pm
U9 Netbal v LMS (H) 2.15pm
U11 Netball v Highfields (A) 2.15pm
Lincoln Speech & Drama Festival
U9 Football and Hockey v Highfields (A)
Spain Trip Information Meeting for Parents 7pm
World Book Day/Outdoor Activities
U11 Hockey v St Hugh's
Mothers' Day Afternoon Tea (Nursery & Reception)
Share a Skill Day
Lincoln Music Festival
Great British Spring Clean
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day
U11 Hockey v Ranby (away at Worksop College)
Nursery Parents' Evening
Netball Coaching at St Hugh's
Easter Service Celebration (TBC)
Easter egg hunt
End of term - school closes at 3pm - no after Schoo clubs