Both the Spring term and the start of the Summer term at Horn Park have been very busy, and the fantastic enrichment opportunities on offer and rich learning experiences within the curriculum have continued to engage children.
Please take a look below to see what we’ve been up to since January.
We are really excited to now be under way with planting in our new school garden. Children from throughout the school have been busy working with Mr Bowes to start developing our growing area, thinking carefully about the vegetables that they want to see grown!
Our Gardening and Growing club have also been working hard: contributing to the planting process; taking responsibility for watering the plants and ensuring that they are surviving some of the ever-changing weather conditions that we have been experiencing recently.
We look forward to harvesting our produce later in the year and using this in our school cookery room to create some healthy dishes for all to try!
We continue to work in close partnership with Wide Horizons, who are a charity that provide outdoor and adventurous activities for children and young adults. Due to their charitable work and funding, we have been fortunate enough to take advantage of residential trips for Year 4 and selected children in year 5 to attend a fully funded one residential stay at Mcmillan House, Wrotham.
This was a fantastic opportunity for all the children involved, enabling them to build on a broad range of skills including; communication, independence, teamwork, resilience, organisation and perseverance. We selected 6 boys from Year 5 who we felt would benefit from the trip in terms of building self-esteem and confidence in stepping out of their comfort zone. It was so pleasing to see, from a teacher’s point of view, the boys adapting themselves in a range of situations; not only facing fears during some of the activities, but also communicating and enjoying the company of new friends from schools across the partnership.
Every residential we have attended has encouraged a similar response from children and adults across our school, and we are lucky to be involved in such an exciting project and partnership with Wide Horizons. Residential trips to look forward to this year also include our year 6 residential to Tyn Ny Berth, Wales.
Children throughout the school have been busy over the Spring and start of the Summer Term, developing their knowledge and skills in our school cookery room.
To tie in with their learning about the text ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’, year 1 decided to write instructions for and create their own pancakes.
Parents and carers have joined us for a number of cookery workshops this term which have included; healthy pizza making, creating witches brew and making bread from scratch when learning about the Roman in year 3.
Finally, our year 2 children developed their mathematical thinking when measuring out ingredients for their vegetable gardens and coordinating the number of vegetables that could be placed in each garden.
We look forward to creating a school recipe book very soon!