A journey of discovery, utilising their innate sense of awe and wonder

This week, Beech Class embarked on a journey of discovery, utilising their innate sense of awe and wonder to delve deeper into a range of topics. In our (PSHE) sessions, we delved into the essence of our best selves, recognising the paramount importance of maintaining hand hygiene. Through the inspiring tale of Edward Jenner, the pioneering figure behind vaccinations, the children gained insight into the profound impact of preventive medicine. To solidify these lessons, the children poured their creativity into crafting informative posters, hand washing—a skill honed during the pandemic, yet one that remains ever pertinent in our daily lives.

In art, the children unleashed their imaginations, capturing the splendour of a watercolour sunset with breath taking originality. Each masterpiece, a testament to their individuality, showcased a mastery of warm hues while embracing the ethereal beauty of watercolour techniques.

Meanwhile, in mathematics, the year one children embarked on an exploration of three-dimensional shapes, crafting their own geometric wonders before delving into the intricacies of their properties. Simultaneously, our year two children investigated symmetry, unravelling the mysteries of lines of symmetry with keen intellect and unwavering determination.

Amidst these academic pursuits, our Beech Class community found solace and rejuvenation in another invigorating yoga session, gracefully weaving together the movements learned into a harmonious sequence. Yet, amidst the plethora of activities, the highlight of the week undoubtedly shone upon our cherished Learning Together Morning—a cherished tradition cherished by all. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who managed to come and assure you of another one next half term.

In our history lesson, we learnt about the fascinating life of Mary Anning, an extraordinary fossil hunter. We explored the early years of her life, discovering how she accompanied her father on fossil-hunting expeditions during her childhood. Of course, during the Georgian era, fossils were not known as fossils, as knowledge about dinosaurs was not known; instead, they were referred to as “curiosities.” Some even held superstitious beliefs, attributing the formation of fossils to lightning strikes or associating them with the devil’s toe nails!  Mary Anning’s expeditions produced remarkable discoveries, including the ichthyosaurus, plesiosaurus, and pterodactyl. However, despite her significant contributions, the societal norms of Georgian times denied women the recognition they deserved. Consequently, many of Mary’s ground-breaking discoveries went uncredited, even after they were sold to museums.  Thankfully, today her historical importance is rightly acknowledged. Her legacy is celebrated with a plaque and statue proudly displayed in Lyme Regis. To further engage with her story, we enjoyed re-enacting pivotal moments from her life through freeze-frame drama exercises.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend. May it be a time of rest, rejuvenation, and cherished moments with loved ones.