Friday, 20 July 2018

Reception - thank you!

Just a little message from Miss Clarke and Miss Lawrence to say a huge

Well done!

The children have thrived this year and are so ready for their next adventure in Year 1. We are very proud of how much they have grown and flourished in such a short space of time. 

We also wanted to say thank you.
We cannot thank you enough for all the gifts, cards, kind words (which really do mean an awful lot to us); the generosity truly is touching. It is with home support that we can hope to provide the best education for the children at Windhill21. So thank you for your endless support. 

All that's left to say is...

Have a lovely Summer!
See you in September

Miss Lawrence and Miss Clarke 

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Year 3 Last Week

Year 3 have been having a really fun and emotional last week preparing to say farewell to some of their peers and some of their teachers, but are also looking forward to the challenges ahead in Year 4.
This afternoon Year 3 enjoyed some time in the forest using charcoal to create some natural artwork, building homes for the forest creatures for the holidays and also enjoyed a rounders tournament.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Reverend Sarah visits year one

Reverend Sarah came to visit Year one today.  She told us all about her journey to becoming a priest.  She works at Holy Trinity Church in Bishops Stortford.  The children had lots of questions to ask her about her job.  She had a beautiful stole which had pictures of her family on it.

We’re going on a rock hunt!

Year 4 went to St Michael’s church to hunt for rocks! As well as identifying different types of rock and their uses, we also identified the best types of rock for gravestones and statues and found evidence of biological and physical ageing.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Towns Class Aspirations Week

Towns Class enjoyed an exciting Aspirations Week where they learnt more about the previous scientific life of our teaching assistant, Miss Clayton, as well as learning about the responsibilities that come with growing up and owning their own things.

They played games and completed activities which helped them to realise that there is a difference between things they need and things they want in life and how they need to live within their means and stick to a budget.
                                            The Game of Life



Monday, 16 July 2018

Igniting Aspirations in Riley Class

Last week the children had an exciting week with lots of visitors and activities to ignite their aspirations for the future from writing CVs to street dancing. Here are a few photos of their street dancing in action! Thank you to all the parents and volunteers for coming in.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Igniting Aspirations in Miro Class!

What a fantastic week we have had in Miro learning about lots of different jobs that our parents do. Thank you so much to all the parents who have given up their time to visit us and share their talents! The week really has been wonderful thanks to all of your efforts.

Tom and Will's dad talked to us about his work as a designer. We loved using the Wacom to draw on the interactive whiteboard! 

Elsbeth's mum talked to us about her work as a computer programmer. We enjoyed role playing a shopping trip to understand how much we rely on computers.

Milo's dad spoke to us about his work as a musician. He even helped us to record our own 'We are Miro Class' song! 

Nathaniel's mum talked to us about her work as a gardener. We really enjoyed looking at the tools and equipment and making our own bird feeders.

Nathaniel's dad spoke about his work as a lawyer. We enjoyed talking about what laws we have and why we need laws. He showed us some amazing pens and even gave us some to try out!

 Kasjan's dad talked about his work as a taxi driver. We had so many questions for him! The children loved hearing about the interesting people he has met.

Emilie's mum also came to speak to us about her work as a scientist studying parasites. We were fascinated by a video of lots of parasites moving around!

Thank you again to all the parents who supported the week. The children have truly been inspired!

Igniting Aspirations in healthcare

Thank you to Ms Haylett who gave us a fantastic insight into the world of nursing and healthcare. We were shocked to learn that there is a national shortage of nurses because we all felt truly inspired to pursue a career in healthcare. We also enjoyed sharing our own hospital stories!

Meeting a Research Scientist: Reception

To celebrate the end of Aspirations Week, Reception were visited by a Research Scientist! Zak's Mummy brought in lots of different things from her lab for us to have a look at.

We learnt that Biologists have to make sure that they are protecting their bodies before conducting any experiments. To do this, they need to wear protective goggles, gloves and a lab coat. Experiments are carried out to find out ways in which we can make the world better, like curing diseases. 

 Once we had learnt a little bit about being a Scientist and conducting research safely, the children were invited to look at a lot of different things using microscopes, including frogs, butterflies, bees and even wool and sugar. One vial that the children inspected very closely was full of flies! Zak's Mummy works closely with flies because their brains are very similar to human brains (although they are quite different in size)!

The children later were overheard speaking about wanting to be a scientist when they grow up during their choosing time. Thank you to Zak's Mummy for inspiring Reception to be Agent Inquirers!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Year 3 Journey Down the Nile Parent Afternoon

Thank you to all the parents, family and friends of Year 3 pupils who showed their support by attending our afternoon of Ancient Egyptian learning on Wednesday 11th July.

The afternoon was a huge success with enthusiastic and proud children taking the lead to show their family and friends everything they have learnt this term and talking clearly and eloquently about their favourite lessons and why these were their favourite.

You should be very proud of yourselves Year 3 because we are!

Warhol Castle Job Interviews

This week, as part of 'igniting aspirations', the children have been learning about what happens we you apply for a job. First they looked at job adverts for jobs at 'Windhill Castle' and decided on which one to apply for based on their personality traits. Next they wrote job applications for their chosen job. Lastly they prepared and held interviews for each job. Our panel of interviewers did a fantastic job and were very professional. The lord of the castle was so pleased with all the interviewees that they all got the job! Congratlations!

Year 2 Igniting Aspirations

We have had such an exciting week already. We have had a visit from a paramedic, a visit from a royal guard who has guarded Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. We have even presented ourselves, talking about what we aspire to be when we are older.

Igniting Aspirations in Year 4

What an amazing time in Year 4 this afternoon!  Thanks to two first class pioneers in their fields, we learnt all about the contrasting worlds of fashion and female fighter pilots! Despite echoing from completely different spheres, the messages were consistent.... follow your dreams and persevere to achieve your dreams. Never give up and always believe in yourself! If you can dream it, you can do it!

Automotive engineers for a day!

In year 4 we were very lucky to learn about engineering and, in particular automotive engineering, from a parent who works for the Ford Motor Company.  After learning about the modifications that engineers make to cars to protect passengers in the event of a crash, he then challenged us to create a model car that would protect an egg in the event of a crash.  We had an egg-cellent time and only two eggs got damaged during the event.  Most importantly, many children were inspired to think about engineering as a career option.