Music wall

As part of our outside renovations, we have had a music wall installed in our area. Children have loved using the beaters to make and hear different sounds on the recycled materials.

Sheep Week!

Last week we welcomed sheep to Reception and Queen’s Hill! The children helped to look after them, made sure they have enough hay and water and helped to feed the ewe. As the sheep became more comfortable in the field, some children even got to stroke the lambs. Alongside learning about the sheep and farming, they have also been learning ‘Mary had a little lamb’ and made a personalised song using their name and pet or animal.

Everyone at school was very sad to see Baarbara, Baarbie and Baarnaby leave us!

Outdoor Classroom visit

We have been learning about the changes that Autumn brings in Reception and so we decided to see if we could find any evidence of Autumn arriving in Queen’s Hills. The children worked in pairs and hunted for Autumn items from a checklist. All of the children did super listening and showed our 3 school rules of Ready, Safe and Respectful!

Going on an Autumn hunt!

Hapazome: Outdoor Learning inspired by Japanese art

In Outdoor Learning, to tie in with our art topic about dying materials, we learned the Japanese craft of hapazome.  The Year 6s collected fresh leaves and safely used mallets to bash the colour onto triangles of cotton material.  Some children made their own tools out of chunks of bark and stones to hold down the material in the wind.  They discovered the lighter they tapped with the mallets the more detail their prints revealed.

Quite literally meaning ‘leaf dye’, hapa-zome is the Japanese technique of smashing flowers and leaves into fabric. The plant matter is often arranged into a mandala, but you can create any pattern you like. Be sure to use fresh, juicy plants though; these will leave the best imprint.

If you type ‘Hapazome’ into Google you could find some inspiration to try this over the weekend!

View the ISS

Learning at night?! No, we’ve not gone mad!

Have a look at the information in this link for a chance to spot the International Space Station in the next few days.