Last week we welcomed parents into school for Learning Together week. Learning together week gives pupils in The Orchard and Prep School (up to Yr6) and their parents the opportunity to learn together – both in the classroom or on the sports pitches. Some of the highlights include:
Parents joined the girls in the Art and DT room with the fashion show frenzy, helping the girls with their costumes for the upcoming fashion show. Some very excited Apples & Damsons were joined by parents for their cookery lesson where they made Rock cakes.
Year 1 and 2 had a super time with the mums and dads learning all about series circuits. They went on to create all sorts of exciting designs involving circuits, from cars and planes with moving parts to animals and even dinosaurs with light up features.
One mother was thrilled to become a temporary member of our (locally renowned) Chapel Choir as they polished their two songs for the School Concert. She had to read her part quickly and work hard to keep up with the pace in such a high standard choir. She certainly appreciated their superb Saturday performance with new- found insight.
World book day was on Thursday and A2 enjoyed various World book day activities in their English lesson. The parents and girls came up with the many different uses a book can have which included flower pressing and improving deportment. A2 then moved to their French lesson where they were given various book titles in French and had to try and translate them to English.
In B2 and B3 Visual Literacy we watched an animation of ‘The girl with the yellow bag’ by Maia Walczak. In this book a little girl has an extraordinary yellow bag into which she puts objects which others have discarded. The bag then produces something magical from the discarded items. The children were asked to investigate the little girl and the origins of the bag further which produced some intriguing questions and ideas…..
Parents also joined a ‘Fractions Workshop’. We used cake and chocolate to assist our understanding of equivalent fractions then we used common denominators to add and subtract fractions. There was so much cake and chocolate that we shared it with rest of the school.
In B1 history we learnt about the disagreements between church and state in the reign of Henry II which culminated in the murder of Thomas Becket. The girls were asked to put themselves in the position of detectives investigating the crime and produced police reports of the investigation.
An exciting and busy week!