Last Saturday the Junior School opened their doors to children, parents and friends. Children were keen to sign up for the Hawaiian Pool party being held in the pool by Mr Bogue, complete with palm trees, flower garlands, party games and a lively rendition of the Macarena. Some children made Story Soup with Mrs Westhead, mixing characters, places and objects together to make an amazing tale which they recorded with a storymap and then told to the others. They also had chance to look at some of the objects in Mrs Westhead’s Story Box and invent a story about the golden egg!
Others followed the scent of freshly baked biscuits to Homebase, where they joined in with decorating and icing biscuits with toppings galore. At the end of Open Morning there wasn’t a crumb left in sight!
Our younger children and visitors joined in enthusiastically with marble rolling and painting while
children in the EYFS and KS1 were invited to come and share some hot chocolate and learn all about trees. The children painted with leaves, made magic wands and identified different tree species.
In the reception classroom there were more fun activities on offer including making paper ‘mice’ and getting them to fly using straws and plastic milk bottles. Some children managed to fly more than one mouse at the same time!
Nursery class offered a’ funky fingers’ experience. The visiting children and parents enjoyed experimenting and modelling with foam clay and play dough. There were opportunities to use the peg boards and have a go at fishing for phonics. In the gym, Miss Quigley and Mrs Bennett led a music and movement session for the children showing them how to keep fit and healthy.
The school orchestra invited parents to play in a ‘scratch’ performance of ‘The Blue Danube’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. They were so good Miss Meadows has invited them back for the Summer Concert! Following this parents and children of all ages joined the OLA Drum Circle and enjoyed learning an African rhythm and playing the drums together.
Delicious cream teas were on offer in the Mall throughout the morning courtesy of our wonderful catering staff.
The morning was very well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone who came and helped us to show off the Junior School.