Archive – 2014/2015 – Explorers

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2014

UNIFORMS

What we wear tells us something about who we are and what we do. Here at Explorers this term; we are discovering more about the variety of uniforms people wear and creatively planning activities based on this.

Recently, we have looked at the farmer. The children have been able to try on actual farmer gear, even though it was a little too big! By wearing the items and talking about them we now know why each is worn and more about the variety of tasks a farmer undertakes. We have also had fun designed our own unique school uniforms. One of the most popular designs was the ‘onies’ which could be slipped on over a pair of pyjama just before leaving for school. (Not sure if Mrs Marklove would approve!) The children created their own designs by cutting out different materials and sticking them onto card. Our amazing designs have been used to create a fabulous display.

The explorers have been engaging in some imaginative activities too. For example, each child was asked to choose a vehicle from the ‘Car Box’ which would be used by a person in a uniform such as an ambulance, racing car, bus or tractor. The children then had races with these vehicles by pushing them using only their noses! Crazy but true!

Uniforms -Finn and sis Uniforms - Erin cutting

 

 

EXPLORERS HOLIDAY CLUB 

OCTOBER HALF-TERM 2014  

FIRE! FIRE!

During the half-term break we had two terrific days of excitement, discovery and fun as we explored all things related to something which we tend to encourage children to stay away from – fire!

The Explorer’s imaginations were set alight when we read the story of The Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. This inspired the children to design and make their own fireflies which actually glowed in the dark. All the children had ideas about what kind of materials we could use to make our very own Firefly display, contributed to its construction and beautiful presentation. Well done Explorers for a great team effort!

If that wasn’t enough the children decorated candles melting brightly coloured wax crayons over a tea light; made authentic looking treasure maps by aging the paper with a wet teabag and singed the edges with a life flame; made fireballs by baking pop cakes and decorating them with flame-coloured icing.

The highlight for many of the children was the opportunity for them to barbeque sausages outdoors.  Opportunities like these allow children to consider the risks when using fire and how to keep safe. Not surprisingly, this was the favourite activity closely followed by roasting marshmallows.

We have shared only a fraction of the many activities the children engaged with over the two days.

Lexi Darcey Baking 
BBQ Harry Isaac JP
 Firefly Model 1  Fire engine Race
 Icing Group  Harry Candle Decoration

 

 

JANUARY – MARCH 2015

THE LAND OF OZ

Only just a week into the new school term and we’ve decided to head to the southern hemisphere for a sunshine adventure in the Land of Oz. For those of you who are not familiar with the lingo, that’s Australia!

There is so much to discover about this amazing country. Unfortunately, not all of us have a passport to make the 9,443 mile journey so we have had to bring a bit of Australia to us!

What have we been up to? The children have dashing here and there in a game of ‘Capture the Australian Flag’, painting a life-size kangaroo using Aboriginal art, creating Australian Animal masks, colouring cute koalas, designing and constructing our own unique boomerangs. Some very strange sounds have been coming from the Explorer’s base too as the children test their musical skills using a didgeridoo!

EXPLORERS’ HOLIDAY CLUB

HALF FEBRUARY 2015 

THE BIG SMOKE

This coming half-term the Holiday Club will be generating lots of fun and games when we head to ‘The Big Smoke’ and experience the best of our great capital city of London.

New for this half-term is the opportunity for all primary school children to take advantage of a wealth of sporting activities provided by highly qualified and experienced sports specialists from Sports Plus Scheme. Activities include Ultimate Frizbee, New Age Curling as well as familiar traditional sports. There is a menu of activities which your child could dip into, depending on interest either for a half or full day. These sessions can also be combined with activities on offer by the Holiday Club staff. The result is a tailor-made half-term that suits you and your child.

The fees are per child per day:

Holiday Club

  • All day – 7.30am to 6pm = £25
  • School day – 9.am to 3pm = £20
  • Half day – 7.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 6pm = £15

Sports Camp

  • Half day – 9.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 4pm = £9
  • All day – 9.30am to 4pm = £20

Combo Holiday Club/Sports Camp

  • Half day – £15 + £6 = £21
  • All day – £25 + £12 = £37

If you would like to make a booking please do so on the new booking forms available online or from the school office. To be returned by Friday 6th February.

Don’t forget the demand will dictate the days available but we are hoping to provide at least 3 if not 4 days.

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2015

WE’RE STILL ‘DOWN-UNDER’! 

We’ve been having such great fun in Australia we’ve decided we wanted to stay! So the children have been soaking up the winter sun ‘Down Under’ while engaging in a whole host of activities such as Kangaroo Olympics, creating ‘crafty sheep’ and taking tracks across the Outback in their chosen four-wheeled vehicles.

Although the children get lost in play they have not forgotten that Easter is just around the corner and so they have had plenty of opportunities to discover or rediscover what Easter is all about. Easter is a very important Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There are many different customs celebrating Easter around the world. This week our children will be discovering how different countries celebrate Easter. Did you know, on Palm Sunday in Germany, some priests ride to the service on a donkey!

EXPLORERS’ HOLIDAY CLUB 

EASTER BREAK MARCH/APRIL 2015  

GLOBETROTTERS

Not content to stay in one country the Explorers have got the ‘travel bug’ and have set themselves the mission to visit and experience as many countries as possible during the Easter Holiday break. Passports and visas ready, we are aiming to get to countries such as Canada, Holland, South Africa and Argentina. But who knows where we will end up? Where ever we go, Mrs Perrin promises that we will be back home in time for tea!

Our Sports Camp during the February half-term was extremely popular and therefore we are offering this fantastic opportunity again for all primary school age children to take advantage of a wealth of sporting activities provided by our highly qualified sports specialists from Sports Plus Scheme. Activities include Ultimate Frisbee, New Age Curling as well as familiar traditional sports. There is a menu of activities which your child could dip into, depending on interest either for a half or full day. These sessions can also be combined with activities on offer by the Holiday Club staff. The result is a tailor-made Easter break that suits you and your child.

The fees are per child per day:

Holiday Club

  • All day – 7.30am to 6pm = £25
  • School day – 9.am to 3pm = £20
  • Half day – 7.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 6pm = £15

Sports Camp

  • Half day – 9.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 4pm = £9
  • All day – 9.30am to 4pm = £20

Combo Holiday Club/Sports Camp

  • Half day – £15 + £6 = £21
  • All day – £25 + £12 = £37

If you would like to make a booking please do so on the new booking forms available online or from the school office. To be returned by Friday 20th March.

Don’t forget the demand will dictate the days available.

SUMMER 2015

PARADISE

What an amazing time we have had during the first three weeks of the summer break. The explorers have lived up to their name as they delved into the world of Paradise.

Imaginations ran riot as the children pondered on their special place. For our explorers Paradise was found in all kinds of places such as on a football pitch, on a desert island, fishing with a favourite uncle and in our own bedroom containing our special collection of memorabilia from holidays past. How did our explorers venture to their Paradise? Weird and wacky ways of travel were captured through the creation of some wonderful junk modelled vehicles; a glider with aluminous wings to light the way, a highly decorated flying chair which could whisk the rider to that special place in the blink of an eye!

Paradise can be found is so many places but we decided to spend some time in the tropical paradise of the Caribbean. Here the explorers discovered some startling facts about this collection of over 700 islands through a Caribbean Trail which was expertly laid in the wood by some of our Key Stage 2 boys and a game of Would I Lie to You! This was thirsty work so we made some delicious homemade lemon and limeade to sustain us. Yum!

Unfortunately there was trouble in Paradise. Sharks prowling the waters close to the Caribbean shore attempting to carry our intrepid travellers away. Don’t worry parents, just pretending! We were playing a parachute game called Shark Attack.

Although we loved the sound of the tropical birds in the Caribbean the children were captivated by the beautiful Birds of Paradise which we discovered on our journey to New Guinea. We discovered the incredible work of two ornithologists who have spent more than a decade studying these outrageously spectacular birds. Inspired by the beauty of these birds we created our own Birds of Paradise from different lengths of fabric. Some teams decided to ‘dress’ other team members as stunning birds! Later, after a manic obstacle race, to get an egg of a rare bird into an incubator, some of us decided to create our own birds through either collage or via Hama Beads.

Now upward to a heavenly Paradise. Here we took inspiration from people’s encounters with angels. Jacob’s famous vision of angels ascending and descending led to an energetic game of Jacob’s Ladder.  Thoughts of angels singing, announcing the arrival of the Messiah, encouraged us to create an angel dressed in a robe of sheet music. Well, why not?

This is a fraction of the many things we got up to. Hopefully this gives you a flavour of the rich and varied activities which we shared during our time together. If you would like your child to join us for our next adventure during the half-term break please book your place early to avoid disappointment. (Please ensure your child is registered with us before completing a booking form.)

 

SUMMER TERM 2014

LIFE IS A ROLLER COASTER

Regardless of age we all experience a varied richness of events which challenge and change us; times in our lives which are gateways of transition. These may include the arrival of a new baby in the family or moving from primary to secondary school. Our lives are a rich tapestry of experience. Therefore this term we have been ‘pulling at these threads’ and exploring these experiences in imaginative and creative ways to provide the children with an opportunity come to a better understanding of these ‘up’ and ‘down’ events – the Roller Coaster of Life!. Here are some of the things we’ve been getting up to which have been used as vehicles to explore the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’.

  • Creating flip books starting from either a sad or angry face to a shiny happy face.
  • A guessing game involving the children acting out different emotions.
  • Constructing a “cheesy” grin using crackers and soft cheese.
  • Identifying emotions on Emotions Wordsearch.
  • Producing a ‘mood meter’ to measure how we feel.
  • Find out what it means to have your “bubble burst” and get a chance to pop other explorers’ bubbles. (The literal kind!)

We have come to the end of our exciting term’s journey. We loved sharing the ride with all our explorers and look forward to seeing you in the new school year when a new adventure will begin.

I did it! IMGP0506 put some blocks under who is the fastest of them all
 YES HE DID!  IMGP0394  IMGP0395  IMGP0386

 

 

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