Each class was lucky enough to visit the swimming pool at Bitterne Park Leisure Centre every afternoon for a whole week! The children learnt various strokes, how to build stamina and to swim underwater. It was wonderful to see them developing teamwork skills, water confidence and having fun! After five sessions of 40 minute lessons, the children even managed to earn a 'pool party' to celebrate their progress!
"I learnt lots of new water skills such as the backstroke. During the week I became more comfortable in the water. At the start, I didn't like having the water in my face but I learnt that I could do it and gained more confidence." Gavin.
"Swimming made me really happy and excited. I started off in the shallow pool and by the end of the week I could swim all the way to the deep end with no help." Lily.
"I was so sad on Friday when I couldn't find my kit! I was sure I had put it in my cubby hole. Bobby helped me look and in the end I found it by the lunch boxes - hooray! I was so happy I could join in with my last swimming session." Ollie.
Our History topic is an absolute hit! The children are exploring the key events of World War Two and their impact on its overall outcome. We are so impressed by the level of engagement and enthusiasm shown by our children. We have exchanged many stories, artefacts and heard about individual family's experiences and would love to hear even more! Sharing these stories with one another truly brings our topic to life. Acting out scenarios and imagining themselves as key characters allows the children to put themselves in the shoes of those living at the time.
After a fascinating lesson in history about the evacuation of Dunkirk in WW2, Lola went home and chatted about it with her grandma. He discovered that her great grandfather had been captured by the Germans during the battle. Whilst being a prisoner of war he was fed very little, often only eating butter and the occasional egg. When he returned home he was so thin all of his ribs were clearly visible. Isn't it wonderful how history can stimulate the minds of the children and link the generations?