Pastures Pinboard May 2022

Foundation Stage’s current topic is ‘Come Outside’ with the children learning through stories and poems including Mad About Minibeasts, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Little Red Hen. They are taking part in activities such as bug hunting, growing cress, making bread and writing animal riddles. The children have also found out about traditions associated with St George’s Day and May Day. Meanwhile, children in Year 1/2 are looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and learning about her 70 year reign.

Year 3/4 are finding out about the Romans including why they invaded Britain and looking for evidence of a settlement in Leicester. They particularly enjoyed making swords and shields and re-enacting the battle between Boudicca and the Roman army. Year 5/6 found out about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the famous Victorian engineer who designed tunnels, bridges, viaducts and ships. The children were challenged to design and build their own bridges and test them to see how much weight they could support. They also enjoyed a week of local history, learning about how The Golden Mile (Belgrave Road in Leicester) has changed and developed over the years, and why it is such a famous road today. In addition, they found out about Alice Hawkins, a suffragette who campaigned to improve the conditions of women working as boot and shoe machinists in Leicester.

Finally, children and their families are making the most of the good weather by taking part in Beat the Street organised by Blaby District Council. They can walk, cycle or scoot around the local area while finding the ‘beat boxes’ (placed on lamp posts) to track their journeys and collect points. In 2019, 11,000 residents achieved over 93,000 miles and we hope to help beat that total this year. The fun ends on Wednesday 1st June so get out and get active!