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Garden Happi'Ness!

Ness Gardens

What a wonderful week we have had in Newgate.

This week, we have been exploring the signs of the season autumn with the children each bringing in a sign of autumn that they had found in their local area. During circle time, we had the opportunity to share our findings and explain why we had chosen our objects and also why it was linked to the season of autumn.

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This led beautifully into our visit on Wednesday to Ness Gardens. The children started their day filled with excitement at the opportunity of going on an adventure with their peers. We spoke about our golden rules and how they are just as important outside of school as they are inside of school. As expected, their behaviour was outstanding with members of the public complementing the children on their manners and conduct as we explored the site.

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Our first task was to spot as many colours as possible in a flowerbed. The children talked to their partners to discuss their ideas and spot their favourite colours. We then met a scientist who explores the plant world and finds out about how plants help us survive and give us food. After that, the children had the opportunity to go on a minibeast adventure. We spoke about habitats and where we might find different mini-beasts after which the children had no fear in collecting the variety of creatures to look at in their magnifying pot. Finally, our day was filled with laughter as we played on the maize field. After over 20 attempts at a leaf throwing whole class picture, the team decided that we should pick the best from the action shots. The children filled the team with pride not only with their smiles but their enthusiasm for learning. Well done Newgate!

We look forward to the last week of term next week. You will not need your book bags on Friday the 27th as this is a half-day at school. Please refer to the homework blog and return by Monday 23rd October.

Many thanks,

The Newgate Team.

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