At this early stage of children's learning we want to preserve the natural joy of childhood experiences, affirming the unique worth of each individual and knowledge of God's character e.g. as a loving Father-Creator.
- The nurture of relationships, thankfulness, curiosity, creativity, imagination, conscience, a love of truth, beauty and diversity.
- Play and first hand experience e.g. exploring and caring for the environment, the joy of discovery, and expressing prayer and praise to God.
- The development of foundational learning skills e.g. speaking, listening, observation, numeracy, memorising, reading, writing singing, crafts, movement.
- Knowledge about creation within topics which captivate a child's interest e.g. the life of bees, how we breathe.
- Appreciation of community: ways to contribute to family and school life, family histories, people who help us, contact with friends in China and Africa, helping other people e.g. Operation Christmas Child.
Lower School Curriculum Picture Gallery
Year 2 Razzle Dazzle Art
Year 2 have been learning about the Pop artist Peter Blake and how he used colour and monochrome lines and shapes to ‘dazzle’ the snowdrop ferry on the Mersey. We had a go at dazzling the classroom window! We are learning how God has made us creative so that we can celebrate what we see around us through design and colour!
Year 1 Noah's Ark
Year 1 children have been exploring the story of Noah and created this beautiful Noah's Ark collage. They have enjoyed learning about God's promises in The Bible.
Year 3 Bible Explorers Drama
Year 3 children have been exploring the Bible story of Abraham's servant meeting Rebecca at the well. They acted out the scenes of Abraham giving instructions to the servant, Rebecca getting water for the servant's camels, Rebecca's family giving permission for her to go and Rebecca meeting Isaac.
Year 2 and 3 Beach Trip
Children from Year 2 and 3 had a wonderful day out at Ainsdale Beach. They built sandcastles, buildings and cities, had a demonstration from life guards, a paddle in the sea and an ice cream.
Reception and Year 1 Mini Sports Day
Year 3 China
Mr and Mrs Lok came to talk to Y3 today about China as part of our geography topic. They taught us how to use chop sticks and we learned all about schools in China and about the Christians who live there.
Reception and Year 1 Trip to Summerwood Farm
Reception and Year 1 children had an amazing day out at Summerwood Farm. In the morning they took part in a nature trail and feed the chickens and collected their eggs. Later on in the day they saw a falcoln show and met Eddie the tortoise and Tilly the Sheepdog. To finish off the day they had a great fun on the bouncy castle, slide and games equipment and a tasty icecream. A huge thank you goes to The Cooke Family and their friends who hosted such a wonderful day for us all.
Police Visit to Lower School
On Monday Lower School had a visit from Jai and Helen who work as Police Officers in Liverpool. They talked to the children about how the Police can help us and what a day in the life of a Police Officer is like. They brought in some of their equipment for the children to see and explained how it would be used. The children enjoyed seeing the Police car driving off with it's flashing lights at the end of the assembly!
Year 1 - Maths
Year 1 have been creating repeated pattern designs for their summer t-shirts.
Year 3 China
Today Y3 had a visit from Miss Cheung who showed some photos of her nephew, who used to be in the class. He now lives in China . The children are doing a topic on China at the moment and they were able to ask lots of questions about the country and find out about their friend's new lifestyle.
Year 3 - Rainforest Art
Some of the Year 3 children were using oil pastels to work on the emergent layer of the rainforest. The rest were using collage to show the plants on the forest floor.
Year 1 Bee Topic
Year 1 have learnt how bees make honey by passing nectar from bee to bee to get it into the honeycomb. They also found out that God made bees for pollination.
Year 3 Roman Soldier Visit
Today, a Roman Soldier visited Year 3 as part of their Roman topic, he showed the children what he wore as a soldier and answered all of their questions about what it was like to be part of the Roman Army
Year 1 Minibeast Hunt
To launch the new Science topic of Minibeasts, Year 1 took part in a hunt in our school grounds.
Reception and Year 1 Vegetable Allotment
Children from Reception and Year 1 have been working together to plant a wide range of vegetables in our mini allotment.
Year 3 Glockenspiel Playing
Year 3 - Archaeological dig
Year 3 enjoyed taking part in an archaeological dig as part of their history topic, we found lots of interesting artefacts.
Lower School Assembly - The Role of a Nurse
We had a special visitor in Lower School, Mrs Biggs, who is an A&E Nurse. She talked to the children about what her job in A&E involves and about the roles that Nurses play throughout our city. She also helped us to think about ways of keeping our bodies healthy through exercise and making healthy food choices.
Year 3 Romans Projects
Year 3 have been finding out all about the Romans. Each child has created a fantastic home project. We have also been finding out about what each piece of the armour of God represents.
Geography - Our Local Area
Year 1 took part in a Geography walk along Overbury Street. They identified different types of homes and buildings. Back in the classroom we looked at a map of Overbury Street and created a 3D model to represent the 2D map.
Year 2 Art
Our Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' inspired painting session
Being Active in Reception
The children in Reception have been very active this week. They worked as a team to create an enormous 100 square and practiced balancing and travelling over large equipment in P.E.
Year 1 Plants Topic
Year 1 are getting green fingers this half term as they explore the topic of plants. We have planted a mini Year 1 garden which we are watering every day. The children looked carefully at the shape and colour of the bluebells, daffodils and hyacinths in our garden and used pastels to create some beautiful pictures. Reception children enjoyed creating lovely hyacinth art work too.
We discovered that part of God's purpose for plants was to provide food and habitats for animals and humans. We know that eating plenty of fruit and vegetables helps us to stay healthy. We have designed and created our own vegetable and fruit salads.
Labeling parts of a plant.
Year 2 Frog Project
In science this term, Year 2 are learning all about pond life. The children are enjoying having a tank of tadpoles in class to observe and care for and are very excited about the prospect of tiny frogs! In English, we are learning about the features of an information book and the children are all busy making their own fact books about frogs.
Celebrating Easter in Lower School
Lower School celebrated Easter in lots of creative ways. We explored the Easter story through special Bible assemblies and took part in role playing some of the events leading up to Good Friday. We made cards and crafts and took part in some cooking activities. We had great fun on an Easter egg hunt!
During Welfare week, Year 3 enjoyed the story, 'The Secret Sky Garden' by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers. The character in the story feels happy when she flies a kite in the garden she's created. Year 3 chose their own 'happy colours' for their kites and then wrote down what makes them feel good on the bows.
Year 2 Welfare Week Activities
During welfare week , Year 2 read the story 'In it together' which is all about children's' different feelings and emotions about returning to school after lockdown. The children identified their emotions and then wrote about their thoughts on speech marks. We looked at the Bible verse 1 Peter 3 v15 which teaches us to cast our cares on God'
Later in the week we looked the the verse in Jeremiah 29 v11 which talks about 'God's plans to bless us'. We talked about the things we are looking forward to doing in the future. The children decorated our 'jar of hope' and then drew pictures and wrote about the things they are looking forward to doing.
In PSME we talked about how God has created us in his own image 'special and unique'. The children worked in pairs and did portraits of one another, looking carefully at each others skin ,hair and eye colour.
Life in the polar regions
Reception children have been learning about the polar regions both in school and at home.
Christmas Forest School Day
Lower School had a special Christmas Forest School Day. We started the day with a woodland reflection focusing on God's creation, collecting lots of natural materials and following a star activity trail We used some of the natural objects that we found to create a range of beautiful Christmas crafts to share with our families. To finish off the day we enjoyed hot chocolate in the woodland area and sang Christmas songs in the open air.
Legend the Donkey
The highlight of the Autumn term was a visit from Legend the donkey. He had a starring role in our Nativity play and every child in Lower School had a chance to have a ride and give him a stroke too.
Year 1 used their senses to explore the signs of Autumn in our school grounds. They produced some beautiful Autumn art work with leaf collage and finger painting.
Year 1 Art Work
Year 1 have created self portraits for our class display and our friendship circle. We looked carefully at our skin, hair and eye colour and celebrated how each of us are uniquely made and equally special.
As part of our theme of Holidays, we created these fun suns and seaside paintings in the style of Janet Bell, a Welsh artist.
Back to School - Psalm 23
On returning to school after lockdown we focused our assemblies on Psalm 23. We learnt that God is our good Shepherd. He knows us by name and he takes good care of us. We helped the children to know that they can talk about anything they feel anxious or worried about with an adult at school or home and they can take these worries to God in prayer too.
Welcome to Reception
Settling into our new indoor and outdoor environment.
Lower School Curriculum Displays
In the summer term Lower School children all head to Ainsdale Beach for a day of sandcastle building and paddling in the sea. We couldn't go in 2020 so here are some highlights from 2019.