I hope you had a refreshing half term holiday. The children have returned to school, eager to learn and settled into their routines very quickly. Most have begun a new IPC unit and I am sure you will hear a lot about their learning in the next few weeks. The children in Year 5 had great fun dressing up as famous characters from Myths and Legends for their IPC entry point. There was a range of characters on display; we saw ancient Egyptian mummies and Pharaohs, Legendary Greek figures, characters from Chinese, Spanish, and Qatari culture and even a few dragons and unicorns!
Over the next few weeks, the children will begin exploring different Myths and Legends from around the world. They will also create their own stories to share with the school. Early Years held a ‘rainy days’ Entry Point on Thursday to celebrate the start of their Sand and Water IPC unit. They enjoyed wearing special rain proof clothes, swimming costumes and wellington boots. There were shrieks of enjoyment as the ‘rain’ started and everyone got wet. They had fun splashing in the water and getting soaked. There was a colourful display of umbrellas which helped to keep some of the rain off. Early Years 1 are definitely equipped for more rain at Rayyan campus.
On Thursday we were very fortunate to have a dance specialist from the Juilliard School, Joshua Palmer, in school, to lead an assembly with Years 1 to 6 and teach classes to our Early Years students. The children enjoyed an assembly which taught them about rhythm and dance elements of Flamenco; Baile, Palmos and Pitas. The children watched a performance from Antonio Canales and analysed the expression, movements and rhythm of the dance. They enjoyed putting together their own flamenco rhythm to combine the elements they learned about. It was a lovely start to the morning. Thank you to the parents who came along to join the assembly. Preparations are well under way for the annual Rainbow Picnic on Saturday 17th November. We look forward to seeing you there for a Rayyan Community get together and a very enjoyable morning.
Thank you to the parents who came to the mathematics seminar on Monday. Mrs O Neill discussed calculation strategies and progression through stages for children in Years 3-6 and how you can support your children at home. If you were unable to attend, and would like a copy of the seminar, please contact the School Secretary, on firstname.lastname@example.org. On Sunday, children in Years 5 and 6 had an animal adaptation learning talk from one of our parents, Mr Bouaouina. The talk was linked to STEAM and had 3 sections: the first part was about fish features that make them adapted and suited for their environment, the second was the dissection of a fish to allow students to see some anatomical parts that were highlighted in the first talk. The final part was about Biomimicry and how scientists and engineers get inspired by fish to design useful technology. A great example of collaborative and ambitious learning. Thank you to Mr Bouaouina for facilitating the learning-our students learned a lot about how lessons from nature influence STEAM. Have a lovely week.
Head of Campus