EYFS Academic

Thornton girls learn new baking skills and let their imaginations run wild in music.

We like to adopt a hands-on approach to learning here at Thornton, which has been very much in evidence over the past few days in the Pre-Prep classrooms.

Year 1 and Year 2 girls continue to explore Food Glorious Food as a Creative Curriculum topic, which this week saw them learning how to make bread. With Mrs Sinnott they relished the opportunity to get a little messy and mix dried yeast together with flour and salt before pummelling and kneading the dough into smooth round dough buns, ready to bake in the oven.

Across the corridor, Mrs McPartlan encouraged Reception girls to close their eyes and immerse themselves in the music of Beethoven during their weekly Music lesson. While she played the Adagio Cantabile movement from the composer’s Piano Sonata No 8, the girls listened carefully, creating a story in their minds.

What did they see in the music? How did they interpret it? Well, Mia imagined a pig buying tomatoes and onions at the shop. Alexa saw a blue horse walking in a massive field. Octavia, meanwhile, conjured up visions of a purple and pink unicorn soaring through the sky.


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