We have a secret club at school. Every term different children are invited to come to secret club after school. We do a range of fun activities to inspire and deepen their learning across the curriculum. See below for what has been happening, but don’t tell anyone!
Secret Club – 12th June 2018
The focus for Secret Club this week was Forest Skills. The children spent an hour outside exploring and playing in Ted’s Den.
Some children teamed up to build a den during the session, with the adults supporting them to find a suitable spot, stack wood and drape a tarpaulin. The children then used giant pegs and string to secure the roof and extend the den using construction equipment before adding tables and cushions and building a mock “campfire”. Once settled into their kitchen, the children could only find toy frogs to cook on the fire for their tea! These children showed fantastic teamwork and great imagination.
Other children at the club got creative with natural objects and completed a variety of activities including crown and picture making with flowers and leaves. They also used magnifying glasses to observe spiders, beetles and woodlice, and went detecting to try to find out where the creatures lived.
Secret Club 6.3.18 – Physical Challenges
This week the children have been practising physical challenges and working together as a team. We began by playing a few team warm up games. The children had to cooperate with each other to pass the hoop along the line over their bodies without letting go of their hands. The children worked very well together and completed this activity quickly. Next they were given some floor spots and they had to get across the classroom without touching the carpet. Again the children worked effectively together and each team came up with a different strategy to cross the carpet.
We then had a go at playing the ‘Family FUNs game’. The children were in teams of 2 and they had to compete various physical challenges as they moved around the board collecting hoops. It was great fun and the children were all good sports.
Well done everyone!
Secret Club 30.1.18 – Cooking
This week in Secret Club, the children have been making shortbread. They very carefully measured the correct amount of ingredients and mixed them together. Each child got to make 2 pieces of shortbread, and we were able to use our new ‘chick’ shaped cutter! This was very exciting as Year 2 have currently got live chicks in their classes as part of their Air, Land and Sea topic.
The children took the recipe home so they could try making the shortbread with their grown ups too. Please see the recipe below if you would like to make it.
In Secret Club this week, the children have made shortbread. Here is the recipe for you to try at home.
55g/2oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish
180g/6oz plain flour
- Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
- Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
- Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste/dough.
- Put this on a work surface and gently roll out until it is 1cm/½in thick.
- Cut the dough into rounds or fingers and place on a baking tray.
- Sprinkle with caster sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown.
- Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
Secret Club – October 11th 2017
The focus for Secret Club this week was Outdoor Learning. The children put on their coats and wellies and explored some Forest Skills in Ted’s Den.
First we built dens, the adults supporting the children to find suitable spots, stack wood and drape tarpaulin. Children then used giant pegs to secure the roofs and furnished the insides of the dens with rugs, tables and chairs! While some children chose to put their feet up inside the den and chill, others were busy on scavenger hunts. They hunted for leaves and identified them, and found other special Autumn things to create their own pictures. They used magnifying glasses to observe spiders, beetles and woodlice, and went detecting to try to find out where the creatures lived. Finally we all came together in one of the dens to drink hot cocoa and eat custard cream biscuits, before tidying up and sharing the job of carrying all the equipment indoors.
Secret club – October 3rd 2017
This week’s Secret Club had a maths focus.
We worked with someone who we didn’t know very well so we could make some new friends from another year group! We used our counting skills and number knowledge to play the games and made sure we took it in turns and played fairly too. After we played a couple of games, we used Maths Whizz too.
Secret club – June 20th 2017
This week Secret Club had a gardening and outdoor focus.
We began by taking photos and making “grassheads” to take home and look after. We discussed how to look after our grass seeds to allow them to grow into spiky green hair-dos!
Next, we went to the school garden to have a look at the fruit and vegetables growing there. We picked strawberries and checked on the progress of our broad beans, onions and radishes before picking, washing and preparing some to taste. Everyone agreed that the strawberries were delicious, the beans were interesting, and the radishes a little bit “hot”!
Finally, we discussed how we care for our garden to help our plants grow. We watered our pots, plants and young trees and did some very energetic weed clearing.
We had a great time learning about how to take care of our garden and developing our gardening skills.
Secret club – May 16th 2017
This week at secret club the children were practising their PE skills with some throwing and catching games. We started by practising our throwing skills with the Nerf torpedoes and then moved on to playing the game ‘bucket ball’. Bucket ball is a good, fun game of early rounders where the thrower has to throw three balls and make a run before the fielders get the balls back into the bucket! The children started to practise their team work and develop strategies like throwing the ball back to help catch the throwers out.
Secret club – 2.4.17
This week the children had a go at doing some origami. They found out that ‘origami’ means, ‘the art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.’ The children decided that they wanted to make monster bookmarks! With the help of a video tutorial, the children were able to watch and listen to the instructions to make their monsters. There were lots of steps to follow and the children concentrated very hard to make sure they folded the paper in the correct way. Once the paper was folded, the children designed their own monster character and decorated it by cutting out paper and colouring them in. They were very proud of their creations!
Secret Club – 21.03.17
This week at Secret Club the children were practising their physical skills by speed stacking. They had to see how quickly they could stack the cups in a pyramid then stack them back down again. The children timed themselves then tried to beat their own times so they had a personal best.
Secret Club – Maths, 28.2.17
This week, the children used Maths Whizz. They logged onto their Maths Whizz account and continued to work through the different topic areas. The children enjoyed using it and will continue to use it at home too. We also played some maths games including ‘Days of the Week,’ ‘Number Streets’ and ‘Snakes and Ladders.’ The children made sure they took it in turns and played by the rules using their maths knowledge to help them play the game.
Secret Club – Art, 31.1.17
This week at Secret Club we made some fantastic abstract art whilst listening to classical music. The music really inspired us as we painted.
We used masking tape to create an abstract image on our paper before letting our creative juices flow as we painted around it.
We mixed the paint to make different colours and shades. This let us use lots of different colours and made our work really unique.
Here are some of the finished works of art!
Secret Club – Music, 24.1.17
The children enjoyed some musical activities this week! We visited the computing suite and used the program ‘Purple Mash.’ The children explored 2Beat, 2Explore and 2Sequence to compose and create their own piece of music. Some children used the interactive screen and enjoyed sharing their music with the rest of the group.
Geography time at Secret Club – 15.11.16
Secret Club had a great session learning early map reading and orienteering skills. They discovered how to read a picture map and interpret the symbols in order to collect items to make funny faces! They also went on an outdoor hunt round the school grounds to find features such as trees, fences, bushes, play apparatus, and man-made objects. Back indoors they explored Google Maps and Google Earth to find their school and their homes in Toftwood.
Secret Club – Maths, 11.10.16
During the maths activities, the children played a variety of games to develop their conversation skills, turn-taking skills and problem solving skills. We played a whole club ‘Bingo’ which the children loved. It helped them to practise reading numbers correctly, and recognising the numbers on their bingo board. Some children also played a ‘Tell the time’ game, where they talked about what happens at different times of the day.