Warren Hills Community Primary School

Learning together in friendship

Welcome to Warren Hills school...enjoy the Autumn Term!

 

Welcome to The Hub

The Hub is a nurture classroom, supporting children of all ages.  We exist to build links between our children and their peers, and to ready them for joining their age appropriate class in school. We also provide facilities to support children from other classes in their academic and social development.  To compliment our classroom based learning we spend one day every week learning outside, run a mile every day, practise yoga and mindfulness meditation, undertake work to improve our school environment, learn practical skills such as woodwork and DIY and work together to improve our social and emotional development.  

For details of our:

Three Frame Day, 

Executive Functioning Curriculum,

Healthy Body/Healthy Mind activities,  

Zones of Regulation and

Emotion Coaching programmes, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Here is what the children have to say about The Hub:

 

"My favourite thing in The Hub is my teachers and the outside learning.  I made a sign with Miss Whittaker.  Mrs Dunlop helped me make a dinosaur out of clay. I like to talk about things to Mrs Smith.  Mr Burrows lets me work out how to do stuff by myself. Mr Mason teaches us good sportsmanship.  Mr Birtwhistle makes sure I am ok." 

 

"The Hub likes to share and work together in friendship. I  love playing conkers because you can play in friendship.  I love to do things together with my friends."

 

"We like to help one another in cooking and everything.  I like making things out of wood and I help other people.  We have learned to use different tools like drills and a fret saw."

 

"I like to let my friends know my feelings and tell them happy things.  Inside Out was awesome.  We talked about feelings. Anger is my favourite."

 

"I enjoy being outside for a whole entire day.  My favourite time of the day is when we do mixed martial arts and in guided reading I sat in a tree to read."

 

"One of my favourite things is going in the Calm Cave.  I like playing on Reading Eggs and Khan Academy Maths in our own ICT suite."

 

"We have done lots of great things. We have made balloon-car-racers and did planting acorns and conkers.  We do lots of great things. Last week we did a vegetable show."

 

"We tell stories to people and friends.  Yesterday, I got to sit in the 'Once upon a time chair' under the tree and  tell everyone a story about all of us going to a skate park."

 

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Project Work

In the Thematic Frame of the day, we lead our own learning by each choosing a topic of interest to us to plan, research and write an information book about.  We have mixed hands on work such as using woodwork skills, photographing motorbikes and making scale models with designing the layout of and writing information pages to appeal to and keep our readers' interest.

ICT Software

In the Proficiency Frame of the day, as well as our classroom based lessons,  we have been using Reading Eggs, Kahn Academy and Lumio Maths software to enhance our learning.  All these websites are accessible from home using your log-ins and passwords and feed back directly to your teacher who can monitor your progress and set you new challenges.

Outdoor Learning

In the Experiential Frame of the day, we have been making the most of the good weather; spending lots of time outdoors, constructing shelters and ramps, role playing dramatic fire brigade rescues, learning to identify British trees and tidying the vegetable garden ready for the autumn harvest.

Cooking

In the Experiential Frame of the day,we use our classroom kitchen to prepare and serve bagels for breakfast, fruit for break-time and drinks throughout the day.  Recently the children also prepared pizzas and cakes in the classroom too.  we decorated the cakes with the shapes of different tree leaves we had learned about in Science.

School Pride

In the Experiential Frame of the day, we maintain the school's outdoor learning area, sow and water plants around the school, look after the fish tank in the foyer, pick up litter, weed the vegetable plots and compost the fruit break waste. As part of the school community are proud of our school environment and look after it and improve it where we can for ourselves sand others.

Healthy Body/Healthy Mind

In the Experiential Frame of the day we do lots of activities to keep our bodies and minds healthy. As well as taking regular Brain Breaks and doing Mind Gym exercises, adults and children alike practise Yoga  Pretzels and Mindfulness Meditation as well as running a mile every day. At the time of writing, we have run a half marathon worth of Daily Miles.

Practical Skills

In the Experiential Frame of the day, we learn lots of practical skills which we will be able to apply in our futures.  We use our hands to paint and mould objects out of clay, our work bench and tools to make things out of wood and DIY skills to enhance our learning environment.  We are currently renovating an old exercise bicycle and fitting it with a desk top so that those with an excess of energy can cycle and work at the same time! 

The Hub Philosophy and Pedagogy

The Hub operates the Three Frame Day pioneered by The Green School in Bali to improve pupil engagement and encourage child lead learning through enquiry.  The day comprises:

 Frame 1:  0900-1100 The Thematic Frame of child lead topic learning

 Frame 2:  1100-1200 The Proficiency Frame of teacher taught skills

 Frame 3:  1300-1500 The Experiential Frame of enquiry based learning   

 

 

The Hub teaches Executive Functioning Skills to underpin the teaching of the academic curriculum and develop the children's learning skills and life skills:

1) Goal Setting and Task Initiation      

2) Flexible Thinking

3) Planning, Prioritising and Organising            

4) Accessing Working Memory 

5) Self-monitoring and checking                            

6) Emotional and Impulse Control

 

The Hub believes the adage 'a healthy body and a healthy mind' hence we begin the day with a yoga session, run for a mile every day and undertake mindful meditation every afternoon.  At the start of the day and after breaks we sit down to share a healthy breakfast, fruit and drinks.

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