The Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls had a fantastic time in Sheffield this week. Each child had the opportunity to experience an exciting escape room at Escape Sheffield. The adults were so impressed with the children’s teamwork, problem solving and resilience. Some children visited the ‘Witchcraft and Wizardry’ room and others had a go at the ‘221b Baker Street’ room. We are now buzzing with ideas for our own escape room, which brave parents, carers, family and friends will have the opportunity to try towards the end of term. Watch this space …
Last week Robins successfully completed their challenge to become fully qualified astronauts and to take part in Anston Greenlands’ Space Mission! As part of the Wow Day to launch this exciting topic about space, the children made edible moon rocks and took part in several agility challenges which tested a variety of skills.
Robins have settled in so well into their new classroom and have impressed all of the staff in Year 1. The children have already carried out several science investigations. They have made rocket mice from empty milk bottles whilst learning about forces and they have watched a water rocket blast off too. Mr Parry and Mrs Forbes only got a little bit wet! We have also been learning about healthy eating and have found out about the types of food an astronaut would eat in space, trying a bit of astronaut ice cream too.
We are really looking forward to learning about Neil Armstrong next week and the Solar System too.
What a busy and exciting few weeks we’ve just had, launching our new topic as well as getting familiar with our new routines. Children in Merlins and Ospreys have settled in really well and are enjoying their new topic (and who wouldn’t), which is all about Chocolate!
We started with a Topic Launch Day, where we got to taste and compare cacao beans and milk chocolate, produced some lovely artwork of chocolate packaging, performed some drama based on our new class novel and worked through some chocolate-related maths problems: we had a great day.
The children have, since then, been learning about the history of chocolate. They got to taste some hot chocolate, but not hot chocolate as we know it; the recipe was based on the hot chocolate the Ancient Mayans drank – very different, as you will see from the reactions on some of the children’s faces! 🙂
We’ve also been studying atlases, to locate countries where the cacao bean is grown: this has led us to learn about the different continents and climates.
In Science, we are learning about States of Matter: the children enjoyed ‘being particles’ (solid, liquid and gas) outside in the playground.
Please look at the link below for help with using TT Rockstars at home. Your child has their username and password in their reading record. I’ve set the tables to concentrate on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables for the next few weeks. Please let me know if you’re having any problems getting on.