Merlins and Ospreys are Choccywoccydoodah!

What a fantastic start to the term we’ve had in Merlins and Ospreys. It’s only the beginning of our topic and we’ve already tasted lots of chocolatey treats.

 

Last Monday was our WOW day. The children worked on a carousel of activities – these included making and tasting some authentic Mayan hot chocolate, designing and making some fantastic Aztec masks, a chocolate quiz with blind chocolate tasting and a science activity where the children looked at how chocolate could melt and solidify. The afternoon saw the children taste a cocoa bean – they were surprised by the bitter taste. A poem/music making activity followed this and no wow day would be complete without a choco-latte dance – ask your children for a demonstration! We finished the day with hot chocolate and a story.

 

Last Wednesday, we had our visit from Carl who works for The Ministry of Chocolate. We all had such a fantastic day and got to learn so much about where chocolate comes from, the farming process, fairtrade and chocolate tasting. The children ended with making their own chocolate. They worked incredibly hard to become level 10 chocolatologists. Keep an eye out for your invitations to our chocolate masterclass where you will get to learn how to gain the same accolade!

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We love learning outdoors in Wrens!

We have been so busy outside this week.

Mrs Marriott managed to take a few photos of some of us drawing members of our family.

Artists at Work!

We then gave our wellies an outing!

We went to look at how our outside environment is changing. We found lots of different coloured leaves, and we also brought some back into the classroom for some of our focus learning activities.

It’s official we are loving autumn!

Reading with Robins!

What a lovely way to start our day with lots of grown- ups reading to us and also listening to us read to them. This happens every Wednesday morning in our classroom and it is something we look forward to. Here are a few photographs from this morning.

A long, long time ago…

Wow, wow, wow! What a great start to our new topic. Robins and Chaffinches launched their new topic by taking part in a fantastic day of activities, which were all linked to our learning about Castles and life in a castle.

The children made knight’s helmets for their role play areas, as well as torches to light up the classroom. They also decorated some goblets and enjoyed baking crown biscuits which were delicious. They even practised their archery skills outside and took part in drama activities, using their imagination to make up stories about princes, princesses, dragons and knights.

The children were fantastic, they gave 100% to each and every task and showed lots of enthusiasm for the topic. We are looking forward to learning lots more about life a long, long time ago.

Our first school lunchtime!

We were all so excited to stay for our very first school lunch.

We sat with our friends and we all tried really hard to eat everything up!

Mrs Marriott, Mrs Briggs and all of our lovely helpers were so impressed with us.

 

The Great Escape!

On Thursday 6th September, a fantastic new topic was launched in Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls. To great excitement, the children found out that they will be spending the term creating an Escape Room for family and friends. Before they are able to do this, both classes will have the opportunity to experience a real life Escape Room at Escape Sheffield!

During the morning and afternoon, the children proved that they are more than up to the challenge by completing a range of mathematical puzzles. They solved riddles, used a cipher wheel, answered a QR code quiz and used symbols to crack codes.

Watch this space – we’ll update you with our plans for our very own Lemony Snicket themed Escape Room over the next few weeks. The children are very excited to make a start…

September Newsletter

Please click the link below to read this term’s newsletter, including dates for the year.

September Newsletter (23)

Year 6 Photos

A huge thank you to Mr Davies for taking these stunning photographs of our Year 6 leavers!

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Dipping Our Toes into Anston’s Ancient Past

Robins and Chaffinches classes ventured out to explore Old Anston and to discover all about life in our village over 300 years ago! We were joined by Dr Bob Gellatly, our resident expert on all aspects of Anston’s history, who told us all about the village’s interesting past. We explored Greenlands Park and found out that it was originally a quarry whose limestone was used to rebuild the Houses of Parliament after a fire. We visited Anston Hall and discovered that the row of shops, known locally as ‘The Ponds’, was originally a large farmhouse, which belonged to Squire Wright, who lived in the Hall.

We were interested to see all the different houses on The Green and then we dropped down to explore ‘The Wells’, which provided fresh water for the village. Finally, we walked to Ryton Road to see how much it had changed in 300 years. We had a very memorable, fascinating day and the children were, once more, excellent ambassadors for our school.

Anston – Now and Then

During the week beginning 25th July, we held a whole school local history and geography week. As part of this, all children from Year 1 to Year 6 visited the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield. We had a superb day, visiting the pit ponies and pit baths, finding out what life was like for Victorian child miners and experiencing a fascinating underground tour in the company of a miner. Oh … and there was a great playground too!

A huge thank you to all those parents and grandparents who filled in our survey. We found it extremely interesting to discover what life was like when you were ten.