Archive for Jo Forbes
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.
What a fun-packed day at Creswell Crags! Robins and Chaffinches took part in several activities. We learnt about instruments from the Stone Age, this was a very hands on workshop and we made quite a din playing instruments made from shells, bones and antlers. We also made shelters and took part in target practice, throwing spears at a dummy reindeer. The highlight though for most of us was the visit to the caves. We imagined what life would have been like all those years ago and turned the lights off on our helmets to experience the darkness of a cave. The weather was beautiful, so we benefited from having a picnic outside in the sunshine. As always, the children were exceptionally well behaved and great ambassadors for our school.
Robins have had a fantastic week reading the book, ‘How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth’. We have written instructions on how to make a Woolly Mammoth from a milk bottle and we have also been making short films, giving instructions on how to wash a cuddly toy.
In order to be successful, we had to use imperative verbs (be bossy!) and use time conjunctions too. See if you can hear any!
We also finished our fabulous week by visiting the woods, where Mr Wirth made a fire for us and we toasted lumps of ‘Woolly Mammoth’ on a stick.
As part of our investigation into Stone Age life, Robins and Chaffinches classes went on an exploration of Anston Stones Wood, what an exciting time we had!
The children took part in many activities, including exploring Dead Man’s cave, making woodland music, creating natural sculptures, a scavenger hunt, games at the park and playing pooh sticks too.
We were joined for the day by a local councillor, Mr Ireland and Claire Moseley, a park ranger.
We learnt a lot about the early history of Anston, the excavations that have taken place and the artefacts that have been discovered there. We have used this information back in school.
We were extremely lucky with the weather and had a super day in the sunshine and a picnic on the park. There were many highlights to the day, but here are a few photos to remember the day.
The children in Wrens, Robins and Chaffinches celebrated the end of their topic this term with a production and performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. They had to design and paint the props, which was a challenge because they were so huge. The characters and narrators had lots of lines to learn but they managed really well and performed very confidently. The Jack, Cloud and Harp dancers were very entertaining and the singing was excellent. The audience loved every minute and Mr Wirth complimented the cast, saying this had been the best Infant Christmas Production ever!
Robins and Chaffinches have been finding out all about harvest and they celebrated the end of the topic by inviting their parents and grandparents to attend an amazing harvest service. They entertained their families with songs, prayers and poetry and finished with a collection to support the homeless people in Sheffield as part of the Archer Project. Parents contributed produce and clothes, which will be greatly appreciated.
The guests then joined their children in the classroom to share the work they have been doing this term and they were served with delicious crumbles and scones. Everyone had a really enjoyable, celebratory morning.
It seems that we have done nothing but eat lately in Robins. When we visited Whirlow Hall Farm, we bought some fresh eggs that we had collected ourselves. On returning to school, we decided to put them to good use and we made ourselves some brunch! Toast and bacon go well with eggs, so that’s what we had; scrambled eggs, bacon and freshly buttered toast, all made by Robins themselves.
We then ventured to Tesco, to learn about where different fruits and vegetables come from. Whilst we were there, we were kindly given generous helpings of a variety of fruits to taste. The other shoppers looked quite jealous.
Finally, as part of our science curriculum, we have been learning about the parts of a plant that we can eat. First of all, we identified the different parts of a plant, including the celery stalk, lettuce leaves and carrots as being the root and then we ate them!!
We are now looking forward to serving our parents with some homemade fruit crumbles and scones at our Harvest Festival next week!
This week, Robins and Chaffinches visited Whirlow Hall Farm. What a fantastic day we had! During the day, we had a guided tour around the farm. We handled many different animals; goats, chickens, horses to name a few. The piglets were only a few weeks old and so cute. We also worked very hard and carried out lots of jobs, just like real farmers! We put on our gloves and wellies and got busy! We collected eggs, groomed the horses and undertook ‘pasture management’ – in other words we picked up poo! Look at the pictures and you will see how busy we were and how much fun we had!
Robins and Chaffinches launched their new topic about Harvest and growing with a Scarecrow-making day. Children were presented with a problem set for them by a real life Farmer. Farmer Andrew sent a video asking the children to help him to protect his crops. Eight teams of children worked well together to produce a variety of scarecrows. Some friendly, some not, some tall and some small. Lots of fun was had. At times, however, it was a challenge to actually see the hall floor!
On completion of the task, the children then voted for their favourite scarecrow. Farmer Andrew is also hoping to visit to pass his judgement too!