What an exciting few days in Robins. This week, we have been learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and we have had fun taking part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) challenge. In small groups, our task was to build the tallest tower possible using only spaghetti and marshmallows. We found that there were quite a few outstanding engineers in our midst. The children produced some great designs and lots of Robins showed resilience when things didn’t always go to plan!
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Robins launched their new topic about Italy with a visit to a Pizza restaurant where they were taught how to make authentic, individual pizzas by a real life pizzaiolo (pizza chef). The children had great fun making Margherita pizzas and had even more fun eating them!
Here are some pictures of us in action.
After having had a lovely lunch, we were ready to venture out in the rain to the Botanical Gardens. Despite the weather, we had lots of fun searching for different plants and exploring different areas of the gardens. The children used their super map-reading skills to find the Peter Pan statue, the Bear Pit as well as visiting the spectacular glasshouses.
Robins were very excited to take part in a special session of Martial Arts. Two children in Robins have been attending classes and were very proud to show the class a variety of moves and skills that they have been learning. Below are some photos from the session.
A big thank you to Mr Marriott for giving up his time and coming in to lead the session and for sharing his expertise with us. We had lots of fun!
Earlier this week, Robins took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and spent the afternoon looking for a variety of different birds. We made a tally chart of how many we saw. We also decided to help the birds during this particularly cold spell of weather, by making some bird feeders. It was a bit messy but great fun. We used pine cones, bird seed and lard to make them some tasty treats. It was a lovely afternoon outside in the winter sunshine. We saw several blackbirds, sparrows, magpies and even a seagull. We were very happy because we also spotted a robin!
Our 4 new House Captains have made a great start to their new roles. They wanted to raise money for a local charity: Thornberry. They asked children to bake animal-themed cakes and biscuits and bring them into school to sell or swap for a tin of dog or cat meat.
Donations of cat and dog meat were also requested: we had a huge response.
Today, the house captains visited Thornberry Animal Sanctuary to take in the money raised, and the donated food. As you can see from their faces, they absolutely loved looking around at the animals there.
We would like to say thank you to all who helped us raise this money!
Chaffinches have really enjoyed learning new skills in hockey and have used them to play games. They are also currently learning new skills in gymnastics with Mr Kay: they can’t wait for the next lesson.
What a super way to bring our learning to life! Robins and Chaffinches had an amazing day visiting Warwick Castle. We were met by a guide who took us to different parts of the castle and shared lots of information with us. The guides were amazed by how much knowledge the children had, they also commented on their super behaviour too. Whilst we were there we also watched a magnificent birds of prey display, climbed the original Motte to admire the views of the Warwickshire countryside and listened to an interesting talk by a skilful bowman. As always however, a popular part of the day was lunchtime!
The children were super ambassadors for our school throughout the whole day. Well done Robins and Chaffinches!
On Monday, Robins received their first of two visitors this week. Mr Greaves came to talk to us about knights and their armour. It was great fun as we were able to try on helmets and chain mail. Everything was very heavy!
The enthusiasm and excitement then reached fever pitch as the children received several clues to help them hunt for a friendly phonics dragon. Using an old treasure map, the children worked well in teams to find a selection of graphemes that were hidden in the school grounds. They then used their fantastic knowledge of phonics to spell lots of words. Eventually, with all the clues found and the problems solved, we found our friendly dragon, who is now living in our classroom and will be helping us in our Phonics lessons.
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.