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Robins and Chaffinches visit Creswell Crags

 

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 get to grips with imperative verbs and Woolly Mammoths!

 

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.

 

 

We’re going on a Woolly Mammoth hunt!

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 Best Pantomime Ever!

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!

Hearty Harvest Festival

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.

 

 

 

Food Glorious Food!

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!

 

Down on the farm!

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!

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow!

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!

 

Let’s take a walk on the wild side!

What an amazing day Robins and Chaffinches had as they opened their Wildlife Park to parents! When the gates opened, parents were greeted by a welcoming party and were given a map of the park, so they could explore it at their leisure. They wandered round various different habitats and found expert presenters, who gave informative talks about their animal and answered any questions the visitors had. They could visit the desert to find out about various snakes and meerkats.

The woodland experts talked all about foxes and owls.

In the polar regions, visitors were told all about penguins and polar bears.

 

In the savannah habitat, our giraffe and elephant experts were busy all afternoon.

Finally, in the aquarium, our fish and shark experts had lots of interesting facts to share.

Visitors to the park were entertained by two “flash-mob” dances of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “The Monkey Dance”, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.

A gift shop sold merchandise that the children had made and the café provided much appreciated refreshments on such a hot day.

All the visitors were impressed by the children’s work but also their amazing research and expertise.

 

Chaffinches and Robins walk on the wild side!

As part of our topic about Zoos, we visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to find out about the animals, their habitats and how a good zoo cares for its animals.  Polar bears, lions, leopards, meerkats and wallabies with their joeys were just a few of the many animals that we saw.

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We also were lucky enough to meet some of the animals close up in the discovery classrooms. We handled a gecko, an African land snail and a hissing cockroach. We found out so many interesting facts and information and, despite a gloomy weather forecast, we were very lucky to have a fine day.

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We had so much fun that we were exhausted on the way home.

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