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Our House Captains help to raise £200 for Thornberry Animal Sanctuary!

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!

 

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Chaffinches: enjoying their PE lessons!

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.

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Robins and Chaffinches step back in time to visit Warwick Castle

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!

What a busy week in Robins!

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!

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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.
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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.

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!