Archive for Jo Forbes

A Romp through the Rainforest

The children in Robins have been developing their balancing skills and improving their core strength by taking part in a Rainforest Yoga session. We have been stretching our arms like toucans, our backs like anacondas, bending over like waterfalls and holding other poses including a Kapok tree pose, a howler monkey pose and a piranha pose amongst many others. The children were amazing, carefully trying to balance and move like animals from the Rainforest. See if you can recognise any of the animals from their poses.

Parliamo italiano! Let Robins teach you how to speak Italian.

Robins have had a fantastic term learning all about Italy. The geography, the history, the culture and the language of the country.

Here is a short video of some of the words and phrases that we have learnt!

Robins sono fantastici!

Robins receive a special visitor from the past

Earlier this week, Robins were very lucky to welcome ‘Julia’ to their classroom. ‘Julia’ came to talk to the class about her life as a Roman citizen. The children were very excited to hear all about her life, including where she lived, what she ate, what she wore and how she entertained her guests. The children helped ‘Julia’ to get ready for a party by making clay pots, writing a shopping list on wax tablets, making a class mosaic and dressing up in togas and laurel wreaths. It was an amazing afternoon and the children learnt so much about the Romans and in such a fun way! Thank you to Mrs Oldale for bringing our learning to life.


Buon Appetito!

Robins have had lots of fun this week sampling Italian cuisine. Firstly, we cooked spaghetti in class and then tried to eat it by twirling it around on our forks. Some of us managed it …others didn’t! Take a look at the photos to see how successful we were. Afterwards, we made a mind map of all of the adjectives that we could think of to describe the spaghetti, then we created our own shape poems about the pasta. Come and look at the display in our classroom, the poems are superb.

Later in the week we had a gelato, another type of food that Italy is famous for. Again, we wrote some fantastic poems about ice-cream, using our senses to help us to expand our vocabulary to include some interesting adjectives.

Italian food has definitely inspired us to write some super pieces of poetry this week. Well done Robins!

STEM Spaghetti Challenge

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!

Pizza and Plants!

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 master Martial Arts!

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!





Robins have been looking for Robins!

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 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!


Published by J Adams

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.