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Chaffinches go wild in the forest!

The children from Chaffinches went out into the forest to gather natural resources to create their own artwork of rainforest animals.  They created snakes, a sloth, a toucan, a butterfly and a jaguar, using twigs, branches, leaves and stones

.  Take a look at our creations.

Our Science Ambassadors launch Science week!

On Monday, our Science Ambassadors visited Thorpe Hesley Primary School to help launch their Science week, as we also prepared for ours.

The ambassadors had prepared experiments, with Mrs Crossmore, which they wanted to show to the children at Thorpe Hesley. They performed these experiments in two assemblies, in front of over 400 children.

After the assemblies our ambassadors worked with children on a variety of Science investigations and then were able to meet up with Thorpe Hesley’s new Science Ambassadors, where they shared their experiences with them.

Overall it was a fantastic morning, enjoyed by all who took part.  Our Science Ambassadors did us proud!

More to follow soon about our Science week!

 

Chaffinches want to help save our planet!

Chaffinches have had a fantastic week learning about Climate Change. They now realise the importance of recycling, re-using and not wasting things, and how this can make a difference to our planet. We made a video to highlight what we’ve learned and how we can help!

Chaffinches and Robins go wild at Woodside Wildlife Park!

What a fantastic time Robins and Chaffinches had at Woodside Wildlife Park.  We were able to see some amazing animals, some of which are usually found in the rainforest.  Children were able to see birds of prey, a tiger (rescued from a circus), bats, meerkats, lemurs and a sloth (Sid).  As you can see from the photos, children had the chance to handle or stroke some of the reptiles and they loved it! We learned a lot about these amazing animals and about the habitats that they usually live in and the food they eat.

 

Leeds author of Piper’s Passport visits Chaffinches!

Last Monday, Chaffinches, Robins and Wrens were lucky to be visited by Yorkshire author, Eleanor McKone.  Eleanor read her book, ‘Piper’s Passport’ with the children, discussed what it was like being an author and what inspired her to write.  The children then did some follow-up activities based on the book.

 

What a great way to start the new term!

What a fantastic term of learning, about London and Italy, for Chaffinches!

Chaffinches began the term learning about Paddington in London. They loved learning about famous London landmarks such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.  The children wrote postcards and narratives based on Paddington’s adventures.  We also learned through dance and drama about the Great Fire of London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning about Italy and its myths and famous landmarks was also a great success with the class.  Chaffinches were also able to cook various types of Italian dishes, such as lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and pizza.

 

Chaffinches had a great visit to Pizza Express and the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. At Pizza Express the children go to learn about the history of pizza and were able to make their own pizza and eat it.  The visit was ‘the best visit’!

The children’s learning was culminated in our final event of our Italian Cafe.  Children made souvenirs to sell, entertained parents with dancing and singing and then served pizza, which they had made.

Another huge success which was enjoyed by all!

A truly ‘Out of this World’ experience for Ospreys and Merlins!

The children in Ospreys and Merlins were absolutely delighted with the visit by Kevin Read from the Yorkshire Planetarium, who brought his Stardome in to educate the children further about Earth and Space.  It was a truly ‘out of this world’ experience, but don’t just take my word for it, here is what the children from Ospreys have written (very eagerly) about the experience!

‘Merlins and Ospreys have been learning about the solar system, and on 8th of February the stardome came into school for our two classes to go inside and enjoy. Faith thought it was interesting and we all learned about space and she would like to become an astronomer  and study space, Holly thought it was AMAZING! Now she wants to be a scientist and an astrophysicist.  We would to see it again and learn even more about our galaxy, our solar system and our sun.

The planet Pluto was actually pink and blue. There is a suitable galaxy/planet that we could live on but unfortunately it would take you 100,000 years to get there, but we have no idea what this planet is called. In 15 years NASA is thinking of sending 10 people to Mars and if they survive, NASA will be sending thousands or more people but unfortunately  it would take 3 years to get there.’ FB and HW

‘Merlins and Ospreys have had a wonderful morning in an outstanding stardome, learning facts about space, galaxies, planets and stars. The children enjoyed every bit of it, saying it was amazing and it was great as it felt like they were actually moving in Space.
Charlie said he felt dizzy when the screen was moving. The class loved the video as it was amazing seeing all the planets orbit the sun and learning new facts.
They saw lots of planets like Venus, Saturn and Mercury and found out about lots of new galaxies.’  CA and OC

‘Ospreys and Merlins are learning about space and Kevin came with a Stardome and all of us enjoyed  it. A Stardome is a big inflatable balloon that has projections of the solar system and constellations in it, so it’s 3D.  When we were in the Stardome it felt like we were travelling through space, it was so cool. Kevin knows everything about space, it was amazing.’   EM and FH

‘Inside the Stardome it looked like we were in space.  Ospreys have lots of questions for Kevin and have emailed him with them. Kevin knows everything about space, he is a space wizard. This is a fact that Kevin told all the Ospreys,  ‘if you look straight at the sun from a telescope or directly at it for 3 seconds,  you will be blind,  so I would not look at the sun directly.’OB and FH

‘We learnt that there are lots of galaxies. Did you know the sun is white, but it’s a yellow dwarf star?’ RC and DS

 

 

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Merlins and Ospreys are launched back in time!

Our topic this term is ‘The Intergalactic Rock Show’, which got off to a great start with our Topic Launch Day.  Children danced to music from different decades, watched the launch of Apollo 11 and learned about it landing on the moon, were baking and preparing food popular in the 1940’s and 50’s as well as researching events from the 1950’s.  In the afternoon, children continued to learn about life in the 1950’s, including the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.  One of our volunteer helpers, Terry, spoke to the children about what he remembered about growing up in the 1950’s. The children had a really fun-filled, educational day.

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A fiesta of a day for Ospreys and Merlins!

What a lovely day we had to celebrate Mexico’s Day of The Dead festival and the end of our mini-topic about Mexico!   Children cooked enchiladas and made salsa, created decorated skull masks and played sport.  The day ended with the children eating the food they’d made and doing some salsa dancing!

What a fab day!

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Ospreys have been enjoying a taste of Mexico!

The children in Year 4 have been tasting foods that are used in popular Mexican recipes (avocados, sweet peppers, chorizo, pineapple and sweet corn). They analysed these foods, stating whether they recognised the food and enjoyed the taste; some were enjoyed more than others (see the expressions on our faces).

The children were then excited to be using some of these ingredients to cook quesadillas and make guacamole.  We then sampled the food we had made, which we really enjoyed.

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