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We’ve been helping to support the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project!

Over the past few weeks, food donations have been made by our very kind families at Greenlands.

Yesterday, Emily, from the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project came in to talk to the children about the work that the project does.  It helps homeless people around Sheffield: by providing activities, help to find jobs, providing some shelter and food to eat.

What a great, worthwhile charity: thank you for your support!

Cooking with the House Captains!

Our school House Captains have enjoyed helping to run a Cooking Club with Y1 and Y2 children, and they are doing a great job!  The first week, muffins were made and this week the children made pizza: which was a great success!

Chaffinches and Robins had a brrrrr…illiant time at Snozone!

What a super day Chaffinches and Robins had yesterday at Snozone, Xscape.  The children spent time in ‘extreme’ conditions, similar to the ones we have been learning about last half term.  See for yourselves, from the photos, as to how much fun we had!

 

 

 

Welcome Chaffinches!

 

What a great first half term Chaffinches have had. From making our own ice lollies to drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, Chaffinches have had a fun-filled and busy start to the year. We launched our topic ‘Fire and Ice’ with an amazing Wow day where we made beautiful snowflakes, caused volcanoes to erupt, used a variety of media to make giant flames and played ‘ice’ hockey too.

Chaffinches have settled in very well to their new class and routines and are already making great progress, both in their work and with their independence.

In our English lessons, we began by looking at explorers of the Arctic, reading a book entitled ‘The Great Explorer’ by Chris Judge. We researched animals of the Arctic and wrote an information text about polar bears.  We then moved half way around the world to learn about Antarctica, and the animals that can be found there.  Another book we enjoyed reading is ‘The penguin who wanted to find out’: this inspired us to write our own adventure about Otto the penguin.   We have been dancing like penguins and singing a song about Rocking at the North Pole.

We have been learning how to find the Arctic and the Antarctic, using globes, maps and atlases.  Chaffinches were lucky enough to speak to a Research Scientist who is currently stationed in Antarctica: the children thought of some fantastic questions to ask her and were enthralled by her answers.

What a fantastic start to the new academic year. Well done Chaffinches!!

 

 

 

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!