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Family Fitness Fun!

What a fantastic turn out on Wednesday for our family boot camp initiative (27 children, 14 adults). The hall was full of positive energy, where parents and grandparents participated for fun, encouraging their children to be active. Such a great atmosphere, and to top it off, we nailed the plant pinball challenge!

Looking forward to seeing you all next week for some more fun. Many thanks

Keep a look out for photos…

Mrs Baird.


Fun in the mud at boot camp!

What a great session to finish off our boot camp after school club for 2017  – with a parent and child event. There was lots of fun with water, mud, tyres and a cargo net. Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who supported their children and had a fantastic time! Enjoy the pictures…..


Snapta Claus is coming to Anston Greenlands!

Merlins’ business, Snapta Claus, will be arriving in the hall on Wednesday 20th December, from 1.30pm until 3pm.

Our goal is to provide our customers with unique, happy memories from Greenlands Christmas fayre 2017 that they can cherish forever. Our elves have been busy designing and making Snapta Claus’s grotto for the big day! They have also been very busy decorating festive merchandise for the stall. Our price list starts from as little as £1. Please pop along with your mates to make some Christmas memories. Don’t delay, get a snap today!



Hola! from Mexico…

On Friday 8th September, Merlins and Ospreys discovered their colourful new topic “Global Gourmet” with a fantastic WOW day. The first stop on our culinary tour of the globe is Mexico. The children, dressed in colourful fiesta outfits, enjoyed a carousel of activities including: cooking salsa, playing Latino music using boomwhackers and using their ICT skills to create their own sugar skull masks.

We made the most of the sunshine, spending the afternoon outside playing Mexican themed games, such as Pass the Sombrero and Mexican Beans. Everyone enjoyed the chance to sample our freshly made salsa with tortilla chips. The excitement didn’t stop there; having creating their own piñatas in the morning, the children took turns to burst open their designs and reveal the hidden treasures within. We couldn’t resist ending the day with a giant Mexican wave!

The Mexican Bean parachute game was a firm favourite. Ollie told us “It was really fun. If you were a Chilli you had to swap with another Chilli. The best bit was when Mr Tweed shouted, “Chilli Burrito!” it was great.”

Reece also enjoyed the outdoor games, “It was good to go outside and try different things.”

“Making our own salsa and trying it was really good. It was yummy!”  Ava and Alanya agreed.

Ava also enjoyed the piñatas “Making piñatas was great. When we bashed them, loads of sweets came out and we ran to get them.”

Alanya summed up the day perfectly, “I really enjoyed all of it and the rest of the class did too!”

Merlins’ and Ospreys’ visit to Woodside Wildlife Park

What an amazing learning experience Merlins and Ospreys have had today. Our rangers, James and Robin, took us on a whistle stop tour around the world teaching us all about the weird and wonderful animals and their habitats.

Merlins particularly enjoyed Robin feeding the wolves their breakfast whilst listening to James’ amazing facts about their habitats, appearances and eating habits. The children also had the opportunity to hold and stroke a variety of reptiles such as a male and female boa constrictor, a bearded dragon and a lizard. They even had the opportunity of stroking some owls too!

Julia,the magnificent hyper-carnivore tiger, was another beautiful sight to see. Everyone really enjoyed meeting Julia and watching her pouncing and diving for her lunch.

Into our forest we go…

Last half term we studied tropical rainforests, but now we are homing in on our own locality with a particular focus on forests and woodlands around us.

We begin our learning journey with a novel study of ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. Firstly, the children used percussion instruments to recreate a storm. Next, they recreated the breakfast scene, using drama techniques to help them to describe how a character is feeling and what they might be thinking. Currently, the children are in the process of creating an e mail from the boy’s point of view.

We are very excited and intrigued to find out what happens next…

We have also been busy planning and creating our own sculptures from the inspiration of our artist study – Andy Goldsworthy. Here are just some of the fantastic creations they have come up with…

A most peculiar day indeed!

The most peculiar thing happened today. Merlins turned into rainforest animals! Just have a look at some of the creatures Mrs Farrimond had to teach today…


Animals of the rainforest…

Merlins have been learning about rainforest animals. Can you guess what rainforest animal the children are?

Merlins’ powerful poetry study

This week Merlins have been learning all about poetry. We began by reciting and performing poems taken from Paul Hess’s ‘Rainforest Animals’. Then we studied the narrative poem by Brian Moses – ‘Walking with my Iguana’. This has now become a favourite listening pastime before the last few minutes of school. Finally the children planned and created their own haiku poem about a rainforest animal.

Merlins and Ospreys Green Planet Day.

Merlins and Ospreys have had a very creative day learning about their new topic ‘Our Green Planet’. During the morning, the children had to recreate the painting by Henri Rousseau – Tiger in a Tropical Storm. The children could choose either to paint, use pastels, make a collage or use wool wrapping on one section of the artwork.

During the afternoon, the children followed instructions to make their own miniature tropical rainforest in the form of a terrarium. The children can’t wait to learn more about this fascinating topic. Just look at our photos to see how much fun we have had already!