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Let’s take a walk on the wild side!

What an amazing day Robins and Chaffinches had as they opened their Wildlife Park to parents! When the gates opened, parents were greeted by a welcoming party and were given a map of the park, so they could explore it at their leisure. They wandered round various different habitats and found expert presenters, who gave informative talks about their animal and answered any questions the visitors had. They could visit the desert to find out about various snakes and meerkats.

The woodland experts talked all about foxes and owls.

In the polar regions, visitors were told all about penguins and polar bears.

 

In the savannah habitat, our giraffe and elephant experts were busy all afternoon.

Finally, in the aquarium, our fish and shark experts had lots of interesting facts to share.

Visitors to the park were entertained by two “flash-mob” dances of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “The Monkey Dance”, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.

A gift shop sold merchandise that the children had made and the café provided much appreciated refreshments on such a hot day.

All the visitors were impressed by the children’s work but also their amazing research and expertise.

 

The Year in Pictures

What a year it’s been! Thank you to all of our children and families. This video should give you an idea of the things we got up to in 2016-17…

Have a fantastic summer. See you on the other side!

Rowan Race to Victory at Sports Day

The British weather was on our side for once!

Sports day went ahead and what a morning we had! The children worked so hard in their teams; they were rewarded for their efforts with team points.

We kicked off with our ‘potted sports activities’.

Look at us in action…

The scores for each team were very close, so it meant all four teams really needed to work hard at the competitive sports. The competitive sports included mixed year group space hopper races and year group relays.

We all had great fun once again, and we all showed great determination.

What a brilliant day we had! We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers; a big thank you to everyone who supported us and also came to cheer everyone on.

All the teams worked their socks off, but Rowan raced to victory.

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A Night at the Movies

The Snowy Owls had a fantastic final evening together at the Worksop Savoy on Thursday. We all owe a huge thank you to our wonderful PTA!

 

Our pirate ships set sail………. Well some did!

Well we had worked really hard to create our pirate ships ready for the big day!

Would our ships be sea worthy?

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Well first of all we all made our predictions. Float or sink? That was the question. Then came the time to test them. If they did float, then we needed to see if they would take any crew on board without sinking.

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We had two ships that managed to take far more crew on board than the others. Meet our best pirate ship makers!

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The Dream Team!

On the afternoon and evenings of Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 4th July, the Key Stage 2 children from Anston Greenlands Primary School put on a stunning performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

As you know, this year, our production was a bit different: all aspects of the performance were turned over to the children. It started back in February when the children voted to put on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ from a selection of plays. They also made the decision to set the performance in modern times, rather than producing a traditional version of the play.

Since then, they have taken over every role in the theatre – as well as acting, singing and dancing, the children have been in charge of choreography and directing. They have designed and created props, make-up, scenery and costumes. Musicians have composed and performed tracks to complement the acting. Another group have focussed on creating blogs about our project for the school website. Our sound technicians, lighting technicians and stage hands were all KS2 pupils. Marketing, including ticket and programme design and sales, has been carried out by the children. Additionally, a group of pupils were in charge of catering during the interval.

I hope that all members of our audiences would agree that all that hard work paid off. The staff team were thrilled with the quality of the performances from our musicians, actors, singers and dancers. There are definitely some future stars of stage and screen in our school! All of our behind-the-scenes crew worked maturely and with terrific independence to make sure that the play ran as smoothly as possible.

A huge thank you goes to our parents, carers, grandparents, family members and friends for all of your support with learning lines, providing costumes and finding props. You made a fantastic audience – thank you for laughing and clapping in all the right places!

A Novel Celebration

On Tuesday 27th June, the Y3 and Y4 book club met up with the Y5 and Y6 group for an exciting celebration event.

We started with a final vote on the books which we have been reading over the last few months. The winner of the Y3/4 award was ‘Android in the Attic’ by Nicholas Allan. In the Y5 and Y6 book group, ‘Car-Jacked’ by Ali Sparkes topped ‘The Giant Beard That Was Evil’ by just 0.25 points!

Next, the children worked together in mixed-age groups on book-based charades and Pictionary games. Then, there was a chance to enjoy some refreshments whilst the teachers judged the competition entries.

Finally, we had prize-giving, with some very happy bibliophiles receiving books signed by Sir Tony Robinson, Adrian Edmondson and recent Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

A miracle happened in our classroom – metamorphosis !

We purchased our own live butterfly kit, as we wanted to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

From the minute our caterpillars arrived we were excited!

We loved observing the changes. We watched them grow and become a chrysalis. We then got to move our chrysalis into the butterfly habitat. Then came the magical moment of emergence, where they look like they are resting peacefully, but an amazing transformation is taking place inside! Our chrysalis began to then darken, which was a big clue that our butterflies were preparing to emerge.

The magical birth of our butterflies happened surprisingly quick!

One to two hours after emergence, our butterflies were fully formed and ready to fly! We fed our butterflies nectar (sugar-water), fruit, and nectar-bearing flowers.

We knew we could only keep them for 2-3 days now, so we planned a little farewell celebration. We made ‘Life Cycle of a Butterfly Hats’, which we wore when we released them. We also sang Happy Birthday to them.

As the butterflies took flight, one of them decided to have a little rest on one of our hands. Watch our video and see whose hand it chose!

What an amazing experience!

 

 

A miracle on our hand!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Update!

Finally, after all their hard work, the musicians have finished creating the music for the play and have joined the actors and other students. They are now busy joining in with the rehearsals and adding some life to the play!IMG_1437

Also the next big thing is painting the scenery because who can have a play without a backdrop? Lots of the children are working hard at bringing Eloise’s scenery design to life.IMG_1435 cropped

Although most of the props are complete, there are still some finishing touches to be made; some of the prop designers are now busy making posters to advertise the play.

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Thank you for all the help with costumes so far; soon we’re going to be taking pictures of the children in their costumes before the big night.IMG_1611

By Katie and Louis

Guess what? We opened our own Garden Centre!

We have been so busy this half term learning about plants and mini-beasts. We needed to be  prepared to answer any questions our customers may ask us at our ‘Garden Centre’.

We went for walks to the local park to take photos of flowers, which we then used to make book marks.

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We went into our woodland to identify mini-beasts, and also create natural art pictures for our art gallery.

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We went stick hunting for perfect sticks to make our mini-beast hotels, and to create our fairy wands.

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Whilst we were outside it rained, but no weather is bad weather, so we got the umbrellas out!

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We baked buns, biscuits and created grape caterpillars for our café.

We made our staff badges, and began advertising for our ‘Garden Centre’ opening.

Well, the day had finally arrived, all of our hard work had certainly paid off. We had fully stocked our ‘Garden Centre’ and we were just waiting for customers to arrive.

It was time to cut the ribbon. Can you guess who we asked to do this very important job?

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Our customers turned up in droves!

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Some people had great fun on the flower photo booth.

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We had some beautiful cakes donated for the raffle, by some fabulous parents and helpers. We asked Mr Wirth to draw the raffle.

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What a fabulous turn out for our event! We were overwhelmed with the amount of support we received, and the weather was definitely on our side. Thank you to everyone that attended!

We manage to raise £182, which we are planning to spend on our next topic ‘It’s a Pirates Life for Me’