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 then 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.
On Monday 11th September, the Snowy Owls and Golden Eagles launched their new topic with a wonderful Wow Day. As you can see, children, parents and carers made a fantastic effort and our classrooms were filled with a wide range of characters from the past.
Towards the end of the day, the Y5s and Y6s discovered that our final event will be … Anston Greenlands’ Excellent Adventure!
Over the term, we will go back in time to find historical figures who have changed our world for good. We will find out all about the positive impact that they have had, linking these people and their actions to the seventeen Global Goals. On the evening of Wednesday 6th December, the children will put on a performance and film show to tell you all about it – save the date!
Each student will select a Global Goal which they feel passionate about, inform people about it, campaign for change and then create a film to show how the world will look if their Global Goal is achieved.
Robins and Chaffinches launched their new topic about Harvest and growing with a Scarecrow-making day. Children were presented with a problem set for them by a real life Farmer. Farmer Andrew sent a video asking the children to help him to protect his crops. Eight teams of children worked well together to produce a variety of scarecrows. Some friendly, some not, some tall and some small. Lots of fun was had. At times, however, it was a challenge to actually see the hall floor!
On completion of the task, the children then voted for their favourite scarecrow. Farmer Andrew is also hoping to visit to pass his judgement too!
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.
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.
Well we had worked really hard to create our pirate ships ready for the big day!
Would our ships be sea worthy?
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.
We had two ships that managed to take far more crew on board than the others. Meet our best pirate ship makers!
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!