What an exciting few days in Robins. This week, we have been learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and we have had fun taking part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) challenge. In small groups, our task was to build the tallest tower possible using only spaghetti and marshmallows. We found that there were quite a few outstanding engineers in our midst. The children produced some great designs and lots of Robins showed resilience when things didn’t always go to plan!
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Robins launched their new topic about Italy with a visit to a Pizza restaurant where they were taught how to make authentic, individual pizzas by a real life pizzaiolo (pizza chef). The children had great fun making Margherita pizzas and had even more fun eating them!
Here are some pictures of us in action.
After having had a lovely lunch, we were ready to venture out in the rain to the Botanical Gardens. Despite the weather, we had lots of fun searching for different plants and exploring different areas of the gardens. The children used their super map-reading skills to find the Peter Pan statue, the Bear Pit as well as visiting the spectacular glasshouses.
On Wednesday 6th of March the ICT Cadets did an assembly to the whole school about how to be safe whilst gaming. We all felt nervous – well I did!
We told the children about the PEGI ratings for how old you should be to play certain games. We asked everyone to set their privacy settings to private or friends so other people can’t join in their game. We also asked everyone to not give any personal information away like name, address, email, phone numbers, school etc. Lots of children told us the different kind of games they played. It was exciting speaking at the front and lots of children got involved with our questions.
On Wednesday the 6th of March, the ICT Cadets held an assembly about safe gaming. We stood at the front of the hall and talked about how we can stay safe whilst playing games online. It was great – I felt a little nervous because I have never held an assembly before.
We told them which games are suitable for their age and about what to do if someone you don’t know sends you a message or a friend request. We also talked about privacy and how to change your settings to friends only because if your settings are on public, people you don’t know can join your game. Finally, we told children to never give away personal information such as account details, address and your second name.
On Wednesday 6th March 2019 the ICT cadets stood at the front of assembly and gave a presentation on how to stay safe online whilst gaming. However, before the assembly we were all felt nervous even though we practiced the day before. We spoke to the whole of the school about the PEGI ratings, which tells you how old you need to be to play a game and the game’s content. Also we spoke to the children about Privacy Settings on games and that you should always have your settings on private. Moreover, we talked about not giving any personal information away such as your name, address, phone number, age, email, school and any passwords. Finally, we asked the children to tell us what type of games they play and we also asked them questions to test how well they know how to be safe online.
Robins were very excited to take part in a special session of Martial Arts. Two children in Robins have been attending classes and were very proud to show the class a variety of moves and skills that they have been learning. Below are some photos from the session.
A big thank you to Mr Marriott for giving up his time and coming in to lead the session and for sharing his expertise with us. We had lots of fun!
Wrens helped make, and obviously eat pancakes at snack time.
They had a choice of various toppings, which made them go down so well.
It also gave them an opportunity to work on those knife and fork skills too.
The children all talked about how they were going to be celebrating ‘Shrove Tuesday’ with their families too. We then went and made a special delivery, which was greatly received.
A big thumbs up for ‘Shrove Tuesday’.
Wrens have had a great time celebrating ‘World Book Day’ today with the rest of the school.
Look at the characters we chose to dress up as…..
In the afternoon the older children in school read stories to us, and played games linked to that book. We also went to different classes to listen to staff reading stories. What a great day!
Throughout the week before half term, we were treated to an extravaganza of talent as a total of seventy children from across school took part in the semi-finals of the G-Factor.
Each class voted for the acts they wanted to represent them in the finals. We are now looking forward a fantastic event with a great range of entertainment, including singing, dancing, comedy, magic, gymnastics, piano playing, a puppet show and even story-telling! The grand final will be held on the evening of Wednesday 3rd April. Watch this space!
Wrens have been busy making Chinese crafts, and participating in celebrations to ring in the year of the pig.
We came to school dressed in something red, as this in Chinese culture means good luck. The golden colour symbolises wealth and also happiness.
We found out that people who celebrate Chinese New Year, decorate their homes, with red and gold decorations, so here we are making Chinese lanterns and candle holders. We also made money packets, but the significance of red envelopes is the red paper, not the money inside. Wrapping lucky money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. Hence, it is impolite to open a red envelope in front of the person who gives it to you.
We have also been learning how to write in Chinese too.
After all this work, we decided it was time to try some Chinese food. We sat in our restaurant, listening to lovely Chinese music, and some of us had a go at using chopsticks!
We learnt all about the Chinese Zodiac, and how the twelve animals were chosen. We then had our very own race, but we ran. We thought it was a safer option!
We all found out which Chinese Zodiac sign we were too!
We finished our celebrations off with a dragon dance. (Not Zog, we gave him a day off!!)
Happy Chinese New Year everyone, love Wrens x