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Are you a Times Tables Rockstar Record Breaker?

I know that we have lots of children who are incredibly fast at playing Times Tables Rockstars, but are any of you Record Breakers?

I genuinely believe that someone from Anston Greenlands stands a good chance of getting a World Record.

Have a look at the instructions below and good luck!

Guinness World Records – TT Rock Stars – Letter to Pupils

‘A Write Laugh’ Writing Competition

Just before Easter, I recommended the authorfy website – it’s packed with videos and resources from some of our favourite children’s authors. It’s free to access but a parent or carer will need to sign up.

Authorfy has just launched a competition for children aged between 5 and 13. Write a story in under 500 words that makes you laugh and you could win some great prizes. Are you a talented writer with a great sense of humour? Why not give it a go? There are ideas and tips from some fantastic authors on the website.


Calling all artists and readers

Why not have a go at this competition to design a national book token? There are some great prizes and it’s a good opportunity to use your artistic skills too!

‘The Loudest Voice’ on BBC Radio Sheffield

We were incredibly proud of the Y5 and Y6 children for singing live on Radio Sheffield and being so eloquent and confident when interviewed. If you haven’t yet had a chance to listen, you can hear us on the BBC Sounds app or website. We were on at approximately 8:40 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.

Also, thank you so much to everyone who came to the launch of our song and music video; we hope you will agree that our comperes put together an excellent presentation, explaining the work of War Child very clearly. Our fantastic parents, grandparents, carers and friends are doing just as we asked. Amazingly, our video has already had more than 600 views!

The Loudest Voice

Here, you can see some photos of the Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls hard at work song writing. Our efforts have resulted in a stunning new single entitled ‘The Loudest Voice’, which we have produced in aid of War Child, a charity that aims to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children in war. The video is now ready to be launched on Thursday 12th March – watch this space! The Loudest Voice will be performed live for one night only at our concert on Thursday 26th March. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Visit to the Imperial War Museum

On Monday 10th February, the Snowy Owls and Golden Eagles visited the Imperial War Museum North in Salford. We had a busy, thought-provoking day. The children were fascinated by the vast range of artefacts and enjoyed the interactive ‘Action Stations’. Later in the morning, groups had the opportunity to take part in a Documentary Challenge, selecting items in the museum which particularly interested them.

Human Rights

The Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls have been learning about the lives of children at war. The photographs below show the Y6 children discussing and ranking human rights.

Anti-Bullying Week

Next week is National Anti-Bullying week.

Our Anti-Bullying Champions have sent a letter to all of the children in school, asking them to come in odd socks on Tuesday for National Odd Socks Day. It’s an opportunity to encourage everyone to express themselves, and to celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!

All children have also been invited to take part in a competition to design a pair of odd socks – entries should be sent to either the Golden Eagles or the Snowy Owls classroom.

There will be no charge for either of these events.

The Anti-Bullying Champions will be running an assembly on Wednesday, during which the competition winners will be announced.

Restart a Heart Day

On Wednesday 16th October, children across school took part in activities linked to national Restart A Heart Day. Year 6 were particularly lucky to benefit from the expertise of players and staff from Rotherham Titans Rugby Club. As you can see, the children had plenty of hands-on opportunities to try out CPR on Rescue Annie Mannequins. It was an extremely useful, important morning.

Crucial Crew

The Snowy Owls had a fantastic, packed day at Crucial Crew in Hellaby on Wednesday 9th October. In the morning, Y6 pupils took part in a First Aid workshop, having a go at putting each other in the recovery position. They also learnt about knife crime and hate crime and had a go at spotting the signs of Child Criminal Exploitation. Additionally, the children took part in a courtroom scenario (with a rather scary trip to a prison cell).

Over the afternoon, the Snowy Owls found out about responsible public transport use and how to stay safe when crossing the road, as well as the consequences of arson and what to do in the event of a house fire.

The pupils threw themselves into each activity with enthusiasm. Their contributions to the discussions and scenarios were superb. Adults from school were very proud of the children’s excellent knowledge and their fabulous performance skills. Throughout the day, pupils were very lucky to work with a wide range of knowledgeable professionals from a variety of backgrounds. In particular, the children enjoyed the role-playing scenarios, such as the court room.