What a fantastic way to bring our amazing topic towards an end, with a super day out at Snozone in Castleford. You can see from the photos and the videos what fun we had. This week in our science lessons, we will be investigating different materials, with a view to finding the most appropriate for making our own sledge.
As always the behaviour of the children was second to none. The children in these two classes have worked extremely hard this term and have learnt so much about the Arctic and the Antarctic, we are sure there are some future scientists and explorers in our midst!
Robins are currently learning about the coldest parts of our planet, the Arctic and the Antarctic. Therefore, last week’s weather was perfect for our topic. A few days ago, we had a visit from ‘a famous person from history’, Sir Ernest Shackleton! He came to share his story about his attempt to cross the continent of Antarctica in his ship ‘The Endurance’. Sir Ernest explained very well how the ship became trapped in the ice and how with excellent leadership and teamwork the whole crew managed to survive living on the ice for nearly two years! He set several challenges and tasks for us whilst he was here, all of which were competently completed by the children.
The heavy snowfall after Shackleton’s visit was perfect for Robins, as it enabled us to re-enact more realistically the events of his famous expedition. We built ‘The Endurance’, pulled the sleds as Sir Ernest and his crew had done, made ‘Dogloos’ for the 69 dogs that were taken on the expedition and created Dogtown as Sir Ernest had ordered. We also used a very heavy rope and imagined that we were hauling one of the lifeboats across the ice, just as the 23 man crew had done. This didn’t quite go according to plan as we tipped Mrs Forbes out of the lifeboat!
The ideas and imagination that came from the children were amazing! This historic event has certainly been brought to life in Robins.
The children in Wrens, Robins and Chaffinches celebrated the end of their topic this term with a production and performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. They had to design and paint the props, which was a challenge because they were so huge. The characters and narrators had lots of lines to learn but they managed really well and performed very confidently. The Jack, Cloud and Harp dancers were very entertaining and the singing was excellent. The audience loved every minute and Mr Wirth complimented the cast, saying this had been the best Infant Christmas Production ever!
Robins and Chaffinches have been finding out all about harvest and they celebrated the end of the topic by inviting their parents and grandparents to attend an amazing harvest service. They entertained their families with songs, prayers and poetry and finished with a collection to support the homeless people in Sheffield as part of the Archer Project. Parents contributed produce and clothes, which will be greatly appreciated.
The guests then joined their children in the classroom to share the work they have been doing this term and they were served with delicious crumbles and scones. Everyone had a really enjoyable, celebratory morning.
It seems that we have done nothing but eat lately in Robins. When we visited Whirlow Hall Farm, we bought some fresh eggs that we had collected ourselves. On returning to school, we decided to put them to good use and we made ourselves some brunch! Toast and bacon go well with eggs, so that’s what we had; scrambled eggs, bacon and freshly buttered toast, all made by Robins themselves.
We then ventured to Tesco, to learn about where different fruits and vegetables come from. Whilst we were there, we were kindly given generous helpings of a variety of fruits to taste. The other shoppers looked quite jealous.
Finally, as part of our science curriculum, we have been learning about the parts of a plant that we can eat. First of all, we identified the different parts of a plant, including the celery stalk, lettuce leaves and carrots as being the root and then we ate them!!
We are now looking forward to serving our parents with some homemade fruit crumbles and scones at our Harvest Festival next week!
This week, Robins and Chaffinches visited Whirlow Hall Farm. What a fantastic day we had! During the day, we had a guided tour around the farm. We handled many different animals; goats, chickens, horses to name a few. The piglets were only a few weeks old and so cute. We also worked very hard and carried out lots of jobs, just like real farmers! We put on our gloves and wellies and got busy! We collected eggs, groomed the horses and undertook ‘pasture management’ – in other words we picked up poo! Look at the pictures and you will see how busy we were and how much fun we had!
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.
As part of our topic about Zoos, we visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to find out about the animals, their habitats and how a good zoo cares for its animals. Polar bears, lions, leopards, meerkats and wallabies with their joeys were just a few of the many animals that we saw.
We also were lucky enough to meet some of the animals close up in the discovery classrooms. We handled a gecko, an African land snail and a hissing cockroach. We found out so many interesting facts and information and, despite a gloomy weather forecast, we were very lucky to have a fine day.
We had so much fun that we were exhausted on the way home.