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Merlins and Ospreys are launched back in time!

Our topic this term is ‘The Intergalactic Rock Show’, which got off to a great start with our Topic Launch Day.  Children danced to music from different decades, watched the launch of Apollo 11 and learned about it landing on the moon, were baking and preparing food popular in the 1940’s and 50’s as well as researching events from the 1950’s.  In the afternoon, children continued to learn about life in the 1950’s, including the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.  One of our volunteer helpers, Terry, spoke to the children about what he remembered about growing up in the 1950’s. The children had a really fun-filled, educational day.

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Snapta Claus is coming to Anston Greenlands!

Merlins’ business, Snapta Claus, will be arriving in the hall on Wednesday 20th December, from 1.30pm until 3pm.

Our goal is to provide our customers with unique, happy memories from Greenlands Christmas fayre 2017 that they can cherish forever. Our elves have been busy designing and making Snapta Claus’s grotto for the big day! They have also been very busy decorating festive merchandise for the stall. Our price list starts from as little as £1. Please pop along with your mates to make some Christmas memories. Don’t delay, get a snap today!

 

 

A fiesta of a day for Ospreys and Merlins!

What a lovely day we had to celebrate Mexico’s Day of The Dead festival and the end of our mini-topic about Mexico!   Children cooked enchiladas and made salsa, created decorated skull masks and played sport.  The day ended with the children eating the food they’d made and doing some salsa dancing!

What a fab day!

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Hola! from Mexico…

On Friday 8th September, Merlins and Ospreys discovered their colourful new topic “Global Gourmet” with a fantastic WOW day. The first stop on our culinary tour of the globe is Mexico. The children, dressed in colourful fiesta outfits, enjoyed a carousel of activities including: cooking salsa, playing Latino music using boomwhackers and using their ICT skills to create their own sugar skull masks.

We made the most of the sunshine, spending the afternoon outside playing Mexican themed games, such as Pass the Sombrero and Mexican Beans. Everyone enjoyed the chance to sample our freshly made salsa with tortilla chips. The excitement didn’t stop there; having creating their own piñatas in the morning, the children took turns to burst open their designs and reveal the hidden treasures within. We couldn’t resist ending the day with a giant Mexican wave!

The Mexican Bean parachute game was a firm favourite. Ollie told us “It was really fun. If you were a Chilli you had to swap with another Chilli. The best bit was when Mr Tweed shouted, “Chilli Burrito!” it was great.”

Reece also enjoyed the outdoor games, “It was good to go outside and try different things.”

“Making our own salsa and trying it was really good. It was yummy!”  Ava and Alanya agreed.

Ava also enjoyed the piñatas “Making piñatas was great. When we bashed them, loads of sweets came out and we ran to get them.”

Alanya summed up the day perfectly, “I really enjoyed all of it and the rest of the class did too!”

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 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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Prop Design Blog

Today we have spent the morning with the prop designers. They have also started some prop creation, including a throne and paper balloons, which will be decorations for the wedding scene.

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Additionally, they told us some interesting facts about William Shakespeare. For example, he was the oldest surviving son of Jonathan Shakespeare. Did you know that William Shakespeare died on his birthday?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Costume Design

Our play will have a modern twist, so the characters are going to be famous celebrities.

In the classroom, the costume designers were discussing who each character should be. You might see David Beckham, Victoria Beckham or even Simon Cowell!

The costumes designers then interviewed the actors to see if they were happy with their modern characters. They also made an announcement in the hall to keep everyone informed.

Next, they split into groups to begin designing costumes for each character. Noah told us he was enjoying drawing Titania’s costume.

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After interviewing the costume designers, we discovered the most popular Shakespeare character was Oberon and their favourite modern character was Simon Cowell. We also asked which Shakespeare plays people had read; A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the first play the designers had learnt about.

Bloggers: Albie, Llayton, Spencer, Charlie and Louis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Everyone in KS2 is working together to create a modern version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which was written by William Shakespeare.

Some of the jobs that are taking place at the moment include:

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Costume design

ICT

Acting rehearsal

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Blogging

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Composing music

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By Louis, Charlie, Spencer, Llayton and Albie