On Monday and Tuesday, the Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls launched their new topic by finding out all about the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti.
The children designed and created kites, researched and produced a presentation all about the festival and decorated the class cow with beautiful paper origami flowers. Additionally, we made delicious Indian sweets: chocolate barfi and coconut ladoo.
At the end of the day on Tuesday, we had the opportunity to taste the sweets and fly the kites. As you can see, some of the kites were more successful than others!
The Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls would like to say a huge thank you to the friends and family members who supported the Year 5 and Year 6 Anston Greenlands’ Excellent Adventure evening. The adults in school were so proud of all of the children involved. They produced superb scripts which dealt with complex ideas, acted with confidence and sang and danced beautifully.
By the end of the evening, the children definitely achieved their aim of informing the school and local community about the seventeen Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Additionally they raised a total of £180, with £60 going to each of the following charities: War Child, Unicef and Water Aid.
As the year comes to a close, here are some memories of one our highlights this term.
On Wednesday 18th October, the Year 5 and Year 6 children gave a very special assembly. They have decided to run a ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ week for everyone in school, starting on Monday.
Random Acts of Kindness are little things that we can all do to make everyone around us feel happier.
Every day, everyone in school will be asked to complete a challenge. For example, on Monday, we will all be trying to share a smile; on Tuesday, we will be paying people compliments.
In addition, everyone will have the opportunity to send a message to a member of the school community, letting them know why they are so great. The messages will be delivered by the Snowy Owls and Golden Eagles each lunchtime; some lucky people will receive a little present too!
We are all looking forward to a very happy week!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By Katie and Louis
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.
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?
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.
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