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.
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.