Last Monday, Chaffinches, Robins and Wrens were lucky to be visited by Yorkshire author, Eleanor McKone. Eleanor read her book, ‘Piper’s Passport’ with the children, discussed what it was like being an author and what inspired her to write. The children then did some follow-up activities based on the book.
Chaffinches began the term learning about Paddington in London. They loved learning about famous London landmarks such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. The children wrote postcards and narratives based on Paddington’s adventures. We also learned through dance and drama about the Great Fire of London.
Learning about Italy and its myths and famous landmarks was also a great success with the class. Chaffinches were also able to cook various types of Italian dishes, such as lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and pizza.
Chaffinches had a great visit to Pizza Express and the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. At Pizza Express the children go to learn about the history of pizza and were able to make their own pizza and eat it. The visit was ‘the best visit’!
The children’s learning was culminated in our final event of our Italian Cafe. Children made souvenirs to sell, entertained parents with dancing and singing and then served pizza, which they had made.
Earlier this week, Robins were very lucky to welcome ‘Julia’ to their classroom. ‘Julia’ came to talk to the class about her life as a Roman citizen. The children were very excited to hear all about her life, including where she lived, what she ate, what she wore and how she entertained her guests. The children helped ‘Julia’ to get ready for a party by making clay pots, writing a shopping list on wax tablets, making a class mosaic and dressing up in togas and laurel wreaths. It was an amazing afternoon and the children learnt so much about the Romans and in such a fun way! Thank you to Mrs Oldale for bringing our learning to life.
Robins have had lots of fun this week sampling Italian cuisine. Firstly, we cooked spaghetti in class and then tried to eat it by twirling it around on our forks. Some of us managed it …others didn’t! Take a look at the photos to see how successful we were. Afterwards, we made a mind map of all of the adjectives that we could think of to describe the spaghetti, then we created our own shape poems about the pasta. Come and look at the display in our classroom, the poems are superb.
Later in the week we had a gelato, another type of food that Italy is famous for. Again, we wrote some fantastic poems about ice-cream, using our senses to help us to expand our vocabulary to include some interesting adjectives.
Italian food has definitely inspired us to write some super pieces of poetry this week. Well done Robins!
What an exciting few days in Robins. This week, we have been learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and we have had fun taking part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) challenge. In small groups, our task was to build the tallest tower possible using only spaghetti and marshmallows. We found that there were quite a few outstanding engineers in our midst. The children produced some great designs and lots of Robins showed resilience when things didn’t always go to plan!
Robins launched their new topic about Italy with a visit to a Pizza restaurant where they were taught how to make authentic, individual pizzas by a real life pizzaiolo (pizza chef). The children had great fun making Margherita pizzas and had even more fun eating them!
Here are some pictures of us in action.
After having had a lovely lunch, we were ready to venture out in the rain to the Botanical Gardens. Despite the weather, we had lots of fun searching for different plants and exploring different areas of the gardens. The children used their super map-reading skills to find the Peter Pan statue, the Bear Pit as well as visiting the spectacular glasshouses.