Hearts and Octopuses

Inspired by the Golden Eagles’ and Snowy Owls’ decision to hold a talent show in order to raise money for the Jessops Wing of Sheffield Teaching Hospital, some talented members of our school community have been creating octopuses and fabric hearts for premature babies. The octopuses have been found to comfort the babies and reduce the risk of them pulling at any medical equipment they may need. The carefully made octopus’s tentacles are created to feel like a mother’s umbilical cord – when they are asleep, the premature babies will hold tightly onto the tentacles. ‘Bonding hearts’ hold the scent of mums, dads and babies to help the babies get to know their parents’ scent.

Over the next week, we will be holding the semi-finals for the ‘G-Factor’, our end of term Talent Show. Approximately seventy children across school will be taking part. Good luck everyone!

Robins have been looking for Robins!

Earlier this week, Robins took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and spent the afternoon looking for a variety of different birds. We made a tally chart of how many we saw. We also decided to help the birds during this particularly cold spell of weather, by making some bird feeders. It was a bit messy but great fun. We used pine cones, bird seed and lard to make them some tasty treats. It was a lovely afternoon outside in the winter sunshine. We saw several blackbirds, sparrows, magpies and even a seagull. We were very happy because we also spotted a robin!

Forest School


The children in Golden Eagles loved their first Forest School session. They produced a piece of natural art from five fallen objects, learnt how to tie a reef knot and then used these skills to make their own hockey stick or golf club. The children had great fun trying them out!


The G Factor – Open to any act (or)

At Anston Greenlands Primary School the Y5 and Y6 children are in the process of producing a magnificent talent show open to the whole school.

Possible acts could include singing, dancing, rapping, gymnastics/acrobatics, balloon modelling, circus skills, juggling, magic, miming and comedy/joke telling.

Anyone can enter the semi-finals, which will take place in school time in the week before the half term holiday (week beginning 11th February). Two acts from each class will be chosen for the final. The finals will be held in the school hall on the evening of Wednesday 3rd April. Parents and friends will be able to buy tickets for the event.

You are allowed to bring props and costumes which you will have to provide yourself. If you have your costumes and props ready for the semi-final, you might stand a better chance of getting to the final!

You can only enter one act, so choose carefully!

Acts can have between one and five people.

There will be four different prizes – two for KS2 and two for KS1. For 1st place you could win £20. For 2nd place you could win £10. However, if you’re in a group you will have to share the prize with your team.

Any money we raise will go to two different charities:

Age UK (including Age International) support, inspire and enable older people in the UK and in some of the poorest people around the world.

Jessop’s Appeal supports the Jessop Wing of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Around 8000 babies are born each year at the Jessop Wing. This includes caring for around 900 critically ill and premature babies in one of the largest and most specialised Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country.

News Flash! Greenlands Staff & Parents Netball Team are in Action!

Five months ago some parents and staff started to attend our ‘Back to Netball’ sessions after school on a Thursday. This has progressed so much; that they are now playing competitively in the Bassetlaw netball league on a Monday night. After quite a lot of deliberation, and laughter, it was decided that they would be called ‘Elle Plates’. Their first game was Monday the 7th January, against Panthers, which was very challenging, but everyone came off the court brimming with pride. They all put 100% effort and are looking forward to their future games.

If anyone would like to get ‘Back to Netball’, we are still running training sessions every Thursday at 3.30pm on the junior yard. Please come along if you would like to meet new friends, and fancy a learning a new sport.

For further information, please speak to Mrs Baird or Mrs Rowlands

Here are the ‘Elle Plates’. You could be one too!


Merry Christmas from all the staff at Anston Greenlands!

Christmas Time at Totley Farm

Our trip to Totley farm had arrived, and we were all so excited just to be on the coach.

We went to act out the Christmas story, and as soon as we got there we were put into our costumes.

We all helped to re-tell the Christmas story, and sang some Christmas songs too.

We even got to ride on the donkey, just like Mary did.


We held the baby lambs, and then we went to meet Father Christmas. Exciting times!

Wow! This was our first time visiting Totley Farm, and it was fabulous! We absolutely loved it, and everyone was keen to participate. We were so confident in our new surroundings.

Merry Christmas everyone!



Baudelaire Burn Down Escape Room – The Results Are In!

We wanted to say final thank you to those of you who supported and visited our escape room.

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Here are a few photos to show you what the children were up to whilst you were working hard in the room:

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We were particularly delighted to welcome the team from Escape Sheffield. As expected, they made it out in an impressively fast time. The children really appreciated their fantastic feedback on our puzzles and room design.

With a finishing time of just over 42 minutes, the team at the top of our leader board were the Super Six. Their team work was amazing and they were a joy to watch. Well done!

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What a fantastic set of contestants!

A huge well done to all the brave guests who tried out our Baudelaire Burn Down Escape Room. We think you will agree that it was a tough challenge; the children were very impressed with your problem solving skills, though several said that the thing they enjoyed most about being Games Master was watching you struggle! Thank you so much for the incredibly positive comments on our feedback forms. We will share some of these with you soon.

Here are the first few photos – more to come …

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News Flash……… Wrens help out their local library!

Our local Librarian needed our help.

She wanted us to make some Christmas decorations, which would go on the front window of the library.

We were definitely keen to help her out.

Mrs Marriott went to have a look at the window once it had been decorated. It looks great, and we were happy to help out.