Year 2 Trip to the Library

This term Tewkesbury Library sent us a letter telling us that they did not have enough books about the Victorian Era. So, over the last few weeks Year 2 have been putting on their historian hats and learning all about what life was like when Queen Victoria reigned. Each class compiled all of the information they found into class books and sent them off to the library. Last Friday, Librarian Rachel invited us to see our books on the shelf. We had a brilliant morning exploring the library, sharing stories and even creating our own Penny Black stamps.

A huge thank you to Rachel and Tewkesbury Library for allowing us to visit, we hope to come back soon!

Year 6 Make Do and Mend!

This week, Year 6 have taken on the roles of seamstresses and seamsters. In 1943, the British Ministry released a campaign for UK citizens to ‘make do and mend’. The children were tasked with creating a teddy for their evacuation suitcases using  only donated fabrics, needles and thread. Both classes did incredibly well and applied their growth mindset to this task, learning new stitches and sewing buttons with excellent results!

A big thank you to all the parents that helped us during this incredible week of learning!

      

 

Year Three host Rousseau exhibition

Year threes excelled themselves this week by producing pieces of art in the style of
Henri Rousseau. The pieces were exhibited in the school hall, attracting a large
gathering of parents during the afternoon. The idea behind the exhibit was to lure the burglar ,who had stolen an original Rousseau painting, back to school in order to capture him in the act of stealing another one! We are pleased to report that the plan was a success and the culprit is now being dealt with by the police.

Year One visit Birdland!

Today we had a wonderful day visiting Birdland in Bourton-On-The-Water. As we arrived we were greeted with a “hello” from the parrot perching on the branch and enjoyed looking at the vast range of beautiful birds around the park. It was great to learn a little more about the diet and origin of the different birds and it definitely enhanced our learning of the different animal groups we have been learning about in school.

We were lucky enough to watch the penguins and flamingoes being fed and laughed at how noisy some of the birds were around the park! The King penguin spent a long time walking up and down peering at us and some of the other birds showed great interest in us too as we passed by each enclosure!

    

  

  

     

After lunch we had the opportunity to meet the park keeper where we got to stroke the tortoises, handle a snake and look closely at the bearded dragon lizard and tarantulas!

  

We finished the day by completing the Jurassic journey trail; searching for the different dinosaurs hidden around the woodland area  It was great fun hunting for the hidden code, digging for fossils in the discovery centre and having our efforts rewarded with a dinosaur badge!

          

A great day was had by all, many thanks to the parent helpers and to the staff at Birdland for making our day so enjoyable.

Year one become Palaeontologists!

Today Year 1 enjoyed all things dinosaur related!

We arrived to school dressed as palaeontologists and enjoyed looking at the different accessories everyone had brought in to compliment their outfits! From magnifying glasses to torches, binoculars to compasses. The children definitely looked the part!

        

We then started the day with a dinosaur word hunt, finding hidden dinosaurs all around the classroom. Whilst we were busy searching, Mrs Scott came down to tell us that she had noticed something strange in the welly boot area and wondered if we could go and find out what it was.

This news caused lots of excitement and interest that we decided to investigate it straight away!

We set off and couldn’t believe our eyes! Sprawled across the welly boot area were lots of bones and pieces of scaly skin!

 

         

 

We soon realised it was the body of a T-rex!

We took photographs of the evidence using the iPads and then brought the dinosaur skeleton back inside and talked about the pieces we could identify to piece the T-Rex back together!

  

It was a very tricky job and we had to call on Mr James to help us construct the T-Rex. He did a marvellous job!

  

  

The rest of the day was spent making salt dough dinosaur fossils and skeleton pictures as well as lots of other dinosaur related fun!

  

 

We had an T-riffic day!

 

 

Autumn is here!

Reception have been learning all about the changes that happen in Autumn. We have noticed lots of changes in the environment and over the weekend the children went out on nature walks with their families and collected autumn leaves, conkers and pine cones. In class we have read a special story called ‘Leaf Man’. We spotted all the different pictures …

This week in Pre-School…

In our Pre – School garden the apples have started to fall off the trees. We have been busy collecting them and we have enjoyed using them in our creative area. We used them in the paint to make different prints. We have used our senses to explore the sensory tubs and thought of ways to sort …

Pre – School go on a listening walk!

This week Elmer sent us some listening ears! We decorated them and then cut them out before sticking them onto a head band. We then wore these listening ears out on our listening walk! We went on a walk down to the school and had to listen very carefully to the sounds we could hear in the …

Dinosaur diets!

Today we explored dinosaur diets.

We discussed the different teeth that dinosaurs have and talked about how we know which dinosaurs are meat eaters (carnivores) and which are plant eaters (herbivores) by looking at the shape of their teeth.

We set up an experiment to investigate the dinosaur teeth.

We used staple removers to mimic the sharp teeth, rocks for flat, grinding teeth and then cotton wool for meat and leaves for plants.

We practised ‘eating’ the foods by grinding the leaves between the two rocks and chopping the cotton wool into pieces between the stapler. We then tried to chop the cotton wool between the rocks which wasn’t very successful and the stapler wasn’t very good at grinding the plants!

We then talked about which set of teeth worked best for each food.

We had a lot of fun and enjoyed our experiment!

 

 

Year 6 are wartime cooks

This week, Year 6 have been learning about rationing during World War II. On Monday, we planned a week’s worth of meals using rationing coupons. The children quickly realised this was a hard task and their meals were meagre in comparison to the meals we eat nowadays. At the start of the week we also began our ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign and picked/ dug up a variety of fruits and vegetables from the school’s garden. These were then washed and scrubbed by the classes and ready for our challenge: to create 3 wartime meals!

Throughout the week, we made homemade bread, a corned beef and vegetables dish and apple fruit cake.

We would like to thank Morrisons, Tesco and Aldi who all kindly donated items of food for our cooking week. We had the most wonderful week washing, preparing and cooking our meals!