Friday 14th February 2020

It is our last day today, before we have a well-earned week off school, spending time with our families. 

We have had an exciting start to our spring term: we have learned so much about the environment, and are now well on our way to changing the world.

We have six eco-bricks in our classroom, which we are adding to each day. We eventually hope to create something with them, and continue to create new ones which we can send abroad to help make houses. 

We posted our letter today, which we have worked very hard to write. We know that our families are excited to see what we have been keeping a secret.

Congratulations to those children who have now been granted their pen licence, they continue to impress with their beautiful handwriting. 

In English, we managed to squeeze in time to write a poem for our loved ones. We used many adjectives, similes and metaphors. We are bringing these home with us this afternoon.

Here we are holding them:

Reading – Books and Baubles

On Tuesday 11th February Leaders welcomed parents into their classroom for the exciting opening of their second books.  

Over the course of the morning: we shared our books with each other; played reading games; and made a reading bauble.  We used vocabulary from our books that we thought would help people guess which book our bauble was about.

They are already hanging up in the classroom – we would love to see you come and have a go at guessing the books.

£10 Fundraising Initiative

As part of our enterprise initiative in school, we were given £10 to make grow: developing new skills in creativity, problem solving, teamwork and leadership. 

We had a great idea to host a clothes sale, tombola and cake stall, in order to raise money for the koalas, who have been affected by the bushfires in Australia. We also hoped to raise enough money to purchase some binoculars for the ‘bird watch’ challenge later this year.

We had a wonderful day preparing for the sale: creating posters and baking cakes.

We are delighted to say that we raised £400!

£10 Fundraising Initiative

As part of our enterprise initiative in school, Adventurers were given £10 to make grow, inspiring the children to develop new skills in creativity, problem solving, team work and leadership. 

The children decided to hold a clothes sale, tombola and cake stall: recycling old clothes and unwanted gifts, which was linked to our present topic ‘Together, we can change the world’.

We had a wonderful day preparing for the sale and then greeting our families and selling the donated goods.

We were delighted to raise over £400.00, some of which will be donated to helping koalas injured in the bushfires in Australia, and some towards buying binoculars for our ‘bird watch’ challenge later this year. 

A Victorian Visit – Preston Park

On Thursday 6th February, along with Discoverers, Leaders visited Preston Park.  The aim was to begin to investigate the Victorian era, immersing ourselves into life in Victorian times.

Leaders began by spending time in the classroom, learning what life would have been like in a Victorian school.  There were many surprises: the amount of children in every class; the different ages of the children in a class; how the children would have carried out their lessons on a slate; and the punishments that you would be given if you did not something you were asked.

Teachers would most likely be women although, once they got married, they were unable to be a teacher.

Leaders spent the afternoon investigating the Victorian street.  There were so many tiny bottles in the Chemist, all were made of glass, and contained an array of different ingredients that would be mixed together to make medicine to treat you.  Leaders found the bottles in the sweet ship far more interesting, filled with a rainbow of different coloured sweets.  The lady in the shop explained who would have been able to buy the sweets and how much they would have cost.  There were some very sad faces when they realised that this would not have been a daily or weekly event.

The Drapers was the place they found out about the Victorian clothes, investigating lost of different headwear, and saw some Victorian pennies.

Finally, they spent some time on the street having a go at paying with some of the toys.  The hoops were much harder to use than the children expected.

Fascinated by Microbes

We began the week singing and writing about washing our hands. As part of this work,we looked at images from under a microscope. These images showed different bacteria and the children were fascinated. Many of the Pioneers have drawn and painted and talked about the shapes and the colours. The resulting images are impressive. We have a new book to continue this work next week.

Go Pioneers

Getting Sticky. Cool Badger Food

The addition of flour and water made the compost much stickier and the children experimented with the consistency. They were very restrained when helping themselves to their required ingredients. They helped each other and at one point I heard a little voice say,”We are a team.”

Look out for some fabulous writing done on Friday. This will be displayed in the classroom from Monday.

Cool Badger Food.

So many beautiful moments in learning.