Ancient Egyptian Day Thursday 10th November
The Egyptian Nativity
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Autumn Term 2017
What an exciting start to our new school year! Sixteen German children and 4 adults, from Hennef near Cologne, visited us. When we were in Herons, we wrote to them and received letters back from them so that we all knew about each other before the visit. We also learnt a few German phrases and discussed different ways to communicate with our new friends. They spent three days with us, sleeping on the PE mats in the school hall and we all enjoyed doing a wide variety of activities, starting off by all eating breakfast together when they first arrived. After a a school trail, crafts and a sports lesson, we had a visit to the local park followed by pizza and chips at the White Hart pub! The highlight of the week was a coach trip to Woburn Safari Park. We loved it when the monkeys clambered over the roof of our coach! When we returned, our parents had prepared a wonderful buffet tea for us all. On their final day, the German children visited the other classes and afterwards we exchanged pictures and contact details. When our German friends left, we were feeling sad as many good friendships had been developed. We will continue to communicate with them and we are looking forward to being able to visit them next March.
We are all enjoying learning to play pbones which are plastic trombones. Mr Nichols is our music teacher and he visits us each Monday. When we get good, we will treat everyone to a short concert!
In science lessons we have been learning about human digestion. We enjoyed making Plasticine models of the digestive system. We have found out about food chains and identified predators, prey, consumers and producers. We have studied and compared the teeth of humans and animals and learnt how to care for our own teeth. Ask us about the experiment which we did to find out which liquids do the most damage to egg shells. We related these results to the damage that liquids can do to our teeth.
Stone Age Day
Our topic this term is the Stone Age.
We all dressed up and enjoyed a Stone Age day. Dan from Portals to the Past led the day. He brought lots of ancient artefacts for us to handle and taught us about many aspects of Stone Age life including what our country looked like in those days and the wild animals that roamed about. We learnt about different weapons which they made and how the people hunted.
Summer Term 2017
A party of children from Eagles and Dragonflies classes attended a five day residential visit to York. They visited the Railway Museum, walked on the city walls and enjoyed a visit to the Yorvik Centre. The highlight of the trip was a visit to Flamingoland theme park.
Poplars Garden Centre
Those of us who did not go to York, enjoyed lots of extra curricular activities. Our favourite was a trip to Poplars Garden Centre. Our parents had given us each a shopping list with some money and we had to find and buy the items ourselves. We were treated to a pizza and cupcake making session at Poplars. We are obviously brilliant cooks as the food we made was delicious!
Spring Term 2017
Meanwhile, back in England, we have been working very hard over the past 2 days planning, costing and cooking food for an afternoon tea. Tuesday was spent researching recipes that we wanted to try, writing shopping lists and costing the ingredients. We then wrote instructions for the things we wanted to make. Wednesday was spent cooking and ended with an afternoon tea at 2.45, to sample all the delicious food.. The children were in pairs and each pair made a variety of food -
- Nana's Magic Soup with bread rolls
- Tuna, jam and cheese sandwiches and traffic light jellies
- Chocolate cookies and chocolate milkshake
- Cobweb biscuits and fruit kebabs
- Surprise cake.
Everyone worked really hard and we had a brilliant couple of days.
All is well in Germany, today they have been to the Chocolate Museum.
The Eagles have landed in Germany!
They had a good flight and arrived at the school at approximately 11.40 (German time). All is well and they have tucked into
a good lunch, shortly after arrival. We will continue to add photos here, throughout their trip.
At 5.00 they are off swimming. Everyone's happy so far!
World Book Day
On Thursday 2nd March we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters. We listened to stories, read by different members of staff in the morning and in the afternoon Herons and Eagles chose a story to read a few children from Robins, Wrens and Owls. During the day, the children were set a challenge to see how many 'Where's Wally' characters there were - they had to count staff, children and the paper ones hiding in the windows. The children rose to the challenge and 3 children found the correct number, lots of children were very close. Here we are in our costumes - can you spot all the different characters?
We had a great time on Tuesday, osier cutting and planting on Flitton Moor. A huge thank you to Mr Sedgely, Maureen and Liz for giving up their time to come and help us. We were busy coppicing and planting new osier beds. Finally, we extended the tunnel that Eagles, from previous years, had started. Everyone worked so well in the teams they were in, it was great to see - well done Eagles. You can visit Flitton Moor and see the work we carried out. Here we are, hard at work!
We hope you had a great half term, we look forward to our trip to Flitton Moor on Tuesday morning. Please drop children at Flitton Moor at 9:15 and we will walk back to school for lunch. Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather please! Please arrive wearing trousers, wellies etc (as explained on the letter) and ensure that school uniform is packed into a separate bag.
We have been working very hard playing the clarineo, there has been a definite improvement since September! Here we are in action playing Stripey Cat Crawl.
The Digestive System!
What better way to learn all about human digestion than a practical investigation with brown bread, coca cola and a pair of tights?!! It was great fun, very messy and required a lot of squashing, crushing, squeezing and mixing BUT it helped us learn!
Before Christmas we were learning about pneumatic systems in Design Technology - using air to make things move! We had a great time experimenting how to open box lids, blowing balloons up and moving things along a surface. We used bicycle pumps, balloon pumps, straws, balloons, boxes and our lungs! We managed to make a box lid pop open by pushing air into a balloon which expanded and popped the lid off the box. Here we are in action!
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas, welcome back to a busy Spring Term!
Autumn Term 2016
The Egyptian Nativity
Eagles and Herons have been working very hard on their Christmas play 'The Egyptian Nativity', which tells the story after Jesus was born. Mary and Joseph have to escape from Israel as the evil King Herod wants to kill all baby boys under the age of 2! They travel along the dangerous River Nile to a town called Hermopolis where Jesus becomes the new town carpenter BUT, they have to pass a citizenship test before they can stay! We are so proud of everyone for putting on such a fantastic performance. Well done Eagles and Herons! Enjoy looking at the photos below and in the slideshow at the top of the page.
Ancient Egyptian Day
What a fantastic day Eagles, Herons and Dragonflies had on Thursday 10th November. We had an Ancient Egypt day and Portals to the Past came in to work with us. We spent the morning finding out facts about Ancient Egypt, playing an Egyptian board game 'Hounds and Jackals' and also learning about different artefacts and what they were used for. In the afternoon we were learning how to mummify a pharaoh! Wow, we had a brilliant day. Some photos from the day are below and the rest are in the slideshow at the top of the page. Thank you to all the parents for the great costumes!
We have been very busy learning about the Ancient Egyptians. We have enjoyed welcoming Mrs Houghton into Eagles class to show us how to make Tutankhamen's mask out of clay. The results are amazing - see if you agree!
Ancient Egyptian Shadufs
We have been learning about the River Nile and how important it was to the Ancient Egyptians. They made shadufs to help them get water out of the Nile. Eagles had a go at making their own, they were given 4 sticks, some string, a pot, an elastic band and some play dough. They had to use all these items to make a working shaduf! What a busy afternoon with lots of head scratching, sighing and frustration trying to find the best, and strongest, structure. Here they are busy investigating and exploring different ways of making one, they worked together brilliantly.
Here are some working shadufs .....
What a great afternoons work, there are certainly some budding engineers amongst the Eagles class. We found out that using 3 sticks touching the table in 3 different places so that a triangular shape was made, definitely made the strongest shaduf. We had problems keeping our baskets level - it's just as well we weren't collecting water from the Nile as it would have tipped all over us when it was lifted!!
St Alban's Abbey
On Tuesday 4th October, Eagles were very lucky to attend St Alban's Abbey for a School's Harvest Service. The children were amazed at the size of the Abbey, compared to Flitton Church. The Service was taken by The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson. Lots of church schools across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire joined together to sing Harvest hymns and songs, some schools performed their own songs too. It was a lovely service and the Eagles sang with real enthusiasm.
Our German Friends
On Tuesday 13th September at 9.15am, our German friends arrived at school. They put their luggage in the hall and came to the classroom to meet us. It was really exciting to finally meet the friends we had been writing too! First we had breakfast and introduced ourselves to our friends and took the time to get to know them. After breakfast we showed our friends around the school, then went into collective worship and went out to play.
After play we did a quiz around school ........sounds easy.......BUT it was written in German! We had to work together with our German friend to work out the questions, then show our friends where to find the answer. During the afternoon we made tangram animals, origami animals and bookmarks and played some team games. We had fun!
After school, the German children made their beds up in the hall and unpacked their bags. We then walked to the park, had a play and an ice lolly, thank you to the GSA, then walked on to the White Hart for a delicious tea.
On Wednesday we spent a very long, hot day at Whispnade Zoo, we had a great day despite the animals staying in shade due to the heat! When we got home, some of our parents had been really busy setting up a buffet tea for us. It was delicious and we were certainly ready for it! Thank you to everyone for contributing food and for your time spent setting up and packing it all away.
Thursday was a very sad day, our German friends went home. They spent the morning in different classrooms, whilst we had our first clarineo lesson. After play we took photos and exchanged emails before waving goodbye.
What a great 3 days, and we are looking forward to planning a trip over to Germany to see them again. Our photos from the 3 days are on the slide show below - enjoy looking at them!
Welcome to the Eagles!
Eagles have settled very well after the summer holiday and are already enjoying some of the responsibilities of being Eagles. We are eagerly getting ready for our German friends who are visiting us on Tuesday 13th September for 3 days. We have written letters to our friends and can't wait to meet them in person. We have lots of activities planned whilst they are with us and hope to keep in touch once they have left.