For World Book Day Gretton was one of only 7 schools lucky enough to attend an event at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium. Eagles class represented the school beautifully - fantastic behaviour and respect for others shown all morning.
Our class was given the decade '1980s', so our presentation was later in the morning. First we watched 4 other schools present about the decades 1900s (Just So Stories), 1920s (Winnie the Pooh), 1930s (The Hobbit) and 1950s (Spike Milligan).
Then we were paired up with Tredington School and went to look at the changing rooms. The children enjoyed climbing up to look at the ice baths.
Next we had a session with Gloucester City museum. They had brought a range of toys spanning several decades. Mrs Holt was excited to see a Tiny Tears and a Sindy! The boys liked playing with a traditional cup and ball game and many children were entralled by a rather sinister clown toy.
Our following session was with the Waterways museum. This was based on a book called Snowy. They kindly gave every school a free copy! Isla S was chosen to wear a traditional bonnet and lots of our children answered the lady's questions accurately.
Our final activity was with Gloucester Library. The librarian explained about this year's Reading Challenge. She gave each school a set of postcards which can be filled in every time you read a book. You can get stickers for them from Winchcombe Library when they are complete. Mrs Jackson was very enthusiastic about the stickers which say 'Try'.
A Q&A session with first team players Jeremy Thrush and Henry Trinder was up next. We learned lots of things and were very proud of our children who waited patiently with their hands up and did not shout out.
Very soon it was our turn to present. After Coopers Edge gave their presentation (1950s, Dr Seuss ), we told the other schools present about Howl's Moving Castle, reading a synopsis out loud, showing large collages of the characters and performing drama. The children did this with confidence and flair.
After Grange's (1990s, Harry Potter) presentation, it was time to go home.
The Eagles finished writing their 500 Words stories in class and are submitting them to the BBC R2 website over half term as their English homework. The children are very good at writing descriptions of settings - some fantastic atmospheres were created!
On Thursday, January 26th Eagles celebrated Australia Day as part of their topic on Australia. Poppy and Caleb had Australian hats and Jimmy had a didgeridoo! Maisie looked fantastic in her Australia shirt and flag on her cheek, whilst Felix G had an Australian bow tie printed on his t-shirt.
They learned about Dorothy Napangardi, an Aboriginal artist and created their own artwork following her style.
They also made Lamingtons - some more successfully than others! Luckily Mrs Griffin had made some fabulous Lamingtons which we shared at the end of the day. Thank you Mrs Griffin!
Mr Major did some Aussie Rules football - handily Jimmy had brought in his own Aussie Rules ball. The children also played cricket before ending the day with an Aussie food experience - camel sausages, kangaroo sausages, ostrich burgers and crocodile burgers. Every single non-vegetarian child gave every meat type a try, which we were very impressed by. The vegetarians had mozzarella filled veggie bites and stuffed cucumbers, a popular Australian appetiser. We also had fairy bread and Vegemite.