Kingfishers have had great fun this week doing lots of creative activities. Earlier in the week they enjoyed making clay tiles engraved with castles and after that they designed and made some fantastic box model castles complete with turrets and drawbridges. But the highlight was definitely when they came to school dressed up as knights, princesses and other castle figures, including a servant girl and a wizard, to act out their very own hobby-horse jousting tournament!
Kingfishers had a fantastic trip to Warwick Castle this week. They watched in awe as the Warwick Bowman demonstrated how to shoot a longbow and a crossbow, climbed up to the top of the Norman motte for the most impressive view across the river towards the trebuchet, descended into the dark dungeon to find out where medieval prisoners were kept, met princesses in the tower (and rescued a prince!), saw knights in armour on their horses in the Great Hall and were utterly amazed by the flight of the eagles in the birds of prey arena! Oh and unlike our last trip (to Weston), this time the sun shone all day!
Kingfishers have really enjoyed reading the story of 'SIr Charlie Stinkysocks & the Really Big Adventure' this week and they have thought of lots of exciting adjectives to describe the story characters and setting. They were also delighted to receive a box of information books from the library all about castles and have thought of lots of questions they would like to find answers to, including: Why did knights live in castles? Why did they need horses? Why did they have battles? What were the toilets like? Where did they have a bath? Did little knights go to school?
The new Y1s have all begun to settle in very happily in Kingfishers this week and the new Y2s have been very welcoming and grown-up. They have done some lovely writing about their summer holidays, talked about how the Gretton Golden Rules help us to look after each other, challenged themselves to count to 100 & beyond and thoroughly enjoyed exploring their new Castles role play area. Please look at the attached Castles curriculum map for information about some of the things the Kingfishers will be learning about this term.