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On Wednesday Owls class visited the Masjid E Noor Mosque in Gloucester. When we arrived, we were asked to remove our shoes (part of the respect for entering the mosque). We were then given a short talk on Islam and were amazed by some of the huge Mosques there are in the world. One, in Saudi Arabia, is as big as 40 football stadiums and can hold millions of people. We then visited the wash rooms where Muslims must go before they touch the Qu'ran. The children asked some excellent and interesting questions and the mosque guide was very happy to share their practices.

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In the afternoon we visited Skillzone , an indoor village complete with roads, a train, shops and a house. All of these were used to demonstrate dangerous situations to the children and how to stay safe.  It was fun for the children but they also learnt some very important lessons in how to deal with dangerous situations. 
 
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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?

In Owls we launched our topic on the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages by looking at timelines of the earth and where we fitted in. We were amazed to learn that if the whole history of Earth was squeezed into a single, 24 hour day, it would be 9:52pm before the first land plants emerged, 10:56pm before dinosaurs roamed Earth and, incredibly, there would only be just over a minute to go before the first humans appeared!!! 

The Eagles worked together to make the Crystal Palace this week. They constructed tetrahedra for the bases and tripods for the pillars. These supported a barrel roof which was the main feature of the Crystal Palace.

We found out that there was a problem with sparrows inside the original building and they pooed all over Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington! So sparrowhawks were introduced and all the sparrows were eaten.

Crystal Palace was built in 1851 and designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It burned down in 1936. The invention of the cast plate glass method in 1848 meant it was the largest amount of glass ever seen in a building and astonished visitors with its clear walls and ceilings that did not require interior lights, thus a "Crystal Palace"

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rsz knights in our castleThe 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.

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