Robins have been acting out and drawing story maps of Jack and the Beanstalk this week. They have planted bean seeds and made collages of the Giant. Robins have also grown cress seeds and made cress sandwiches as well as pancakes on Pancake Day. Big Friends came to read Robin’s favourite books to them on World Book Day and Mrs Amos led story time with one of her favourite books. On Friday we met Karyn’s pet guinea pigs and enjoyed a cuddle!
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.
We have had a real foodie week in Kingfishers! With the help of Mrs Davies and Mrs Denne, the children all made a delicious fairy cake with a safari twist! Additionally, they all tasted some unusual fruits and surprised themselves how much they liked passion fruit and mango! Miss Warner, our student teacher, has introduced all the children to yoga, again with a safari twist! All the children embraced the idea and found it relaxing but surprisingly hard!!
Kingfishers have returned from their half term break fired up with our new topic, On Safari! We have already had some great show and tell items and related experiences. This week we are busy creating a topical theme in our classroom. So far we have used shaving foam to create animal prints and looked at African art, inspired by Edward Tingtinga. We are yet to erect our new display, but have lots of artwork in the pipeline!
Owls had a really great first session at Forest School this week. They were learning basic orienteering skills using maps to find different things and figuring out the map key to decipher them. They all worked really well in small groups and it was a real pleasure watching them run around in the sunshine!