Planting Trees

Another successful Forest School saw Eagles planting trees around the Forest School site. We planted 5 silver birch and 5 wild cherries: they are tiny now but we hope they will grow well and become a part of our environment. It was so exciting to help keep our planet thriving. Singing practice for The Spirit of Christmas continues apace - not long now until we are performing with Innsworth and Rednock in front of a large crowd! We also looked at the art of Ellsworth Kelly - the children saw lots of maths in the prints of squares that he created. They created their own squares and investigated the proportions of each colour they used. 

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Blood Smoothies!

It's been a very hands-on week in Eagles class. We made 'blood' smoothies on Monday: raspberries for red blood cells, mini marshmallows for white blood cells, pineapple juice for plasma and sprinkles for platelets. Some groups had apple (A), some banana (B), some apple and banana (AB) and some orange (O). On Tuesday we continued to refine our printing technique by attempting repeated patterns on coloured paper. It was of course, No Pens Wednesday on Wednesday. We kicked it off with a Roman numerals tarsia (jigsaw puzzle) followed by our first Forest School session. Mrs Wycherley shared some pictures of art inspired by nature and the children created their own. They followed this with leaf bashing and leaf threading. There was some fabulous art produced. In the afternoon, Eagles made their own hearts using cups, water, straws and balloons. They were able to pump water through a straw by pushing on the balloon. It made an absolute mess but was lots of fun. We then had some actual, real-life lamb's hearts to dissect in groups -we could clearly see the chambers and some hearts had a very prominent vena cava.

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The Crystal Palace

Have you ever wondered about the unusual origins of some football team names? This week Eagles learned about the origins of the name of Crystal Palace when we researched the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Crystal Palace was over half a kilometre long! It housed lots of interesting inventions and discoveries: the money the exhibition raised paid for the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We also had a go at mono printing some William Morrisinspired patterns. 

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Police Visit

Never a dull moment in Eagles: on Monday Mr Parker (Jacob’s dad) cane in to talk to the children about being in the police force. The children were hugely excited to try on lots of different types on uniform and had lots of very interesting questions to ask. Mrs Holt’s favourite part was seeing the children in handcuffs! On Tuesday we had a go at mono printing - some lovely results despite it being our first attempt. Wednesday saw Mrs Anson doing French and RE - she has been very impressed with the behaviour of the children which is fantastic to hear. We’ve also started our new text ‘The Highwayman’ in English, a superb narrative poem.

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