Having sent out a plea for cardboard boxes we were lucky enough to be given two huge ones for the classroom. We used one to create a special place as part of our R.E. work. The children decorated their special place with pictures and patterns, coloured lights, cushions and throws and decided it should be used as a place for sharing books or having some quiet time with a friend. We then brainstormed ideas on how to use our second box- I liked the idea of a bus but I was outvoted, and the box became a dragon! We read the story of 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson and watched the animated tale before drawing our own dragons and naming them. Princess Pearl in the story wanted to be a doctor and Robins talked about many different kinds of jobs before imagining what job they might like to do when they grow up. Watch out for future actors, gymnastic instructors, vets, builders and tractor drivers! We celebrated the end of term with a campfire and toasted marshmallows at Forest School.

Drawing dragons


Fit and Healthy

This week in Robins we read some non-fiction texts about people who help us. Firstly, we found out about the job of a dentist which linked with the discussions we have had around keeping healthy, then we learnt about being a vet and how to keep pets healthy too. Robins talked about the jobs their parents do including the very important roles of being a Mum and Dad. On our walk we visited places around Gretton where people work which included a very informative chat with the road workers about jackhammers, a chat with Mrs Hanson our Chair of Governors who we met on our way to the local pub for a fleeting visit (honestly!). Our high levels of activity this week did not stop there. We also worked hard on our bat and ball skills in PE, did some 1-minute fitness challenges in PSHE to find out what effect exercise has on our bodies and took a long and scenic route to Forest School on Friday. Phew...I think I'm ready for a rest!

watercoloursChristopher enjoying watercolour painting in Busy Bear time


Miss Ilott brought in her saxophone to show the children as we have been learning about brass instruments in our funk music unit. She explained how she blows through a reed to make a sound and the chidlren had a go at pressing the keys to play different notes.

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Oliver's Vegetables

It has been a very healthy week in Robins. We read the stories 'Oliver's Vegetables' and Oliver's Fruit Salad' by Vivien French. We used our senses to help us think of lots of describing words for the vegetables on display in the classroom and then made cress sandwiches by following instructions. Although it was the first time many of the children had tried cress, they all participated in the taste test and most gave their sandwich a big thumbs-up! Some of the Robins asked to make vegetable soup so we chose onions, squash, carrots and potatoes to chop and cook. As well as healthy vegetables we also looked at a selection of fruit and the children practised their safe knife skills using bridge and claw techniques to make a fruit salad like Oliver in the story and wrote lists of their ingredients. In Maths Robins have been building numbers beyond 10 with some keen to build numbers to 100! On our Adventure Walk we went on a number hunt and found some numbers larger than 10 on number plates, road signs, telegraph poles and even on the railway bridge.