Fairytale Dress Up Day

Robins were transported to the Middle East on Tuesday as we visited The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury to enjoy Aladdin, the pantomime. We booed at the wicked uncle, clapped along to the songs and giggled at the silly jokes. My thanks to the parents who so kindly helped with the transport as flying carpets were rather expensive! The children all looked great in their fairy tale costumes on Thursday (with a couple of Superhero guest appearances!) and enjoyed hunting around the school in search of fairy tale characters. They have all been working hard on their parts in the play which they are looking forward to performing next week.

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The ice that formed in our outdoor area at the start of the week caused great excitement amongst Robins. They collected lots of interesting shaped pieces from the bottom of buckets and left them in the classroom to see how quickly they would melt. Mrs Netting brought in a giant ice brick she had made later in the week so that we could further investigate the thawing process. The children were surprised to find a robin hidden inside (not a real one!). The story of Sleeping Beauty led us to make fairy wands from pipe cleaners and beads as well as fruit kebab wands for casting magic spells. We also used fruit to help us practise addition sums and have enjoyed all the left overs as extra snacks!

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Big Maths

Robins have been making fantastic progress with their phonics and it has been great to see so many of them sounding out and writing words independently. Having read the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’, the children imagined what sweet treats the witch may have used to decorate her gingerbread house and wrote lists. We also made lists of ingredients to make gingerbread play dough. The story inspired some enthusiastic acting and we used clay to sculpt model houses whilst naming all the 2D shapes used. We went to the hall for some BIG MATHS using giant Numicon tiles, beanbags and cones to play counting and ordering games. At Forest School on the playing field we continued to practise counting using the fallen leaves and apples.

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Class Assembly

Despite technical issues with the projector in the hall and a change of location to the classroom, Robins coped brilliantly with their class assembly which they performed to their families on Wednesday. It was lovely to be able to show their parents photos of many of the activities they have participated in since starting at Gretton and prove that they have been very busy despite them telling parents they haven’t done anything at school today! They remembered all their words and joined in with enthusiasm as they performed ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and sang ‘5 Little Gingerbread Men in a Row’. This week we also invented our version of the story called The Gingerbread Girl who was snapped up by a mean dragon! 

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We also planted Rowan trees at Forest School in the pouring rain!