On Thursday 15th March, Year 3 became Scientists for the day at the Big Bang Science Fair, at the NEC in Birmingham.
We always love being hands-on in our Science lessons, so this day was a fabulous opportunity for Year 3 to try new things and aspire to many different Science based careers. We couldn't believe how many different kinds of Science we saw! Activities that day included carefully controlling robots, looking at the best conditions for seed growth, exploring flooding using forces and energy and making hovercraft out of everyday things. We loved seeing the RAF jet and JCB diggers up close - they were huge!
The day was full of challenges such as building a tower using marshmallows and spaghetti, lighting up a circuit successfully and creating a racing car to race against friends. We all had a wonderfully busy and inspiring day and look forward to putting our Science knowledge to good use in our future learning. Thank you to Miss Knowles for organising the tickets for us!
Year 2 had an amazing time at the safari park on Thursday 22nd March. The ride around the park allowed us to see a variety of different animals including a pack of wild African dogs who thoroughly entertained us as they chased each other in front of our coach. We were also lucky enough to see the large, powerful lion stroll proudly towards us and cross the road in front of us.
After the ride around the park, it was time for lunch under the canopies. It was a bit chilly and not your usual lunch as we were joined by hungry ducks who kept pinching the scraps off the floor. It caused a lot of excitement! Plus we saw Mrs Perry and her family too!
Before splitting up into our own classes, we all enjoyed the incredible sea lion show where we learned the difference between a sea lion as a seal! (There are 3 main differences - do you know them?).
We then had a walk through the twilight cave and the dinosaur area before looking at the meerkats and taking a walk through the lemur wood where we found that the inquisitive, friendly lemurs are not at all shy!
A lovely day was had by all with a few sleepers on the way back to school whilst others talked about their favourite parts of the day!
On the 13th and 14th March year 1 went to Weston Park to find out about Victorian Toys. We had a fantastic day! When we arrived we all dressed up in Victiorian clothes. Some of us were dressed as rich people, some of us were maids or butlers and some of us dressed as Victorian children. We learnt how Victorian people greeted each other- the boys would bow and girls would curtsey. We found out about a Victorian Houses- Did you know they only had a toilet at the bottom on the garden so they had to have a chamber pot under their bed at night?
We had a lot of fun exploring and playing with Victorian toys both indoors and outdoors. We noticed that the toys were very different to the toys we mainly play with today. They did not have any iPad’s or any Lego! We were shocked to hear that lots of the toys we play with today were not played with because plastic had not even been invented yet! Victorian toys were mainly made from wood and string, they cost a lot of money and were made by hand not in factories like today. Some poor children even had to make their own toys and dolls from objects such as old brooms and socks because they could not afford to buy toys!
The children shared their thoughts on the Victorian toys they played with.
Chloe ‘ I enjoyed playing with the hobby horse, I liked galloping around’
Lucas ‘ I was the champion at skittles, I scored 9 points!’
Ellis ‘ I liked the tumbling monkey, it looked funny when it fell down’
Ethan- ‘The hoops were the best but it was tricky to control them’
Leela- ‘ I learnt how to play skipping games’
Evie- ‘ I liked the dolls house because it had lots of rooms’
Year 5 had a fantastic day at RAF Cosford. This visit supported our learning about the Battle of Britain in our history lessons. The children experienced what life was like for an RAF pilot during the war and got to see the spitfires and other aircraft.
The first trip of 2018 and what an amazing trip it was! The choir were lucky enough-yet again-to attend Young Voices at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, where they joined 6,000 other children in an incredible performance for friends and family. The performances were brilliant and the atmosphere was truly electric! The children have been working hard since September to learn many new songs and it was lovely to see them enjoy the night and join in with other schools. A massive thank you to parents who were able to join us in the evening and joined in the fun and entertainment of the night. A truly magical and spectacular night had by all! Well done Choir!
Year 6 spent the afternoon at The Grand Theatre watching Jack and the Beanstalk. All of the children had a fantastic time (Oh yes they did!) and lots of laughs were had by all. The production was amazing and the children got involved with the boos and the hisses (good practice after their own Christmas panto!) It was smiles all round at the end and certainly got the children into the Christmas spirit!
Reception thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Birches Valley on Cannock Chase, where we explored a Christmas Trail and had the chance to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto! As we walked through the trail, we were able to find all 9 of Father Christmas’ reindeer. We were even lucky enough to say ‘hello’ to the Gruffalo along the way! After we completed the Christmas Trail, it was time for lunch! It was one of the quietest times of the day and we all enjoyed our packed lunches. After we had eaten, we made our way to Father Christmas’ Grotto where we discovered some of his reindeer resting in the stable. Inside the grotto, we saw many Christmas trees and had the chance to observe a scene from the Nativity. We all had time to talk to Father Christmas and share what presents we would like to receive. We were lucky enough to receive two gifts from Father Christmas; a Christmas tree sapling and a badge! We finished our day waving goodbye to Father Christmas and the staff at Birches Valley and sang songs from our Nativity play on the coach journey home.
Our visit to Birches Valley was lots of fun; our teachers were very proud of our sensible behaviour and excellent manners. The children’s behaviour and enthusiasm was outstanding throughout the day, children were excited to share their experiences and new knowledge in discussions back at school.
Year 4 students enjoyed their trip to Tamworth Castle where they had the opportunity dress up as Anglo-Saxon soldiers. The children were able to become archaeologists and dig for Anglo-Saxon artefacts.
The children enjoyed the tour of the castle where they could see how the Anglo-Saxons lived.
Year 2 enjoyed a fantastic but chilly day out at the Black Country Living Museum as part of our History topic of transport through time. Children had the opportunity to ride on a tram and a bus through the village and to discuss how this transport was used in the past. Children were fascinated to see a canal boat from the past and the small area that families would have lived in. We were all excited to experience a cinema trip and to view a film that was over 100 years old. We had a fantastic day and we wish we could have stayed longer.
On Thursday 2nd November, Year 3 went to Birches Valley, Cannock Chase for a Stone Age experience day.
We had a fantastic time bringing the prehistoric times to life, deep in the woods away from wifi and electricity!
We created our own tribe, and painted our faces; then we started our challenges. These included scavenging for safe food to eat and shooting arrows to catch wild animals such as hyena and mammoth! We enjoyed using our maths skills to work out the winner.
One of our favourite activities was making our own fire, by learning how to strike flint to make a spark. It was much harder than it looked, so we needed lots of perseverance to succeed and we managed to light a fire and toast marshmallows and bread to celebrate.
Later, we all enjoyed building our tribe a den. It had to be big enough to fit us all inside and waterproof – unfortunately some of us got wet when the leader made it “rain” on top!
We all loved our day in the forest, and kicking about in the beautiful Autumn leaves. We certainly brought our History to life!
“ It was my best birthday ever!”
“My most favourite part was when we roasted the marshmallows because we got to eat them”
“I loved it when the leader tipped water on our den and I got wet”
“I was allowed to light the campfire.”
“”Thank you for letting us go. I really enjoyed it.”
On the 18th October year 1 visited the Thinktank in Birmingham. We had a fantastic day! We learnt all about our five senses by playing lots of fun activities and challenges throughout the museum. We learnt about our bodies, and how even though we may not look the same on the outside, the insides of our body are the same. We learnt about the roles of our different organs and were shocked to find out how long our intestines are! It was fun finding out about our hearts and what happens to them when we exercise. We enjoyed being doctors ands listening to our friend's heart beating. They were beating a lot faster after we had exercised! Outside in the Science garden we were able to explore, we had a great time learning about how things move and playing in the water (we loved squirting our teachers!) We had such a busy day,some of us even fell asleep on the coach on the way home!