Year 3 enjoyed putting their Art and History skills to the test when they visited Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum. Through workshops with the curators and artists, we were able to apply our learning from our Roman Topic and were complimented by staff on our super knowledge for our age! It was fun to look at real Roman artefacts and coins with magnifying glasses. We also took the opportunity to look at many types of art, with time to sketch and wonder at the variety on offer. We certainly have some talented artists at Elston. Later, we even made our own Roman Mosaics. An exciting and interesting, hands-on day!
Year 2 enjoyed another fantastic trip to West Midlands Safari Park in July where they spent the morning driving through the safari looking at the all the different, wild animals. The tall, friendly giraffes were particularly fun to see as they kept coming really close to the windows of the coach. After the safari coach ride, we managed to dodge the rain and have our lunch before heading off to see Callum the sea lion in the show. He put on an excellent show for us and we loved him!
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the discovery education centre learning about habitats, the twilight cave with flying fruit bats and then a walk through the prehistoric dinosaur land. One of the favourite parts of the day was seeing the hippos roll around in the squelchy mud! Not even the mishap with the coach breaking down on the way back could stop us having a brilliant day!
Year 1 had an amazing day at Dudley Zoo. The visit was a fantastic way to bring our science learning about animals to life. during the day the children had the opportunity to handle a number of animals and they also had time for a play on the park!
First we went to the council chamber and we sat down in the councillors seats. When the Mayor and his wife, the Mayoress, came in we all had to stand up to welcome him. He told us lots of information and we asked him lots of questions. It was really interesting! He told us that he is the 158th Mayor of Wolverhampton and that there is a new Mayor being elected next week. He said that to be elected as the Mayor you have to have been the longest serving councillor and he was a councillor of Wolverhampton for 25 years before he was elected last year.
We then went into the Mayor's parlour and we had a drink and a biscuit and the Mayor told us lots more interesting information. After that we all got a chance to try on the Mayor's cloak and chain - it was very heavy! Once we had all had a try on, we went out onto the balcony and the Mayor showed us some of the sights of Wolverhampton. We had a really good view of the Molineux. Then we got a really special treat, we went into the Mayor's office and we sat down and he showed us some of the things he keeps in there like trophies and memorabilia from other countries.
Finally it was time to go back to school and we all got given a goody pack with things to remember our visit. It was so much fun!
What better way to bring our science learning about forces to life than at the park! Around the exciting zones children experienced different types of forces through play. They had opportunities to work in teams or with a partner to get things moving or on their own to challenge themselves.
A lovely sunny walk around the lake allowed children to identify different types of trees and other physical and human features discussed in geography.
The first ever planned trip across Elston Hall Trust was a true success and the children enjoyed meeting children from other schools to share their learning.
Year 1 walked to St Mary's Church on Friday 10th March. The children were able to see and touch a number of Christian artefacts that they had learnt about at school. The Reverend was very impressed with the children's knowledge about Christianity and it showed that they had been concentrating in lessons! The children were given the opportunity to ask questions which the Reverend very patiently answered! The children listened to the parable of the Good Samaritan while sitting in the pews.