Year 3 Sharks.

What a great start to the school year Sharks have had! We dove straight into our Stone Age learning, researching facts about how the lived all those years ago. We have been writing diary extracts on life in the Stone Age inspired by the text Stone Age Boy.

Our science learning this week was all about SOIL. Ask your child if they can recall what soil contains and the different layers. We even had a look at what type of soil there is in Ellenbrook.

Today we had those wanting to be our school council representatives give their speeches and what wonderful jobs they did!

The results will be announced in class tomorrow…

WOW! Blackpool Zoo Trip

Following a slow start to the day due to traffic, Voyagers and Discoverers had a fantastic day at Blackpool Zoo beginning to explore our learning challenge this half term ‘Why are tigers not like humans?’ 

To name just a few…we saw the sea lions swimming, the penguins posing, the gorilla’s snoozing and the lions prowling. Not forgetting, Blackpool Zoo’s newest addition, a 5 day old zebra! 

We also got the opportunity to hear from one of the zoo keepers, who taught us about 4 of the different animal groups – mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds! We will be using and extending our learning of these groups in the classroom.

Take a look at Year 1 in action on their first trip this year!

A huge thank you to all the adults who volunteered to help and those who joined us today. We hope your enjoyed it as much as we did!

First week back!

Voyagers and Discoverers have had a wonderful first few days in their new classes! We have been so impressed with how well they have adapted to Year 1 and their new learning environments.

In English, we have been focusing on the ‘smart name’ for each letter of the alphabet and applying this to painting our very own animal alphabet for the classroom!
In Maths we have been learning the months of year through song. We worked together to create a class birthday chart and used this to make comparisons between amounts.
In Science we have been taking part in group discussions and sharing about what we already know about animals before our topic commences! We have also been thinking about what we would like to find out about animals to direct our learning.

As a WOW for our ‘Animal’ topic this half term, the children (and staff, of course) are very excited for their first Year 1 trip to Blackpool Zoo! We look forward to seeing you on Monday 🙂

Miss O’Brien and Miss Wilks

Amazons visit Bring Yer Wellies!

WOW! What a fantastic day Amazons have had at Bring Yer Wellies!

We most definitely didn’t need our wellies as the sunshine was glorious; a perfect day for an outdoor trip.

We began with a play on the “beach”, followed by a chat with our helper Nigel about what plants need to survive and how to look after them. Then we weaved through the herb garden and got to smell some lovely herbs – spearmint and lemongrass. After that, we put our newfound knowledge into practice and planted our very own spearmint and peppermint plants, before relaxing on the grass for lunch.

After refuelling, we worked in 2 teams – Miss Wilks’ team and Mrs Berryman’s team – to carry long sticks and sheets to make a den. Our other helper Melissa said that Amazons were the most sensible class she had ever had den building. Miss Wilks and Mrs Berryman were very proud! Finally, we were given a boat per team to name which we then took down to the brook to race in the current. Mrs’ Berryman’s team, the Minty Pirates, were victorious!

The children were an absolute credit to themselves and the school and a wonderful time was had by all!

Here are some pictures from the day.


Swallows go on a bird and leaf hunt

The children were given clues this week which they had to decode and translate from nonsense alien words to places around the school. They then visited these places and identified the types of trees there were – deciduous or evergreen. Back in class they had to find out the names of the trees and plants based on the leaf structure. What trees can you name when you’re out and about this bank holiday weekend?

They also had to use a map to direct themselves around the school grounds to find common U.K. birds. What birds can you name when you’re out and about this bank holiday weekend?


Amazons explore our local environment!

This morning Amazons came into the classroom to find a very strange, small blue creature sat in a cardboard box in our tuff tray. With it was a letter from our new friend Chrissy explaining that the creature was a Bog Baby!

She wanted to know what our local area was like and whether there were any friends for her bog baby near us. So we set off on a walk around Ellenbrook to find out!

Here are some pictures of exploring our local area and some of the plants and trees we saw on the way.

We recognised lots of different plants and trees and there were also some we didn’t know so we have decided to research them over the next couple of weeks!

Swallows investigate their local environment

Chrissy left us a letter and a bog baby today! She told us to read her story about where the bog baby is from and what it is like where he lives. She also asked us ‘what is like where you live; what lives there?’ So off we went to have a look in the local area around school. We did see lots of trees, leaves, flowers and birds but we couldn’t name them all. Our next job is to find out the names of the trees, flowers and birds so we can report back to Chrissy and let her know!

Year 2 Sharks – What happens when things grow?

This half term we have had alien visitors in Year 2 Sharks. We are trying to convince them of the best conditions needed for plant growth. The children have had lots of exciting ideas for how we can prove this. Please enjoy some of the photos we have taken, while we have been measuring, planting, watering, comparing and sorting.