24 hours at Dobroyd Castle…

And what a fun 24 hours it has been!

The number of activities the children have taken part in are too many to mention. Each activity has been such fun and it has been lovely to see the children gain so much confidence when they have tried something new.

The children have been well fed, the staff have been very well fed. We have all had a good night’s sleep. All the staff here are so caring and have the children’s best interests at heart.

We have taken many, many photographs all of which cannot be blogged right now. I will try and put a few more pictures on tonight.


KS2’s Busy Week!

Well, what a fantastic final week we’re having in Key Stage 2!

Yesterday we had a very special visitor from Google who gave us an incredible VR experience and took us to see ancient pyramids, outer space and even back to visit some dinosaurs! We all had a great time and are really looking forward to applying it in our new topics after half term.

We’ve also had a super time at our cinema trip this morning and our KS2 Christmas party this afternoon! All of the teachers were very impressed with those dance moves and thank you so much to parents for all of the generous donations of food- very much appreciated!

Take a look at pictures from our fantastic week here…


World War 2 Survivors!

We had a blast from the past this week in Year 4 with two real life survivors from World War 2!

We learned so much from our special visitors and even got to interview them with our own questions. I bet you didn’t know that school dinners in World War 2 were cabbage and black potatoes (ours are so much better at Ellenbrook!) or that you could only have a quarter of toffee a week!

A huge thank you to our visitors for coming in- it’s made our topic even more special and we can’t wait to carry on learning about World War 2.

Have a look at some pictures from our afternoon…

Whistles’ Farm to Fork trail

What a wonderful morning Whistles had today!  Since learning about healthy eating, Usain Bolt and places around the world in our ‘Could Year Three be olympic athletes?’ topic, we enhanced our knowledge in a trail at our local Tesco store.

Hands-on, we discovered that our food is sourced from all over the world: golden papayas from Brazil, limes from South Africa, Oranges from Spain and lettuce more locally grown in the UK. Elaine even let us try some mango and told us about the benefits of dried fruit within a balanced diet.

Next was the cheese-trying session; Eliane gave us two cheeses to try: ‘5 counties’  and ‘strong cheddar’…mmm delicious! We had to rate them and explain why we preferred one over the other before learning how foods (like cheese) are kept cool in store. We got to go inside one of the large fridges, behind the scenes. Brrrr…it was rather chilly though!

Finally, we developed our understanding of healthier drink options for olympic athletes (or even us!), learning about the hidden sugars in fruit juices, canned pop and milk. Whistles designed their own healthy version of flavoured water before making and testing it by crushing fruit in a cup of water to release all of the favours.

I would like to say that Year Three Whistles were great representatives of Ellenbrook School with their impeccable behaviour and respect for public shoppers whilst on our trip. I was very proud of you all.

A lovely morning Year Three! Take a look at the fun we had here…


A super start to the last half term of Year Three, in Whistles! We have been up to lots… In Maths we have been exploring nets of 3D shapes and investigating how many different nets would make a cube. We also had a visit from Mr Dickinson, who worked with us on counting in decimals. In English we have begun writing our explanation texts-inspired by Roger McGough’s ‘Until I met Dudley’. The children have also started to explore what is meant by a ‘healthy-balanced meal’ and where Usain Bolt gets his energy from. (Photos to follow…)


Arts Week in Year Three Whistles FINAL

What a fantastic week we have had creating our shadow puppet theatre and accessories! Have a look here at the recorded scenes from our production…

Thank you to all of the parents who came to admire our great effort and achievements, and to those who donated. I have been extremely proud of all of Whistles this week for their hard work, determination and creativity. Well done!  Miss J. 🙂

Arts Week in Year 3 Whistles – DAY FOUR

Whistles worked well this morning as a class to bring together each teams’ scenes so we could record the puppet show. Everyone was involved from screen directors and stage crew to audience participation and musicians. Have a look at some pictures from the scenes here…

During the afternoon, the children then continued to apply drawing skills to create a lily pad template, which they then transferred to felt to create cushions for the theatre seats. Whistles got used to holding and handling sewing equipment and practised different stitches, choosing their best for sewing the material for their cushions. A few pictures of us in action…

Tomorrow will be used to create tickets, posters, signs and set up the classroom as our gallery to showcase all of our creative hard work!

Arts Week in Year Three Whistles – Day TWO


After choosing 5 scenes from our story (TUESDAY), Whistles were split into 5 teams today; each being responsible for a scene each. This meant they had to create an annotated plan of their scene, a shopping list of things to make and the resources they would need to make them; in addition to designing a frame for the theatre that would reflect the setting of their scene.

The children used the skills of creating character parts from yesterday when making their puppets for their scene and collage/painting skills for the frames.

We also started to design our own ‘Whistles Theatre’ sign and some curtains for the stage, which will hopefully be finished in the morning.

The children are now ready to put together a shadow puppet show, which we will record and display in our art gallery at the end of the week, along with our other artist products yet to be made!