Year 3 Sharks dig deep at Bring Yer Wellies

Year 3 have been archaeologists today at Bring Yer Wellies to inspire our Stone Age Topic learning. They learnt the art of digging for artefacts and reconstructed parts to reveal a Stone Age object. They finished the day with some team building. It was a wonderful day!

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 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 visit Manchester Airport

As our wow for our topic ‘Why do we love flying?’ Year 2 had a fabulous day out to Manchester Airport. Despite the freezing cold weather, we learnt lots about aeroplanes. We hope you enjoy some of our pictures of our adventure.


Year One Jets visit Brockholes

Year One visited Brockholes Wetland and Woodland Nature Reserve last week to celebrate and enhance their geography/science topic. Bird spotting, pond dipping and mini-beast hunting were among the day’s activities: children spotted hoots and canadian geese; they fished skittlebacks, newts and tadpoles; and hunted down slugs, snails and spiders. A great day had by all. Click here to see the photos…

The day Year 4 were evacuated……


Year 4 Whistles had a SPIFFING day down at the old air raid shelters in Stockport. It was marvellous to see all pupils captivated all day long!!!

Pupils arrived at the reporting office with their evacuee labels and were split into two groups, one group went off to explore the underground shelters (in case there is an air raid whilst they are at their new homes) and the other group went to learn how to do chores and put their gas masks on!  After they ate their ration lunches they swapped over.

The pupils have learnt so much already and are using their new knowledge to write a letter home to you! Keep an eye out for the postman!!

Take a look at our day……


The day Year 4 Whistles were evacuated….. on PhotoPeach

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…

Year 5 Jodrell Bank Trip

Our trip to Jodrell Bank on Friday was brilliant!

In addition to being able to look round the exhibitions and at the Lovell telescope itself, we took part in two workshops – one called ‘Solar System Science’ and one called ‘The Mars Rover Challenge’. These workshops answered lots of our questions about space, and were very fun!

In ‘Solar System Science’, the pupils completed a variety of experiments related to craters, meteorites, how light travels in space and the mass of objects on different planets. In ‘The Mars Rover Challenge’, the children worked in teams to simulate landing a Rover on Mars by creating something which would protect an egg from being dropped. Only one team had an intact egg by the end!

The children’s behaviour was fantastic at all times, and they were very patient on our long drive back. Thank you and well done Year 5 – I’m very proud of you!