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 had some reading and phonics activities this morning. They had to visit every station for 15 minutes in their groups and complete the tasks.

There was: reading bingo; a game where they had to decide whether the word belonged on planet real or planet nonsense; phonics I spy; creating nonsense words for a friend to decode; and poems to read followed by a WIPERS discussion.

Super reading Year 1!

Arts Week Day 2 – Amazons

Today we have been working with watercolours and focussing on blow painting!

We began creating a feelings board using different colours to represent different feelings. Then we experimented mixing the primary colours by blowing them over each other. We then created eagles by blow painting their wings.

Another great day! Here are some pictures:

Arts Week Day 1 – Amazons

This week in Amazons we will be creating lots of different types of birds using different artistic methods to link to the quote of the week “Together we’ll find the roots to grow and the wings to fly”.

Today we were extremely lucky to have artist Paul Pickford in our classroom supporting us with our artwork. We started the day looking at the colour wheel and how to mix different colours using only red, yellow and blue. The children then mixed their own colours and sponged these colours onto sheets of card, which we then used later on. As you can see from the pictures, we had great fun making lots of artistic mess!

Before lunch we spent some time looking at how to draw different kinds of birds from robins to peacocks to parrots! Miss Wilks, Mrs Berryman and Paul were all blown away with the children’s artistic talents!

After lunch we used our colourful sponged paper to cut out feathers of different sizes and stuck them onto a large parrot outline to create our class parrots!

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our day and can’t wait for the rest of Arts Week!

Amazons Save Ellenbrook Woods!

Over the last couple of weeks, Amazons have been doing their best to save Ellenbrook Woods, after we saw on the news that the council were planning to destroy it to make room for new houses!

We sent news reports to the Manchester Evening News and wrote them some newspaper articles. We also made banners and placards and did a protest around our playground. Finally, we wrote and performed some speeches to the councillors to pursuade them not to flatten the woods.

Here are some pictures and videos from the last few weeks.


Swallows take action!

There were ‘reports’ on Ellenbrok news that councillors have planned to send bulldozers to Ellenbrook wood! They are planning to flatten the trees, fill in the pojd and build new houses. As you can imagine Swallows were not happy; they were very concerned for the welfare of the birds and plants they know live and grow there so they took action! They started the week with live tv reports, went into write newspaper reports (very well!) and finished the week with a protest! SAVE OUR WOODS! DONT LET THE BULLDOZERS NEAR! 

King of Tiny Things visits Amazons

Last week we had a very special visitor – The King of Tiny Things! He asked Amazons if we could find out what species of birds and trees there are around Ellenbrook so that he could look after them properly.

We went on a bird hunt in the playground, taking pictures and identifying all of the local birds. We then followed The King of Tiny Things clues and found lots of different types of trees around the school. We used their leaves to identify them!

We wrote lots of letters to The King of Tiny Things, created bird posters and created a class tree, full of different species of birds we have been learning about.

Here are some pictures from the week..



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?


Bog baby friends born in Swallows

Chrissy has been worried that her bog baby was getting lonely in our classroom and had no bog baby friends, so the children designed and made friends for him! This week they have been writing descriptions of their bog babies so Chrissy knows what they are all like. Next, they will be coming up with ideas of what their bog baby will do in and around school, before writing diary entries: ‘A day in the life of me and my bog baby at Ellenbrook…’.

Amazons – Bog Baby!

After our fantastic local walk on Wednesday we have been extremely busy writing to Chrissy to tell her all about Ellenbrook and what plants, trees and wildlife are in our area.

We have also been taking good care of the bog baby! We have been writing letters to him, as well as drawing and describing what he looks like using our senses.

We have all worked really hard this week and Miss Wilks and Mrs Berryman are very proud.