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On Tuesday 3rd December, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit from the 'Flying Pizza Theatre Company.'

They performed 'The Snow Queen' for the children and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

The whole show was cleverly performed by just two people playing all the different characters.

Livvy, from Poplars, said 'I loved it when the reindeer spoke because it was very funny!'

Junior, from Poplars, said 'I liked it when the Snow Queen came because she was controlling the little boy!'


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At the beginning of this term, something very exciting happened…. we found a dragon’s egg in our outdoor play area! We were worried that a dragon may have dropped it when flying past the school, so we decided to take care of it. Luckily, we had been learning all about which materials help to keep things warm, so we made a nest for the egg out of twigs and wrapped it in tin foil to incubate it. A couple of weeks later, the egg hatched! It hatched at around the same time as the chicks we have in school. We learned all about how to look after these baby animals, and how gentle we need to be with them. We now take the baby dragon for walks every day so that it can get lots of exercise, and wrap him up to keep him warm when he sleeps. We wonder how big he will grow!



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Year 1 took part in an exciting 3D art project where we created a castle and knights themed wall display. Many parents came in to help us. First, we made pebbles or flat plates with newspaper, then we covered our shapes with newsprint and finally we used coloured tissue & metallic papers to add to colour to our artwork. Art Solutions then put all our artwork together on an amazing display in the lower school hall. We are very proud of our work.

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Farm day - Gemma's Farm visited us in the summer term; there were a number of different farmyard animals to see and there was even a pink chicken! We were able to hold and groom some of them animals and although it was very hot, it was lots of fun.  


A Royal Picnic - Year 1 celebrated the Royal wedding in style.

We all sat together on the field in a great big circle and had a picnic together. We had sausage rolls, salad, crisps and a cake. It was lots of fun; we really enjoyed our celebrations!


Tennis Festival - We took part in a Year 1 tennis festival. We were able to practise a number of different skills. These included: accuracy, balance, speed, agility and hand-eye co-ordination. It was lots of fun and we learnt many new games, led by our super Year 5 helpers!



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Spring Chicks

We had some special visitors! We got to hold our chicks! We had to be very quiet so we didn't scare them, then we took it in turns to hold them. They were really fluffy and cute! It has been very exciting watching them hatch from their eggs, and they have already grown so much. It is really interesting to see their feathers changing.

 Special Symbols

In Religious Education this half term we have been looking at symbols from different religions and what they mean. We started by looking at what animals we resemble and whether that represents the ‘outer me’ or the ‘inner me’. There was lots of great ideas like; an elephant because they are strong and an owl because owls are wise. After that we discussed what a symbol is and what special things might be found in a Christian home. One of the symbols was a cross. We have also been learning about Buddhism and discussed what Buddhists ‘see’ in the Buddha image and why is it so special to them. We discovered that the symbols that are special for Buddhists is the wheel of life and a beautiful white flower. We all made this beautiful flower. We have had lots of fun looking at all these different symbols!

 Medieval Man

We were visited by Peter the peddler, a medieval man who bought with him a variety of ancient objects for us to explore. We looked at ancient dress, weapons and everyday objects that we might find in a castle. It was very exciting being able to dress up as peasants, knights, princesses, kings and queens. We practised pulling wool to make thread, playing medieval instruments, writing with a quill and ink and playing with games and toys that children in Castles would have played with. We even got to make our very own medieval silver penny to take home as a reminder of our time with Peter the peddler.



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