Jubilee Day

We marked the jubilee a little early with an afternoon tea and some art projects in the morning. Goshawks teamed up with Owls for some crown decorating before each year group created a collage from a decade of the Queen’s reign; see how many icons you can spot from the 60s (Y5) and the 70s (Y4)…

We finished the day off with and incredible afternoon tea! Thank you to everyone who contributed towards it.

Young Voices 2022

After a very long wait we finally descended on Birmingham along with 5000 other pupils for the Young Voices concert. We were rewarded with some of the best seats in the house, directly behind the band and performers and front and centre before a packed venue at the Resorts World Arena. Goshawks and KS2 sang their hearts out – some tired bodies on Friday but hopefully some lasting memories too…

Flower dissection

We had an interesting afternoon last week honing our practical skills and learning about the reproductive parts of a flowering plant. With some very small and delicate parts to remove, Goshawks all did a fantastic job. Some potential surgeons in the room for sure!

Football Vs St. Matthews

Well done to Xander, Otis and Edi from Goshawks who represented us recently in a very competitive friendly against St. Matts – Gastrells emerged 1-0 winners ! Well done to the rest of the team who all played superbly.

Butterfly update

Goshawks have been watchfully documenting the progress of our caterpillars over a term living in our classroom and being looked after over Easter (thank you Libby!). Finally our painted lady butterflies emerged from their chrysalises (or chrysalides – you can say it either way, we discovered) and we released them into their new home in our wildlife area. After taking a while to warm up they began exploring their new habitat and we hope they’ll be joined by lots of new insect life this year…

Y4 Wilderness Centre Residential 2022

Year 4, hopefully you’re all rested up after a brilliant residential! The weather was chilly but dry and we spent 3 memorable days (and nights) ropes climbing, crate stacking, tunnelling, orienteering and learning archery and bushcraft. We all got the chance to get together as a year group each evening around campfire, on a nature walk or just playing and exploring the grounds. You will all have got something different out of it I’m sure and hopefully will have some happy memories to look back on in years to come…

Coding computer games

For the last few weeks we’ve been building computer games in the Hopscotch app based on the 1981 classic, Frogger. We learnt about coding different sprites, and in particular IF/WHEN and REPEAT commands. In order to test, feedback and de-bug, we also had an enjoyable morning trying out each others games!

We are now onto scrolling landscape games – if you have access to an ipad at home they are also ready to play at home; just email if details have gone missing…

Preparing for Spring

We have been busy revitalising the wildlife area ready for the change of season, learning the fascinating stories of our insect life cycles and preparing a pollinator-friendly habitat we hope they will visit. Most of the bug hotels are now ready for guests and the first of the wild flowers are now in the ground…

In addition we have 5 new friends in the classroom in the shape of Painted Lady caterpillars – we will be monitoring and recording their progress as they metamorphose over the coming weeks before hopefully releasing them into their new home…

Ukraine day

A huge well done to Toots, Martha, Lily, Libby and Hollie who organised and ran a cake sale to raise money for the humanitarian effort in Ukraine. Sadly due to bad weather we postponed the fun run, but rest assured this is very much a postponement rather than a cancellation! Tomorrow the girls have some accounting to do and we hope to get back to you with the grand total of funds raised very soon.

Play preparation in full swing

Goshawks are working hard to be ready for our first production dress rehearsal on Friday. Today has followed a nautical theme as we busy ourselves practising lines, creating scenery and props…keep an eye out for a letter with ticketing details for next week’s Pirates of the Curry Bean.