Eagles have had a great time celebrating Book Week as always. The week began last Friday with a visit from Sophie Snell, a local author who talked to us about the art of oral storytelling. She told us lots of her stories and also sang some folk songs. On Monday, in Literacy, we began our new topic where we will be writing stories taking our inspiration from other cultures. We have enjoyed reading the story of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters and we all then rewrote the ending so we created 17 different versions of the story! We went on to make mini books to illustrate our stories and then we each memorised our story so we could tell it orally to someone else. On Friday, we spent time with our Reception partners, telling them our stories and showing them our books. They loved it and we did too! Friday was also the day we came dressed as a character from our favourite book. We all took part and there was an amazing variety of costumes.
Today we had a visitor from the food company Quorn. Y5 and Y6 were chosen to take part in a food tasting trial of a new product that Quorn are developing especially for school dinners. The children sampled a barbeque and a tomato filet and gave feedback on which they preferred and whether, if the product became available as a lunch option, they would choose it. The children's response was very positive and the overwhelming feeling was that they would very much like the product to appear on the school menu in the future!
In the afternoon, the company provided a science based cookery demonstration based on sustainable sources of protein in the diet. The children learnt a lot about all the food groups and what constitutes a healthy diet. They also learnt about the environmental impact of producing meat based protein and the current initiative to encourage people to reduce their meat consumption in favour of other protein based alternatives. The cook demonstrated how to make a stir fry with help from the children and then everyone got to try some. It was a really great afternoon with lots of new information to add to our existing science learning.
The second week back!
Now that we have finished Who Let The Gods Out, we have started a brand new book called Holes it is about a young boy called Stanley Yelnats. And we are really enjoying it!
Niamh has arrived in Uganda. She is finding it very hard to drink water in front of people who don't have enough water themselves. But other than that she is having a lovely time in Uganda she has been answering lots of our questions.
Eagles class have had a great first week back. We have done lots of exciting activities to launch our new topic 'Amazing Africa'. In Literacy we have been learning about Performance Poetry. Our focus has been the poem 'Walking with my Iguana by Brian Moses. On Friday we performed our version of the poem to the whole school in assembly and it went down very well! So much so that in the afternoon one of the Reception children made her own Iguana from an egg box and took it for a walk! The power of poetry!
On Thursday Mrs Melton's daughter Niamh came to visit. Niamh is leaving to go to Uganda on Saturday as part of her work with the oversees development charity CAFOD. She told us a lot about her trip and we gave her 15 questions that we would like her to research while she is there e.g. What are the similarities/differences between schools in England/Uganda? What is transport like in Uganda? How does it feel visiting families who have very little to eat?
Niamh will try to send us a VLOG while she is in Uganda if she has internet but if not she has promised to come back and see us when she returns to tell us all about her trip.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a visitor in Eagles who was called Mrs Reast. She taught us about Dementia as in our class book (Who Let The Gods Out) one of the main characters suffers from Dementia. At the end of the talk we all received badges confirming we were all Dementia Friends.
Hope For Belper
This year for Advent, as the Hope For Belper Team are moving to a much bigger space they are not able to receive food products so we are raising money for their charity by filling a huge heart with pound coins. Year 6 are responsible for counting the money that pupils are raising. We are attempting to raise £100 by the end of Advent. Please make a contribution by bringing silver coins in and placing them in the jar at Collective Worship.
A week ago we all made a Greek Salads. Everybody took their salads home for them or a member of their family.
What an exciting week ! This week it was anti-bullying week and we designed some odd socks to go with our song we have been learning (Andy and the odd socks) which was fun. We also designed a collage using synonyms for the word RESPECT which was this year's theme for anti - bullying week. These will de displayed around to school as a reminder to all the children and adults that work in our school that we should always treat each other as we would want to be treated.
The other reason it has been such an exciting week is that Miss Hunt came to visit us with her new baby Luca! It was lovely to see her and to meet Luca. He was very good especially as we were all so excited! We hope they will come and see us again soon!
This week has been a week of contrast in Eagles Class! Year 6 were given the special responsibility of leading our Act of Remembrance on Friday. We all prepared a cross with the names of the Denby Parishioners who died in the First World War and read their names out as part of the service. It was a very moving tribute especially as Mr Nelson played the Last Post.
On a much happier note, we welcomed our World Champion Kick Boxer Nancy back from her competition in Italy where she won Gold and Silver medals! We are SO proud of her achievement! Although Nancy is really humble and doesn't like a fuss normally, she did bring in her medals and some other memorabilia and we all enjoyed celebrating with her. Well done Nancy - you are a credit to our class and to Denby Free School!
This week in Eagles class we had a TAG Rugby competition where 6 of us took part in the competition. We came last unfortunately but most teams had players that played for an actual Rugby team and we only had one player that plays for a Rugby team. So therefore we did very well as everybody put 100% in to every game
This week was our harvest festival and everybody contributed a lot of food to give to the Padley centre such as soup, sauce and pasta. In Mrs Bell's raised beds over the summer holidays she grew a gigantic sunflower, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and three small pumpkins and two massive ones. In Eagles we learnt about fair trade and made t-shirts that we designed and at the staff meeting the teachers chose their four favourites to decide who won and the four winners got to put their design on a t-shirt so that they could wear them in Collective Worship. We also played a game called the Banana Split game where we negotiated how much of the 30p that a banana costs to buy goes to each group of people who produce it. Everybody came to a conclusion that everyone should have 6p each which we thought was the fairest way to split the money from the banana but this doesn't happen if you don't buy Fairtrade goods.