Can you keep a secret?

This week Year 6 were tasked with keeping a big secret!

Miss Hardcastle asked us to help her with a lovely writing project for Year 1.

They had been reading ‘Here comes Mr Postmouse’ and had written lovely letters to some of the characters, asking about what they could see in the pictures.

Year 6 were tasked with writing some fantastic reply letters, in character from Mrs Rabbit or Miss Mole, making sure to answer any questions that the children had asked.

They really enjoyed writing these quick letters and being in on the surprise for Year 1!

Please help us keep the secret too!

P.S. If you are going away (or even if you’re not) we love receiving postcards from the children, telling us what they have been up to over the holidays! Enjoy the half term!

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Year 3 hockey match

For our final hockey lesson today we split into four teams and played against each other. Such thrilling games to watch! Fantastic team work and very fast reflexes. Well done year 3.

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Big School Birdwatch

For the past couple of weeks some of the children have been taking part in The RSPB Big School Birdwatch. The children have been conservation scientists and are helping The RSPB track the ups and downs of the population of birds across the country. This afternoon the children went outside to collect their data. The children suggested that they should be quiet and still so that they had the best chance of spotting some birds. The data we collected will be submitted this week, then at a later date the RSPB will share the results of our surveys so we can see how our research is contributing.

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Year 3 Class Assembly

Calling all Year 3 parents and carers!

Please come and join us on Wednesday at 9am for our class assembly. We have been practising today and are almost ready for you!

Playing the recorder
Singing one of our songs

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Year 3 trip to the zoo tomorrow!

Please make sure that the children wear their school uniform and comfortable footwear that they can walk around in for a few hours. The weather forecast tomorrow is dry and whilst it looks like it will be quite cold, lots of the inside workshop areas are very warm. A fleece / cardigan / jumper with a light coat should do the job, but please do make the best decision for your child if you think they will need more or less layers. Everything the children bring with them will need to be carried as we are not leaving anything on the coach and do not have access to lockers. We can’t wait to share pictures with you at our class assembly next week!

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Feeling Spicy!

Year 6 had a fabulous day cooking their South American inspired recipes.

As part of our History and Geography topic, we are learning about Tudor explorers, so we investigated how Tudor diets changed after the epic journeys of some of our most famous explorers.

The children researched which foods where imported and used these ingredients to create recipes. Some of these included: chilli, quinoa, potaoes, butternut squash, courgettes, tomatoes, maize flour and sweetcorn.

We had Venezuelan arepas, Peruvian quinoa dishes and delicous tacos with various vegetarian fillings, to mention just a few!

Almost all the children tasted something they had never tried before and almost all of them liked it as well! A win! I was so proud at how brave they all were to have a taste – they surprised themselves too!

Mr Sutton and Mr Smith helped by finishing off the left overs and reported back that they were amazed at how tasty it all was!

The children worked brilliantly in their groups, encourging each other, cooperating to work through the tasks and complimenting each other’s dishes – well done!

We can’t wait to do some more cooking in the summer term!

Stepping out of their comfort zone!
Our Head Boy about to take the plunge!
Excellent focus using his knife!
Crunchy tacos were a thumbs up from someone who had never tried butternut squash or quinoa before, and who was worried his head might explode if he ate chilli! Luckily it didn’t, and he polished off the lot, with a smile on his face!
Always important to check the recipe!
Despite worrying about chilli on her fries, someone thought they were delicious!
Great team work and delegation of tasks!
Sour cream + crunchy taco = MESSY FACE!
We know who will be on peeling duty next time it is Sunday roast time!
Some excellent knife skills!
The girls enjoyed the crunch of the arepas, but decided they needed to be thinner next time!
The boys weren’t sure but really enjoyed their quinoa, sweetcorn and chilli soft tacos!
Preparing the potato skins for stuffing.
Someone tried sweet potato fries for the first time … and loved them!
Fab sharing of the workload!
A delicious plate with a little taster from each group!

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Year 3 Henri Rousseau Art

We are focusing on the artist Henri Rousseau and his famous picture ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’. We each took a section of the picture and used oil pastels to recreate it.

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Flotsam in Year 3

For the first three weeks of the spring term we have looked at Flotsam, a beautiful picture book that follows the story of an underwater camera. During our three weeks we wrote a newspaper article about the mechanical fish and aliens under the sea, wrote a diary from the perspective of the camera and for our final piece we wrote a setting description. In art we sketched some sea creatures which have also been put up on our display in the key stage two corridor. Can you also spot our picture within a picture, within a picture, within a picture, within a picture within a picture?!

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Year 5 Maths challenge.

This evening a team from Alban Wood participated in the year 5 Maths challenge at The Grove Acedemy, for the very first time. We didn’t know what to expect and some of the questions were really hard – it was definitely a challenge! But they worked together and made us extremely proud. Well done!!!

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