Well done children, what a super show.
Thank you for all of your hard work and effort.
As you may have seen, we are expecting chicks in the last week of term! Mavis currently has a clutch of 7 eggs that she is incubating and doing a very good job with. Today she has been moved into a separate hutch so that she can incubate in peace and get ready for her chicks.
Incubation and chick development takes 21 days which is amazing that a new life can be made in just 3 weeks. Today is day 10 so we have carefully checked the eggs development. This is called 'candling'. To candle an egg you need to shine a torch at the bottom of the egg in a very dark room. As you can see, by day 10 the egg will show lots of veins and blood vessels- this is called mapping.
Mavis has done a good job so far and her chicks are developing. The eggs are half way there so keep your fingers crossed for the due date!
If you have anything you'd like to know about the hens, or Mavis and her eggs just remember you can ask Miss Tulley or Mrs Reckless :-)
Much fun was had during our EYFS and Key Stage 1 Potted Sports event this morning. Thank you to all the children who worked so hard to gain points for their team and thank you to all the supporters who came to spectate. A special thank you to our PTFA for providing the refreshments and for our Sports Leaders from Heanor Gate School; we couldn't have done it without you!
Please enjoy some of the action shots......
Despite the rain, Class 1 had a bright and cheerful welcome back into class today! India brought in the sunflower that she planted from seed during our 'Plants' topic in Spring term. She has tended to it at her grandad's house and it has bloomed a beautiful flower.
Well done India, you have remembered all of the things we learnt to be able to care for a plant!
We have had a lovely surprise today... Toby and his family have been busy at home, baking this fantastic Gruffalo cake for Class 1! We were all very excited to take a piece home! It is lovely to see children so inspired and enthused about their learning that it continues at home in a variety of ways :-)
Thank you Toby and family!
Last term Class 1 enjoyed a super visit to Stonebridge City Farm as part of the Animals and Plants topic. We all had different favourite parts of the trip but here are a few that the class enjoyed:
-Holding the guinea pigs and rabbits.
-Feeding the animals.
-Listening for the frogs croaking in the huge frog pond.
-Seeing the vegetable patches and the different types of vegetables and fruits they grow on the farm.
-The goat named Iris! :-)
-Going on the nature walk and looking for the hedgehog houses.
-And of course, lunch time!
What was your favourite part of the trip?
How wonderful to welcome our Mummies and special ladies to our afternoon tea today.
We wanted to say a special thank you for all that you do, each and every day.
Mummies and other special ladies in our lives, including Grannies and Aunties, were treated to some lovely singing, presentation of special work, a poem, a gift of flowers and piano music. Our special guests also enjoyed freshly baked scones, baked with our own Smalley eggs (thank you Mrs Mason), shortbread with strawberries (thank you Mrs Straw), freshly baked cakes (thank you Mrs Pace) and of course plenty of hugs and time to chat. The children enjoyed their freshly baked biscuits made by our kitchen staff - thank you.
Thank you so much everyone for coming - it was really super to see you all. If you were unable to make it, we hope you enjoyed your special gifts.
Happy Mother's Day xx
During Book Week 2017, special assemblies were held with lots of special guests. Our guests included Lucy Truman, who came to speak to the children on Tuesday about her work as an illustrator. Lucy also gave a masterclass to Class 4, where they designed some beautiful book covers. On Wednesday Tess, Oliver and Iris spoke about their favourite books, visiting Heanor library and making bookmarks. On Thursday, we welcomed Mr Huntington, who is the headteacher at Heanor Gate Science College; he came to read his favourite children's book 'The Highway Rat' by Julia Donaldson. Our very own Dr Shelton shared her wonderful book that she had written as part of her studies - she spoke to the children about everyone having the potential to write a book and that everyone has a book inside them
On Friday, we held a special whole school assembly where each class shared the work they had been doing.
Thank you to everyone who visited our school and to everyone who shared their work during our assemblies this week.