The children of Otter class were very excited to set up a motion activated camera in their classroom. They could not believe it when they came in the next day and found that they had caught the visitor on camera. It was a Polar bear! And what a mess he had made in the classroom.
The children have been having lots of fun at the Mad Science club. Look at her hair!
On Tuesday 29th October. 15 children from Year 1 and Year 2 competed in a cross country competition. Every child was amazing and finished very quickly. We had a 1st, 2nd, 7th, 10th and many in the teens and early 20s out of nearly 100 children in each race. After combining all the children’s finishing positions and comparing this to the other 24 schools Drayton Infant School came 1st! Huge congratulations to all the children! Thanks to all the parents who came to give their support. Also thanks to Mrs Lake, Mrs Dobson and Miss Warner who came to help and support the children.
Hidden within the leafy trees of our Woodland, you will find two Tee Pees. This peaceful, calm and relaxing place is where Art, Music, Poetry and stories are brought to life by the children who visit.
So far this term we have had the ‘real’ Tiger who came to Tea! We have loved sitting around the ‘blazing’ campfire toasting leaf marshmallows in the freezing cold. We have listened to the sea from the conical shells, whilst reading themed stories such as: Mariana and the Merchild; The Little Boat; The Storm by Kathy Henderson.
We have studied still life and created our own sketches and water colour paintings of daffodils whilst listening to Classic FM on an old- fashioned radio. We have even made our own music with a basket full of instruments.
An ever changing audience, sees Year 2 children nurturing and caring for our younger children with a positive ethos of kindness and friendship no matter the age. Our ‘ring of benches’ is often a forum for discussions such as ‘shall we create our own Wishing Tree. It is also symbolic to our circle of friends and we sometimes might be overhead, singing at the end of play:
“This is our circle, our circle of new friends and just like a circle, our kindness and caring never ends.”
We are free to come and go as we please because the Two Tee Pees will always be there whenever we need them.
This term, we invited the Reception parents in for a stay and play session all based on learning in the outdoor classroom. We read stickman, designed our own stick men and then went outside and made our own stick characters. It was a VERY wet day. Thank you to all of the adults who stayed and braved the weather with us. We REALLY do go outside in all weathers in Reception. And we learnt, not for the first time, that our parents have brilliant imaginations.
On the last day of half term, Reception had an Ugly Bug Ball. Everyone came dressed up as lots of different minibeasts. We had a minibeasts hunt, sang some songs, danced in the hall and made our own biscuits. We had lots of fun. Thank you to all of the families for their brilliant and inventive costumes.
Two days earlier we had a visit from Ed and the “Minibeasts Roadshow”. We met a tarantula, a bearded dragon, a millipede, two African land snails and a corn snake. Many of the children were braver than the adults. We were able to touch and hold the animals. It was a brilliant day.
We were really lucky this term to have won a visit from a live band as part of the Norfolk Music Hubs live music event. The children had a brilliant time. Thank you for the team who encouraged us to sing, dance and have fun while we learnt new songs, played instruments and travelled around the world through music. This was an amazing opportunity for the children.
After working extremely hard on our SATs tests we ended this half term with a fun Medieval Castle Day. The children came dressed in a range of costumes including kings, queens, lords, ladies, squires, pages, maids, clergy, peasants and jesters.
We started the day with a fun sword and shield making session with our families. Each child had a large sheet of cardboard and the shields that they created from them were truly impressive.
We then undertook a number of fun castle themed craft activities and games, including crown making and the Battle of Hastings related tasks.
In the afternoon we took our swords and shields onto the field where we re-enacted the Battle of Hastings from 1066. The Owl Class undertook the role of the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada’s army but were soon defeated by the Otter Class who were Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson’s army when they met for the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The Otter Class were then defeated at Hastings by the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy as played by the Squirrel Class.
The day culminated with a magnificent banquet, where we used our fingers to eat food that would have been available at a medieval banquet. We then tried some medieval dancing.
The children had a Christmas treat and had a visit from Steve Sausage. Laughter and applause filled the room as he performed his show.
We can’t wait to welcome him back.