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The Early Years visit Wroxham Barns

Last Thursday the Nursery and Reception children had a fantastic day out at Wroxham Barns.

We all had a wonderful day even though the day was quite chilly! The children learnt all about  the different animals on the farm and the different types of food they eat. They all enjoyed bottle feeding the spring lambs in the barn and seeing the hens, pigs, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and chickens around the farm.  We also got to  sit on bales of straw in the barn and cuddle the chicks and guinea pigs.

Well done, everyone, for being so well behaved. Happy Easter from us all!

Mrs Jones



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Year 1 trip to Bridewell…the gallery!

Last week we reported briefly on Year 1’s fantastic trip to the Bridewell in Norwich. At this treasure trove of a museum, they explored all kinds of items from the last hundred years or so, such as mangles, shoes, games and even Christmas crackers! The main focus was on toys, though, and the children were able to look at and handle toys from the past, compare them to ones from present day and – as a link to our science topic – talk about the different materials they are made from. They sorted, drew and made a climbing man puppet each and enjoyed their lunch in the prison yard.  The children are now busy learning songs and poems about toys for their toy-themed assembly next half term on Tuesday November 7th.
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Year 1 off to the Bridewell…

Watch out on the blog for news of how our Year 1 pupils got on today at their exciting visit with Mrs Bird to the Bridewell Museum in Norwich.  Meanwhile, we managed to snap the children just as they were off to get on the minibus this morning!


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Year 1 Pets’ Week!

Mrs Bird has made this a special “Pets’ Week” for her Year 1 class, with the children invited to bring in their small pets  (and photos and information about larger ones!)

Today we had a visit from Amy’s six-month old guinea pig ‘Angel’ and Sophia’s hamster ‘Stripe’ – and Year 2 children came to have a look, too. The children learned a lot about how Amy and Sofia care for their pets.

Angel enjoyed a lot of gentle attention, as you can see, while Stripe was sleeping in his cage. Sophia explained that hamsters are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day. Stripe is a special kind of hamster, a Winter White.  He is grey with a stripe in the summer but his fur turns white in winter. This is because in Russia – where this kind of hamster lives in the wild – he would need to be camouflaged in the snow to avoid predators!

Look out for more pet reports later in the week!

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The Early Years visit Wroxham Barns

On Tuesday 10th March the Nursery and Reception children had a fantastic day out at Wroxham Barns.

We all had a wonderful day and enjoyed lovely sunny weather. The children learnt all about  the different animals on the farm and the different types of food they eat. They all enjoyed bottle feeding the spring lambs in the barn and feeding the hens, cows, donkeys, sheep and goats around the farm. All the children understood the very important message about washing hands after touching the animals before we had our lunch in the school room.

After lunch we went to watch the pigs being fed before going to the hen house to collect the eggs. Everyone had the opportunity to collect an egg and put it in the basket. We spotted lots of different birds on the pond and fed the swans and ducks.

Last but not least we were able to sit on bales of straw in the barn and cuddle the chicks and guinea pigs .

The children were all extremely well behaved and it was lovely to be told by another visitor how impressed she was by our childrens’ behaviour.

Mrs Jones

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Our young farmers in the making!

At the end of last term our Nursery and Reception classes headed off for a day at Wroxham Barns. Despite the cold weather they all had a great time, especially being able to feed, stroke and cuddle up to the animals on the Junior Farm.

See all the photos here.

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