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While the World is Sleeping


On Tuesday night as part of our new night time topic Discoverers came back to school at night wearing their pyjamas.  We all brought a teddy, a torch and a mug to help us with the activities that Mrs Howarth had planned.  We learnt all about nocturnal animals.  First we played a game where we had to guess the nocturnal animal sounds.  Then we went on a scavenger hunt looking for nocturnal animal facts with only our torches to light the way.  When the children entered the hall they couldn't believe their eyes!  There was a hug inflatable planetarium waiting for them.  We all went inside to learn more about night time before snuggling up with a hot chocolate and biscuits whilst they listened to a bedtime story - "While the World is Sleeping". We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed seeing what school was like in the evening.  

Our Night time adventure at school

Rochdale Fire Museum


Discoverers class had a great time at Rochdale Fire museum thanks to Bob and his team of volunteers.  We took part in a Great Fire of London workshop to start with then had a tour of the museum.  The children were able to see historic fire engines and learn about fire fighting in Manchester throughout history.  They had a very hands on experience, being able to hand pump some of the old fire engines, try helmets and fire fighting equipment on and some even got to try to slide down a replica fire pole.

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The children performed their story of the Great Fire of London through drama and song.  They were fantastic and I hope you all enjoyed the performance especially the bacon/sausage sandwiches afterwards!

Our Amazing Tudor Houses!


On Monday we had a great DT day making Tudor houses.  The children used the TASC wheel to design, make and evaluate their model.  There was glue, cello-tape, paper, boxes and straw everywhere but our finished products were fantastic!   They are now ready for us to make our very own Pudding Lane.  Will ours set on fire? Watch this space...


A Fantastic introduction to our new topic - The Great Fire of London


We had a special visit from Katherine, a maid from 1666,   She brought our topic alive by bringing in artefacts that the children could touch and study from this period.  The children became archaeological detectives finding out what the things were used for in everyday life.  They were able to handle investigate and draw the artefacts and even got to write with a real quill and ink.

Our Trip To Blackpool Zoo


It was fantastic to meet our adopted tiger Alyona at last!  Her stripes were no longer green and she was relaxing in the sun in her enclosure.  We gave the zookeeper our healthy eating plates and she was going to give them to Alyona to show her at feeding time.  Our name will go on the adoption plaque and the zoo will keep us updated of her progress.  We also get an educational visit from the zookeepers at school which we will do in the Spring Term.  Thank you to all the children and parents who donated money to our adoption fund.  Perhaps you will go to the zoo to visit her and see our plaque too.

Lunch at the Zoo


We enjoyed our lunch at the zoo whilst watching the seal ion show.  They performed lots of tricks and entertained us whilst we ate.  We did have a few unwelcome visitors though. sad The seagulls were extremely tempted by our sandwiches and tried to pinch them which was very funny.  We had to get Mrs Hill to be on seagull patrol!



Wow what an amazing day! Discoverer's class had a fantastic time on their trip to Blackpool zoo we got to see lots of fantastic animals.

Adopt the tiger fund raising day.


Thank you to all parents who came to join us for our forest school activities today followed by the tasting of our delicious homemade tomato soup.  The children had a great afternoon and enjoyed having lots of parents joining them.  We raised £100.00 towards adopting Alyona our tiger.

We received an email from the zoo keeper saying that Alyona was trapped in one of our traps and that they had transported her safely back to the zoo on Friday 21st September.  Unfortunately she was quite poorly and her stripes had turned green!  The zoo keeper thinks this is because of all the unhealthy food she ate at our school.  They have given her lots of medicine and expect her to make a full recovery.  She has set us a task.  She would like us to find out about how to stay healthy so that we can educate Alyona.  She would like us to go to Blackpool zoo to relay our information.  I also think it would be a great idea if we could adopt Alyona so that we can look after her properly and take care of her.

Our creative and very individual traps made out of natural materials

The children made humane traps to help the zoo keeper catch Alyona and take her safely back to Blackpool Zoo.  We are waiting for the zoo keeper to let us know if our traps have worked.  We hope she is safe and well and that we managed to help.

Evidence of Alyona the tiger in the woods

On our trip to Hopwood woods on Wednesday we found lots of evidence that the escaped tiger Alyona was close by.  We think that she must be hiding somewhere in the woods.  We saw tiger paw prints on the ground and lots of orange and black fur.  Where is she? What can we do to help?

Zoo Keeper Visits Discoverer's Class

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On Tuesday a zoo keeper from Blackpool Zoo came to Discoverer's Class.  She was concerned as a tiger called Alyona had escaped from the zoo! She had heard that there had been some sightings in the area and wanted to know if the children had seen anything.  The children told the zoo keeper about the strange happenings in our classroom and that they thought it had been a tiger.  The zoo keeper got extremely worried when the children informed her about what the tiger had eaten.  So she asked the children to help her by making some Lost posters to put up around school.  The children also told the zoo keeper about their visit to Hopwood woods this week and they thought this could be where Alyona was hiding.  They then suggested that they could help her further by making some traps.  Let's hope she can catch Alyona and return her to the zoo before her stripes turn green!

Mysterious visitor in Discoverer's Classroom

This morning we discovered some strange things in Discoverer's classroom.  There had been a mysterious visitor overnight! We found lots of muddy paw prints outside leading to our classroom and even more inside (even on the sink).  We also found evidence of orange and black fur on the tables and whoever it was had made a complete mess of our room. Chairs were tipped over, tables had been moved and there was rubbish everywhere.  When we took a closer look we realised that whatever had been in the room had eaten lots of cakes, crisps, pizzas, ice-cream and biscuits and left all the empty packets on the floor.  What's more it had drank orange juice, milk, beer and there was no water left in the taps!!!  Mrs Robertson also told us that she had seen an orange shadow moving in the bushes.  We think that a tiger has paid us a visit but where is he now and where has he come from? 

Fruity Friday


As part of our healthy eating topic this term we are taking part in  'Fruity Fridays'.  This involves the children tasting different fruits each Friday.  This week we tasted pineapple and used our senses to describe what it tasted like, smelt like, felt like and looked like.  We also looked at where in the world pineapples come from.  Discoverers are looking forward to trying lots more exotic fruits over the coming weeks.  I wonder which ones will be their favorites?

Our First Swimming Lesson

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Wow what a fantastic first swimming lesson today! I was extremely impressed and proud of all the children in Discoverers class.  This morning we had a few nervous children but all I could see during the lesson were happy smiling faces.  The instructors at Castleton Swimming Baths were great with all of the children and quickly made them feel relaxed putting them into groups to suit their ability.  The instructors were also all in the water with them helping them with their strokes and encouraging them all of the time.  It was lovely to see the children's enjoyment and enthusiasm.  I can't wait to see their improvement and confidence grow as the weeks go on.

A warm welcome to all Discoverers


Mrs Howarth, Mrs Williams and Mrs Witts hope that you have all had a great summer. It has been lovely to see all of your smiley faces in the last couple of days full of excitement for the year ahead. We can’t believe how much some of you have grown over the holidays. We are all looking forward to the fun things we have planned for this year and seeing your minds grow too!


Our first topic this half term will be based on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We will be looking at healthy eating, how to stay healthy and where our food comes from. We will be studying an Italian artist called Giuseppe Arcimboldo who is best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of fruits and vegetables. I hope we can create some amazing ones ourselves!! We will be tantalising our taste buds by trying some exotic fruits on ‘Fruity Fridays’ and we are going to adopt our very own tiger at the zoo then pay him a visit later on in the term.


So get ready for an action packed half term full of exciting activities and remember always try your best and never give up .  If you do this you will get off to a 'Roaring' start in Discoverers Class.



Look at our newly decorated classroom with new furniture ready for our new Discoverers

Look at our newly decorated classroom with new furniture ready for our new Discoverers 1


As part of their ‘From Bean to Bar’ topic Discoverers had a visit from a real Chocolatier. Oliver came into school to talk to the children about how chocolate starts as a bean and the process it goes through to end up as tasty chocolate. The children learnt lots of new language reated to the process including- tempering, winowing, nibs harvesting and fermenting. The children had fun turning the melted chocolate into different shaped chocolates adding detail by piping different coloured melted chococolate through a piping bag. They took their chocolate home to enjoy!

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Discoverers Class had a lovely time on their visit to Hopwood Woods on Wednesday. They enjoyed cooking sausages for lunch and marshmallows as a treat. They learnt how to pitch tents and set up a base camp.

They took part in a Treasure Hunt and made some shelters with natural materials. They all had a wonderful time!

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Wow- what an amazing performance using the African Drums! You all performed brilliantly and spoke clearly and confidently about what you have been learning!

Wow- what an amazing performance using the African Drums! You all performed brilliantly and spoke clearly and confidently about what you have been learning!  1

A fantastic show Scrundiddlyumptious- you all took on different characters from the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! You learnt your lines brilliantly and sang your hearts out- you all had a smile on your face from the beginning to the end!

A fantastic show Scrundiddlyumptious- you all took on different characters from the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! You learnt your lines brilliantly and sang your hearts out- you all had a smile on your face from the beginning to the end! 1
WORLD THINKING DAY- FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY Some of our children wore their uniforms with pride in school today to celebrate World Thinking Day on the 22nd Feburary during the half term holiday. The day focuses on International Friendship and encourages the children to think about guiding and scouting all over the world.