Wye Forest Federation
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Monmouth, Gwent, NP25 4LY
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Robin Class Page

Welcome to the Robin Class page  (prev 'Falcon Class').  We are a small class of EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2  children who love learning together. Our teacher is Mrs Frey and our teaching assistant is Mrs Thompson.  We have wonderful indoor and outdoor learning areas in our small school. Watch out for updates on this page of some of our learning opportunities.
15.10.19
Forest Schools
 
This week we had lovely weather - sun! - and learnt how to tie knots. We then used them to improve the sturdiness of our shelters, we are hoping next week they will all still be standing!
1.10.19
 
Forest Schools
 
We have been having great fun making harvest garlands to hang in the trees for the local wildlife. 
26/6/19
 
Forest Schools
 
We have been having a wonderful time at Forest Schools. This week we made deer food, using lard, treacle, grains and cereal.  It was very sticky and smelt delicious! We rolled it into balls and left it in the trees for the deer to find. Next week we will be looking for deer footprints.  After doing that children played in the stream and mud. 
 
Many thanks to Mrs Blanch for letting us use the forest site and doing lots of driving to help us all get there!
The Malvern Show
 
Falcon class had a wonderful time at The Malvern Show on Thursday. We loved seeing our bug hotel in the Wye Forest Federation Garden and were proud to hear that our garden received a highly commended award (some photos of our garden will follow as Mrs Frey was so excited she forgot to take any of it!) 
The class had a wonderful time exploring many of the other gardens at the show and they were a credit to Redbrook as they behaved and listened beautifully all day. Mrs Frey was even interviewed for Hereford and Worcester Radio! At the end of our busy trip, we enjoyed dancing to a rock choir who were performing for the crowds. 
We Are Cricketers.
 
On Friday morning we had a visit from an All Stars cricket ambassador. He took the school for an introduction to cricket and then we had a very active session learning basic cricket skills and playing simple games. Lots of us loved it!
We Are Entomologists.
 
A new term heralds a new learning enquiry for Falcon Class and what better way to launch our new learning than with a visit from some not so mini-beasts. This term we will be finding out 'What Lives In My Garden?' but these creatures definitely won't be found roaming free. We met stick insects, millipedes, cockroaches, a praying mantis, a tarantula, some kissing bugs, bed bugs and scorpions. Everyone was super brave and we learnt so much. A big thank you to our governor Lex Naylor for bring them all in. 
 
Super Swimmers
 
Last term we went swimming every Tuesday. As the weeks went on, we became more confident in the water and some of us even started to swim unaided. We're already looking forwards to going again next year!
A Marvellous Morning of Percussion
 
 
We were very lucky to spend a morning with Mr Helm learning to play percussion instruments. Take a look at our pictures to see our learning in action.
 
We Are Composers
 
This week we have started to compose our own music. We have learnt about the names of musical notes, played them on our iPad glockenspiels and used them to write our own music. We worked out how we wanted our music to sound by testing it out and playing it, then we put our pieces into the computer and could hear them being played backed by our In The Groove soundtrack. Finally we saved all of our compositions so that we can hear them again and share them with our families. 
 
 
In The Groove
 
We have been learning about music using a new scheme called Charanga. It is brilliant! In each lesson, the children get active, moving to the pulse of the music and copying rhythms. We have listened to different styles of music including Blues, Latin, Baroque and Bhangra and the children have talked about the instruments they can hear and their preferences.  We have learnt a simple song called In The Groove which all the children sing together - each week the backing track to it changes to reflect the style of music we have listened to. Despite not having lots of tuned instruments, we have used the iPads to play glockenspiels and accompany our song and next we’re going to learn to improvise. 

World Book Day

 

To celebrate World Book Day Falcon Class heard the story Giraffes Can’t Dance. We enjoyed taking part in a jungle dance, making our own giraffe snacks and writing invitations to a dance. The EYFS children were set a challenge to make Lego animals based on those in the story. 

Everyone looked super in their costumes including Mrs Frey who was a very Bad Tempered Ladybird!!!

Soft Play Gets Educational

 

Each week we love going to soft play. We love to climb, slide, role and encourage each other to take on the challenges that it brings. We are also super polite and play well with the other children who are there. 

To add some challenge to our soft play, Mrs Frey and our team of adults hide numbers in the play space. We have to find a number and take it back to the adults at the bottom where we are challenged to solve a number problem using it. So far, we have found 1 more and 1 less, read bigger numbers and recalled number bonds.

A Visiting Sheep!

 

As part of The Good Shepherd project organised by the Diocese of Gloucester, we had ‘Dennis’ the sheep in school with us. We added our school logo to him and learnt to sing a new worship song: The Lord Is My Shepherd.

Flying Rockets

 

We were challenged to make a rocket that flies during our enquiry Is Anybody Out There? We investigated different ways to make rockets using different making skills including cutting, shaping, fixing and decorating. Our favourite part of each rocket we made was testing them to see if they would fly.