The children were very surprised when they were told that the RNLI and mountain rescue are funded by donations and wanted to help. Together they wrote a letter to the other children in school asking them to take part in a non-uniform day. We then split the proceeds between these two organisations. The children were very proud to talk about how they had planned the day and that we were helping to buy equipment that might save someone's life.
Thomas came to visit FS for the whole morning. He seemed very happy in our classroom and wanted to explore. He was a much faster mover that the children expected and surprised us all by climbing straight out of the tuff spot. We found out about his favourite foods, where he lives and even about his holidays to the seaside! Thomas is at least 35 years old but the children were fascinated to learn that we don't know exactly how old he is, just that he has lived with his current family for 35 years.
Our new topic is 'animal encounters' and to start if off on the very first day after the holidays we had some unusual visitors to our school. We had to be very quiet so that we didn't scare the animals. We saw a skunk, tarantula, snake, lizard, tortoise, rabbits, guinea pigs and millipedes. Quite an assortment! We found out so much about the habits of these animals, it was a wonderful informative day.
This week we have been learning about emergency situations at the coast and how to keep ourselves safe when we go to the seaside. Mrs Cameron is part of the education team and told us lots of important information about what the flags on the beaches mean and how to avoid dangerous situations.
This week we have continued to think about emergency services and have focussed on mountain rescue. We were very lucky to have some visitors from Mountain Rescue to talk to us about what they do. They are based at Glossop and cover the Barnsley area. Tony showed us what was in the rucksack that the rescuers carry. We were surprised that there was so much equipment in it. It was very very heavy!
On the day that the Tour de Yorkshire came through Barnsley we all wore sporty clothes. We made the most of our day and did lots of exercise. Here are some of our Freddy Fit photos.
As part of our emergency services topic we arranged a visit from the local police. PC Malc and PC Tony talked to us about their job, uniforms and equipment. The children were so enthusiastic, we could have kept them here all day asking questions!
The children were so excited when they arrived at school, all prepared with their wellies and packed lunches. The day went so quickly and smoothly. Mrs Brannigan, the leader from the Royal Forestry Society commented on how interested and well behaved the children were. Here are a few photos to show some of the activities we took part in.
We were very lucky with the weather on the trip days, it was so lovely to be outside! It was muddy in places but the children saw that as a bonus! We spent most of our time outside, walking through the woods, collecting natural objects, singing songs and then making dens for our special pebble people. The children were fantastic, they were a credit to our school.
The children were busy outside when we spotted a frog near the see-saw! We quickly moved the seesaw to protect him, then watched him jumping around. When it was time to go indoors the children were concerned that he might get injured if we left him, so we gently caught him in a box and took him to the pond. Later that day we visited the pond to see if we could find him. He was nowhere to be found but we did spot lots of frogspawn. We will keep visiting the pond and see if we can spot any more frogs. It was a total change to our plan for the day but very exciting!