Tuesday – baking, birding, nursing and herding

The sun has gone down on Tuesday and every day is different on the farm. Today we went birding – with big binoculars and high expectations. We observed from the hide, peering through cameras and saw lots of different birds – more exciting than some of the magpies and feral pigeons we get in central London. We felt inspired to try and encourage a wider range of birds into our school garden.

Later came a visit from the vet – that was interesting! The children’s questions were thoughtful and demonstrated strong levels of analysis and curiosity – some powerful lessons in managing the health and numbers in a herd!

We like to think we might be a bit more self sufficient than we when we left London last Friday. Behold our own pizzas, bread and crumble!

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Sunday Funday – holding ducklings, herding sheep, apple pressing and an awful lot of mud

Today began after our daily chores around the farm with a long muddy walk. We climbed over stiles, rolled down hills and some of us got stuck in the mud and our wellies had to be rescued by Mr Eggleton.

Later we did our best to herd some sheep – not sure it was up to the standards of one man and his dog. We looked after some ducklings ( well we cuddled some ducklings), fed the cows and there were apples – it is that time of year!

Everyone is having a great time – Zac loves the ducklings but Joel is rather underwhelmed by the size of the turkeys – we are all learning a lot about where our food comes from!

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Year 6 Thames Project

The year 6 children had the opportunity to take part in the Thames project. They had a great time scouring the shore line for old relics washed up on the shore. They returned to school to produce tiles from clay which were then fired in a kiln to produce some amazing results. The children when commended on their creative use of objects to make some beautiful and ornate designs.

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Year 5/6 Royal Observatory!

The year 5 and 6 children visited the Royal observatory. They were amazed at the amazing telescope that is housed inside the purpose built dome.

The 28-inch Greenwich refracting telescope is the largest of its kind in the UK and the seventh largest in the world. Completed in 1893, it was commissioned in 1885 by William Christie, Astronomer Royal between 1881 and 1911.

It was built to research double star systems and remained in use until the late 1960s. With the recent addition of a computer-aided guidance system and CCD camera, it continues to work as an excellent visual aid to observing the night sky.

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Year 6 Show – Hansel and Gretel

On Friday, the children in Year 6 performed in the Year 6 show. In the imaginative retelling of the classic tale, the audience were taken on a mystical, whirlwind adventure. There were many, many highlights including musical interludes, spoken performances, visual humour and set design! Well done to everyone who took part on the night and in the preparation and build up to the special day.

Here are some shots from the show:

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Music Assembly

WOW – today the school was treated to two superb performances by the choir, guitar and ukulele clubs! They played and sung wonderfully in front of Key Stages 1, Key Stage 2 and Early Years. Both songs were instantly recognised by the children who battled hard against the urge to sing along!

Luckily, we got to sing along at the end which sounded beautiful! Well done to all of the singers, musicians and adults involved. It was an absolute delight!

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