Friday, 24 January 2020

Week Ending 24th January 2020


More amazing cakes on Monday, as Bake Off continued, with Badgers and Rabbits Classes!


 

 
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On Tuesday afternoon Otters and Hedgehogs lead the school "Value Assembly". Our value this half term is "Happiness" and both classes shared some of their work around this theme. Otters showed their beautiful pictures and described what makes them happy. They also sang and danced to the song "I have a Spring in My Step That's What Makes Me Happy". Everyone loved this lively song and dance routine. A group of Hedgehog children passed a smiley face to each other and described what made them happy. Both classes sang "If You're Happy And You Know It" and performed the actions.

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Year Six children have an exciting new project lined up as part of their EBA Enterprise activity. They have written a play based on "The Play That Goes Wrong", and will be performing this for parents on the evening of Friday 27th March. The evening will also include a three course meal, cooked of course by the children. On Wednesday afternoon, they practised one of their starters - tomato soup, made with fresh tomatoes and lots of lovely vegetables!




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On Thursday, Badgers Class enjoyed a wonderful day out at Whipsnade Zoo, which was completely cost free, thanks to Ms Cosgrove's participation in the ZSL Education programme. The weather was rather grey and overcast, but remained dry and not too cold, which meant that the children could really make the most of all that the zoo had to offer both outside and inside - they particularly enjoyed meeting the goats in the petting zoo!







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EBA Art Club takes place weekly on a Thursday lunchtime with Mrs Hornsey. All children are free to attend, and to express themselves artistically in whatever way they wish. Their lovely vibrant work is on display in the corridor outside the Library. After School Club children have also been creative this week, making wonderful "Oreo Robins!"




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PTA volunteers have been busy this week, creating space behind the Nursery building, for a new shed to store all their equipment. The shed was delivered to school on Thursday lunchtime, and rather unhelpfully, the delivery driver left the large and cumbersome packages on the pavement, blocking the path to the school door. 

Step forward the Year Five children, who took up the challenge of moving the new shed out of harm's way, and to where it was needed - well done Foxes! Their helpful act also doubled as a lesson in weights and balances, as much thought was needed to work out how best to manoeuvre the heavy load.



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On Friday there was another Cross Country tournament at Dunstable Rugby Club. The morning session was for Years Three and Four, and in the afternoon, it was Years Five and Six's turn. Eaton Bray children did extremely well, competing with great enthusiasm and enjoyment, and behaviour that made staff proud. They all completed the course, with one of our Year Four girls and one of our Year Five girls achieving second places, and a Year Six boy winning his event. Well done to all who took part.



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On Friday afternoon, Hedgehogs children were invited to a Teddy Bears Picnic. All the children received a special invitation from the Three Bears, and brought along their teddy bears, to enjoy tasty picnic treats baked by Mummy Bear herself! the teddy bears introduced themselves to the rest of the class, then everyone took part in a "Hunt the Bear" game, trying to find the bears that were hidden in the classroom. The afternoon ended with everyone singing "The Goldilocks Song!"


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Friday, 17 January 2020

Week Ending 17th January 2020


This week saw the return of EBA Bake Off! This week, it was Deer and Foxes Classes' turn, and on Monday morning, a wonderful array of homemade cakes and bakes were brought into school, to be tasted and judged, with marks out of ten being given for presentation, taste, and difficulty of recipe.

All the entries were delicious, but the winners were a very tasty chocolate cake, and an amazing giant jaffa cake! Well done children on your fabulous baking skills. After school, the cakes were sold to parents and children, to raise money for PTA funds.


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On Wednesday, a group of Year Six children took part in a Cross Country tournament at Dunstable Rugby Club. They were competing against local schools, and all the other teams were made up of Year Seven children, so our team was up against some stiff competition! Nonetheless, they did incredibly well, with one of our boys qualifying for the County Championships, and another missing out by just one place (and if he hadn't have lost a shoe halfway round the course, he would probably have made up that crucial place as well...)

The weather was great for running, but the track was very muddy! Well done to all that took part.


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On Thursday morning it was Rabbits Class Assembly. The children spoke about the work they have been doing so far this academic year, and shared with their parents all that they have learnt. This included their marvellous topic work on the Stone Age and Iron Age, and their trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum where they enjoyed a "hands on" experience of prehistoric life.

They also demonstrated some of the Maths strategies that they have learnt, shared Science experiments, had a conversations in French, and read out some of their English writing, before finishing with a song.


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On Thursday afternoon, a group of Year Five children had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Maths Masterclass, run by the Royal Institution. This was held at Beechwood Park School in Markyate, and we were invited to nominate four pupils with an interest and ability in Mathematics to attend.

The workshop focused on Maths in Science and Space, and was interesting and appropriately challenging for our students. The four boys who attended thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, participating fully in the activities, and representing EBA very well. This is the first of six sessions that they will attend, and we are sure that they will benefit hugely.


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Children in Foxes and Deer Classes enjoyed a special EBA Enterprise morning on Friday, and were given the task of sausage tasting! They had to use their knowledge of flavours to identify the ingredients in a variety of different sausages and rate the taste. Needless to say, they had a thoroughly enjoyable morning!




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On Friday afternoon, a rather significant letter was sent home to parents, containing some news that marks what will really be the end of an era for Eaton Bray Academy. After twenty-nine years at the school, and fourteen years as Headteacher, Mrs Hounslow has announced that it is her intention to retire at the end of this academic year.

While this will obviously mean some changes in the near future, parents and pupils can be reassured that school staff have a strong desire to maintain the wonderful character of the school that we have known with Mrs Hounslow at the helm. Its inclusivity, calm and caring ethos, and focus on enjoyment of learning for all children are all strengths that we are proud of, and will certainly be Mrs H's lasting legacy to our school.

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Friday, 10 January 2020

Week Ending 10th January 2020


Welcome back, and a Happy New Year to all!

It's been a quiet week at Eaton Bray Academy, with everyone settling back into the school routine, and starting work on their new topics for Spring Term 2020.

  • Deer - New York
  • Foxes - Ancient Greeks
  • Badgers - The Romans
  • Rabbits - Ancient Eygpt
  • Squirrels - Travel and Transport
  • Otters - Explorers
  • Hedgehogs - Superheroes and Traditional Tales
  • Hamsters - Animals
The Value for this term is "Happiness"
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Hamsters Class has welcomed some new children this week, who have been enjoying playing indoors and outside, and making new friends. Their Home Corner has become an Animal Hospital, and the children have been playing vets as part of their Animal topic.



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In Science, the children in Foxes Class have been looking at light and shadow, and the movement of the Earth around the Sun. They have made sundials, and luckily, on Friday, the sun came out brightly enough at midday for them to test out the time telling properties of their devices. 



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On Friday, Rabbits and Badgers Classes started a new musical activity. They were very excited to find out that they will be learning percussion and drumming this term!



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