Friday, 10 November 2017

Week Ending 10th November 2017

It's been a "Wild and Wonderful" week at Eaton Bray Academy...!

On Wednesday, we were visited by "Jungle Jo", an animal expert, who brought with her a selection of rainforest creatures to show to the children in Foxes and Deer Class.  The children all had the opportunity to study six exotic species close up: cockroach, White's tree frog, Mexican curly-haired tarantua, giant snail, millipede, and ball/royal python.

After some initial trepidation perhaps from some, every child (and adult!) was keen to handle the animals, and their enthusiasm allowed them to really make the most of the experience.  Their good behaviour and willingness to get involved really impressed Jungle Jo, who commented that it is rare that every child in a group will want to hold an animal.

The star of the show was definitely Rosie, the 24 year old python.  The children were surprised to discover how soft she was to touch, and not in the least slimy as they were expecting!  Even Mrs Warby from the School Office was smitten, and had to have her photo taken with Rosie!

Squirrels and Otters Class children have been doing lots of lovely Maths work this week, using Numicon and Cuisinaire rods to help them understand the mathematical concepts they are exploring.  Otters have also been investigating algorithms, breaking down the process of making a jam sandwich into a set of instructions, which they then put into practice, before enjoying the tasty snack!

Hamsters children enjoyed a lovely leafy walk down to the village shop.  They were very excited to do some shopping, hand over the money and receive their change.  Their route there and back took them through the park, where they had a fine time kicking through the leaves, and enjoying the autumn sunshine.

Foxes Class have been doing a project on Space this week, and have produced some truly excellent homework.  Well done children, we are proud of all of the effort you put in to produce such a high standard of work!

Badgers Class have been continuing their work on the Egyptians, and this week learnt all about mummification.  The children had great fun wrapping up their classmates in toilet paper to illustrate the process!

EBA Enterprise has been very active this week, with the children's thoughts turning to Christmas, and how they can use their business skills over the festive period.  Year Six children are excitedly preparing menus and organising the catering for their Best of British restaurant, "Bray's Graze", which will open for one night only, to staff, parents and governors, on Thursday 7th December.

On Friday, the class had a very welcome visitor, our good friend Mrs Healy, who came in to help the children make damson chutney.  This will be served at the restaurant with a selection of cheeses, and bottled and sold on the Enterprise stall at the Christmas Fair on 1st December, along with some of the handmade gifts that the children are producing in Craft Club on a Monday afternoon.  These will make lovely Christmas presents for friends and family, so do come along and see what there is on offer.

Year Five children have embarked on a very special project as part of their EBA Enterprise work.  Our good friends at Heirloom Cafe in Edlesborough have invited us to take part in a sausage roll bake-off, whereby Christmas themed sausage rolls designed by children at both Eaton Bray Academy and Edlesborough School will be sold in the cafe.  Each sale will raise a commission for the respective school.

This week the children have been thinking about the flavours that would make a tasty Christmas-sy sausage rolls, and on Thursday, their ideas were put into practice.  The children made some impressive sausages rolls, and these were judged by Mrs Van Den Bergh, who gave feedback on how the flavours could be improved and enhanced.  We look forward to seeing the EBA sausage roll on sale in the cafe.

On Friday, the Hiking Club children ventured out in the minibus with Mr Whall and Mrs Hornsey, and enjoyed a wild and wonderful windswept walk in the countryside around Ivinghoe, visiting Pitstone Windmill.  what a lovely end to the week!