Lights, Camel, Action!

After weeks of practicing lines, singing words (even in our sleep!), hijacking the hall and learning the funkiest dance moves in Kettering, it was time for the annual Key Stage 1 performance – Lights, Camel Action!

The children had all worked really hard and all of the teachers were very proud of them. Much like Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, it has been a tiring road with a worthwhile result at the destination!

We saw funky camels, a tango fandango, stage invasions, line dancing townspeople, Morris dancing sheep, a hand jive straight from Grease, and enough glitter to make the school hall sparkle and shine!

Well done to all the children, now for a big rest before Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!



What did the confused owl say?


The owls were certainly confused on Tuesday this week because they swapped their usual forest home for St Andrews school as Key Stage 1 got to have an up close encounter.

We enjoyed learning about the beautiful birds of prey, how they catch their food, how old they grow to be and lots of other interesting facts.

We even got a chance to hold them! We all felt very lucky to have experienced this.

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Dissecting owl pellets

As part of our learning about owls the children in Charles Wicksteed class have been finding out about what an owl likes to eat. Miss Cross put on some gloves and dissected an owl pellet. We saw bones, teeth, a skull, a claw and a jaw bone.

Not one, but two!

David Attenborough class have been working very hard this term, showing the values of friendship, resilience, respect, unity and love. We have made so many good choices that we have filled up our class marble jar not once, but twice!

This afternoon we have enjoyed watching the classic film Alice in Wonderland and having a special treat of crisps.

We loved the funny film and all the silly things that happened in it!

Did you know that Alice in Wonderland is based on a book by Lewis Carroll? It would make a perfect bedtime story!


How high can you climb?

Key Stage 1 had a lot of fun on Day 1 of our school Growth Mindset challenge. We had a go at clambering on the mini boulder, aimed and shot arrows in Archery and faced our fears by climbing the 9 metre climbing wall!

Some of us were really excited to have a go and some of us were very scared but we all had a go 🙂

Lots of children were able to climb all the way to the top – some of us were even able to do it lots of times! A few children were nervous and took a couple of tries to get on the wall, not getting very high – but all the teachers were proud of how well their friends were cheering them on – great friendship!

We can’t wait to see what other adventures we have to develop our Growth Mindset – it’s important to not give up, even when it’s tricky!



Making cupcakes

The children in Key Stage One enjoyed an afternoon of making cakes. Following on from reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood we decided to bake cakes for grandma. Tomorrow in literacy we will be writing the instructions.

Goodbye for another year!

We have come to the end of another school year at St Andrews and David Attenborough have had a wonderful time!

We met fluffy chicks, explorers and pirates; set fire to our own 1666 London, visited penguins and paddled in the sea; we competed to be the champions in Bug Club, attendance and Mathletics; and we showed the values of unity, love, excellence and friendship every single day.

On our last day of term we had a party where we said goodbye to our friends that we were leaving, and those that were leaving St. Andrews for new adventures. We even had an appearance from DJ Mikey!

We hope that you all have a fantastic summer, and can’t wait to hear about it in September!

Thank you all for a great year!

Miss Bass and Mrs Elston



Captain Dan-Tastic!

KS1 were very lucky to be visited by a real life pirate this week. Captain Dan-Tastic came and taught us about all sorts of aspects of pirate life – we learnt about the different types of ships, where pirates went to sleep, and where they went to the toilet – the POOP DECK! YUCK!!

He showed us lots of different types of swords and daggers, and we even got to see a real flintlock pistol!

We learnt about pirate treasure, and got some of our own to take home forever – how lucky!

There was so much to learn that even the teachers learnt new things – did you know bacon comes from the word buccaneer? These pirates were called this because they would hunt and catch pigs to eat.

Captain Dan-Tastic also taught us that even the male pirates often had long hair, wore sparkly clothes and loved jewellery. Being a pirate sounds like fun 🙂


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