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News & Photos (up to 24/01/2020)

Mini First Aid

The whole school took part in a first aid training session to help us feel confident helping others in an emergency.  We found out about calling 999, how to place someone into the recovery position, and how to deal with different types of injuries.  Teddy was a very well-behaved patient for us to practise on!

Parachute Experiments in Owls Class

As part of our work on 'Forces', we had lots of fun making and testing parachutes.  We tried out different materials to find out which created the most air resistance.  

Musical Owls

The Owls were very excited to have a visit from 'Jim the Jazz Man' last week.  He showed us lots of brass instruments during the workshop and we were even able to try out a few of them.  The grand finale was our performance for the Red Kites, who were very impressed with our music.

Safer Internet Day - 11th February 2020

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the theme: 'Together for a Better Internet'.  We will be carrying out some lessons and activities linked to Safer Internet Day in school, but parents and carers may be interested to know that there are some ideas and resources in the 'Parent and Carer' section of the UK Safer Internet Centre website.  Click the link below to visit the page...

Red Kites in Wonderland

We came back from the holidays to find some clues to our new topic spread around the classroom. A mysterious bottle caused lots of discussion until we realised it was a clue to Alice in Wonderland, which we will be reading as part of our ‘Potions’ topic.  This topic will be science based, focusing on solids, liquids and gases.

We quickly got down to some science investigation, with the first one being to test the viscosity of different liquids.  Thankfully, we managed to test the honey before some hungry Year 6 children got their hands on the bottle!  Tomato ketchup became the star of the afternoon, as we waited 19 minutes for it to reach the end of the slope!

A Strange Discovery to Investigate

Owls class became investigative journalists on their return to school after the Christmas break when they discovered a robot arm in the school library.  The area was taped off to ensure the scene was not contaminated while they conducted their examination.  What a strange and exciting discovery!

The Force is Strong in Owls!

The Owls enjoyed their visit to Bedale Park, where they investigated the forces required for a visit to a play area.  They also had quite a lot of fun!

Busy Christmas Elves in Sunflowers Class

What a week!  So much has happened to keep our little elves busy!  We have enjoyed Christmas jumper day, pyjama day, designing a Christmas role play area, making biscuits and table decorations, visiting Snape Chapel for the nativity story, and a Christmas party with our friends at Thornton Watlass.  On top of all that, we also had a visit from a very special person.  Merry Christmas, everybody!

Christmas Jumper Day 2019

Our children were proud to wear their Christmas jumpers to school to support Save the Children, which is one our chosen charities.  We raised £48 - great effort, children!

Owls' Creative Homework

We are overwhelmed by the response of children and parents alike to the new creative homework.  We would like thank everyone for their tremendous effort.  Well done, Owls Class!

Christmas Lunch at Thornton Watlass

We had lots of fun with our friends from Kell Bank at our annual Christmas Lunch - turkey, crackers, fake moustaches and silly jokes!

Twelve+ Drummers Drumming

Children from Thornton Watlass and Kell Bank have joined together recently for some drumming sessions with Mr Form, a specialist music teacher.  They have learnt a lot about how to play African drums, using their palms and fingers on different parts of the drum to create a range of sounds.  The finale of their project was a wonderful performance for friends and family, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  Great work, children!

Nativity Superstars

Children from Owls and Sunflowers joined together this week to perform a super nativity at Snape Chapel.  We are extremely proud of their excellent singing and acting; there were a few parents in the audience shedding a tear for their little superstars.  Well done, children - you did a fantastic job!

Pantomime Fun!

All of the children from Snape and Thornton Watlass traveled to Darlington Hippodrome to see 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  Everyone had a great time, cheering for Jack and chanting the age-old pantomime audience responses... oh yes, they did!

Snape 10k & 5k Fun Run

We would like to say an enormous thank you to the organisers of the annual Snape 10k & 5k Fun Run.  Thanks to their hard work and the support of lots of local and not-so-local runners, we received £700 to help fund additional resources for our schools.  Many thanks to all involved.

Christmas is Coming to Snape!

Not long to go now; our tree is up and bejewelled with baubles!  The children in Sunflowers are as busy as elves: making and baking for Christmas, working hard on phonics, and beginning to write their letters to 'you know who'.  They have also shared a beautiful book by Britta Teckentrup, entitled 'Moon'.

Forest School Fun

Our children had lots of fun using natural materials to build dens; we're sure Bear Grylls would be impressed!

Lest We Forget...

Sunflowers Visit to Thorp Perrow

Sunflowers went on an autumnal walk around Thorp Perrow recently to visit the owls.  The children have done lots of research and found out that not all owls are night creatures.  They also learnt how to look after wild birds, and have designed and made their own bird feeders.

The Great 'Snape-ish' Bake Off

Children, parents and staff were invited to design and bake a biscuit based on our theme, 'Traditional Tales'.  We were thrilled with the fabulous creations which were brought in.  Our judges, ‘Prue’ and Paul, found it difficult to choose a winner and congratulated everyone.  Star Baker was awarded to Ella for her ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ biscuits.  Well done to everyone and thank you for taking part!

Party On, Owls!

This week, we ended out history focus with a 1950's birthday party.  We all had a brilliant afternoon trying spam sandwiches, eating jelly and ice cream, and playing traditional party games.

Sunflowers with Green Fingers!

Our Sunflowers Class have been busy harvesting, weeding and planting.  They have worked as a team to design this garden, carefully planting daffodil, tulip and crocus bulbs.  Winter bedding plants have also been added.  Our little garden is looking fantastic!

Hard-Working Owls

Our Owls have been working very hard in the first half-term of the new academic year.  Year 1 have been busy comparing numbers up to 100, using concrete resources and inequality symbols.  The whole class has been looking at how our schools have changed over time, closely examining old photographs and documents to make comparisons between then and now.  The children saw many photographs of their parents and grandparents.

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