by Charlie H

Today we made toad in the hole. Firstly we got a bowl and added 85 grams of flour then 100 mls of milk after we cracked a egg also a pinch of salt. In the oven there was some sausages,we added the batter and put it into a very hot oven for about 20 mins. When they were in the oven we watch them rise. When they came out of the oven they were really hot. We had to wait for them to cool down before we ate them. We all enjoyed  the toad in the hole, apart from Leo who shared his with Mrs Holt and Theo!

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Eagles spent a very enjoyable day on the whole school trip to Nature In Art in Twigworth. They were extremely well behaved on the coach on the way there despite their palpable excitement.

Our first session was wet felting. Each child used wool to create minibeast pictures. It was the first type of crafting I have ever seen where you finish cleaner than when you started!

Next we looked around the sculpture garden, the main house and met the artist in residence. The sculptures in the garden were mainly minibeasts made from farming implements. There was also an enormous golden eagle in the centre which we felt was very appropriate! The main house contained photos from a competition. They were of British wildlife and were stunning. Some of the locations looked so beautiful and it made us appreciate how lucky we are to live in the UK. There was also so origami - some using Tunnocks wrappers and Lottery tickets!

The artist was called Chris Sinden and he showed us how he used linoleum to create amazing pictures of birds. He cut into the lino using special tools and printed different coloured paints on top of each other to get the colour he wanted.

In the afternoon we made wire flowers. The Eagles created loops of wire and dipped them into a paint called Fantasy Film to create a translucent stained glass effect. This was the most popular workshop of the day.

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On Monday Eagles had 29 French children spend the day with us. They came from Moye, which is in the Alps near Switzerland. We started with a Maths investigation working in groups of 4 - two French children and two English children per group. The language barrier made things difficult initially but as I moved around the classroom I could hear children using their French / English skills to find out each other's names.

We had an early lunch (55 children and 6 adults in one classroom got a bit warm!) and the children played football together - England v France. Some of the children also taught each other clapping games from their respective countries.

After lunch we were invited to try a French cheese - Tome des Bauges. It had a mixed reception from the English children (although Mr Major and I loved it) but the French children returned many times for more.

The afternoon saw a tag rugby tournament run by Mr Major and very ably assisted by Alex Jameson. Both refereed matches on their pitches. The children were split into 8 teams (mixed schools) named after World Cup countries and the overall winners were Japan.

The link to the school is and you can see a paragraph M. Allaire wrote about Gretton in the Projet Scolarugby section.


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Personal challenge was the aim of the Eagles' residential at Kingswood this year. The children set their own targets for each activity and did their best to achieve it. They had a fantastic time climbing, zooming down the zipwire, doing their best Robin Hood impressions in archery and much more! It was great to see the children working together as a team and learning different ways to communicate and to listen to each other.

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