K’Nex Challenge 2016-17

On Tuesday Eagles took part in the K’Nex challenge, where they were set the task of designing and building a fire engine. Their vehicle had to have the ability to reach the tops of buildings as well being strong and having wheels connected to their axel.
All the children worked incredibly hard throughout the morning, persevering with the task and showing excellent teamwork. After a morning of building Edie and Ellen were crowned our winners this year after demonstrating exceptional teamwork and building a strong and solid fire engine.

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Some of the children’s thoughts afterwards…

‘Me and Willem are good at working in a team’ – Alex

‘I enjoyed the pressure’ – Lexie

‘I found building one of the axels very hard’ – Matt

‘I enjoyed coming up with new ideas’ – Cassius

‘I found it hard to make our supports’ – Lilia

‘I thought the hardest things was trying to make it strong’ – Edie

Inspired by the Paralympics

This week in P.E Eagles have been trying out the Paralympic sport ‘Goalball’, a team sport designed for visually impaired athletes which uses a ball with a rattle inside. The children played games blindfolded to get used to having to rely on other their other senses before having the chance to pass the ball to each other, and shoot at goal.

Here is what some of the children thought of the experience…

‘It is great that you can be blind but still play sport’
‘It was tricky but I enjoyed it’
‘We had to use our sense of touch and hearing because we couldn’t see’
‘Anyone can enjoying playing games even if you have a disability’

Homework, Spellings & 100 Word Challenge #1

Hello Eagles, Welcome to our first blog post of the year!

A reminder of the rules when blogging…
•Only use your first name when commenting- no surnames.
•Relatives who leave comments are also asked to use their first name only or to post comments as “Jake’s Mum” or “Sam’s Grandfather”.
•Keep safe- Never give out personal information.
•Be polite and positive and show respect with anything that you write.
•Finally remember this goes out to the whole world so don’t write anything on here that you wouldn’t want your mum, uncle, grandma or teacher to see!!!

Homework this week…

Spellings (and meanings) – To be tested on Friday 23rd
Blue – signify, amplify, petrify, honorary, momentary, abundance, occurrence, dependence, legacy, democracy
Purple – meaningful, painful, truthful, thoughtful, successful, beautiful, grateful, wilful, skilful, deceitful,
Red – health, wealth, stealthily, unsteadily, pleasurable, weather, feather, threatening, readily, headache
Green – message, damage, disgrace, palace, safely, basement, private, mistake, stranger, wage

Maths Passport –  5 minutes everyday

Remember to get your home school record signed by your parents to show that you have done it.
Class Assembly

Make sure you show your parents the letter that you were given today regarding our assembly and start preparing now!

100 Word Challenge – Due on Friday 23rd

For those of you who haven’t taken part in the 100 word challenge before, the basic idea is the following:

To respond to a task, prompt or picture using just 100 words (we will be counting!!!)

Once you have written your 100 words, perhaps on Word or by hand, you need to post it as a comment below so that other both myself and other children in the class can read and enjoy your work.

This week the prompt is Olympic themed but you can use your imagination to go in any direction you feel.

…as I stared into the water it began to turn green…

The section above, can be included anywhere in your writing; at the start, in the middle or at the end. You can choose the style of your writing but if you are stuck for ideas perhaps use it within a story or even a letter!

I  look forward to reading your work🙂

Mr Muskett


Dear Eagles,

I hope you are all having a fantastic summer holiday and are really making the most of your time off. After doing some relaxing of my own I thought I would update the blog with videos from the leavers assembly and the play, please enjoy and feel free to share them.

Year 6 – Enjoy your last few weeks of holiday before your new start at secondary school, good luck we will be thinking of you and please do let us know how you get on. You should all be receiving a letter in the post in the next few days, so please look out for it – (Declan, Cody and Owen please can you send me your addresses so I can get it in the post to you, these will not be posted online!)

Year 5 – I can’t wait to hear about your summer adventures in September, enjoy your last few days and look forward to an amazing 2016-17 in Eagles class!

Mr M


Oliver – An Eagles Class Production 2016 from Jake Muskett on Vimeo.

Year 6 Leavers 2016 from Jake Muskett on Vimeo.

Gastrells Staff – Don't Stop Believing from Jake Muskett on Vimeo.

Oliver – An Eagles Class Production 2016

WOW! What a week it has been, it really is hard to put into words how I am feeling right now but I will do my best below to sum it all up…

5 weeks worth of preparation, 100’s of hours of practice, 14 songs, 3 magical performances, 322 amazed audience members, 18 workhouse children who opened the show superbly, 9 marvellous pickpockets, 1 hilarious duo from Mr Bumble and Mrs Corney, 1 fantastic Fagin, 2 superb children on the lighting, 1 excellent girl on the sound, 3 emotional renditions of ‘As long as he need me’, 1 mesmerising Artful Dodger, 3 ‘Please Sir’s can I have some more’, 4 gun shots, 1 brilliant Bill Sykes, 3 times Mr Brownlow was reunited with Oliver, numerous Oom Pah Pah’s, 0 hats eaten, 5 incredibly hard working TA’s, 1 incredibly proud teacher and 35 talented and sensational children.

To all the staff – Thank you for all your hard work and effort to make it the amazing show that it was, it really was a team effort.
To all the children – You should all be so so proud of yourself and your achievements this week, I hope that the memories from this week will last a life time.

Mr Muskett

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Get Motivated!

In PSHE we have been looking at motivational videos and how they can inspire us. Among others, we looked at the inspirational story of Ezra Frech. Eagles then created their own motivational posters. Here is a selection.