Valley Road Academy

Success for All

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Success for All

Summer 2018






As part of our topic, Mini beasts, we have been reading the story ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have really enjoyed reading this text and learning the repeated phrases. We have also made our own wormeries and went hunting for worms. We decided to stamp on the ground to try and bring the worms to the surface – but this was not too successful. So we decided to go digging. We left the worms in their wormeries for 4 days and then looked at what had happened. The worms had mixed together the sand and the soil and we could see some of the tunnels they had made. We then released back onto the field.



Over the past few weeks Rainbow Room have been watching caterpillars grow and change into butterflies. We watched them grow bigger, shed their skin, change into chrysalides and finally hatch out as beautiful butterflies. We have fed them home made nectar (sugar and water) and they even had some banana, orange and tomatoes. We have watched them as butterflies over the past few days and finally the time came where we needed to release them. It was lovely to see the butterflies fly away and stretch their wings. The children have really enjoyed learning about caterpillars and butterflies and are sad to see them go.


Sports Event April 2018

On Wednesday 18th April, Rainbow room were lucky enough to take part in another sports event at Sunderland Tennis Centre. This time we were able to try lots of different activities including yoga, fencing, tag rugby, tennis and golf. The children were exceptionally behaved during the whole morning and took part in all activities. We were super relaxed after yoga and completed moves including a ‘fish’ and ‘palm tree’. We think we might try some more of these back in school! It was also brilliant to try some other new sports including fencing which meant we needed to wear all of the correct equipment. It felt hot inside the suits!

‘My favourite was tag rugby as I got to pull a tag from someone’s belt’ – Liam.