Isle of Wight Day Five

Today we went to Monkey Haven. They had different types of monkeys, owls and meerkats. The monkeys were shown to really love their family: some couldn’t live without each other!

I learnt that meerkats have black around their eyes acting like shades as it protects their eyes from the sun; they can close their ears whilst digging holes underground so it doesn’t go in them and block or damage the ears. We also learnt the roles of meerkats: lookout, carer (babysitter), tunnel digger, and leader.

I learnt owls can turn their head 270°, and have 3 eyelids: one for sleeping, one for blinking, and one to clean the eye. The black of an owl’s eye shows it’s nocturnal; the orange of an owl’s eye shows it’s diurnal (sleeps at day).

By Kai

Isle of Wight Day Four

On Thursday, everyone got up and had breakfast, but that was just the start of the day! In the morning, we walked into town and went shopping for any gifts or things we wanted to get for family or friends (or ourselves!). I got my parents a magnet each from a really lovely gift shop (even though the things there were quite expensive!). Each shop we went to was great, but my favourite was the rock shop (sweet shop). It was like sweet heaven! There were so many sweets, I couldn’t decide what to get! In the end, I bought two cola laces, a big piece of cola rock and two gifts for my brother (a small lollipop and a small piece of rock).
At about 12:30 everyone met in a car park to get on the coach to Robin Hill country park (it is supposed to be like black gang chine). Firstly, when we got there we had lunch in a cafe (it was really yummy!). After lunch, we went to a 4D cinema which most of us haven’t experienced before. A 4D cinema is just like a 3D cinema except the chairs move and it feels like it’s real. I was scared to go in because from the queue outside the door I could hear the other half of the class screaming in the cinema! The movie (which was only ten minutes long) was terrifying! After that we walked over to watch some falconry (bird flying). It was interesting but I found the birds really scary because they flew over your heads and they hit some people! I was quite relieved when the falconry was over and I was happy to leave straight away to go to the maze! The maze was fun so I went in a few times with my friends! Most things were fun but the main attraction of Robin Hill was colossus swinging ship! Nearly everyone went on it except me and a few other people (I don’t really like those kinds of rides). They loved it so much that they went on about six times!! All the people watching got a bit bored so no one could have any more turns. Instead, we all had delicious ice cream! That was pretty much the last thing we did before we went back to the hotel for dinner and beach time!

By Rhea

Opera Prop Team


We needed to make 15 presents as props for the opera. First, we made boxes out of cardboard. We used newspaper, sellotape (don’t put too much sellotape) we put wrapping paper over the newspaper. Then, if you want to, you can put a bow on the top!


Quality of our wrapping.
Quality of our wrapping.


(You need gloves and safety goggles) As soon as we cut out the shape of the headstone (three groups,) all three groups, Mr Slack helped us cut out three headstones. Then we used the jigsaw to cut a curved shape of the headstone. Next we did sanding and smoothing the edges and sides. You have to go with the grain and not against the grain of the wood.

Javier and Anas  sanding
Javier and Anas sanding

Anas and Javier sanding.

After the sanding and smoothing, we were ready to paint the headstones grey. We painted them grey – this is called ‘priming’. Then we had to spray paint the headstones; we needed a face mask, safety goggles and gloves. We also found some stone effect spray paint to make them look realistic. The last thing we had to do was create some stencils to put the names on the finished headstones.


We made three headstones because someone dies in the middle of the opera.  


And we have presents because it’s someone’s birthday at the end of the show!


By Daniel

Making the Opera – Crew

Monday July 4, 2016 Edmund Waller School, 9 of us were in the school to prepare things for the Opera July 14. First we took boxes for gifts for a scene. We taped all the boxes, then around boxes we put newspapers, taped again and then took the wrapping paper and wrapped all boxes.
Then we try to draw a tombstone for another scene of the opera onto some wood. A man helped us build the tombstone, first made a line down the middle to cut with a jigsaw. When we finished we made a semi-circle and the man cut it out. We sand the wood with sandpaper and then used a different type of sandpaper to make it smooth. Soon we will paint the tombstone when Mr. Barratt instructs us.

By Javier

Me, Mr Hunter and Daniel we prepared the presents for the Opera scene.
Me, Mr Hunter and Daniel we prepared the presents for the Opera scene.
Me, Daniel and Anas wear making a head stone for the Opera.
Me, Daniel and Anas were making a head stone for the Opera.

Making Objects For The Opera

Opera prop team


We had to make a few boxes made of cardboard, newspapers, sellotape and some decorated paper to wrap with. We had to wrap the cardboard boxes with newspaper first (do not use too much sellotape)After that, we took some decorated paper and we did the same thing. Now you have a present for your friend or anyone that you want to give to! By the way the presents are for Skyla’s birthday, the main character of the Opera (Losing Faith.)


We needed a big piece of plywood. You also need a saw as well and some gloves obviously (do not touch the sharp edges). We divided the piece of wood by three so we can have three headstones. Next, we used a jigsaw so we can cut the curves. Then we used sandpaper to make the edges smooth. We found some stone effect spray paint and it looked really realistic.


Javier and Anas  sanding
Javier and Anas sanding





Almost Over!

Mr Chilvers wrote the last post. Here’s one from us!

It’s almost over! All you parents will be so pleased to see your children, right? Answer in the comment section, let’s have a chat!

imageOn Wednesday we went to Needles awesome chairlift ride! The chairlift took us down to Freshwater Bay, and a rocky beach.image

This rocky beach is where we all sat down and watched the waves. Mmmmmmarvellous! Well, after that we went back up the chairlift and went to a shop. A sand shop. It was a SANDSATION 😄

After that we when on a walk through the woods and up a hill, well, we thought it was a hill but we where actually on the edge of a cliff!image


And to finish of the day we when they to the beach, it was nice and sunny so we spent most of our time there in the sea. IT WAS FREEZING!!!!!!!😱😱😱imageSo now we are going to enjoy our last night here. But we never want it to end, it’s been so fun.😭