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You can see on one of our previous posts that we have been learning about Stan and Mabel and we visited the Crucible Theatre to see the story being performed live. Click here to see the post.

When we returned to school, we talked about the performance and what we had seen and heard from Polly and Ensemble 360. After a discussion, we decided that we would like to become newspaper reporters and write the front page on a newspaper, imagining that we were there when all of the chaos, mayhem and pandemonium hit the streets of the busy, noisy city.

Have a look at our front pages and let us know what you think.


Stan and Mabel

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Today was the day that we had all been waiting for… Today was the day that we went to the Crucible Theatre to see Stan and Mabel.

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In school, we have been working hard to learn the story and the songs so that we would be able to join in with the concert today! Click here if you would like to see Polly sing the songs from the concert.

We travelled on the tram into town and then walked to the Crucible Theatre. This is one of our favourite places in Sheffield to visit!


We found our seats in the Crucible and then waited for Polly and Ensemble 360 to come onto the stage. We knew it was time to start when the lights went out and everything went dark!


We had an amazing time watching Stan and Mabel, singing along to all of the songs and doing the actions. This was our favourite trip so far of the year. We loved being able to see the musicians from Ensemble 360 play the different instruments. Lots of these we hadn’t seen or heard before. We saw a flute, an oboe, a clarinet, a bassoon, a french horn, a double bass, a cello, a viola, a violin and a piano.


The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Over the last two weeks, we have been reading the story ‘The Chimpanzees of Happytown’ by Giles Andreae.

‘Chutney was a traveller, who had travelled far and wide. He arrived in Drabsville with a box, which had a seed inside.’

On Monday, we jumped on the tram and went down to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to watch a live performance by Music in the Round.

We had already learnt the songs at school with Miss Varley so that we were ready for the concert by watching Polly, to learn the words and actions. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

We had so much fun and it was amazing to hear instruments being played live. The group playing the music were called Ensemble 360 and they played lots of different instruments, some we had never seen or heard before. They were the violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and French horn. They played different pieces of music to help set the mood. The Jungle Book piece was our favourite because we could pretend to be monkeys to warm up our voices.

Ready for the concert!

We are putting up a joint display with FS1, FS2 and Y1 on the corridor. Keep your eyes peeled for when it has been finished.

How to continue to learning at home:

  • Ask your child to tell you the story of the Chimpanzees of Happytown.
  • Watch the video through the link above.
  • Go to the family concert later in the year. See the Sheffield Theatres website for more detail.