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Anastasia has waited a long time to be in the big blue chair! Our last Teach the Teacher of the year facts are....

  • a cross between a cow and a bison is called a beefalo
  • peanuts aren't actually nuts...they are a legume
  • hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water....I tested this out when making ice cubes and it's true!!
  • the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows!

Thank you for all the wonderful facts we have had this year. It's been a really enjoyable slot on a Friday afternoon! 

Over and out for this year! winksmileyyescheekyindecisionblush​​​​​​​

Leo J

This week Leo told us all about bees! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

He told us that...

  • only female bees sting
  • honey bees do a little waggle dance to communicate to other bees
  • bees have to visit about 1500 flowers to collect a small amount of pollen
  • And......there is a shortage of bees. So if you see one.....don't kill it.

Thank to Leo for these amazzzzzzzzzing facts! Tune in next week for our very last Teach the Teacher of the year! wink


Rose was in the blue chair today. She told us that...

  • a giraffe's spots are like human fingerprints, no two giraffes are the same.
  • In the USA before 1913, parents could mail their children through the postal service to their grandparents! Having looked this up, it didn't mean that the children were put in an envelope, but stamps were attached to them to pay for their travel. It was a cheap way of getting about!
  • in 1952, Mr Potato head was the first toy to be advertised! Before this, toy adverts were mainly aimed at adults.

Thank to Rose for her amazing facts......especially the postal one! enlightened


Leo H

Leo was in the chair today. He told us that...

  • a crocodile can't stick its tongue out
  • tigers have striped skin as well as striped fur
  • dreamt is the only English word ending in mt
  • a hippo can run faster than a man
  • favourite fact of the day.... a giraffe's tongue is soooooo long, it can clean it's tongue out! Try it at home!

Thank you to Leo for these amazing facts. Look out for more next week!laugh


Lily was in the big blue chair before we finished on Friday. She told us that....

  • sugar, amber, sofa, cotton and giraffe are all Arabic words!
  • ants are stronger than elephants because an ant can carry 10 times its weight but an elephants can't.
  • There are 37 miles of nerves and 60 000 miles of blood vessels in a human body.
  • the Hammurabi code is the earliest code in History.
  • And....Aeroplane windows are round because circular shapes are stronger then rectangular shapes because they resist cracking. I once saw something about this on The One Show so I know this is true! This was also discovered in Hatfield!


Thank you Lily for your amazing facts! Tune in after half term for our final 3 Teach the Teachers!  laugh

Leo H

Leo H was in the chair this week! He told us that....

  • Crocodiles can't stick their tongues out
  • Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur
  • Dreamt is the only English word to end in mt
  • A hippo can run faster than a man
  • And..... a giraffe's tongue is so long it uses it to clean it's ears!!! How handy is that!

Thank you Leo for these amazing facts. I especially like the last one about the giraffe! See you next week for more amazing facts!yes​​​​​​​




Alisha was in the chair on Friday. She told us lots of things about Bangladesh. She told us that....

  • The full name for Bangladesh is...The People's Republic of Bangladesh. It actually means the people of Bengal in the local language. We looked on a map to see where Bangladesh is.....just tucked away to the right of India!
  • The national animal of Bangladesh is the Bengal tiger. It has a roar that you can hear 3km away!
  • Bangladesh has the third largest Muslim population in the world.
  • And.....Bangladesh has the world's largest mangrove forest. We also looked this up too. A mangrove is a shrub/plant....just for your information!

Thank you Alisha for these lovely facts. Well done on your reading too as there were some tricky words in there!

Tune in next week for more Teach the Teacher!blush


Erik was in the hot seat on Friday. He taught us that...

  • Pluto is a dwarf planet
  • Birds are related to dinosaurs
  • the sun is actually as star
  • And....the biggest planet is called a red hypergiant.

Thank you for your lovely facts Erik!

Tune in next week for more Teach the Teacher! laugh​​​​​​​



Daisy was teaching us some interesting things today. She told us that....

  • the Wood Frog keeps its wee in for 8 months!
  • the Dead Sea has 8-9 times more salt in it than a 'normal sea'
  • reindeers' eyes change colour with the seasons. In summer they have gold eyes and in the winter they have blue eyes. How amazing is that!
  • The immortal jellyfish is.....immortal!

Thank you Daisy for your interesting facts! laugh


Anniyah was in the big blue chair today and she had some interesting animal facts to tell us. She taught us that....

  • an ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain (They must have very small brains!)
  • A giant squid has the largest eyes in the world. We looked at a picture and apparently they have eyes as big as basketballs!
  • goats have rectangular shaped pupils. We also look at a picture and it is true!
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear!

Thank you Anniyah for these amazing animally facts! Tune in next week for more Teach the Teacher! wink​​​​​​​


Sophia H

Miss Harrington was our teacher today! She told us that....

  • A group of penguins in the water is called a raft but on land they are called a waddle. I think that's very cute!
  • Colour photos were invented by a man called John Joly in 1894. 
  • The oldest trees in the world are in California, USA. They are called The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Trees and they are over 5000 years old. What a great name for a tree!
  • Sophia's great uncles...George and Jimmer Gardiner were ranked the number one boxers in the WORLD in 1903. They were the first brothers in history to hold world titles at the same time! What a claim to fame!

Thank you for you lovely facts Sophia. Tune in next week for more amazing facts! cheeky


In the big blue chair this week, Ella-Mae told us that...

  • hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows
  • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue
  • The national animal of Scotland is.............the unicorn!

What a lot of interesting facts.....thank you Ella-Mae! wink



This week we had Miss Barnwell in the chair, teaching us that....

  • slugs have 4 noses
  • A hippos milk is pink! 
  • the snow on Venus is seems there is some kind of metallic frost on Venus
  • Wind inside a human can come out at 7 mph!!!

​​​​​​​Thank you Sofia for these amazing facts!

Tune in next week for more interesting facts!laugh


This week Joao was back in the blue teacher chair to impart his knowledge! He taught us that....

  • Some tornadoes can be faster than a Formula 1 Race car
  • One million Earths can fit inside the sun!
  • The nose can detect a trillion smells....unless you have corona virus of course!
  • And takes less than 9 minutes for astronauts to get into space.

Thank you Joao for your interesting facts!

Tune in next week for more Teach the Teacher! cheeky​​​​​​​



Today it was Oliver's turn to tell us some interesting things. It was our last lockdown Teach the Teacher.....I hope!

Oliver told us that...

  • A group of jellyfish is a smack
  • Ants can carry 50 times their own body weight
  • Dragonflies have 6 legs but they can't walk as they are too fragile!
  • The opposite numbers on a dice add up to 7

And.....hedgehogs used to be called urchins. Having looked this up to check I heard correctly, I also learnt they were called hedgepigs!

Thank you Oliver for this amazing information!

See you next week for more....Teach the Teacher!laugh



Today Lucas told us some interesting facts about the body! He told us that...

  • A baby starts with a single cell
  • We have 350 joints in our body
  • If you are 70 years old, your heart would beat 2.5 billion times! Phew!!
  • One footstep uses 200 muscles and...
  • The smallest bone in the body is in the ear.

Thank you Lucas for all those interesting facts! laugh


Phoebe had some animal based facts for her teach the teacher today. She taught us that...

  • Sea otters sleep holding 'hands' with another otter so they don't float away. It's dead cute to see!
  • Flamingos only eat with their head upside down. (don't try this at home!)
  • Tigers have striped skin as well as fur
  • Sharks blink with both eyes
  • And........the stickers on fruit are edible!!! I really didn't know this but I will still probably continue to peel them off!

Thank you Phoebe...really interesting stuff!

Tune in next week people for more interesting things! cheeky



Today Grace gave us some very interesting  facts about animals....the Eiffel tower and veg! She told us that....

  • Carrots used to be purple not orange
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect their eyes from the sand
  • It's impossible to hum while you hold your nose
  • The Eiffel Tower was meant to be built in Barcelona not Paris. 

Thank you Grace for your amazing facts! wink Tune in next week for more.....Teach the Teacher!


Not only was it Joshua's birthday but it was his turn to do Teach the Teacher. Normally I know one of the facts but today I knew....absolutely none of these! Joshua taught us...

  • That there are more horses in Mongolia than people
  • That pigs can't look at the sky
  • That sloths are very good swimmers, especially good on the old backstroke apparently!
  • And my favourite fact of the day....Whales have a tongue that weighs as much as an elephant..a heart the size of a car and blood vessels that are so large you can swim in them. I would rather not thank you!

Thank you Josh for these amazing facts! Tune in next week for....Teach the Teacher! enlightened


How nice that we can still do Teach the Teacher, despite lockdown! 

Bella taught us that....

  • Kangaroos can't walk backwards...or bounce I am guessing!
  • When you sleep you can't smell anything
  • Snails can sleep for up to 3 years. That is a long time!
  • Everyone has a different tongue print. Quite why would need to do this baffles me!
  • And....some lipsticks contain fish scales....yuk!

Thank you Bella for these interesting facts! laugh

​​​​​​​Tune into Zoom for more.....Teach the Teacher!


This week Charlotte had some seasonal facts for us....

  • Reindeer can run at 50 mph
  • Reindeer antlers grow 2 and a half cm every day
  • A group of reindeer are called a herd
  • And........a very interesting fact....Santa is 1,749 years old! That is a lot of candles on a cake!                         Thanks to Charlotte for her interesting facts.

Look out for more Teach the Teacher in 2021!heart


This week Ella sat in the big blue chair and told us...

  • that sloths have more neck bones than a giraffe.
  • a giraffe has a tongue that is 20 inches long
  • that there used to be active volcanos on the moon when dinosaurs roamed the earth
  • Victorian ladies used to wear a corset to pull in their waists....thank goodness those days are over!

Thank you Ella!

Next week will be the last Teach the Teacher before Christmas. It is such a great little slot on our Friday  afternoon and we really do learn.... and remember....lots of interesting things!laugh​​​​​​​


Leo M

On Friday Leo Mustafa took to the teacher's chair to teach us some interesting things. He taught us that...

  • Lego means 'Play well' in Danish. I did actually know this fact as my son is  a HUGE lego fan. It is probably one of the best inventions ever in the world of children's toys!
  • Ciao means hello and goodbye in Italian.
  • The Titanic was 269m long....huge!
  • And.....It is almost impossible to lick your own elbow! I think Leo had a good laugh watching us all have a go. Some people were close but not close enough!

Thanks to Leo for his great information. Look out for more Teach the Teacher next week! yes


This week it was the turn of Mozes in the chair. He taught us...

  • how to say hello and goodbye in hungarian.....szia!
  • how to say school in Hungarian....iscola
  • He told us about the hungarian flag and that the and white mean different things. 
  • He also told us that Hungary lost some of its land after World War 2.

We had a very informative session with Mozes....if you want to go to Hungary Mozes would be a great little tour guide to have!

Thanks to Mozes for his interesting facts.

Watch out for more next week!yes



This week Miss Yates was our teacher! She told us that...

  • The smallest bone in the body is the ear bone. 
  • Your fingernails grow 4x faster than your toenails
  • Earth is the only planet not to be named after a Greek or Roman god
  • And that in Rome they have a whole museum dedicated to pasta....yum yum!

We are really enjoying Teach the Teacher. Each week there is usually one that I know but 4 that I don't! Thanks to Willow for her interesting stuff.

Look out for more Teach the Teacher next week!blush


This week it was Libby's turn to tell us a few interesting things! Here are some of them....

  • Did you know that an armadillo's shell is hard enough to deflect bullets? 
  • She told us that the only word ending in mt is dreamt.
  • She also told us that a marble can bounce higher than a rubber ball on a hard floor. This seems quite amazing to me but Libby said they have tested it out at home. When we get a chance we are going to do this. If you try it I take no responsibility for the marble or your floor cracking!

Thank you Libby for these interesting things! More next week!laugh


This week it was Gen's turn in the teacher's chair! She taught us...

  • that you can make paper from elephant poo and it doesn't smell! I knew this because my sister has a photo album made from elephant poo and I can testify that it doesn't smell!
  • that St Albans used to be called Verulamium
  • that the River Colne is one of the few chalk streams in the country

                                   Thank you Gen for teaching us some new stuff!

 Tune in next week for more interesting things. yes


This  week we had Ellie teaching us some new things....

  • Elephants have as many as 150,000 muscles in their trunks!
  • The sun is 93 million miles away from earth
  • Mercury is shrinking and........
  • My favourite fact was the guinea pigs have 258 bones in their bodies, which is 49 more than humans!!! I wonder where all those bones are?!

Thank you to Ellie for these amazing facts! Tune in next week for more amazing stuff!yes



This week it was Stanley's turn to teach us some new things.....

Did you know that in Tudor times they put marigolds into butter to make it more yellow?

Did you know that baby rabbits are called kittens? I wonder if baby cats are called rabbits?!

We also learn that the Romans were the first people to put their leader's heads on coins to make them look more important.

These were just some of the things that Stanley taught us.

Thank you Stanley!laugh

Tune in next week for more....... Teach the Teacher!


This was week 1 of Teach the Teacher and I truly learnt some new did the rest of Year 2! We learnt....

.....that octopuses have 3 hearts, 9 brains and blue bloood

.....that Romans used wee as mouthwash! (Don't try this at home!)

....that a cumulus cloud can weigh as much as 800 elephants.

Truly amazing stuff. Thank you Tiernan!

Tune in next week for more Teach the Teacher! surprise