19 Oct

Our blog this week is largely courtesy of Mr Cruz and Class 2 and has lots of photos of their latest adventures!

Their educational visits this term have been to help them with their creative writing. Mr Cruz wants them to be writing a story set in a forest and to help them imagine what this would be like, they have visited some. During their visits, they have studied different geographical features, examined textures and experienced smells. They will be able to draw on these experiences to make their writing so much more exciting and descriptive.

Their first venture was all the way to Staffordshire to visit Lud’s Church. This is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach. The area has a place in Christian history: the Lollards, who were followers of John Wycliffe, an early church reformer, are supposed to have used this as a secret place of worship during the early 15th century, when they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Legend has it that the chasm itself was carved out by the fingernail of the devil…..very sinister indeed!

Today they have returned from Healey Dell, which is beautiful spot over in Rochdale. They have climbed, hidden, hiked, explored, rolled down hills – you name it, they have experienced it. They arrived back at school full of mud, with rosy cheeks and huge smiles – all signs of an excellent day which they will remember forever, I’d say! Mr Cruz’s dog, Molly, joined them on their trek – she was absolutely exhausted when they got home and fell into a deep sleep as soon as they were back in class..

Molly hasn’t actually stopped since she arrived in school – just look at this lovely clip of her showing Kobi how well behaved she is..

He was very impressed and showed us how good he is at looking after animals.

Finally, we have some photos of our budding scientists in Class 1 to show you – don’t they look the part?

Mrs Elliott had a Science day last Friday which had more than one purpose. In the interests of developing good teamworking and listening skills, experiments were designed in such a way that they children couldn’t be successful unless they worked together co-operatively. They discovered what happened when yeast was mixed with different amounts of sugar and they also predicted what would happen when they mixed it with coffee, sugar, flour, oil, rice and salt. The boys worked really hard and improved their communication, listening and teamworking skills, as well as picking up some scientific knowledge on the way. Well done Class 1..

That’s all for this week – another Uni visit with my son this weekend, the last one thankfully. Have a good rest and we will see you all next week hopefully at our Good Work Assembly. It’s on Friday 26th at 10.15am in our Community Room and it will be great to see you all come and celebrate the learning of your children so far this year.

Miss Thomason
Head of School

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