This half term year 3 and 4 have changed their topic learning to ‘Cumbria –a study of our locality’. As a school we decided that we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful place that we live in. We recognise that we have such magnificent geography, history, science and literature at out finger tips and we wanted to capitalised on this and open our pupils eyes to the outstanding resources and abundant adventures of Cumbria.
In addition to studying John Dalton, Eaglesfield’s most famous scientist, we are also studying the mountains of the Lake District. Year 4 went on a trip to Honister slate mine where they were taken on a very informative tour. We learnt about the volcanic properties of the Borrowdale valley and just how famous the Honister slate is! Did you know that Honister slate is the best slate in the world and that it can last 300-400 years due to the strength that the volcanic magma and ash give it! It was interesting to learn about the mining history in the area too.
Our church visit
Year 4 recently went on a trip to Tullie House to take part in a Roman workshop. We set of full of excitement for our first trip of the year!!! We were met by David, who was so knowledgeable. He taught us all about different Roman people and what jobs made up a Roman town.
Year 4 have had a fabulous start to the year with a visit from a real life Roman soldier! He enlisted us to join the Roman army and we were to learn about what it would take to survive. Did you know that if you had a bad tooth you were not allowed to join the army? The Roman taught us all about the armour he had to use and we even got to hold it too.
In the afternoon we were archaeologists and discovered real Roman artefacts. We had to decide what the pieces of Pottery would have belong to and what they would have been used for.
Year 4 have had the most wonderful first day on residential. The weather has been very kind to us and the children have been impeccably well behaved.
This morning we have had a tour of a hillside farm and learnt about; local geography, local history, special breed animals, how small farms produce income and the impact of climate change and flooding. Oh, we also got to bottle feed some lambs too!!
In the afternoon they learnt how to make dens and were inspired to build homes for the 'max' from Where The Wild Things Are. The second activity was river dipping. We found so much wildlife and enjoyed getting very wet! We then changed out of our wet clothes and walked back to the hostel through the beautiful landscapes. We played games then had dinner and enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the centre before bedtime.
All children are having a lovely time with their friends, they are happy, have ate lots of dinner and went straight to sleep when asked to.
'What an amazing adventure!' - Myrtle
'The cute little lambs was my favourite part of the day' Caitlin
'I loved the cute chicks. They were cute little balls of fluffiness' Evelyn
'I have liked being able to run around the countryside' Edward
'We all work hard, had fun and worked as a team to build our dens' Ryan
I am very proud of year 4, well done!
Day 2 of Residential
Today year four enjoyed a beautiful walk through the Lake District countryside. We wrote poetry and drew observational drawings inspired by our surroundings. Additionally year 4 played team building games, learnt about Keswick stone circle and took part in a lovely class worship of wishes.
The children are have a fabulous time are all well behaved and really enjoyed dinner cooked by Lyn last night.
I am very, very proud of them!
Day 3 on our residential has been lovely. We woke up got dressed and then packed up our rooms. We then fuelled up on breakfast ready for our last day. We loaded the minibus and then made some beautiful environmentalist sculptures inspired by our work in class on Andy Goldsworthy. The children used his work for inspiration and gave presentations behind the meaning of their art work. Next we explored the church yard and then had a reflective worship and hymm in the church led by Vasanthan and Josh. Then it was lunch time and time for home!
We all had such a good time and the children were fantastic we could have stayed another week!