Year 1 & 2 chose to support the charity School in a Bag for their social action project. We had just begun work on this when the first lockdown started, but we have now completed a sale of pencil pots and a 3-mile sponsored walk.
Thank you to the amazing children of years 1 & 2 who walked up and down on stony tracks and overgrown paths with wonderful spirit and humour and have raised, together with the sale from last year, over £1300, a wonderful achievement!
Thank you to parents and carers for your support and for helping to get the message out, and to all who sponsored us.
We hope to hold a special assembly (probably next term) with representatives of School in a Bag.
For their Laudato Si project this term, year 3 wrote non-chronological reports after learning all about the seahorses from Julia at The National Trust. We learnt about their habitat, diet, features and why they are an endangered species. Julia also informed us how The National Trust are aiming to protect and support these seahorses by planting more seagrass at low tide to sustain their habitat.
Year 5 & 6 spent the day at Weymouth sailing centre. Activities included sailing, indoor wall climbing, outdoor climbing, escape rooms and tunnelling. Lots of team work, trying new things and overcoming nerves!
Year 6 spent a very enjoyable and informative morning at West Mills in Wareham today. We carried out some geography fieldwork linked to our learning, last term, about rivers. We were able to measure the width, depth and flow rate; compare the size of the sediment found on the riverbed; complete a labelled field sketch of the river and explore what freshwater invertebrates are living in the river and then assess the water quality – what a busy morning – we even managed to get a bit wet! Many thanks to the Leeson House staff for their support.
Year 6 visited the Shire Hall Museum in Dorchester where they found out about how we know about the past? What are artefacts? What kind of sources might one use?We also learned about Saxon Crime and Punishment and compared to our previous learning about the experiences of Elijah Upjohn in Victorian times.
Year 6 had a super day at Leeson House where they developed their mapping skills – reading bearings using 6 figure grid references – and completed some team building challenges… and what gorgeous weather!
Year 1 visited a rather wet and windy Corfe Castle. We had to abandon our (slightly ambitious) plans for lunch in the castle, but we did learn about how many soldiers could defend Corfe Castle (only 40), how long Oliver Cromwell’s men spent blowing it up (9 months) and where King John did his business!
The children showed great resilience and good humour and Mr Wollen and Mrs Dunster were very proud of them.
This is before we went in and were still relatively dry!
Year 1 had a brilliant trip to Swanage Brickworks as part of our science topic, Everyday Materials. We saw the quarry where the clay is dug, watched it being pounded and mixed with water, then saw how each brick is made by hand. Then we followed the bricks through the drying process and felt the heat outside the kilns. It was a fascinating and enjoyable morning; we even knew some people who worked at the brickworks!