Last Thursday, Year 6 enjoyed an exciting and interesting trip to London. We visited the Houses of Parliament where we went into both chambers and listened to the debating, toured the rest of the palace of Westminster, and learned about how our country is governed. In our Law and Debating workshop we passed a law which saw the end of school uniform for all pupils; however, an amendment introduced a uniform for staff!
A ‘flight’ on the London Eye followed before we headed home on the train. A big thank you to all the children for their excellent behaviour and to all the adults for their help.
The school Green Team recently visited the Budgens and Coop supermarkets in the town to look at how much unnecessary packaging is being used. They also asked members of the public what they thought and they agreed unanimously that it should be reduced. Next the Green Team will be writing to the supermarkets to ask if this is possible.
Year 6 enjoyed a very exciting and interesting visit to our friend, Chris, at the Keep Museum in Dorchester, to support their learning about World War 1.
As you can see from the pictures we had the opportunity to try on and handle many original artefacts and they used this experience to produce some pages for non fiction texts about the Great War.
We also trialled the Dorchester Poppy Trail, a route around the town with information boards explaining how that place or object was connected to World War 1.
Year 2 had a brilliant day meeting and finding out about alpacas.
Y5 were VIP guests at the official opening of Swanage Youth Hostel after its £1.5 million refurbishment. They accompanied the mayor and CEOs of the Youth Hostel to cut the ribbon before being treated to a delicious lunch and some enormous ice-creams! After lunch they had a session learning about dinosaurs and fossil-hunting on the Jurassic Coast and even had the opportunity to go panning for fossils. An amazing day and thank you to everyone at Swanage Youth Hostel for inviting our pupils to be part of this event.
Thank you to all the crew members of Swanage Lifeboat who gave up their time to show us around their amazing lifeboats and lifeboat station. We had a brilliant morning learning about the boats and what they do.
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Too cold for birdwatching? Too windy for birdwatching? Too wet for birdwatching? No! Old-school hardcore birdwatching with years 3 & 5. Thanks again to Birds of Poole Harbour for organizing this super trip. See you next year!
As part of their WW2 topic, year 6 visited Fort Henry to find out the important part Studland played during the Second World War. We were pleased to welcome Chris Copson from the Keep Museum who gave us a guided tour and then shared a range of artefacts with us.
The evacuees form Year 6 arrived safely at Swanage Railway Station. They then enjoyed hospitality at the British Restaurant that re-opened (for one day only) at Swanage United Reformed Church. Whilst they were there they enjoyed a lunch of baked beans, mash and corned beef rissoles followed by jam tart and custard! Music was provided by Spike’s gramophone. They were joined for lunch by some visitors who shared their wartime memories of Swanage. The day finished with a good old sing song!
Many thanks to the URC for hosting the event.
As part of their topic work on World War II, year 5 recently visited The Tank Museum for some hands-on history.