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.
Year 6 worked with Tim from Wessex Water exploring our use of water and how it is cleaned so we can enjoy water that is clean and safe. They investigated the best way to filter dirty water to remove dirt and debris.
Year 6 children spent an interesting morning measuring the speed of traffic outside our school gates. Speeding motorists were encouraged to think about the safety of our children, staff and parents, and the reasons for a 30mph limit around the school.
Congratulations to the two teams we sent to the Purbeck Sports Netball Competition. Our A team won the competition and now progress to the Dorset Games. Our B team came second, only losing to the A team.
After our very successful trip to Dorchester, Chris Copson, the curator of the museum, paid us a visit. Year 6 visited the Commonwealth War Graves at the Northbrook Road cemetery and then researched about the men who are buried there.
He also brought a selection of artefacts with him and the pupils researched them on the internet to find out more information about them. They produced pages for non fiction books.
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 6 attended the Act of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church and at the Swanage War Memorial on Friday 9 November.
Emmanuel baptist Church put on a wonderful exhibition linked to The First World War including some beautiful pieces of artwork produced by local schools, including St Mary’s.
Three pupils from Y6 represented St. Mary’s on Remembrance Sunday by attending the town’s service at St. Mary’s Parish Church and then marching to the War Memorial with other schools, youth groups, armed services representatives and dignitaries. There were many other pupils from St. Mary’s present as part of the local Brownie, Guide, Cub and Scout groups in attendance. It was a very moving and special service to mark not only Remembrance Sunday, but also the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 have been marking Remembrance by finding out about those men and women from Swanage who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They have created some rather special poppy wreaths that included the name and age of each of the ninety-nine men from Swanage who died in the First and Second World Wars. Year 6 have also written prayers for remembrance and peace on the back of poppies. The wreaths and prayers are on display in St. Mary’s Church.
We won! Today saw the St Mary’s Yr 5 & 6 football team bring home the Purbeck Cup.
Congratulations to all the triumphant players and to Mr White. Thank you to the tournament organiser and sponsor, and all the supporters through the (long!) season.
Congratulations must go to year 6 for a very successful performance of the play Bombs and Blackberries by Julia Donaldson. The audience packed the school hall and they were treated to a humorous and heartfelt rendition of a story, set in WW2, about evacuees and their adventures in the countryside; the escapades of their families. The children have worked really hard during the last few weeks to learn lines and put together a very polished performance.