Our theme for this week has been ‘How have black people inspired the world?’ We have also talked about enjoying the fact that we’re all different and making sure we treat people equally despite our differences. To give the children a fuller and deeper experience of the theme, we gave them the opportunity to take part in cultural dance and movement workshops to live drumming.
They learnt some Zulu dances and some of the chants used to free Nelson Mandela amongst other things!
Year 2 visited Birmingham Airport partly to gain an understanding of how transport has changed throughout time and also to do some data collection and maths work.
Here’s what some of them thought …
I liked going into the ‘Flight School’ and watching the aeroplanes out of the window. Maia
We had to make up and design our own plane. Alex
We went on the airport shuttle bus. Kyra
We found out lots of information for our timeline about flight. Ronan
Year 6 returned from France having had an amazing time, during which they learnt an enormous amount!
They visited D-day landing beaches, the American, British and German war cemeteries, Pegasus Bridge and the Bayeux Tapestry. On top of all this, they haggled at the Bayeux market, purchased souvenirs in a French hypermarket and experienced French food and drink.
Thanks must go to the staff that organised the trip and those that took them. Mr Viner, Mrs Groves, Miss Tuppen, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Benson all deserve a special mention!
Year 4 had a fantastic time kicking off their unit of work inspired by ‘extreme survival’! They put up their own tents, learnt how to purify water, made fires and shelters. They camped overnight and had a thoroughly good time. It was great for them to be independent and push themselves in new ways.
I loved going to the Gurdwara and exploring it. I just wish I could go there again! (Isobel F)
I enjoyed the trip to the Gurdwara Temple. Sikh people were reading the Guru Granth Sahib. I saw the Khanda. (Abigail)
My favourite thing about the Gurdwara was going to the prayer hall. It was very interesting. I learnt there were 10 Gurus. (Ben)
I learnt more about the Guru Granth Sahib and how they treated it like a living person. They put it to bed and also purified the air. (Matthew)
“Coventry Cathedral is history itself!” Nathan
“As soon as you walked in it felt warm.” Daniel
“It felt very big and powerful.” Amber
“There was so much symbolism in all the different things we saw.” Freya
“It was all interesting, I liked the way all the golf balls went into the middle
of the peace sign.” Poppy
“I found out what actually happened on the night of the Blitz!” Flynn
“Coventry Cathedral taught me about all kinds of different art.” Hayley-Jayne
Children in year 6 had a great time designing theme-park rides as part of their ‘Context for Learning’.
They used KNEX and control technology via lap-tops to control movements (including speed and direction), make lights flash and make fairground music go off and on.
Here’s what the children thought…
Hayley Jayne: I liked making the fairground rides, using the technology and learning new things. I found it was quite hard.
Charlie Butler: It was quite fun getting to programme in what you wanted and working with your friends.
Amber: I enjoyed making the wheel and controlling the spinner!
Joe: I liked being able to use the motor in whichever way we chose.
See one working!