The 2nd, 3rd and 4th May saw all of the pupils from Year 3 and 4 visit Bellever Tor on Dartmoor as part of our topic ‘Mighty Mountains’. During our guided visit, we learnt about how Dartmoor was formed and, in particular, how Bellever (which sits in the heart of the National Park) has changed over the past 3 million years through the influence of weathering and man. We were very interested in discovering the geography and history behind the landmarks that we studied along the way which included looking at Bronze Age ‘kists’, the Lichway and the Tor itself. Some of us were also lucky enough to see the Dartmoor ponies and learn how these tough ponies are an extremely important part of the management of the landscape of Dartmoor.
‘We learnt that many years ago people had to walk 17miles over the moor in the winter to get to their nearest church for a wedding, funeral or Christening. My favourite part of the trip was doing the walk and seeing the ancient graves.’ Izzy Year 4.
‘I learnt that there are about 150 tors on Dartmoor and my favourite part of the walk was climbing up on to Bellever Tor and seeing the magnificent view.’ Josh Year 3.
Thank you to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust for providing us with this great learning opportunity!
On Tuesday 14th March we went to The River Dart Country Park. We learnt about a 3 week old baby owl who was being hand reared. We did a welly walk then went to do some pond dipping. Some children were really lucky and caught some silver fish! We were really sad that we had to leave but we had a fun day!
By Tallulah and Joshua
As part of our work on inspirational people, the Reverend David visited each class in Unit Two. He explained the different things a vicar does and also what inspired him to become a vicar. During the visit, he answered questions that were put to him by the children. These ranged from: 'What is the most important Christian festival?' to 'What will he ask Jesus when he meets Him?'
The children in Unit 2 had great fun coming to school dressed in Tudor costume and fully involved themselves in the days activities. The activities included making vegetable pottage and gingered bread; swords and goblets; and Tudor brooches. A big thank you to the parents and grandparents that came to join in with the fun!
The Remembrance service was held on Friday 11th November this year. Well done to all of the Unit 2 children for the part they had to play in delivering such a thoughtful service in remembering all of those who have fought and died in the 2 World Wars and subsequent wars. The poems 'In Flanders Fields' and 'Please wear a poppy' were beautifully delivered. In the week leading up to our service children did various art activities around the poppy which produced the backdrop to our service. Special thanks to Trish Windmill for her thoughtful words and prayers to close the service and to Al Blackwell for his brilliant piano playing to accompany our hymns.
Unit 2 Visit The Golden Hind
The children in Unit 2 had a great time visiting the Golden Hind in Brixham. Their Tudor topic was brought to life as they boarded the ship to be taken back in time aboard Sir Francis Drake’s ship! Activities included walking the plank, dressing in role as one of the ship’s men, firing canons at the enemy and hoisting the ship’s flag. Much was learnt about life on board the ship during this time in our history.
Stover Country Park Visit
The children in Unit 2 enjoyed learning about their local environment when visiting Stover Country Park. They really enjoyed taking part in a range of exciting activities including pond dipping, nature hunts and den building to promote team work and collaboration.
This term, some of the Year 4s took part in a ‘Prolific Poets’ Enrichment. The children read and performed a variety of poetry together, and had a go at writing their own poems. We sent some of our poems to a website who then published them online. You can visit the website and read our poems at www.poetryzone.co.uk. In our final session together, we went to Stover Country Park to follow the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail. We enjoyed reading the various poems which were specifically chosen by Ted Hughes’ wife carol to compliment the wildlife along the trail.
Year 4 Music Event
Year four pupils had a fantastic time at South Dartmoor Community College, participating in a wide range of musical workshops and performances.
World Book Day
Children in Unit 2 enjoyed coming to school dressed as a character from a book, to celebrate World Book Day.
The children took part in a range of reading and book related activities including a scavenger hunt, book quizzes and buddy work with children in younger age classes in the school.
Which characters can you spot in the photographs below?
Unit 2 Lego Technology Robot Themed Day
Last week the children in Unit 2 took part in a Technic Lego and Design Technology themed day, linked with our Robots topic.
Each class had the opportunity to take part in a Technic Lego workshop with a visiting specialist who provided the Technic Lego equipment and expert teaching that supported the children in exploring engineering, design, construction and programming moving models.
There were lots of opportunity to link their learning with design technology, maths and science in a fun and practical context. The activities provided many opportunities for problem solving, innovation and teamwork skills to be developed.
The children also had great fun making models of robots from recycled materials.
Ancient Egyptian Museum Day
Thank you to all of the pupils in Unit 2 for bringing their fantastic home learning projects to school to exhibit in our Unit 2 Museum. The children enjoyed showing and explaining their Ancient Egyptian artefacts to the rest of the Unit in a one-off exhibition, showcasing their work.
Unit 2 Egyptian Theme Day
Children in Unit 2 enjoyed walking like and Egyptian this week, arriving at school dressed in Egyptian themed costumes. Thank you to parents and helpers who spent the first part of the day in classrooms, sharing their creative expertise when making a 3-d sarcophagus. The children then spent the day immersed in Egyptian arts and crafts to help them learn more about aspects of Egyptian life, rituals and religion. The children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the day, which ended by sharing our work with the rest of the school in an assembly.
Unit 2 Egyptian Day - Time Travellers Enrichment Day
Unit 2 took part in a fantastic day of Egyptian themed activities, led by Time Travellers archaeologist and historian from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. The children had first hand experience of handling Egyptian artefacts to decide if they were real or replicas, asking questions like an archaeologist and piecing together clues to find out more about the everyday objects of the Ancient civilisation. They also had an opportunity to take part in role play and carried out a mummification ceremony!
Remembrance Day Service 2015
Well done to Unit 2 in performing their Remembrance Service to the pupils, parents and local community.
There was a fantastic turnout of pupils from all year groups throughout the school wearing uniforms which represented the various Scouting organisations.
A two minutes silence was held in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in all conflicts. The pupils paid tribute by reading poems, acting scenes to retell stories and by singing hymns.
Parents, grandparents and members of our local community commented on the successful way the children put across this important message.
Trip to Bellever on Dartmoor
Unit 2 enjoyed a visit to Bellever on Dartmoor during their study of mountains. The Year 4 group came home a little muddier soggier than the Year 3's, but both had lots of fun exploring the landscape of Dartmoor on guided walks. They learnt lots about the land formation, flora and fauna and myths and legends of the moors. They also spent some time learning about the important role of bees on Dartmoor and made a bees wax candle to bring home.
Multi Cultural Week - South America
This year, Unit 2 explored South America on their travels around the world. We learnt where South America is in the world, using atlases. We explored the landscape and flora and fauna of the country and made pen and ink silhouette pictures of the rainforest. We South American masks, using clay and learnt how to weave, taking inspiration from South American textiles. We spent a day in the school woods with Chris Holland from Natural England, who told us traditional South American stories and we enjoyed making clay characters to retell the adventures. We also tried some typical foods that are included in South American cooking. We had a fun week, learning about another culture in a creative way.
Unit 2 Spanish Tapas
We really enjoyed tasting Spanish Tapas to experience some of the food and drink that is eaten in Spain.
Unit 2 Spanish Day
Hola. Lots of fun was had by all, as Unit 2 kick-started their topic this term with a trip to Spain.
The children came to school dressed and packed for their holiday, and enjoyed an aeroplane trip (virtual) to Spain. They helped to make and enjoyed tasting a delicious paella and learnt about the origins of the ingredients. There was some rather energetic dancing to traditional Spanish music, when learning how to Flamenco. The children also learnt lots about Picasso, through an artist study, and learnt about his varied and interesting abstract painting styles, creating some rather interesting portraits of their own. They planned and began making 3d Cubist Picasso style heads. The children also got a chance to practice some every day conversational skills. Adios.
Unit 2 Tudor Day
The children in Unit 2 enjoyed coming to school dressed in Tudor costumes and taking part in a range of exciting Tudor activities, that enriched their learning in this topic. The children invited family members to spent the morning working alongside them to help design and make a Tudor house. Other activities included learning Tudor dance, and making broaches and crowns. To really immerse them in the Tudor experience, the school kitchen laid on a magnificent banquet that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Unit 2 visit to The Golden Hind in Brixham
Unit 2 enjoyed a fantasic day in Brixham, exploring Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind. The children thorougly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Drakes famous voyages and explorations, with a 'hands-on' experience of life aboard a Tudor ship. They learnt lots of interesting (and some rather unpleasant!) facts about the life of a sailor and about the life of Drake.