Welcome to Washington DC!
We are very excited to be able to share our class news with you.
This term we have taken part in the Community Remembrance Service with members of the community. All the children made their own poppies inspired by the Tower of London poppy sculpture. Many parents joined us in the classroom to make a poppy of their own. Following a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the children designed their own poppy sculpture. They named this 'The Hollingwood Tree of Remembrance and Peace'. This provided a symbolic backdrop for our Remembrance Service which was attended by many people from the school community.
Washington DC have been busy this Spring Term reciting The Highwayman narrative poem using musical instruments and actions to add drama. Children work either individually or in small groups to create their own performance of a verse of the poem, bringing it to life and developing their understanding of the themes of the poem. The children then brought their performances together to perform it as a whole class to Canberra Class.
Adventures into Space
What an exciting term Washington DC Class have had learning all about space and our solar system. We had an exciting trip to the Space Centre where we enjoyed engaging in the hundreds of interactive displays as well as an ‘out of this world’ experience in the planetarium. Also during this term we have been busy designing and creating our very own water powered rockets.
World Book Day – ‘Get Caught Reading’
Washington DC class thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Get Caught Reading' challenge and we got caught reading in a whole variety of places including at a farm, performing gymnastics, and in the countryside. On World Book Day, we came to school dressed in our favourite book characters, everyone looked amazing and we enjoyed creating our own book covers for our favourite books.
British Science Week
British Science Week 2016 saw Washington DC Class making lots of cups of tea in their quest to identify what material makes a good tea bag. We also had the chance to carry out six investigations, which covered several different aspects of science, during the afternoon.
Rats, Fleas and Deadly Disease
Before Easter Washington DC class began to learn about the Derbyshire village Eyam and its importance in the prevention of the spread of the Bubonic Plague in the North of England. We have learnt all about how the plague spread to Eyam and the sacrifices the people made. Recently, we have been learning about William Mompesson, the rector who made the decision to isolate the village, and the well he used to retrieve food for the villagers. Currently we are writing diaries from the perspective of William Mompesson and are planning to visit this historical village in May.
The year 6 children have been working incredibly hard revising and practising in preparation for the SATs in May. Miss Evans and Mrs Kennell are very proud of the year 6’s determination and dedication to their learning.
Washington DC Class have been out in Derbyshire exploring the beautiful historic village of Eyam this term. The children began their visit at St Lawrence Church where a local villager talked about the plague at Eyam and how the rector of the church, William Mompesson, isolated the village to prevent the spread of the disease. They were also told about the 48 descendants who still live in the village.
Later in the visit the children made the historical trek to Mompesson’s Well, one of the boundary stones used during the plague. Despite the initial pouring rain the children really enjoyed their day and the visit allowed the children to see the village and significant locations they have been learning about in school first hand.
Take One Picture - Art Week
During the Take One Picture Art Week the children in Washington DC Class have been creating art work based on the picture ‘Robin Hood and his Merry Men Entertaining Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Forest’ (D.Maclisse 1839). The children created a woven Sculpture of the Major Oak as the focus of their exhibition. Inside the model were clay sculpture were clay models of Robin Hood's loot that he would would have taken from the rich to give to the poor. Covering the Major Oak were leaves created using a variety of different artistic techniques. Finally, surrounding the tree sculpture were the children's pastel pictures of Sherwood Forest.