Yesterday saw the third walk in a series of jaunts that our children are doing as part of our summer expedition: Take a Walk on the Wild side. This journey boasted a length of 3.8 miles and took our Crew to the periphery of Walden Stubbs, trekking on bridleways, narrow footpaths, over railway crossings and even across the River Went by virtue of a narrow wooden bridge. Of course, our children coped ‘manfully’ with this and called upon our core values of ‘aspiration’ and ‘resilience’ to get them through. Indeed, the culmination of our Expedition will be a walking guide that will include this and all the other walks that our children embark on. Stay posted for the date of our celebration of learning where these nifty guides will be on sale.
This morning, Year 3 and 4 set off on their third walk around the local area. So far, the children have shown great commitment and effort whilst out and represented the school extremely well whilst out and about in the local community. The class have been a true definition of a ‘CREW’ and I know that this will no doubt continue over the coming walks over the next few weeks. Keep on trekin’ 3MW!
This week we have started working towards our final product – a walking guide – which we will be revealing in the not too distant future!
Check out these wonderful bird feeders we made using bread, peanut butter and bird seed. We plan to take them on one of our walks for the local wildlife to enjoy. The children then wrote a set of instructions ready to be published in our guide!
This morning, Year 3 embarked on their second walk as part of the summer term expedition, ‘Take a walk on the wild side’. The children were great at navigating and recorded the human and physical features they saw within the landscape. All the children enjoyed the morning and demonstrated, as usual, their HOWLS. Great effort, great walking, great CREW!
My amazing crew walked over 8 miles on a hike from school to Brockadale Nature Reserve as part of our immersion week for our new and exciting expedition ‘Walking and wildlife’. The sun was shining and everyone showed huge determination and resilience.
What an achievement! I was so proud of each and every one of you!
Continuing from epic hook week, 6CC took to the outdoor space to paint the surface of their papier mache planets. The completion of the planets on Friday afternoon was made all the more sweeter by the sunny weather which all the children enjoyed. Great effort guys, the planets are out of this world (couldn’t resist!).
Students engaged in a range of discussions surrounding kindness… whilst in the outdoor classroom! In Crew 6CC, we explored many different scenarios where kindness could have a profound impact on the situation where a negative result may possibly have been avoided. Using their voices, each pupils gave an insight into how they would react and how they would want to be treated in their chosen scenario. Before returning to the safety of our cozy classroom, the crew undertook a teambuilding challenge of passing around a musical instrument with the aim being not to make a sound.
Year 6 students took to the lectern in the Big Bangs! hook week and voiced their arguments in a wide variety of space related topics, ranging from ‘Is space exploration a waste of money?’ to ‘Have aliens visited planet Earth?’. All teams used the internet to build background knowledge about their topic before compiling their best points in the form of a written argument. Bravely, each group delivered a well-structured argument, equipped with a broad range subject-specific vocabulary and statistics to hopefully sway their peers towards their point of view. Well done, Year 6! 👏🏻🏆
Our Year 5 and 6 students have leapt out of their comfort zones in the last couple of weeks and worked in teams to present as argument in from of their teachers and the whole year group! They were asked to structure an argument for or against a question given to them by the teachers that related to our current expedition. These included ‘Is there life on Mars?’ ‘Is space exploration a waste of money?’ and ‘Is it morally right to send animals into space?’ They demonstrated amazing teamwork skills whilst researching and writing their argument and then presented their case in the hall. Some pupils were very nervous about speaking in front of others but they all did it and we are very proud of their achievement!
On Thursday 15th April, 4GC, along with 4KC and both year 3 classes, embarked on an 8 mile trek to Brockadale Nature Reserve as part of hook week for our summer Expedition: Take a Walk on the Wild Side. It was an brilliant day and we were treated to some amazing weather, beautiful landscapes but most of all resilient, aspirational and inspiring young people. Our Expedition will subsequently take us on a further 5 walks, the culmination being a trip to Castleton where we will scale the peak Mam Tor. Our celebration of learning will take the guise of a trip to Campsall Park, where we will invite families for a picnic and unveil our Expedition product which is a local walking guide for our community – sold at a modest price on the day. Happy rambling everyone!