Our children are curious learners, and are eager to improve their learning! To help develop, consolidate and deepen their learning, understanding and skills, we incorporate lots of visits, visitors and extra-curricular activities into our provision! We involve parents, grandparents and the wider community and utilise their knowledge and resources; we also plan extra-curricular visits to enhance the learning within our topics. See the photographs below for an illustration of this!
Ofsted (July 2019) recognised:
'Pupils take part in a wide range of activities which enrich their learning and help them to develop personally. For example, pupils develop the confidence to perform in front of other people when they take part in singing activities with other schools. They learn to persevere and to be resilient when they engage in challenging physical activities, such as their ‘Total Warrior’ training and orienteering. These attitudes help to prepare them for the next stage in their education, and their future working lives.'
A big thank you to Sharelle for bringing Tego’s pony Wonder to meet Catbells children, to complement their learning linked to their 'Farming' topic.
Tego and Gisella both demonstrated their riding skills, and Catbells' children took it in turns to give her a brush and feed her carrots!
Blencathra and Helvellyn had a brilliant time at the Dark Skies Celebration, educated and entertained by Richard from Polestar Planetarium.
The children had the opportunity to share the knowledge they already had, as well as further developing their understanding. A huge thank you to Nicola from the Westmorland Dales Partnership who organised this invaluable enrichment opportunity for our children!
Key Stage 2 were joined by Viking Bjarni Thorvaldrson.
He taught the children all about Viking life and had a large number of artefacts for the children to use and look at, including replica weapons.
The children worked together to create a strong shield wall and played a game to learn the names of the parts of a ship along with the activities on-board the ship.
Through a demonstration (killing the cabbage) the children saw what real, sharp weapons can do and through this demonstration he also told the children all about the physics behind the weapons.
The children loved a very competitive game of Kubb, creating and sampling their own butter and also writing thier Viking name or a message in Runes.
Art Week - May 2019 - Helvellyn Class
We have been to The Old Courthouse to see the exhibition by Natalie Burns called '100 Squares - A Year of my Life'. There were 100 pieces of art, each made up of 100 squares, to tell the story of Natalie's 2017. We thought the exhibition was fantastic - so much to look at and think about. If you have time, you must pop in yourselves to have a look! When we arrived back to school we started writing our reviews of the exhibition - Natalie is keen to read the finished products! We then started to make our own collages, focusing on landscapes, squares and animals.
On Wednesday, we worked with an illustrator called Julia Mitchell. She showed us some of her own pencil drawings - mainly fell ponies - and explained how long it took to draw them. Julia demonstrated how she started a sketch by drawing Mrs Idle's dog, Tramper. We all had the opportunity to draw our own pets, and Julia came round to help us if we needed it.
We were also fortunate to have a visit from Emma Bramley, who showed us some of her art work. Emma takes her sketch book everywhere in her handbag, and likes to sketch places she has been.
On Thursday we worked with Mandy Parker to learn silk-painting. We had a practice on our own piece of material, then came together to produce a shared background.