Year 5 Visit to Verulamium, St Albans (17.10.14)Posted: 13th November 2014
This year we began our visit by exploring the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and did our best to identify the parts of the building which were still visible. The strategically positioned diagrams were of great help. We went on to the museum, where we spent some time in the gallery looking at the exhibits to learn about everyday life in Roman Britain and were surprised to see how comfortable life for the wealthy could be. The lead coffin containing the well-preserved skeleton of a man buried in 200 AD, was particularly interesting because a model of his head had been reconstructed and a video showed us what he might have looked like. It was strange to think that he wandered around this very site all those years ago. The other part of the day was spent handling artefacts ad working out how they might have been used. We also visited the hypocaust and mosaic which was on the site of a Roman villa.
Visit from Air Ambulance (13.11.14)Posted: 13th November 2014
A big thank you to Stuart Wilkins who came into school to talk to Years 3-6 and 8 about the work of the Air Ambulance in our area. It was a very interesting talk which gave us an excellent insight into how this emergency service works in our community. We found out that the helicopter can be air born within 45 seconds and can travel 200 miles a minute. We learnt that their ability to react quickly with their specially trained crew on board really does save lives because they can give medical attention so quickly at the accident and transport to the best specialist hospital. Pupils also had an opportunity to ask lots of questions.
Year 8s will be holding a Home Clothes Day on Monday 15th December in aid of the WNAA. The theme will be festive Christmas jumpers. We hope everyone will help us to raise funds for this vital service in our community.
Remembrance Display (11.11.14)Posted: 11th November 2014
A beautiful and fitting tribute to Remembrance Day has been gathering more poppies each day in the Hunter Hall foyer for Spratton’s version of the Tower of London display.
Following a prayer from our Chairman of Governors, Mr Coley, we held two minutes silence whilst Helena Thomas played ‘The Last Post’.
Year 6 Visit to Coventry Cathedral (4.11.14)Posted: 10th November 2014
Year 6 had a guided tour of both the modern part of the Cathedral and the ruins. The focus of the tour was Christian symbolism, the Cathedral’s positive message of peace and reconciliation and the Cathedral’s fascinating history. They also had an opportunity to visit the Blitz Museum.
Here are some of their comments about the day:
I liked the huge black cross which will only be painted white when there is peace throughout the world. (Marcus Aldrich)
I liked the story about the charred cross and the vicar writing Father Forgive. (Max Faulkner)
I liked the abstract art of the Baptistery Window where the artist wants you to decide what the colours mean. (Sasha Roberts)
I enjoyed visiting the Blitz Museum where you saw a WW2 school room and kitchen. (Jasmine Cassidy)
I liked that we could stand where King George VI had stood. (Ethan La Porta)
I was surprised at how big, modern and colourful it was. (Eliza Wilson)
I liked the Chapel of Unity where we stood on continents and dropped golf balls which rolled together to help us understand the message of unity in the world.(Charlie Mallott)
I most enjoyed writing a poem about the Cathedral’s message of peace, hope and reconciliation. (Dickon Collins)
If you faced one way you could only see grey but if you faced another way you could see the colourful stained glass windows showing the five stages of life. (Freddy Fowler)
I liked going into the ruins and feeling like you were in history. (Jessica Cressey Jones)
The texture of the font from Bethlehem was very unusual. (Luca Cinquini-Steel)
I found it interesting that the Luftwaffe dropped incendiary bombs on Coventry Cathedral. (George Patten)
I really liked the fact that Coventry decided to keep the ruins of the old cathedral. (Mia Darby)
I enjoyed learning about the story of the peace cranes (India Clarke)
I liked the Chapel of Unity because there was a sloping floor, a dove in the middle and continents round the sides. (Harry West)
Here is a selection of poems and prayers that Year 6 wrote at the end of their day at Coventry Cathedral:
Peace, Hope, Reconciliation by Dino Gallone
Peace glides into the hearts of people, who forgive their enemies,
Hope floats through the air, looking to comfort the heartbroken people
Reconciliation is in us all somewhere, ready to make a new world of harmony.
Please help us to forgive, even when it is hard to do so,
Please let there be hope in the world, even when it is hard to think so,
Please let there be peace in the world for ever and ever.
Let peace spread across the world and let people consume it,
Let hope be with us every second of every day of every hour of every year,
Let reconciliation become part of us and one of us forever.
Help us to forgive other people’s sins as we would like them to forgive us.
Help us to make peace with our enemy and apologise to those we have hurt.
Help us to see that after the darkest night there is always light.
Year 4 Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon (13.10.14)Posted: 17th October 2014
I really liked it when we went into Shakespeare’s house and saw where he was born. We also saw Queen Elizabeth’s real signature. By Phoebe Thomas
I enjoyed the Tudor writing, it was fun but very hard. I tried to copy Elizabeth’s signature but it didn’t work! By Milena Bell
I liked it when we did the Tudor shopping as I liked working out how much I could buy. I also enjoyed looking at the details on the Tudor coins. By Lauren Hewett
I loved the Shakespeare Centre and I really liked writing my name with the quill and stamping the pieces of paper. By Sophie Lloyd
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