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Remote Control Car Proficiency Test

Our Wednesday group was set a challenge at the start of Summer Term. They had to design a way to test if younger pupils could use a remote-control car safely. The idea was then to test some of the KS1 and KS2 pupils on the course they designed. If they could do it properly then we would award them a proficiency certificate (a bit like the cycling one they run). Our last session was last Friday afternoon and all 11 of the pupils who took part were passed.

If you want to see how we did all this you can click HERE.

 

This entry was posted on 10th May 2016

Road Safety ICT Sessions

Over the past few weeks we have been using some of our ICT lessons to examine traffic. We used video and images to record the different ways cars are slowed down on Cotmanhay Road. Others have been researching local and national accident figures. We have also examined some of the history behind safety features on cars and UK road. Our findings have been presented in this film - which was made by Adam.

If you want to see the film you can click HERE.

This entry was posted on 6th May 2016

Amy's PE lessons

We have had a new PE instructor for 3 weeks. Amy has been working with Laura to teach us new dances, hula-hoops and some really trickly aerobic exercises. The sessions were all hard work but lots of fun.

If you want to see how we got on you can click HERE.

This entry was posted on 29th April 2016

Our final Bushcraft session

Wednesday saw our last session with Ian at Shining Cliff Woods. He set up an Easter Egg Hunt using OS grid references for us to find our tasty treats. The winter weather hasn't been that bad but we have walked, used compasses and learnt a lot about looking after ourselves over the last 5 to 6 months.

If you want to see what we did on our final session yo can click HERE.

This entry was posted on 24th March 2016

New Bushcraft posts

After several technical difficulties we can share our latest Bushcraft videos today. We did some compass work two weeks ago and yesterday we had a second go at outdoor cooking.

If you want to see the compass video click HERE.

if you want to see the cooking video click HERE.

This entry was posted on 17th March 2016

Camouflage at Bushcraft

This week our intrepid explorers used the warm weather to disguise themselves. Two of the group went off with Ian and built a camouflaged hide. The others had to follow the trail and find them. Sounds easy doesn't it? It wasn't. You can follow how they got on in you click HERE.

This entry was posted on 1st March 2016

Shelters in Bushcraft

This week in beautiful winter sunlight we spent our Wednesday session learning how to use a plastic sheet and rope to build a shelter. You need 2 trees not too far apart and a few knots in your bag of tricks. Once you have that it's not too difficult.

If you want to see how we got on then you can click HERE.

This entry was posted on 11th February 2016

Valentine's Adverts

This term we have been working on a small enterprise topic. As part of the group work our 3 groups have made adverts to show off the products they hope to sell. These are now available for viewing.

If you want to see Jordan H + Josh sell Georgina For Men click HERE.

If you want to see Jordan R + kien sell Hearts in Boxes click HERE.

If you want to see Adam, Harley + Miriam sell The Love Experts click HERE.

We...

This entry was posted on 11th February 2016

Bush Tucker

A change this week. Ian brought a batch of camp stoves and we used them to make a camp-lunch of pasta, sauce and chorizo. All very delicious!!!

If you want to see how we did this you can click HERE.

This entry was posted on 2nd February 2016

Bushcraft on Week 3

This was another walking week. We started at our usual point in Shining Cliff woods and followed a circular route of 7 different points. This was our biggest distance yet - we covered about four and a half kilometers in just over three hours. NExt week we're having a rest and cooking on the open fire.

If you want to see how we did it - click HERE.

This entry was posted on 22nd January 2016

Circular walk at Shipley Park

Today we spilt up into 2 groups and used new maps to navigate our way around the edge of Shipley Park - a total of about 4 kilometres. It took us just over 3 hours and luckily the weather held out. We are getting fitter and can walk much longer distances now - and some of us can use a map really well.

You can see some of our adventures by clicking HERE.

This entry was posted on 13th January 2016

Our first Spring Term Bushcraft session

We started our coldest term in blazing sunshine and clear blue skies. Our job today was to walk to the same campsite but using a different route in and out. This helped us practise reading maps and following paths to get to where we want to go. Lighting a fire was very difficult as all the rain had soaked the firewood we found. Clever Ian had a trick up his sleeve - but it still took ages to boil the kettle. We finished with a big game of predator.

If you want to see how we got on you can click HERE.

This entry was posted on 12th January 2016

Our final session of Bushcraft before Christmas

Today was all about hiking. We parked the bus at the bottom of the hill, by the river, and we all walked up into our campsite and back down. this was a long way and part of our attempts to build up our endurance. You can see how we got on by clicking HERE.

This entry was posted on 9th December 2015

Our War and Remembrance Topic

This has been a whole-term topic and lots of work has been done since September. If you want to see some of what 3M have been up to over the past 4 months you can watch a video about it HERE.

This entry was posted on 8th December 2015

Parkour PE session

We had a term working with Laura Bowley on PE. She gave us a whole series of exciting sessions based around free-running or parkour. this got us running, jumping, rolling and combining moves to try and move stylishly around the hall.

You can see what we managed to do by clicking HERE.

This entry was posted on 7th December 2015

Bushcraft continues

We were lucky with the waether this week. One group again used their maps to walk up into the woods while the others set up camp. It was dry enough to make and cook bread this time. The little rolls were cooked on our open fire.

If you want to see what we got up to then please click HERE.

This entry was posted on 4th December 2015

The Piano by Aidan Gibbons

This week we are doing some literacy work based around a short animation entitled The Piano. If you have never seen this wonderful piece then follow the link HERE.

This entry was posted on 1st December 2015

More Bushcraft

This week we extended our map work and our distance walking. One group of 3 (JordanH, Jordan R + Kien) were dropped off before the woods. They navigated their way to the campsite using maps and trying to assess the distance. Their time was excellent. The others set up camp for them. We finished with a quick game of predator.

If you want to see the video we took click HERE.

This entry was posted on 27th November 2015

Our third week of Bushcraft

This week our carefully planned blend of map reading skills and bush cooking was ruined by the weather. We still had to hunt for hidden ingredients with our maps to make bread and bacon on the fire BUT the rain turned up in force after lunch. You can't mix flour in the rain so we settled for warm bacon and drying out back in school.

If you want to watch our video about this week you can click HERE.

 

This entry was posted on 19th November 2015

Our second week of bushcraft

This term we are going to learn about how to use a map. Our first steps (literally) were taken today. So we can better understand how far away something is on a map Ian had us counting the number of steps we need to walk 100 metres. If we can be accurate then we know how far we have to go. This makes it harder to get lost. It is a tricky skill whcih we will practice again over the next few weeks. 

If you want to see our video from this week then click HERE.

This entry was posted on 13th November 2015

Bushcraft at Shining Cliff Woods 4th November 2015

For the next three half-terms our Wednesday group will be travelling to Shining Cliff Woods in Ambergate near Belper. There we meet up with Ian Cresswell who is our Bushcraft instructor. He shows us how to look after ourselves outdoors during all kinds of weather. However, we will be there for the whole of the winter period. Wrapping up warm will be essential!!!

You can see our first week's video if you click HERE.

This entry was posted on 10th November 2015

RE lessons this term

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3M have been learning about the idea of a 'Just War' in RE this term. We looked at the terrible events of 9-11 and asked if it was right to invade a country because of what happened. We are also learning about some of the events surrounding the Holocaust during World War 2. We did some research on Anne Frank and how her family stayed hidden for...

This entry was posted on 9th November 2015

Ilkeston Drill Hall visit

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On Thursday the 15th 3M visited the Cadets Drill Hall in Ilkeston. This was a part of our War and Remembrance topic as the hall was once home to the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and the school has pupils with relatives who served in...

This entry was posted on 22nd October 2015

Erewash Canal Canoe Trip

On Wednesday 21st October our last Adventurous Activities trip was a northerly paddle up the erewash canal behind the school. We used 2 person kayaks and were out for about 3 hours at the mercy of the elements. You can see our video of the day's adventuring if you click HERE

This entry was posted on 22nd October 2015

Abseiling at Millers Dale Viaduct

This Wednesday we joined Sara at Tideswell outside Bakewell. The Monsal Trail is a long cycle route that runs along the line of an old railway. Part of the way along is the Millers Dale Viaduct - a span bridge about 90 feet high. it is now a favourite site for abseiling for Derbyshire schools. All of our five young adventurers made the drop more than once. Well done everyone.

If you want to see how we did watch the video HERE.

This entry was posted on 16th October 2015

Erewash Museum and The Great War

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Today we visited the Erewash Museum. Debbie showed us around and we followed a learning trail - finding facts about the war in every museum room. We also discussed how men lived in the trenches and made some poppies.

This entry was posted on 13th October 2015

Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum

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On Thursday the 24th 3M visiited the NMA near Lichfield. This is a big site full of different memorials to soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who died in wars. There are other memorials too including a memorial to wartime...

This entry was posted on 13th October 2015

River Walking in Beeley

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This Wednesday our session was river walking. In full waterproofs, helmets and welly boots we trudged up through the river that runs through the Hell Bank Plantation in the Peak District. (We cant find out why it's called that though.) It was a new session and great fun but quite tricky. It's really hard to see the river bed so your feet slip quite easily. The slide part was good though. Thanks to Sara for all the spare, dry kit.

If you want to see the film we made of our adventures...

This entry was posted on 13th October 2015

New Year - new class

Hi everyone and welcome to the 3M blog. Mick, Ben and Chantelle help run the class this year. There are 6 of us working hard and we will use this page to keep you up to date as we go along. Enjoy!

This entry was posted on 13th October 2015

Erewash Museum evacuation experience 12th October

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On Monday we had our last visit to see Debbie at the museum. She told us all about the expreiences of thousands of children druing World War 2 who were moved away from the cities and into the safety of the countryside. This was...

This entry was posted on 13th October 2015

Debbie's Leaving Film

We thought we would include a link to the film we showed Debbie at her leaving assembly.

If you want to see it click HERE.

This entry was posted on 13th October 2015
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