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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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...
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 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.
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.
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 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...
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...