A day at Bletchley Park – the home of code-breaking!

Today year 6 and Miss MacDonald visited the awesome Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes. Bletchley Park was a vitally important place during World War II where many people worked in top secret to crack the codes of the enemy!

Many of the workers who were based at Bletchley Park were sworn to secrecy about the work they carried out here and it’s only in more recent years that we’ve discovered the phenomenal things they achieved here.

During the day year 6 got to crack some codes of their own and explored this truly wonderful place, a place that is so important in British history.

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Our day at Barrow Hill Roundhouse…

We were really lucky to be invited to Barrow Hill Roundhouse – the only working railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom – for the ‘Ticket To Ride’ steam gala event. The Roundhouse is an amazingly atmospheric place – as soon as you step inside you feel as though you’ve been transported to a bygone age!

At the steam gala there were lots and lots of famous steam engines including the Duke of Sutherland, a train that we had been learning about in class. The Duke of Sutherland once pulled the Royal Train with Queen Elizabeth II on board!

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last working railway roundhouse in the UK.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last working railway roundhouse in the UK.

We were truly inspired by the model trains made by a gentleman who used to work at the Roundhouse. In fact we were so inspired that we are going to have a homework competition to make our own model trains that will then be judged by the gentleman himself.

Thank you to everybody at Barrow Hill Roundhouse who made us feel so welcome, we look forward to coming back again very soon!

Here we are admiring some amazing model trains, including a huge model of Barrow Hill Roundhouse!

Here we are admiring some amazing model trains, including a huge model of Barrow Hill Roundhouse!

 

Checking out a model train. Amazingly all of the trains are made from old cereal boxes that are then spray painted with metallic paint.

Checking out a model train. Amazingly all of the trains are made from old cereal boxes that are then spray painted with metallic paint.

A day at the Proact Stadium

Yesterday we spent the day at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield. The stadium is the home of our local football club, Chesterfield F.C. We were joined by the day by our friends from Poolsbrook Primary School.

We were taking part in the first ever Inspire Media Academy day. This day involved us developing some of our reading, writing, maths and communication skills. We took part in the speed cage challenge, and then worked out average speeds. We had a go at commentating on a real football match using the ‘language of football’ and then we enjoyed a full stadium tour meeting the assistant manager Brian Carey and footballers Tommy Lee, Dan Jones and Gboly Ariyibi.

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Well done Sam and Harvey!

Sam and Harvey have recently started playing for a football team outside of school. They play for Chesterfield Junior Blues Comets. On Saturday they contributed to a great first performance for their team!

Well done!

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Today we discovered Chesterfield!

Today we’ve kicked off the school year with a really interesting visit to the centre of our home-town, Chesterfield.

We are Oaks - 2015/2016!

We are Oaks – 2015/2016!

We started the day by visiting Chesterfield Museum where we found out all about how Chesterfield has grown it started out as a town way back in the time of the Romans. We found out about the jobs that our ancestors would have probably been involved with. We even had a go on some old household devices such as this old washing machine that Harvey and Sam are demonstrating here!

Sam and Harvey demonstrate how to use a washing machine of the past - it was hard work!

Sam and Harvey demonstrate how to use a washing machine of the past – it was hard work!

Following our visit to the museum we headed to our most famous landmark – the Crooked Spire. We sat with our sketch books and drew some fabulous images of the Spire and its’ features. Leoni chose to send her brilliant art work home as a ‘Work Selfie’ – she’s the first person in Oaks class to send home a ‘work selfie’.

Here is Leoni with her awesome sketches.

Here is Leoni with her awesome sketches.

A brilliant place to do some observational sketching!

A brilliant place to do some observational sketching!

We then explored the inside of the church and saw some volunteers making a fabulous well-dressing. This is a piece of art created with petals, leaves and seeds. We might even be inspired to create our own using materials from our Peace Garden back at BHPS.

Following on from our visit to the Crooked Spire, we visited the Shambles – this is the oldest part of Chesterfield. The Royal Oak pub in the Shambles is one of the oldest buildings in Chesterfield. It’s been around since the 12th century!

Next up as we return to BHPS tomorrow, we’ll be using all of our researched information and photographs to create visitor guides to our brilliant home town of Chesterfield.

Here we are enjoying our lunch in front of the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield.

Here we are enjoying our lunch in front of the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield.

 

We’re ready to go again!

It’s September 2015 and we’re all set for another exciting year of learning in years 5 and 6 here at Barrow Hill Primary School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK.

We are looking forward to connecting with other learners around the world – we’d love it if you could leave us a comment on our blog, we’ll be sure to return it if you leave us a link to your class blog!

In the Autumn Term 1 our topic will be ‘Discover Derbyshire’ where we will be discovering more about our fantastic home county.

It’s also an extra special year for year 5 and 6 this year as we move into our brand new classroom later in the Autumn term!

Let’s get the show on the road!

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