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.
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.
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!
Checking out a model train. Amazingly all of the trains are made from old cereal boxes that are then spray painted with metallic paint.
On Friday we will be bringing home our brand new homework journals for the 2015/2016 school year. Every week we will be set a new homework challenge to complete in our journals using no more than one double page of our journal.
Our first challenge is called ‘I love…’ – click on the link to view the challenge Homework Challenge Menu – I Love
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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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