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Curriculum enrichment

Invaders and Settlers

Fernworthy Class have been learning all about Invaders and Settlers.  As part of this history topic, pupils replicated Anglo-Saxon weaving techniques.  The class also attended an Anglo Saxon workshop at Buckfast Abbey’s Education Department, which involved studying a range of artefacts.  Pupils celebrated their learning at the end of the topic by baking Anglo-Saxon bread in our woodland oven.

Art Club

This year our art club has carried out a number of projects.  Some of these have related to craft activities, for example making paper mache money boxes and clay leaf impressions, to learning about famous artists.  Both Piet Mondrian and  Georgia O’Keeffe have inspired pupils’ artwork.

French café

Burrator Class used their language skills to good use by ordering food from a café – using their  French vocabulary!  The afternoon was a great success and some pupils were even confident enough to have their conversations recorded.

Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts (NADSA)

NADSA helped to organise a visit by musicians from Divertimento Quartet. Four musicians came into school to talk about being a professional musician and also their instruments: flutes, violins and cellos. When they played together, they created a beautiful sound! Fernworthy Class and Burrator Class also got the opportunity to sing some songs that they have been learning in music lessons and were accompanied by the professional musicians. These are some comments from the children about the session:

‘We loved conducting, hearing the music go faster and faster.’

‘They really inspired me to practise music so I can play as well as they can for people to enjoy.’

‘We loved the fact that we were involved and they talked to us about their instruments.’

‘ We enjoyed listening and learning about the instruments too – some of them were over 100 years old!’

Fernworthy's Roman Day

Fernworthy Class have been learning all about the Romans and Celts. This is part of a report about Boudicca’s Battle, which was written by Madeleine:

‘The beautiful Boudicca was defeated by us, the Romans, as we moved forward, raging forwards as the Celts ran away in fear for their lives on the battlefield. The Romans crushed the Celts in battle, blood spurting everywhere like an explosion. As the Celts moved forward they got crushed to pieces as the Roman formation was too much for them, so they ran like a wild herd of sheep. One the Romans that survived the battle said, ‘Although Boudicca’s Iceni had many more people, they didn’t have a formation like us. We used the ‘wedge formation’ during the battle and by using this tactic we crushed the Celts!’ The Romans were overjoyed to have won the battle and all their practising of formations and armour paid off, or maybe the Celts just weren’t organised enough on the day.’

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