KS2 trip to the National Coal Mining Museum

Everyone in Key Stage Two enjoyed their trip to the Mining Museum last week even though the journey was incredibly long! Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on the day and made it possible. The children learnt a lot and many challenged themselves to go 140 feet underground in the dark and ‘clanky’ cage lift even though they were quite worried about it. The underground tour was a unique experience and the ex-miners who gave the tours were both humorous and knowledgeable. The children also enjoyed their free time in the large play area before our journey back – on which many of them fell asleep!

More of our marvellous, mighty mountain work.

This week we have been able to add the first paper mache layer to our mountains, whilst learning in geography about different parts of a mountain such as plateau, foot, slope, summit and outcrop. Hopefully next week we will be painting our mountains and then displaying them after half-term. Also this week we were able to see some items of equipment and maps that real mountaineers use, including an ice pick! Unfortunately the photo size is a bit of a problem at the moment and I can’t add any pictures into the blog post. I am working on it!


Happy New Year!

We have had a very busy start to the New Year with most of the class starting swimming lessons this week and the year four pupils undertaking pedestrian training. I was really proud to note that the behaviour both at swimming and throughout the pedestrian training was exemplary and all of class 3 represented Brandesburton Primary school really well. We have also made a start on our new theme and can define exactly what a mountain is. We have also started building 3D mountain models that we will add papier mache to next week. In English the pupils have been very amused to discover the meanings of some old proverbs and we have also tried to use some of them in class such as ‘two heads are better than one’ and ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’. It has been a pleasure to see that the pupils have all come back full of enthusiasm for learning and I am sure that we will have a great term.

Design Technology Work

Class 3 had a VERY busy week last week with lots of different activities happening. At the beginning of the week, the pupils completed their design technology work; designing, making and evaluating their air-raid shelter and gardens. They were all very proud of their work and rightly so. They were all able to say what they enjoyed, which bits were tricky, what skills they had to use and how they would improve their design next time. Well done class 3!

A Taste of History …

On Friday KSw2 had a visit from Else the history lady. The pupils had the opportunity to help prepare and sample lots of authentics WWI recipes. There were also examples of artefacts and toys from WWII. The pupils also found out about what wedding cakes were made out of during WWII due to rationing.

Science work this week

Class 3 have been working on lots of different activities this week to help us learn about the human skeleton and the bones in our body.
As well as making their own skeletons, the class have had the chance to use non-fiction books, ipads and the laptop to research facts about bones for our class science book, design a wordsearch using scientific bone names, label a lifesize skeleton cutout (thanks to Harry!) with bone names and complete a human body jigsaw. It has been a busy week and the children have participated well in everything they have been asked to do.


More WWII cookery and a visitor to class 3!

Well done everyone who decided to try out some of the WWII cookery recipes over the weekend (and mums, dads and grandparents too!) We have had a feast today of Savoury Charlotte made by Seb and dark sticky gingerbread made by Anya and Mia and also some gingerbread I made. Tomorrow we have more gingerbread and some chocolate oatmeal biscuits to look forward too. I hope you all enjoyed putting your instruction work in to practice and making these tasty treats.
Today we also had a visit from ‘granny Carey’ who was an evacuee in Eyemouth during WWII. The children had lots and lots of questions to ask her and she gave a really interesting talk on her experiences, including the day bombs were dropped over Eyemouth, childhood games she played and why house windows were covered in sticky tape. Mrs Carey also brought in two bags of sweets for the children to share which the class were surprised to learn amounted to two months rations of sweets during the war!