Did you know there was a Roman road just around the corner?
Did you also know there are the remains of Roman fort in Bradwell – just over the hill?
We’ve been finding out all about our local Roman history and to help us we invited the History Van to help us embark on a day of first hand finding out! A BIG thank you to the PTFA for paying.
We designed bridges structures – learning that when designing an archway the bricks need to be placed in a particular shaped order – and the keystone is the key to its strength.
We learnt about Roman costume and the shape of the shield in showing the type of soldier you are. Auxiliary men used round shields!
Did you know that Roman shields were mainly made of wood.
The romans worshipped Arnamente a goddess who they believed would cure their illnesses so they gave a sacrifice at the river crossing in Brough, near Bradwell.
Volcanic eruptions to flying toilet paper and Newston’s laws of gravity to rocket launching. Every one at Eyam really got stuck into learning about Science.
We learnt that the harder you jump the higher it will fly, that also the Laws of gravity tell us that an equal and opposite force is acting on the rocket so eventually it will sink back to earth.
We found that there was wind resistance so the rockets didn’t always go where we wanted them to! We did find Joel’s rocket.
Please read Olivia’s explanation of how the rockets flew – Olivia
Boffin Joel carried out lots of experiments: He kept a match alight through making oxygen with Hydrogen peroxide, washing up liquid and potassium iodine.
He also used sodium poly acrylate crystals to show us that liquid can quickly become a solid and not pour over Mr Wright’s head!
A favourite was the air pressure waves that made the toilet paper fly up even though the air source was facing downwards.
Hedge hogs had been making a Science projects at home and told us all about them in Worship – what a lot they already know!
As well as going to Chesterfield to climb the corked tower and learn about the windless mechanism, Owls made models back at school and have started designing their own fair ground rides.
At the end of Science week Science Fair for parents to see our topic work the Squirrel class children also explained how they had been testing various materials for their strength, conductivity, water proof qualities and sound proofing – showing results in arrange of ways including scatter graphs, charts and well constructed explanations and conclusions. They have also carried out online video research to compare and recommend the use of plastic and glass bottles – all linked to our Eco topic on waste and the 3Rs.
And to finish the project all the Infants visited Chatsworth House to study the fabulous dress designs – Hedgehogs have spent the half term considering various types of design so to see famous articles and dresses was a grand finale!
Look how much fun we are having! A day of challenge and over-coming fears, team work and communication, racing and chasing and learning that we can all enjoy the outdoors.
‘I liked the buggies when everyone went around the track!’ said Christopher.
‘The obstacle course was my favourite because of the Tarzan rope!’ Charlie said.
Daniel said, ‘I thought the map reading was the best because you had to read the map properly to find things.’
‘My best thing was the indoor rock climbing because it was really challenging! Olivia thought.
‘Best of all I liked playing the massive game of tig in the party zone,’ reported Bea.
Year Two to Four went on an adventure to Chesterfield Spire
This was all about the structure of the tower as part of our technology and science focus this half term.
Check out the links to see the children’s work and thankyou letters. Once back at school they also made their own reconstructions for the parent’s Science Fair.
We hope you have enjoyed reading some of the wonderful reports and questions on the Fair Trade displays.
The older children ran a Fair trade tea party and invited parents to watch a chocolate sketch all about buying fairly.
Did you know that this year there are a lot of Fair trade chocolate bars available compared to in the past.
The children have been considering what would happen if chocolate or cotton was fairly traded – who would benefit and how?
There are some wonderful reflective pieces of work now on display so do please come and have a read.
Squirrel Class also ran a Fair Trade cake sale – yum yum!
We’ve been enjoying a Fair Trade mid morning snack over the Fortnight too.
Thanks for your support.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2017
Everyone looked AMAZING in their booky outfits and we managed to raise over £50 for Book Aid
The day reminded us if how much reading we really do in a day and also all the different types of books we enjoy. Having worked with the inspiring author Caryl Hart in school a few weeks ago the children were full of ideas about their favourite books. The children wrote books reviews and shared reading time together.
We hope you saw the middle of last weeks programme of Songs of Praise (March 5th). It showed a wonderful water colour artist, Jenny Hawk working with pupils from Eyam school and exploring her amazing paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross. She took Kate Bottomly the Goggle Box Presenter, on a walk around the village in glorious spring sunshine, talking about the meaning of some of her paintings – they will shortly be going back up in the church yard and in the Church for all to admire. She came to school to share her talents and give a master class to 11 lucky children.
‘It was amazing to see how the paint spread – it felt exciting to watch’
‘It was really absorbing I could have carried on all day’
‘It was cool you could see the feelings in the pictures she had painted’
‘I could feel the darkness in the way Judas handed the bread to Jesus’
‘I liked seeing how the Camera men talked to each other – they were really quiet it was clever’
‘We really enjoyed her visit because she inspired us to have a go, shared her secret techniques and let us use her materials. It was great fun’
Actually the children responded amazingly with comments such as, ‘That must have taken ages’ ‘I really like those hammers they are realistic!’ ‘Its so clever how it makes you feel what was really happening’
‘It was a day to remember’ Thankyou Jenny and the BBC
Wow what a start to the term! All the children had a really varied and interesting day learning about how to be a ‘real’ author. We all liked the fact that she lived locally and even writes at the café in Eyam! She read stories and told us all about how to publish a book as well as giving us lots of top tips for writing.
Favourite moments from a few children
‘We learnt how to write part of a story and then cut bits out making it much better – then we used this skill in our 500 words’
‘Caryl was both funny and realistic using her family for inspiration – that gave us ideas too’
‘She was confident and made a real effort – that was inspiring’
‘We really enjoyed being read to and even though the book was meant for a slightly younger audience it was really funny to listen to’
What a night!
Y 5/6 Basket ball team took the Open Tournament by storm reaching an amazing second place and taking home the prized Spirit of the games cup!
Antony Gell Open Basketball Tournament
On Wednesday the 1st of February Eyam A Team – Fabian, Jacob, Daniel, Seb, Grace, Maddie and Arthur went to play in an Open Basketball Tournament at Antony Gell school. We went with Mr Wright, Mrs Gilbertson and Lucas a Sports Leader from Lady Manners. It was an open competition against other schools in North Derbyshire!
Eyam A team played all the other teams in their league, we tried our best to show the other schools that we were fantastic players. We played 4 matches, winning 2 and drawing 2. Lots of brilliant goals were scored including Fabian’s explosive backwards no looker shot in the first 10 seconds of one match! Grace C also scored some amazing goals. We scored enough goals to come second in our league just 2 points behind the winners! In addition we were awarded the ‘Spirit of the Games cup’ for determined sportsmanship and real effort to do our best.
We all had a great time including the teachers! “It was very thrilling, challenging, amazing and I was so happy when we found out that we had come second!” explained Maddie.
The six Sports Award values of passion, self belief, respect, determination, honesty and teamwork were very much in evidence and the whole team worked so well to tackle each new game with gusto – super work Eyam Team!
What is the spirit of the games award about?