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Autumn Term 2

We began this term with a mysterious egg appearing in the school playground – What an eggcellent week we all had! We began by interviewing children and members of staff to see whether they had seen or heard anything strange over the weekend. We also spoke to PCSO Liddy who was investigating the case. When we had collected as much information as we could we produced a newspaper report for the CHAD.

All of KS2 went of a trip to the National Coal Mining Museum. We had a fantastic time and especially enjoyed going underground to experience being a miner! It was really scary when they turned the light off on us! At the end we all received a piece of coal and lots of us smeared the coal on our faces. Also, Sally Fletcher led an interesting workshop and she shared her experiences of being a child working in the mines!

Back at school, we really enjoyed continuing to learn about the mines during our Topic lessons. We constructed a time line of major events in the coal mining history and learned about the work of Lord Shaftesbury to improve the lives of women and children working in the mines. We did lots of drama based on the life of a child in the mines and wrote a diary entry for a child. We ended our topic by learning about the important role of the pit ponies.

In English we used Wallace and Gromit as inspiration for our explanation writing.  We studied their manual of ‘Cracking Contraptions’ and had lots of fun designing contraptions of our own which would prepare food, do our homework or tidy our rooms! We then produced detailed explanations of how our contraptions work.

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