On Thursday, the Year Five children enjoyed an engaging introduction The Maya.
They learnt about the three calendars, the different worlds that the Maya believed in and how they were destroyed. Children were dressed up in traditional clothing and carried out tasks that would have been demanded of them had they been naughty! These included sweeping with a very short broom all through the night, being pricked by pins and having to lie, naked and tied up, all day on the damp ground. (The last two weren't practised!)
Year 5 led the school's Harvest Assembly today. Beginning with a sad but beautifully sung song, The Harvest of Love, they captivated the school's attention. They invited the school to discuss what Harvest means to them before sharing a choral poem, Harvest Sprout. Following this each class shared what they had been learning to understand harvest.
On Wednesday afternoon our sixteen Sport Crew Leaders went to Herne Bay High School along with other primary schools for an afternoon of training in sports events. The children were taught how to organise games and events to help them prepare and help out at future events.
On Thursday, members of the School Council travelled by mini-bus and speedy catamaran to the Houses of Parliament. In two small groups they were given a tour of the Central Lobby, St Stephen's Hall and Westminster Hall. They walked through the Votes for Women exhibition and learnt how the role and value of women has changed drastically over the last 100years.
Following the tour, we returned to the education centre for a workshop. The children solved riddles to identify how the power of the Monarchy and Government had changed over the last 800years. The children gained an understanding of their own power as they grow up in a democratic society rather than if they had been alive during King John I's reign.
Last week staff and children from Year 5 set off on a camping adventure to Bushcraft in Hatfield Woods. For many it was their first time away from home so there was a mixture of nerves and excitement.