Houses of Parliament

10338715_879302102095188_2034237961079876197_nAfter a project that involved dramatising the gunpowder plot and debating lots finally the Juniors were able to visit the Palace of Westminster itself.

Getting there on the underground and posing with Big Ben was just the start!

We were taken around and learned a lot about our ancient democracy. Some of us nearly incurred the wrath of Black Rod by “nearly” sitting down in the Commons. Phew that was a close one.

We also had fun trying to work out who the statues were of the prime ministers in the lobby. It made Emlyn feel very old as he could remember a  few of them. He found Margaret a bit scary but was reassured by Harold and Edward.

Then to St James’ Park for lunch and a viewing of the pelicans.

The Big Bang Fair

IMAG0270 (1)On 14th March 2014, Year 10 pupils attended The Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC – a huge display of the many varied aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths.  Designed to widen students’ awareness of possible careers and to discover the role of these subjects in perhaps some unexpected places.
There was almost too much to cover, but among the activities our students tried controlling a nuclear power station, saw chemical reactions used to create special effects for TV and admired some fine engineering from the likes of Rolls Royce and JCB.  IMAG0259
For some reason the stalls for welding with chocolate and building with marshmallows and straws were particularly popular with the crowds.
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Trip to Sherlock Holmes Museum

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The Year 8’s have been study Conan Doyle’s writing of Sherlock Holmes.  We have read and studied numerous stories with the main focus being on ‘The Red-Headed League’.  On Tuesday 10th December 2013 we embarked on a train to London to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Regent’s Park.  The setting for the museum is an old Victorian House over 4 floors including the attic.  Each room had a different theme with the top floor focusing on specific stories including ‘The Red-Headed League’.  After looking around the museum we went down into the gift shop and then had lunch in Regents Park.  It was a great day enjoyed by all.

History Trip

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Pupils from year 6-8 travelled to Battle Abbey in East Sussex on the 947th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in order to bring to life their study of the subject. Pupils had a tour of the Abbey and English Heritage staff ran 2 sessions in full costume, including dressing up individual pupils as characters in the story, where students were firstly treated to demonstrations of fighting techniques of the period. This also involved interactive discussions on what it would have been like to live at that time. Secondly we learnt about the life in the Abbey and experienced the speakers’ particular knowledge on monastic life, such as the living conditions they endured. Both parents and staff contributed to the day by driving.
This was a very enjoyable day and we feel pupils gained a lot by our trip.

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Landscape Drawing Workshop at Buckingham Palace

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On Monday 9th September 2013 in a somewhat damp conditions a group of GCSE Art students together with some Year 9 students headed to Buckingham Palace for a Landscape Drawing Workshop.

They experienced some of the paintings in The State Rooms with an expert from The Palace before heading out into the grounds for some sketching.
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Geography Field Trip ~ Year 7-9

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Year 7, 8 and 9 walked to nearby Hatfield Forest for an all-day field trip. We collected data on footpath trampling and erosion in three different locations, practised drawing field sketches and sketch maps and carried out questionnaires on some very helpful visitors to the forest. The year nines carried out valley profile measurements near the ‘London Bridge’. We had a picnic lunch by the lake, and some of the children enjoyed playing football! We ended the day with ice creams from the shop before walking back to school. The sun shone all day – the Lord is gracious. The pupils are now processing the data they collected, which will soon be put on a display at school – watch this space.