Wandlebury Iron Age Fort

The Juniors went to Wandlebury Iron age fort on Wednesday as part of their project on the iron age. The day was led by staff at the centre. The children were taught for a short while in the classroom.

They then had the opportunity to make bread, which they then cooked on sticks over an open fire and ate them for their snack. They were shown how iron age people would have had to thresh, winnow and grind corn on a quernstone.

  
The children had a very educational tour of the site showing the hill, ring ditch and the way people lived.

The children had lunch in the sunshine and then had a go at weaving with willow twigs, they saw a  partial reconstruction of a round house, which they enjoyed playing in. They had fun practising their skills with a sling shot and tennis ball before having their faces painted like warriors with blue ‘woad’.

Junior Class Explorations Jan/Feb 2017

Year 2 and 3 are looking at Rocks this half term. They spent some time identifying and drawing different rock types, and then doing experiments with the different rocks. They went on a walk round Takeley looking for different rock types – both natural stone and man-made ‘rocks’ (see first photo).

The Juniors have been learning about British prehistory. They looked at cave paintings and made caves and drew some cave art to put in them. The second photo is of their caves and the art inside.
Moving on to the Mesolithic age the Juniors learned about Star Carr and the evidence of round-houses from post holes that have been discovered. They then built their own roundhouses using willow branches from the allotment. (See bottom photo)

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.

Geography Field Trip ~ Year 10

maldonThe year 10 Geography group visited five locations along the length of the River Chelmer in Essex. They collected data to investigate the change in the cross profile of the river from near the source of the river at Thaxted, in Dunmow and near Little Baddow. Finally we visited the river estuary at Maldon. The data they collected is being used as part of their controlled assessment.

The UK coastline

Year 7 Poster

The year sevens created a poster as part of a topic looking at the UK. The UK has 11,000km of coastline. Being made up of Islands, the coast has a large impact on the UK climate, and its history.

The coast has many different landforms, including mudflats, sand dunes, bays, headlands, and stacks.