On September 26th 2023, Calder Class, including two pupils from Bleasdale class, visited the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition at Manchester Museum.
Calder class has been learning about pharaohs this term. The first hand evidence of mummification and elaborate sarcophagus structures brought their learning to life.
The pupils loved using the ICT equipment which provided x-rays of real-life mummies in the exhibition. The pupils were also amazed at the intricate details of the stone hieroglyphics also on show.
Whilst we were there, we ventured into other exhibit halls. The dinosaur and fossil room was a big hit. We could have stayed for many, many hours exploring the vast museum pieces, but time was against us. Some of the pupils were mesmerised by the hustle and bustle of the big city – especially the ‘skyscrapers’.
On the 19th September Bleasdale class participated in their first culture capital with a visit to the Sealife centre in Blackpool. This visit is closely connected to the class Topic this term, which is called the Blue Abyss.
The students had the challenge of asking questions about the sea creatures’ diets and to keep a close eye on their physical characteristics. Almost immediately they began to ask questions to the staff working there and they were allowed to touch some of the starfish, crabs and some egg cases, which they were all thrilled about.
As the students explored the sealife centre they began to be fascinated with all the different types of sea creatures and the favourite of all was the stingray, along with the different types of eels a close second.
Oakenclough class enjoyed a visit to Beacon Fell for their Cultural Capital trip this half term.
The children used their observations to collect appropriate materials for creating their own bug habitats over the coming weeks.
This will enable the children to make observations and develop their knowledge of how an animal’s habitat is purposeful for their survival to enhance their understanding within our Science topic. The children were able to get close to nature on a minibeast adventure looking for habitats in the local environment.
In addition, the children enjoyed working as a team in a den building activity; they thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
Today’s Culture Capital trip involved Calder class visiting Morecambe Crabbing Pool. This was a new school experience for all of the pupils. Some of them had been ‘crabbing’ when on holidaying with their families. One of the class members is a keen angler. He was eager to put his skills into action.
The class had all the relevant equipment, and a super-charged spirit to catch a bounty of crabs. Unfortunately, the crabs weren’t tempted by the bacon bait and many of the pupils were disheartened. However, there was lots of peer on peer support and a dogged determination to succeed.
The few pupils that did find some crabs were spontaneously congratulated by their peers. Dark rain clouds meant an early finish but the pupils were cheerful and chatty on the drive back to school.
A group of year 6 leavers had a very exciting time staying over night at Waddecar activity centre.
The afternoon was spent getting stuck in to outdoor activities including stream walking.
Team work was absolutely essential during the high tower building exercise using climbing frames and ropes.
Having used gross motor skills and and team work to great effect the pupils then had opportunity to hone there fine motor skills on the shooting range.
Using air rifles under strict guidance from the tutor the pupils excelled at target practice.
Friendships and fond memories were embedded. Happy times as the end of their Calder Lodge journey nears an end.
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