On Tuesday, in the freezing wind and rain, Alder class visited Sedgehill Secondary School for a tiny taste of Year 7 lessons. They were introduced to a secondary school timetable and experienced the following lessons:
During the art lesson, the children learnt to mix colours in preparation for creating a collage next week in our follow up session.
Following the art session, they headed to the sports hall for a short break. The hall was large enough to have various games of basket ball and football all going on at the same time. Much fun was had by all - not just the children!
After the break, it was time for history. For their taste of history, children listened to the story of Alphonse the Camel and the Camel killer. They had to use their detective powers to find evidence in the story to work out what they think contributed to poor Alphonse's death. This was a great opportunity for the children to practise their newly acquired speaking and listen skills. What they found frustrating was that there is no right or wrong answer!
Dance, was the final session of the morning. The children got the opportunity to work in a dance studio and created their own Haka style routine.
As you can see from the photographs below, the children had a great time and are, hopefully, looking forward to next week's return visit.
The long awaited trip finally arrived. Alder class were very excited to be visiting Creekside Discovery Centre for our walk in the river. We started off with a short session in the classroom to find out more information about the river we were about to walk in. We learnt that Deptford Creek is part of the River Ravensbourne and it is tidal. One interesting fact we learnt was how Deptford got its name: a 'ford' is a place in a river where it is possible to cross through the water which is where the 'ford' part comes from; 'Dept' is from depth, meaning deep. Deptford simply means, deep ford. Another interesting fact is how Catford got its name. We all thought it was because of the big cat! But no - the name came first. Apparantly, long ago, it was the place where farmers could get their cattle across the river so it became known as 'Catford'.
We also learnt about different features of a river:
In order to walk in the river, we all had to wear waders (extra long wellies), waterproof coats and carry a wooden stick to stop us from falling over. The river was flowing much faster and a bit higher than usual, due to the recent rain. As a result of this, we were unable to walk as far up it as planned; however, we still had a great time looking for artefacts on the river bed, having a duck race and fishing! We found lots of different creatures. It was great fun.
Then it was back to the Centre for lunch which was much needed. We were lucky enough to sit outside in the sunshine to eat it: unexpected in the middle of November.
After lunch, we had a quick session in the classroom and then we went back out to stand on the bridge and sketch the river. As we were sketching, the direction of flow changed. We could see this as the leaves floating on top of the water suddenly changed direction going back up the river the way they had just come. No, this wasn't magic; the tide was coming in.
We all had a great day.