What a busy final half-term we have had in Year 5! The Town Trail was definitely a key event for both classes with Mr Forgham providing the children with a fascinating insight into Bishop’s Stortford’s past. Mr Forgham gave the children the task of being ‘history detectives’ for the day, and they were absolutely up to the challenge, often impressing the adults with their general knowledge and detective skills. Highlights of the day included St Michael’s church, the Market Square (at the bottom of what was aptly named Dung Hill Lane) and a visit to the top of the castle mound. A good time was had by all – despite the weather not being completely on our side. The children behaved very well and were enthusiastic participants.
During our eventful Town Trail outings, Year 5 noticed there was quite a bit of litter on the route we took around Bishop’s Stortford. When asked how they might contribute to improving their community, many of them suggested a litter pick. In response to their suggestion we arranged to clean up rubbish around the roads and park near our own school. We enlisted the help of TUBS (Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford) who provided advice and some of the equipment needed. Each class was charged with litter picking a slightly different area and they did a fantastic job. Their ‘wombling’ efforts were much appreciated by local residents. Here’s hoping less rubbish on the ground now will mean less rubbish will be dropped in future.
Year 5 were also lucky enough to receive an invitation to Birchwood High School to spend a morning in their Art department. We started by going outside to have a lie down – the actual purpose of which was for the children to trace around each other and create silhouette shapes which they then cut out. The abstract shapes were then randomly placed on the floor in the art room to create a collaborative temporary installation. The result was so effective – we even got to walk on it afterwards! Next we cut out smaller scale pieces of card to slot together to make individual sculptures. The tricky part was getting them to stand up – and not fall apart! Finally we used clay to make our own sculpture some of the children used their card sculpture as a stimulus whilst others preferred to make a more freestyle creation. Either way we had a great time and fitted so many activities into just one morning. Here’s hoping they invite us back again next year!