It’s really important to us at Dent that our pupils are equipped to succeed in all areas of life and that’s why we always make time for Bikeability training. Year 5 & 6 pupils have been taking in part in Bikeability this term and although poor weather initally stopped play on the final day, by the end of February all of the pupils have completed their Level 1 or Level 2 Road Cycling Safety certificate.

Well done to all of the pupils involved for their hard work, and a huge ‘thank you’ to Nick from Cyclewise who was a superb tutor to the children.

KS2 Geography & Geology Workshop

This Term in Class 2 Geography the pupils have been looking at the physical geography of volcanoes and earthquakes around the world, as well as the way those things interact with human geography of cities and settlements around the world.

As part of the topic we invited a local geologist, Steven Wright, into school to hold an interactive geology workshop with the children.

Steven was able to explain the geology of volcanoes to the children using amazing practical models, as well as footage and actual rocks from his many expeditions to live volcanoes around the world.

He also helped children to understand, again with practical resources and samples of different rocks, the way the remarkable geology of our local area contributes to the amazing landscapes around our school.

We always want our curriculum to embrace and connect with our local environment, as well as encouraging pupils to look more broadly at the wider world. Steven was an inspiring figure who helped children to do both of those things

Carlisle Cathedral

After our visit to Tullie House last week, KS2 made our way over to the Cathedral for a ‘Worship & Wonder’ tour and workshop.

It was wonderful opportunity to learn more about the different functions of places of worship to help us in our RE. Beyond that, however, it was an opportunity for spiritual development as pupils had the chance to quietly reflect, to marvel at the astonishing art and architecture of the cathedral, and to contemplate the long history of the site as a place of worship.

As the Cathedral is the venue for the leavers service later in the year, it was helpful for Year 6 to visit in advance and have some time to soak up the special environment for that important milestone.