Every term for the last three years, children from Key Stage 2 have participated in the South Lakes Pupil Parliament. Our latest cohort went to the first session of this year’s Parliament on Thursday and had a fantastic time.
Our pupils had a chance to meet and quiz Tim Farron, our local MP, as well as take part in presentations and learn all about how Parliament works from Rachel Dodgson, the fantastic Parliament Education Officer for our area.
We always enjoy this opportunity to celebrate our democracy and learn about the rule of law in our country, especially in the grand setting of the Netherwood Hotel. As always it was a challenging day for the pupils as they worked together with pupils from other schools to decide what our key issue should be for the year ahead. After presentations we held an electronic ballot to vote on what to do.
When we got back to school we shared our learning with the other pupils in school, which is something we normally do. We have also ordered an election toolkit from Parliament so that we can run our own Mock General Election. We are excited about being democratic in the year ahead!
Of all the events in the Christian calendar which we celebrate, Harvest is one the the most enjoyable, as it gives all of the children an opportunity to think about what our values mean in practice and how we can help others.
This year our children had a new approach to Harvest: instead of preparing traditional harvest boxes for older members of the Dentdale community, the Class 2 children made chutneys for them from locally sourced apples. This meant that they were able to collect food instead for a food-bank in Kendal, and will be exploring how they can help to serve others there.
As always it was a lovely occasion and we greatly appreciate the support of those community members who joined us for our celebration.
Class 1, who have also been learning about Harvest in RE, also joined in by performing a harvest poem which they had written.
This term Radical Writers Club is alternating each week with STEM Club on Wednesday nights. This week (Wednesday 25th) is STEM Club. Last time they had real fun creating flying mice!
Today Years 1-6 had a superb afternoon walking to Gawthrop to watch the Tour of Britain pass through Dentdale. What an inspiring performance! We all enjoyed the walk via Mill Beck which gave us a chance to look at the village and the dale from a new angle.
When we arrived at our excellent vantage point we had a lot of time to spare, but we enjoyed watching the huge entourage of support vehicles, police motorbikes, stewards, cameramen, etc. come flying past us up the hill.
Finally we had our chance to cheer as the riders blasted past us up the steep road into Barbondale, as the TV helicopter hovered noisily overhead. Afterwards Class 1 caught a lift home in Jill’s bus, whilst Class 2 marched back through the fields and arrived back at school in time to watch live as Mathieu van der Poel stormed to victory in Kendal.
What a fantastic afternoon!
Welcome back to school for the new academic year. We have had a great few days back in school already, and we have LOVED having our four new reception pupils in too.
It’s already becoming a busy term, so please see our ‘Recent Letters’ page for info about clubs, our trip on Tuesday and much more. We are looking forward to a great term and we hope you are too!