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The Corn Exchange invited us to participate in a town wide LANTERN MAKING project, created in response to the challenging year they’ve had. They are creating a magical and Covid-safe WINTER LANTERN TRAIL. This will take place over three days between 11th-13th December through the
centre of Newbury, displaying an exciting collection of large sculptures and community made lanterns for families to explore in a socially distanced fashion.
The Mortimer Federation were delighted and excited to take part! Here are some of our children in Lantern Making action.
The West Berkshire Museum kindly lent our lucky Year 3 classes a number of artefacts from the ages. They had the opportunity to explore objects from the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age!
Our Year 1’s had a great time learning to play the drums!
Year 4 trip to Calleva
Year 4 had a great walk to Silchester on Monday 5th October to explore the Roman ruins of Calleva. They walked the full perimeter of the wall and found out what the ruins would have looked like during the Roman period. They also found out about the archaeological digs that have taken place in recent years to discover more about this historical site. “It was great to see something in real life that is from so far back in history” – Abi Williams. “The wall had broken down but you can still imagine what it would have been like” – Albert Prior. Thank you very much to parents/guardians for you support with this trip and ensuring that the children all came dressed and prepared for the muddier conditions.
We read a number of books that showcased Diversity including ‘The Colour of Home; about a refugee boy who comes to live in England. We also explored the life of the poet Benjamin Zephaniah by both reading his autobiography and looking at different biographies that have been written about him.
The children worked in small groups to devise a short role play demonstrating one of the elements of ‘Diversity’ they had learnt about over the unit. These included discrimination, prejudice, stereotyping and respecting similarities and differences between each other.
In Music we listened to songs linked to Diversity and explored lyrics in more detail. We then wrote our own lyrics to part of the song ‘This is Me!’ from The Greatest Showman. We learnt to sing the song and added percussion before performing and recording to then evaluate.
“You may think that we are all the same
let me tell you that that’s not the case.
we are brave, we are strong,
we are where we’re meant to be, proud to be me
Come on now to where we stand
we’re working together to make it shine
We’re not scared to be us
We make no apologies, proud to be me.
As all of the racism starts to kick in
Well, fire away ’cause today, we will let those words fly away
We are pushing through the crowds today
we are reaching for the end
We are all diverse
Yeah, we are all diverse.
We won’t let them take us underground
We know that there’s a place for us
For we are all diverse.”