Our Spring Term Learning
This term we are becoming global activists, campaigners, inventors and innovators in order to help the United Nations achieve their global goals to improve our world. As well as learning, we will be changing the world. Hey, we love a challenge! The skills we will be developing are outlined below and keep checking back for updates as our work develops.
After researching to find out more about the goals, the children have decided they would like to focus on helping achieve Goal 15 - Life On Land. We are currently unpicking the problems facing the world in this area and will be ready to announce our projects soon.
Along the way, we have been learning some new vocabulary and a great deal about the world around us. Please talk to the children about what they are learning - it really helps them to embed their knowledge and understanding. Whenever relevant, the children will come home with a 'Talk to me about...' sticker (you should have seen some by now), so please do start a discussion.
Our theme this term is 'On This Day'. We will be developing the skills to delve deeply into one key, but often over-looked, event in history and its impact on modern life.
At the moment we are using our detective skills to piece together the clues we have been given to work out exactly what happened on this day, making connections between the evidence we have found.
The Red Flag Law
We experienced how Evelyn Ellis felt being limited to driving at 4mph. We all wanted to go faster! A strange, Victorian gentleman (who looked a bit like Mr Reeves) stopped us travelling at speed, as we had to follow him as he warned people we were coming.
Ellis wanted this law changed, so in the afternoon we met with our local MP...
Farmer Alun & The Angry Villagers
Yesterday, the 11th October 1895, Farmer Alun (a man who looked a little like our Mr Reeves) got the whole village together for a meeting because he wants to keep the red flag law to stop cars driving too fast.
We all had different jobs, like the coach house owners, pooper-scoopers, tanners and blacksmiths. First of all, Farmer Alun explained how tragic it would be without the red flag law and why. After he had explained his ideas, he helped us with the language of opinion and persuasion and we went off to come up with our own ideas related to our job. (By RP, MK & TE)
Letters to George Allsop (Worcestershire MP 1895)
After a visit from the Hon. Mr Allsop, we were asked to write letters of correspondence that he could share with Robert Cecil. Here is a taste. More to follow soon...
In my view, as a horse and cart driver, we shouldn’t have cars on the roads because they are actually very dangerous. For example, just last week one of my most loved horses reared with horror from these horrible beasts on wheels supposedly called “cars” and one of my fellow friends got hurt because the cart tipped over and now he doesn’t trust any horse or pony. Also, my best, bravest and most energetic horse which once loved to go out on a ride now hides out at the back of her stall and flattens her ears and bears her teeth whenever I say ride. Who wants a horse if it doesn’t like the road and won’t go on it? (VP)