Year 1 – Marwell Trip

As part of our Enquiry ‘Should zoos exist?’, on Tuesday 15th June Year 1 went to Marwell zoo. We were able to look at all the enclosures and had in depth discussions about them. We all attended some interesting workshops, where we had the opportunity to see the different skulls from the classification groups such as bird, reptile etc.

It was a scorching hot day, but we all learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute!

Thank you to all the children that held Shamblehurst’s name high!

You are all superstars!

Year 1 Team

Year 6 Enquiry – Banksy Artwork

This term in Year 6, our enquiry is based on the question, ‘Does everyone have a voice?’ To begin the enquiry, we discussed whether art could give you a voice and used the artist Banksy as our guide to answering this question.

Having studied some of Banksy’s most famous pieces, we unpicked the meaning behind them, and purpose of them. The children then decided to design and create a Banksy of their own to raise awareness of a cause. Here are some of the results…

Year 2 – Picasso Artwork

Year 2 have been trying to answer the question:

Is everything always as it seems?

Through our art project we have been exploring the concept of: Identity

We have looked at the work of Pablo Picasso.

He painted in lots of different styles.

We discussed his work and how it made us feel. We looked at the colours he used and how they showed two different sides to his identity.

We took this as inspiration for our own art work.

We learnt how to sketch and shade. We then learnt how to mix bright and dark colours. We then turned our sketches into cubism portraits using 2D shapes

We considered the different side of our identity, and how our two paintings portrayed this.

Year 5 Detective Project

On Thursday 6th May, Year 5 embarked on a new career as they worked as crime scene detectives for the day. Leading the search for the illusive criminal was a detective (with 25 years + experience) from Scotland Yard, who outlined the circumstances in a morning briefing.
After hearing the key details of the crime, the children headed over to the forensics tent with their kits in hand with forensic suits on. Their initial task was to identify key evidence which would need to be collected and examined further back at headquarters. The children gathered up all manner of items, took swab samples and  even bagged up a half eaten sandwich which ended up as a vital lead in this case.
Back at headquarters the children deliberated, which evidence needed to be examined further. Would they send it for fingerprint testing?  DNA samples? They also discovered, through the clues left behind, the name of the victim, his medical history and his known contacts. After they had examined all the items, they had to choose 6 which they believed to be the most important. They would then have to present this to the DI (Detective Inspector) in the afternoon.
So who did it?  After exploring several avenues, the children cracked the case by making links, reasoning and working together as a team. We will let them tell you who the culprit was and what the sandwich had to do with it …. !
Year 5 did this as part of our history ‘Crime and Punishment’ enquiry. ‘Does the punishment EVER fit the crime?’ Once the criminal had been discovered, the children discussed what the next steps would be and how important forensic evidence is when trialling someone in the modern justice system. They will use this as a comparison to how unfair and unjust criminal systems have been throughout UK history.

Year 6 Enquiry – Does everyone have a voice?

As a part of our enquiry, ‘Does everyone have a voice?, we invited Chris Lubbe to talk to Year 6 about his experiences of growing up in South Africa during the Apartheid, and his work as one of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards. We wanted to show the children that no matter your background, no matter your situation, everyone has the ability to use their voice for change. On sharing his story, Chris did exactly that – proved to the children that labels mean little when you don’t let them.

Over Zoom, Chris spoke to us about how, as a child, he was so determined to learn that he went hunting for books to salvage from the local rubbish tip. He lived in the slums where he created his own clandestine library for other children too. We learnt about how he was nearly separated from his parents as his skin was deemed ‘too light’ to possibly be their child. Various ‘tests’ were done to assess his ‘blackness’ and happily, his hair decided that he was ‘black enough’ when the assessors placed a pencil into his curls and it didn’t immediately fall out. As a result, he was allowed to remain with his parents, his birth certificate reading ‘coloured’.

As Chris Lubbe grew up, he became more and more aware of the Apartheid rules, and how he, his family and many of his friends lived according to segregation rules. Blacks and whites were not allowed to mix. Black people had separate buses, ambulances, train carriages, toilets, beaches, and so on. Of course, the facilities for black people were far worse than those available to people with white skin. Determined to do something about this inequality, Chris began organising peaceful protests, but soon found himself locked up as a result. He was tortured and treated as less than human, but still he continued on his mission to raise awareness for his cause – he continued to use his voice.

After a chance meeting with Nelson Mandela, Chris became one of his bodyguards – Nelson was impressed by Chris’ height and decided he’d be a great man for the job. Chris travelled around the world with Mandela, experiencing things that he would never have dreamt of when growing up in Apartheid ruled South Africa.

And now? Now Chris continues to spread the word, ensuring that children across the country (including at Shamblehurst!), understand that they too can make a difference, regardless of their background.

It is a privilege to have heard him speak. The children were all riveted by what he had to say, and the photos, videos and quotes he shared with us. His words are unforgettable, and, we hope, life changing too.

Year 2 Titanic Day

On Wednesday 10th March 2021, Year 2 children took on the role of a passenger on board the Titanic. They came dressed as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd class passenger all with their own reasons for starting their journey to America. We experienced what it would have been like on board from different points of view.
The children set sail from Southampton, explored the 3 classes on board the ship, went to the 3 dining rooms and took part in some waltzing.

Mrs Smile and Miss Bryan

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