Phase 3/4 Mosque Visit

As part of the topic work for phase 3/4 ‘Places of Worship’, the children and staff at Carr Hill enjoyed an educational visit to the Madina Masjid Mosque in Sheffield. Here we looked closely at the features within the inside of the Mosque, including the beautifully decorated Prayer Hall.

We also learned about how Muslim people prepare themselves for prayer and were fortunate enough to witness some of this in practice. We had lots of fun and learned a great deal.

We would like to say a special thanks to our tour leader Zahid for giving up his own time to help educate us on our trip.

Clumber Court Care Home Visit

On the 20th March 3JEH visited Clumber Court Care Home to deliver cakes and buns bought by some of the money which the children raised through their Christmas Enterprise project. We had a rather wet walk down to the home but then had a lovely morning with the residents.

We began by singing songs to them, we then talked to the residents about our project and then the children were even treated to juice and biscuits! The attitude and behaviour of the children was fantastic throughout the morning.

War Graves Visit

On Monday 7th November, a group of Carr Hill’s Year 5 children visited Retford Cemetery to place remembrance crosses on the graves of soldiers who lost their lives during the wars.

We were joined by Mr and Mrs Goodall from the Royal British Legion who talked to us about the different branches of the armed services and about the different regiments displayed on the gravestones. The children were particularly struck by the young age at which many of the soldiers lost their lives.

In order to express our feelings, the children read poems and explained the circumstances in which one of the poems was written. They also explored the idea of remembrance and said a prayer.

St Swithun's Church Visit

Year 3 enjoyed a day at St Swithun’s Church at the beginning of November, stepping back in time to experience some of the customs and practices of the church through the years.

We had a great day learning about the Pilgrim Fathers who travelled to America. A few of the activities the children took part in included: making clay tea light holders, making angels and boats, listening to stories and finding different countries on a map. The children were all fantastically behaved and they all enthusiastically took part in the activities.

Democracy in Action

Our Thanks go to Jonathan Brassington and his team who visited school on Wednesday 12th October as part of Local Democracy Week. They gave us the fantastic opportunity to vote on three King’s Park Splash Pool options.

Recent coverage in the Retford Times has shown the strength of feeling in the local community about the Splash pool design. Approximately £400,000 is to be committed to enhance the experiences of children who visit king’s Park. Asking local children to help in the selection not only makes sure that their views are known, but also enables the children to experience the responsibility of our nation’s democratic voting system at first hand.

Three plans were presented to the children at Carr Hill so that they could have a say in how the Splash Pool development will look.  The children’s most popular piece of park equipment was also identified so that it could be incorporated into the final design.
The children each received official ballot papers before entering real polling booths to cast their votes. Once completed, the folded slips were placed into the ballot box, just as they are in the general election! The voting slips were counted and tallied by the Year 5 children and then our very own returning officers made sure that all the classes who had taken part during the day knew the result. In the near future, we should know how our views compare to those of other schools in and around Retford

Over the next six months, the Splash Pool is due to be completed. Mr Brassington explained that the preparatory electrical and water supply ground works are already under way. Excitement will have reached fever pitch as the summer holidays arrive and the splash pool’s completion coincides with the warm summer weather that has been ordered in advance. The children at Carr Hill will know that they had the opportunity to give their opinion in our traditional democratic way.