On Tuesday 20th September Years 2 to 6 took part in the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Festival for Schools which celebrated the lives and work of the people who have inhabited the South Dorset Ridgeway over the centuries.
Based in Little Bredy, we were split into ‘house’ groups: Oak, Elm and Ash and took it in turns to join in with a variety of activities including forest school (making a memory stick and explaining its meaning), story-telling involving local myths and legends, badge-making, music with instruments and singing relating to sheep farming and wool and the Ridgeway Trail, which involved a climb up to the ridge to see not only the amazing views but to visit the art installation to which we could add our own ideas about ‘sacrifice’.
Lying in the middle of a small pit was a cow’s heart, which being in the centre or heart of the installation, signifies the importance of the animals that inhabit the land. We learnt from the Ranger of the Ridgeway about the history of the landscape and changes both natural and man-made over time. We looked at barrows, burial mounds, hill forts and lynchets (terraces on the slopes).
In the words of our Year 6 pupils, ‘it was interesting and they really made it fun!’ Katie A thought the best bit was the sacrifice!
Senor Teaching Assistant
It has become an annual celebration: The Schools Out for Summer event that gives us all a chance to acknowledge the end of another academic year, have a drop of the good stuff, take in some cracking music and look forward to a few weeks of wonderful British weather (ahem)! This year we managed everything on the wish list… A massive £1200 was raised for the PTFA funds and we owe a very special thank-you to Jen and Kate for their hard work and energy in arranging the event and to the venue for having us. Thanks too to all who came along to support it – we witnessed what a great time was had by all!