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Autumn Term 2019

Towards the end of November, the children from Diamond Class celebrated the end of their topic by performing a class assembly which told the story of the plague in Eyam. Following this, the children welcomed all of the grown-ups back to class to show off their fantastic homework projects which they have been working on since September.  Well done to all of the Year 5s and 6s who have worked so hard on this topic and produced some amazing pieces of work which they should be really proud of.

As part of our Creative unit of Real PE, Diamond Class have been enjoying the team game of Scorpion Handball.  Towards the end of October, the class took to the hall floor for Sitting Volleyball.  The children worked on developing their fundamental ball skills before developing their own games and rules.  As you can see, it was a lot of fun!!
On Wednesday 16 October, Diamond Class took part in a road safety workshop which was run by DCC Road Safety Team.  The children learnt about the many dangers and hazards within Cutthorpe and it also gave children the opportunity to reflect on the possible consequences of unsafe behaviour and hope to keep themselves as safe as possible.
                                 World Mental Health Day - Diamond Class rock the yellow!!!
On Thursday 10th October, Diamond Class started work on their own versions of the Plague Window, found in St Lawrence Church, Eyam. The children worked in pairs with tissue paper to fill in panes telling the story of Eyam.
On Wednesday 9th October, Diamond Class continued their work on adaptation and evolution. Throughout the session, children looked at the adaptation of specific animals, how toucans have evolved and also the work of Charles Darwin and Carl Linneus.
On Friday 27th September, as part of Stand Up Derbyshire Day, Diamond Class took their maths outside with problem solving orienteering. The children had 10 packets to find around the field, each with a different problem in. They then went on to solve the problem before finding the next. The added twist was the extra bell rings which alerted the children to complete a quick lap of the track. The children worked so hard to answer the challenging questions and enjoyed the outdoor lesson.
On Tuesday 17th September, Diamond Class took to the pagoda for their African drumming lesson.  This week, the focus was on clapping and drumming to different rhythms.  A great time was had by all … including Mrs Hemsley!!

On Friday 6th September, Diamond Class made the short trip to Eyam to start their topic.  The trip started with a walk up to the poignant Riley Graves, followed by a walk through the village past the Plague Cottages, Church and School. The children then spent a fascinating hour in the museum, learning more about the people of Eyam and their decision to contain the plague by cutting themselves off from surrounding villages. During the afternoon, the children explored the Cucklet Delf – a limestone structure which was the location for outdoor church services and also the meeting point for a newly engaged couple from Eyam and Stoney Middleton – and finally Eyam Church – home to the Plague Window and the death register.  The children showed immense enthusiasm for the topic and were a delight to take out for the day.