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Abbey Primary School

A caring, sharing, achieving school, putting the child at the heart of everything we do.

Miss Short's Class

Year 5 were extremely lucky to have a visit from the Coal Authority this week. During an exciting afternoon, Year 5 took part in a workshop building on their learning on the effects of mining and how the Coal Authority improves and helps old mining areas. The children were able to find out all about the fantastic work that the Coal Authority do and even got to look at coal, which came in all different shapes and sizes.

DT Time! This week, we are beginning our DT project which is to design and make a pulley system suitable for a lift in a mine shaft. Today, the children explored what a pulley system was and how they are used in order to pull heavy objects. The children discussed what worked and what they will be taking forward to the next lesson when they get to design their mine lift!

In Geography, we have been looking at the effects of coal mining on the environment. Despite the benefits of mining coal, there are many effects. Year 5 spent the afternoon coming up with a fantastic and creative mind-map in order to remember the different effects of coal mining.

In English, we have been looking at the history of mining including a very important individual named Lord Shaftesbury. We spent the week researching who he was and the key events that contributed to the changes to Victorian mining. Can you believe children aged Year 5 used to work in the mines for up to 16 hours a day!? Thanks to Lord Shaftesbury, the Mine Act in 1842 meant no child under 10 or woman could work in the mine. Phew!

As it is the start of Year 5, we have been looking at our first value of the year which is Respect. We spent the afternoon exploring what respect is and ways that we can show respect. Year 5 sorted different scenarios into respectful and not respectful groups before writing an acrostic poem to describe what respect means to them.

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