Yr 2 had an amazing morning! We were really lucky to be given the opportunity to visit Lock 14 at Marple, where we were given a guided tour of the renovation work which is taking place there. The team from the Canals and Rivers Trust, and the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project, told the children all about the work they are doing. We all walked deep down in the drained lock. Please watch our video of the experience.
On Monday we had a visit from a local artist, Natasha, who came from the Oldknow Legacy Project, to tell us all about the Navigators who built the Marple canal over two hundred years ago. She told the children all about the different signs and symbols the navigators used to chisel into the rock to show where they had been working. The children used ink and mark making materials to make their own marks and symbols on a large piece of paper in the hall. The children then went on to produce their own neckerchief which will be used to decorate the canal lock during a festival where the lock will be drained and people will have the opportunity to go down into the empty lock.
This week the children are going on a lock walk. This will involve an introduction to the canal and then entering the empty canal via special steps. The children will meet an engineer who will tell them about the lock, what they can see and how the canal was built. We will also be having a water safety visit to highlight the dangers of water. Pictures to follow!
This term the children have been learning about the local environment and they have been studying the changes in Marple Bridge over time.
They have enjoyed sketching, learning about famous people in the area and they have designed and made their very own plaque out of clay depicting a scene from Marple Bridge!
This term the children have been extremely busy learning and performing their nativity play "Lights, Camel, Action." As you can see they really got into role!
The children are now working, using ipads and the Book Creator App, to publish their own books recounting their version of the Nativity and the staging of the play. We hope to be able to post some of the work in due course. This is a screenshot of one of them by Martha and Ellie.