Saturday, 1 July 2017

Oak class Local history part 3

Our first task when we got to the church, was to search for dates  - how far back could we go? Amazingly, the earliest dates were in the 1200s then many more followed in the 1400s. We asked our guide, Mrs Dolling, to tell us more. Did she know anything about the significance of the lamb on the village sign and our school logo? It turns out there was an important connection with the church and the family of Robert 'de Herling and his daughter Anne, who was Lady of the manors in East Harling, owned lots of land, farming sheep, married three times to rich and important men who died in battle as knights to the King, leaving her with the wealth from sheep fleeces (a very valuable commodity during the medieval ages in the Norfolk textile industry era) As Anne had no children, she gave much of her wealth to rebuild and extend the church, and to set up Education and priesthood colleges in the area. She was the benefactor of poor children, providing education in the village and surrounding area!Wow! What a great connection to our enquiry about the Harling Lamb! She had also been significant in securing the Fair Charter from the King in 1474 enabling Harling to hold weekly markets and twice yearly Sheep Sales! 
Lady Anne and her husbands are buried in the church in elaborate tombs. The Lady Anne Chapel within the church was used as a school in the late 1600s. 
Two of her husbands are depicted on either side of the great East window.
We had discovered a major clue to answer our history enquiry question!
Now to see how the sheeps' fleece were so important ....

Local history part 2

Our next job as history detectives was to visit the village sign and search for clues. We identified the carpenter who made the replacement sign in 2009, Mr  Mike Chapman, and invited him to school to show us and tell us about his job and the lamb carving.
Mr Chapman told us that harling was famous for its sheep and lamb sales in the past. People came here from miles around to sell sheep  - at first for fleece, then for meat and breeding stock. We still wanted to know when the sheep sales started because they don't happen nowadays.
Our next investigation took us to the oldest evidence in the village..our parish church..

Oak class local history topic

Oak class got off to a fine start to our local history topic investigating ' Why is there a lamb on our school logo and on the village sign?' Local farmer Mr Richard Evans, invited us to Stonehouse Farm to watch some sheep shearing and try our hand at herding the sheep so we could consider what produce comes from sheep and how they might have been moved to East Harling in the past. It started our topic off thinking about what we know about sheep now.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Aylmerton day 3

A very wet morning didn't affect full involvement in the Pirate Activities - great team work challenges highlighted our class 'Oak Ethos' to support and encourage each other.
There will be many more photos on the display outside Oak Classroom, so please pop in and see them sometime.
The children were a delight to take away, full of enthusiasm and fortitude, helpful and kind to each other. Thank you very much to Mrs Mariner, Mrs Sait and Mr Hills who were a superb team for a happy and successful trip. And thank you for letting me take your children away, they were a credit to you and to EHPS.

Aylmerton trip

We have had a brilliant start to our residential trip to Aylmerton Field study centre, despite the cold and wet forecast. The children all settled in quickly responding to their new 'home' environment. We dodged the showers with fortuitous timing in Cromer museum, and even saw some sunshine during our walk at West Runton, looking in the rock pools and searching for fossils. 
Table Managers quickly learned how to take orders and clear the tables. Everybody tucked in well to a bangers and mash dinner, followed by apple crumble and custard. The twilight walk was too cold to reveal any creatures unfortunately. Glad of hot chocolate, but too excited for bed! All asleep by 10pm

Aylmerton Day 2

Amazing show of our East Harling Primary School motto 'Endeavour, Enjoy and Achieve Together' We are all so proud of the way the children showed such continuous interest in the rocks and shells, collecting and asking questions for the full (nearly) 6 miles, waddling in 5 or 6 layers plus a life jacket and ruck sack! Don't ever let them get away with 'Can you carry my school bag....'?!
The weather didn't detract from the enjoyment. Strangely, the tired walkers soon bounced back to full power with the thought of roast dinner!
Several 'first time' sailors- loved it!

Seals! Lots!

Asked 'Are you having a good time?.The reply was instant.....

Friday, 4 November 2016

Out and about in November

On the first Friday in November Oak Class took a brisk walk to the river for a bit of paddling and river-dipping. Although we weren't there for long, we found a dragonfly nymph, leech, fresh water shrimp, tiny bug lava,  a minnow and three bull-nose fish from under the stones. We heard lots of different bird songs but didn't spot any birds -they kept themselves well hidden! 

Chestnut Class (year 6) have begun their Grounds improvement work in the school field, following their tremendous initial planning and planting of two years ago when they helped establish The Nest, and The Avenue: replanting of beech saplings, creating a fire pit for The Nest and replenishing the raised beds in the Kitchen Garden with our homemade compost.