C30 Year 7: Hearing the stories of mining

This last couple of weeks have been really busy in Humanities. Students have had the opportunity to hear a range of perspectives on mining. Just before half term Professor Natalie from Reading University came into school to talk to the students about the history of the 1984-85 Miners Strike as well as her role at Reading University. It was lovely to see and hear Year 7 working hard and getting smart throughout the session.

This week students had the opportunity to listen to miners sharing their stories. A big thank you to Miss Cunningham for organising these visits as well as to all our miners who brought in artefacts and images that really gave us insight into what their jobs involved. We learnt that each miner would have a specific number and handed in ‘checks’ before going underground. As well as handling davy lamps, gas masks and a piece of coal that was so big it could have kept a fire burning for over 3 hours!

This week we begin our work on our biography writing and song lyrics inspired by the miner’s stories.

Finally, just a reminder of a date for your diaries:

Tuesday 12th December is the XP Year 7 Presentation of Learning

Wednesday 13th December is the XP East Year 7 Presentation of Learning

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