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Cavalry Primary School celebrated 'Fantastic Fenland' week when pupils had the chance to learn about what makes our area so special and unique with the geography of the landscape a key focus.

Year 5 children created some fantastic paintings of a typical Fen landscape, making sure to include unique features such as wind turbines and awe-inspiring sunsets.

Whilst in Year 4, the children were interested to find out more about one of Fenland's most famous crops - sugar beet. From field to spoon, they were able to explain the process of how the plant is used to make sugar.

Key Stage 1 children enjoyed a visit from two vintage tractors and asked their own questions to find out more information about them.
Key Stage 1 children enjoyed a visit from two vintage tractors and asked their own questions to find out more information about them.

The school also welcomed some special visitors throughout the week, including Colin Bedford, who talked to the children about how important March and Fenland was during the evacuation of children from the cities in WW2.

History was brought to life when the children had the opportunity to see real artefacts from the period, including an extremely rare evacuee's bed which was found in St John's Church Hall in the town. The children were also excited to hear about the history of the Cavalry estate and the significance of the name 'Cavalry'.

Key Stage 1 children enjoyed a visit from two vintage tractors and asked their own questions to find out more information about them. This supplemented their topic this term which is focused on farming and field to fork.

Pupils got to try out an evacuee's bed found in St John's Church Hall in March.
Pupils got to try out an evacuee's bed found in St John's Church Hall in March.

Year 5 and Year 2 children were visited by folk musicians from The Bourne Borderers Morris team. They taught the children some songs (one of which was about a troll eating a teacher) and some dances too.

Year 3 visited Wicken Fen where they explored the historic Fen Cottage and walked in the footsteps of the Fen Tigers. They spent time looking around a Fen cottage and workshop to learn what life was like in the Fens hundreds of years ago - most of the children decided they preferred electricity and running water.

Year 4 children made fish prints with the pattern of the Middle Level waterways on it.

Year 5 and Year 2 children were visited by folk musicians from The Bourne Borderers Morris team.
Year 5 and Year 2 children were visited by folk musicians from The Bourne Borderers Morris team.

Throughout the week, many members of staff shared their own thoughts about what makes Fenland so special on the school's Facebook page. Nursery staff member, Mrs Bates said: "I have lived in the Fens most of my life. Being part of a fishing family, the fen drains offer some of the best fishing in the country.

"Walking my dogs along the long drains, I have seen so many breathtaking sunrises and misty eerie winter mornings. The smell of harvest, the sound of bird song and the vast views never become boring."

Year 5 teacher Mr Brown said:"I have always lived in Fenland in the lovely countryside. Growing up I saw a wide range of wildlife every morning in the garden. Now, I enjoy a run on the back roads of the Fens, experiencing the lovely sunrises and sunsets, while taking in the lovely air - it’s the best setting to clear the mind and keep active."

Children visited Wicken Fen to learn more about the history of the Fens and what it was like hundreds of years ago.
Children visited Wicken Fen to learn more about the history of the Fens and what it was like hundreds of years ago.
Colin Bedford brought in a selection of his World War Two artefacts including this child's oxygen mask.
Colin Bedford brought in a selection of his World War Two artefacts including this child's oxygen mask.
The pupils created some fantastic art work as part of the week's focus on Fenland.
The pupils created some fantastic art work as part of the week's focus on Fenland.
Pupils made their own fish patterns as part of a week celebrating the fantastic Fens.
Pupils made their own fish patterns as part of a week celebrating the fantastic Fens.

To find out more about Cavalry School visit its website.



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