Daily archives: 17th March 2017

Looking at O.S. Maps

For the past two weeks, Scafell class have been looking at OS maps of areas around Levens and comparing them to Edinburgh. Yesterday  we looked at the similarities and differences of the two places e.g. Edinburgh is urban and is a city, whilst Levens is rural and a village. We found out Edinburgh has its own docks, which makes it a costal city. We also found different symbols on the map and what they meant.  We worked together in groups..

By Luna and Alice


Ellery Cross Country – Wednesday 15th March

What a splendid sunny spring day we enjoyed at Elleray this week.

Our Team joined 360 other competitors to ‘take on’ the annual Elleray Challenge, a true test to stamina, determination and grit!

After attending the weekly running club in school, our pupils were most certainly up to the task, all finishing in the top half of their fields and astounding staff and parents with their stoical attitude over a hilly course and a 2K distance.  Everyone performed above expectations without exception and as a result received a super medal and the Elleray famous refreshments of burgers and chocolate.

Well done to all, bring on the new running season 17/18 we say!

Is there a future for our zoos?

Following our visit to Edinburgh Zoo, Scafell Class set out to find out what happens behind the scenes in our zoos.  They researched online, looked at reports by animal welfare organisations and asked their friends and family about their opinions on zoos.  Then the news was released about animal cruelty at a local Cumbrian zoo.  Scafell decided to debate whether they thought all British zoos should close. Oliver and George took it in turns to be Mr Speaker and we started our debate with speeches from both sides of the house.  The debate was passionate and forceful!  To close we conducted a secret ballot with votes in favour of phasing out zoos in the UK by a majority of 18 to 7.  Well done everyone in Scafell – your speaking and listening skills were outstanding!


Since then, we have used all our experiences and research to write a persuasive speech on zoos.  Clearly the children felt very passionate about this subject as their writing is very powerful.