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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Y5 Trip to Eyam

The devastation of the plague brought to life by visit, after reading the famous story in School....

Inspired by the story ‘Children of Winter’, Y5 spent a day in Eyam, high up in the north Derbyshire Peaks.  We walked through this historic village and found the cottage where the Plague came to the village in 1665.  The villagers decided to quarantine themselves to prevent the Plague spreading, despite many families dying.  The ‘Riley Graves’, where six children of one family were buried, were very poignant.

The girls then walked to the ‘Boundary Stone’, where the villagers exchanged food and money and we enjoyed our packed lunch on the hillside, with the best view imaginable!  At the Eyam Museum we found out more: in particular, the list of names and ages of the victims and the pictogram showing how each family was affected were shocking.  We ended the day with a walk up the hill above the village, to see Mompesson’s Well, where food was also exchanged.

After a day of fresh air and exercise, the girls were inspired and more able to visualise the setting for our class book.  This excitement was mixed with the shocking reality of the selflessness of the people of Eyam.