Hill View Primary School, Banbury

| November 3, 2008 | 5 Comments 

After a couple of days of half-term break, including a spot of pumpkin carving, it was fun to get back in the saddle and ride to Hill View Primary School in Banbury,

A nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a Cock Horse’, has made Banbury one of the best-known towns in England. It has been suggested that the ‘Fine Lady’ of the nursery rhyme may have been Lady Godiva or Elizabeth I. More likely it was a local girl who rode in a May Day procession.

A “Cock Horse” is an old carriage-driving term, referring to an extra harness horse employed to assist pulling a cart or carriage up a hill. The “Cock Horse” would be hitched up at the bottom of the hill and then unhitched at the top. It would then be ridden back down to the bottom of the hill to await its next customer. Banbury is situated at the bottom of a moderately steep hill and the town’s council made a “cock horse” available to help access to the town.

“Cock Horse” can also refer to a Hobby horse, a child’s toy.

Banbury Cakes, a special fruit and pastry cake, are still produced. At one time they were being sent as far afield as Australia, India and America. They also feature in the poem The Cupboard by Walter de la Mare. Find a recipe HERE and an even older recipe HERE

Hillview already has a podcast radio station. Have a listen to some of Radio HV Squirrel! or Hillview Primary School Radio.

It was fun to be working on ideas to extend digital language in other directions too.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Jackie Hubbard says:

    Thanks for a brilliant day! As a T.A. in Yr 5 last year, working with James, I thoroughly enjoyed using MYST. So, by the way, did the children! I am really looking forward to using these programmes again in Yr 6. I am feeling inspired and can’t wait for tomorrow to see you in action with the children. Thanks again.

  2. J says:

    I really enjoyed today and thought your ideas were really inspiring, thank you. Where did you get the cat herding clip from? I know a few people that might like it.

  3. Dot Hope says:

    Thankyou for a really enjoyable and inspiring day. I look forward to using MYST with my class this week. Also, I never realised I could do so much with Powerpoint. Thanks for the opportunity to be a conductor – a first for me!

  4. blog says:

    Thank you for such an inspiring day! You made us both cry and laugh with the wonderful clips and your special humour. You are both such special people, with so much to give! Everyone was fired up and can’t wait to use your ideas in their teaching. Here’s to making learning FUN!!!

  5. steph simons says:

    THANKS FOR A GREAT DAY AND VERY INSPIRING DAY. I HAVE BEEN PLAYING MIST WHEN THE KIDS ARE NOT ABOUT SO I DONT HAVE TO SHARE YET! YOU CAN GET VERY INVOLVED WITHOUT EVEN REALISING IT. I HAVE ALSO BROUGHT THE GAME FOR FINLEY FOR CHRISTMAS SHHH…DONT TELL HIM.

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