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My School, Town and Country in a Box 2014

The Y6 pupils created 3 boxes to represent their school in a box, their town in a box and their country in a box.  These were shared with pupils in China and at Molescroft Primary School.  The text which went with each box is written below.  Can you guess which text goes with which box?

Welcome to ‘Our School in a Box!’


We will start with the outside of the box, which we painted in bottle green (like our sweatshirts) and included our new logo on the bottom. We painted the inside of the box our Sports Day colours of red, blue, green and yellow as we all love competing and cheering each other on.Rising up from the middle of the box is our double flagpole, just like on our front lawn. The flags flying today are the Union Jack to represent the United Kingdom and the Chinese flag to represent our link with Dalian, China.We have also made a small replica of the Broughton Junior School wall and sign, which is on our front lawn. However, there is a lot of building work going on at the minute as we have recently become a primary school. To symbolize this we have put in a sign saying ‘Beware Construction Traffic’.One of the big events at our school each year is our musical production so we have included photographs from the four musicals we perform: Joseph, Oliver, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Because music and drama are a big focus at our school we have included some musical notes and the two drama masks.Of course, writing, reading and maths are also a big focus so we have put in our own school equipment – a pencil, ruler and bookmark - to represent the hard work we do in those lessons.We have included many photographs in our box as the teachers like to photograph many of the fantastic things we do to share on the website. Here is an important photograph: Mr Hargrave! Our head teacher standing outside the school. We also put in photos of Miss White and Mr Heward, our Year 6 teachers.


Welcome to 'My Town in a Box'

Welcome to our town in a box!!  We'd like to tell you all about Broughton through the images that we have chosen to place in our box.

Let's start with the centre of the box.  St Mary's Church stands in the heart of our small town, dominating the High Street, so we have placed our Church in pride of place.  Most of the building was built in Norman times, but the round bell tower was built earlier and is Saxon.  The structure of the bell tower is quite weak and so the bells are not rung anymore, but you wouldn't know this as we cheat – and play a recorded peal of bells through a loud speaker on special occasions! We've surrounded the box with trees as Broughton is surrounded by woods.  Everybody walks in Broughton Woods – but each area of woodland has its own name: Manby Wood, East Wood, West Wood, Far Wood, Lundimore Wood and finally Lily Wood.  In late June and July, Lily Wood used to be covered in lily-of-the-valley flowers, but they are quite rare now so we have included a packet of seeds to represent them.Our signposts show the distances to places that are important to Broughton.  We've included Molescroft as you are important to us!  Broughton is twinned with Nozay in France, so that is on the signposts too. The landscape around Broughton is typical of North Lincolnshire – very flat!  On a clear day you can see for miles and the hand-painted scenes on the outside of the box represent our surrounding area – from the mucky steel works in Scunthorpe to the beautiful Humber Bridge. The Roman soldier stands astride the most important road in Broughton – that's Ermine Street (a Roman Road that runs from Lincoln to Barton-on-Humber.  All Roman roads are notoriously straight, but in Broughton, Ermine Street has a sharp bend in it.  Nobody really knows why, but it could be that there was a burial mound at this place, so the Romans went round it. Our war memorial is a beautiful statue, by Gilbert Bayes, of a 'thinking soldier'.  It was paid for with money collected from the people of Broughton , who wanted to remember their dead from the First World War.  Names from the Second World War were added later. We take it for granted as we walk past it every day, but it really is special. We love our sport in Broughton and have several football and cricket teams.  The golf club and ball represent Forest Pines Golf Resort (which is a championship course just up the road).  Our beavers, cubs, scouts, brownies and guides also have a strong membership so we have included some badges to represent these organisations. The inner walls of our box are covered in other pictures of Broughton (taken by the Year Six Photography Club) - our three pubs, new Co-op, take-aways, Village Clock and Village Hall.  Yes we know we are really a town, but everyone still thinks of Broughton as a village.  There are also lots of street signs from around the town.  Some of the street names are named after breeds of dogs.  This is because the land the houses are built on was previously owned by a local dogs home.

We hope that you have enjoyed finding out about our town.  Making this box has made us much more aware of things that we take for granted in Broughton.  And finally, do you remember how we told you about how the people of Broughton cheat when we ring the bells on Sunday?  Well, we thought we would carry on with that tradition.  Listen very carefully.....

My Country in a Box

Welcome to my country in a box! As you can see from the outside of our box, Britain has many different landscapes. This part of the box is inspired by the William Blake’s poem And did those Feet in ancient Time walk upon England’s mountains green and was the holy Lamb of God, of England’s pleasant pastures scene.
England is part of the United Kingdom, which is an island, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. We are an island nation and have always used the sea for trade and protection from invasion – apart from our friends the Vikings!

William Blake also mentioned ‘dark satanic mills’ – which refers to how England began the Industrial Revolution, which then spread throughout the world. This brought wealth and prosperity to many. 

Finally, we have the capital city – London. This is also represented inside the box by the model of the London Eye and the pictures of famous landmarks within the city. Did you know the London Eye was originally only planned to be in London for the Millennium. However, it was so popular that it became a permanent feature and is now a major part of the New Years Eve celebrations.

The London Eye was originally sponsored by British Airways, leading us nicely to the Royal Air force, which has many famous bases in Lincolnshire – including RAF Waddington, which is in the county where we live.  RAF Scampton, which is near Lincoln, is home to the Red Arrows, a familiar sight over Lincolnshire skies.
One of the most famous landmarks in London, is Buckingham Palace, which is the official London residence and main work place for the British Monarch – Queen Elizabeth II who has been lucky enough to meet Mr. Hargrave on two occasions. You can see the royal family on the picture, including their newest arrival, Prince George.
Recognizable London features, including: red double-decker buses, red pillar boxes, red telephone boxes, red uniformed beefeaters and the red Life Guards. However, our obsession with red does not stretch to the black London cabs and the black uniform of our Bobbies.

London is also the home of our national football stadium. Our picture shows the mighty lions during a penalty shoot out, which we obviously lost! We hope we can do better in the world cup this year in Brazil.
Obviously Britain is a country with lots to be proud of, and our box can only capture some of its greatness.

And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?

And was the holy Lamb of God

On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

And was Jerusalem builded here

Among these dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!

Bring me my arrows of desire!

Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!

Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,

Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

William Blake

My Life in a box 2014