Friday 1st February

Nigel Vardy visits to tell the story of Mallory and Irvine

On Tuesday this week, all of year 6 were lucky to have Nigel Vardy tell us the story of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, who were two explorers who attempted to get to the top of Mount Everest. But did they?

Nigel told us their story about how they set off but they never returned and how no one knows whether they were the first to get to the summit. He told us that George Mallory's body was found in the 1990s and his rope was broken so it looks like he fell. Sandy's body has never been found and neither has their camera. That might hold the clue!

Nigel thinks the legend should stay as it is and we shouldn't ever find out the truth. He likes to think they made it. We think we do too!

" We thought that Nigel Vardy was very inspiring and he is certainly very interested in mountaineering! He told us the story of Sandy Irvine and George Mallory, which blew our mind. We really enjoyed it."

by George and Toby A Y6JP

" We thought the story of Sandy Irvine and George Mallory was really interesting and inspiring. Nigel Vardy made us an unforgettable memory. Even though we had to sit on the floor for a long time, we didn't mind because we found it super fun!"

by Yein and Jae-Hui Y6JP

"We thought that it was a very fascinating story to tell and to listen to. We enjoyed the way that Nigel told it and how he asked us lots of questions . He also brought items (that they would have used) in to show us. The boots were very heavy and they had nails in the bottom. We got to ask lots of questions at the end."

by Mollie and Stella Y6JP

Y6NL really enjoyed Nigel Vardy coming to Lydgate. Nigel's visit was very interesting because the end of the story of Mallory and Irvine was a mystery. Obviously, no one knows what really happened to them and that's why it's so fascinating. Here are some of the theory's which people in our class think:

'I think they got to the top but they knew they couldn't get down so they cut the rope.' Evie

'They got to the top but while they were coming down, they slipped.' Zach

'Maybe they got to the top and fell off the edge of the mountain.' Ava

We also found out that Mallory had a picture of his wife in his pocket and that he told his wife that if he gets to the top of Everest, he would put her picture on the top. When the people found his body, there was no picture in his pocket. This is also one of the mysteries. Overall, we were thrilled that Nigel came to visit with his amazing facts. We look forward to seeing him again this year to talk about his own climbing experiences.

Written by,

Evie and Pranavi Y6NL.

A snowy day in the woods

Just to prove that we really do go out into the woods in any weather, Y6JP braved the snow today! The woods were magical - we thought it looked like Narnia. Noone had been down there so everything looked crisp and white.

We had a calm and peaceful time making woodland pendants. We decorated them with woodland themes. It's good that we had tarpaulin to sit on - the ground was freezing!

Our other activity was looking for faces in the winter trees. We spent ages exploring the tree trunks. The more we looked, the more we found! Here are a few of our favourites.

We needed our hot chocolate today. It tasted better than ever because it was so cold. It really warmed us up.

The boys even made a mini snowman! Meet Snowy. He lives in the woods.

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