What a term for Millfield!

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What a  productive term for the Young Journalists of Heighington Millfield Primary Academy. Ever present on the YJA website they also have a fabulous YJA display board for all visitors to see as they enter the school. They certainly keep me busy on Thursday afternoons, with their enthusiasm and constant flow of articles but it doesn’t stop there. Three of the YJs write for the local community newsletter and their latest submission gives  a strong flavour of the team’s industry:

Hiya, this is Alice, Amelia and Darcey from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy. We are members of The Young Journalist Academy (YJA) and are tasked with reporting on school activities. Here are just some of the exciting things the senior pupils have been up to.

Magna Carta drama 1In our last report for Sheepwash Times, we mentioned that we were looking forward to our Magna Carta drama workshop, hosted at Lincoln Castle. We all thought that this was a fantastic way to learn about our country’s history. Scripts and costumes were handed out and by the end of the morning we closely resembled Shakespearian actors – well we thought so!

Year 5/6 still get excited when they think about their three amazing action-packed days in London.

Soon after arriving in the capital they were sat in Hyde Park eating their packed lunches at the beautiful Lady Di Memorial. Soon, they were on their way to the Science Museum, pausing to admire the magnificent gilded Prince Albert Memorial. The museum was very exciting with lots of fun learning activities. But the best was yet to come.

London Eye1Fortified by a hearty dinner at their West End hotel, pupils were soon back on the bus and in no time embarking on the London Eye. High up in their capsules, they were soon looking over the brightly lit landmarks, with Big Ben staring across at them.

The second day included a visit to the wonderful Natural History Museum, where they learnt about the weird and wonderful animals that have shared our planet. A fantastic day got even better when they watched an evening performance of Lion King at the Lyceum.

The final day included a cruise down the River Thames from Big Ben to the Tower of London and then something even more special.

At Wembley Stadium they sat in the Queen’s box and went down to the pitch, which resembled a bowling green. Many of the pupils dreamed of playing for England.

They didn’t want to leave but there was just time to buy some gifts to take home.

WembleyOn the bus journey home, one pupil commented, “The Lion King was my favourite part, it was a fantastic production,” whilst another said, “Wembley was the best day of my life!”

It really has been a fun-packed term as pupils have also been on a trip to Parents Get Lost (PGL). Activities included low ropes, the trapeze and quad bikes plus the challenging high ropes and Jacobs’s Ladder.

An eight-year-old pupil told YJA, “My favourite part was high ropes, that activity really tested everyone! ”

Back at school, all the children tried the sponsored bounce and they were very tired after they had finished the 100 bounces. It was worth it though as money was raised towards a trim trail.

Guards1A few weeks ago, Amelia reported for YJA at Lincoln Cathedral, where the Grenadier Guards Band was performing. During the interval, she interviewed their bandmaster and a clarinet player.

“It was an amazing experience which I will never forget,” said Amelia, who also wrote a YJA article about the event.

Looking back over the term, another standout moment for the school’s Young Journalists has been their visit to Siren FM, the very popular radio station that broadcasts from its studios based in the Lincoln University campus. Jake interviewed the poet Michael Blackburn, who lives in Heighington and lectures in creative writing at the university.

The YJA team was shown how to put together and present a radio show. Nerves jangled when the big moment came to record their very own ‘No Adults Allowed’ programme!

Year 5, Ruby said,” It was an amazing learning experience!” You can still hear the recorded shows by visiting

That’s all from us for 2015. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about some of our experiences as Young Journalists. See you next year!



Of course the year’s not quite over yet, so look out for even more great articles from the Millfield team.

Bill Thompson

YJA Senior Editor