Science and Music experimentation

Yesterday we went to Calder High School for a workshop led by Conductive Music Ltd.
The workshop focused on using Information Technology, Science and Music to create a wonderfully experimental experience.

The children used circuit boards and linked to playing the piano via the computer. The children incorporated pieces of music and played a series of musical pieces with the fruit!
The session was very well received and we are all greatly looking forward to next week’s session.

Titanic-planning and construction

During topic we started to look at the planning and construction of the famous luxury ship. We discovered about the owners of the shipyard in Belfast and the owners and construction engineers who wanted to build Titanic.

We debated and questioned the decisions that were made at the time and compared to the construction industry today. The children debated the conditions that the workers worked in and whether this would been acceptable today.

The children went on to discuss and share the important facts and details surrounding the construction and created a child-friendly fact sheet based on their own interpretation of the key details.

Titanic-What do you know and what would you like to find out?

Spring Term 2.
This week we started our journey into learning all about the Titanic. We started with discussing and sharing what we already know about the ‘Unsinkable Ship’. The children wrote down facts and figures and added illustrations. Following on from this we then discussed and shared all about the 1000’s of facts that have been written since the disaster.

The children then wrote a collection of things that they would like to find out about. These included lots of key historical questions and investigations into the events of the tragedy.

Arctic and Antarctica

Throughout the Spring Term we have been learning about the Arctic and Antarctica. We researched and discovered about explorers who have visited the poles and the journeys they went on to get there. We looked at the ‘Race to the South Pole’ and investigated which route was the safest and provided a quicker route.

We discovered about the conditions of the poles and whether people are able to live there with the adverse weather conditions.

As part of art sessions we created art work based on the Inuits and drew line drawing focusing on the form and shape of their faces. The children really enjoyed this and took a lot of time and effort to create life like portraits.

Towards the end of the half term we presented an assembly to parents and showcased all the informative information we learned about. It was a very well received presentation.

Animation masters in progress

As part of our creative curriculum, this term we have explored using ICT in lots of different ways. We read chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Philspher’s Stone-the midnight duel. We then created a storyboard of a part of the chapter that we wanted to create models for

We then used foil to create the characters and objects that we wanted to include in the storyboard. This was very tricky and needed us be persistent-just like the professional animators.

The next stage will be filming…keep a look out for this later in the term


During this week the children have been looking at subtraction calculations using the column method for formal layout.

The children worked so hard in being able to lay out correctly in the columns and then discuss the calculations to solve them. They were able to collaboratively learn and support each other during the process. They have definitely mastered it.

Magic all around

Last week we had an absoulety wonderful topic lesson. As part of our Magic and Mystery topic we have been researching and learning all about magic, magicians and a range of tricks.

We watched a range of magicians and had so much fun learning the secrets and then performing them to our friends.
Even Mrs Denham came down to the classroom and we had her fooled.

Watch out for more tricks at home!

Fantastical sweets-Harry Potter

As part of our Literacy unit this term we have been reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. During chapter 6 the key characters; Harry, Ron and Hermione meet for the first time on the train to Hogwarts.

The boys enjoy lots of delicious treats on the train, including chocolate frogs and Every-flavour beans.
In Literacy lessons we read the chapter and then created our own Harry Potter inspired treats: Golden Snitches, Marshmallow Delights and iced biscuits. We then wrote sets of instructions for the treats. We had a very yummy morning.

Cross Country October 2017

On a very wet Friday 13th October we took the KS2 Cross Country team to a competition at RVHS. The weather wasn’t great, however the children were all absolutely fabulous and we were all very proud of them for their efforts.
The children ran some great races with two Year 6 children; Imgogen Noot-Williams and Ted Battye placing 3rd and 5th respectively. These two children will now proceed to the Calderdale Finals in a couple of months.
Huge congratulations to all the children who took part.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens October 2017

During October we went on a fantastic residential to Alnwick Castle.
After a long journey; full and tired we eventually arrived at Alnwick. We walked round to the Castle grounds and had lunch.


After a lunch with a perfect view we listened to our guide share all about Medieval Medicine and the role that the apothecary had.

It was so interesting and the children asked plenty of well-thought out questions.
Then it was time for our Harry Potter Tour. We listened attentively to the guide share all the film locations for the movie and asked lots of movie questions. Then one of the best bits; the Harry Potter Broomstick training. We flew all around the Castle grounds and throughly enjoyed the experience. Lots of photos were taken!

We stayed over at Alnwick Youth Hostel and had a delicious tea. We then settled down for the night before an ‘early’ night.

The next day we rose early to wonder round to Alnwick Gardens. The weather was absolutely perfect and the cascading fountains were a sight not to be missed.

We listened to a guide tell us all about the poison garden and explain things that we should definitely not put near our mouths! We learned so much. We danced in and out of the fountains and got lost in the maze.
After a wonderful two days we headed home for an early night and lots of amazing memories.

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