Today on Friday 22nd June, seven girls from each year 5 class ( totalling 14 girls) went on a school trip to the Yorkshire Water treatment works in Headingley taking with them a 2 litre bottles for a STEM workshop.
They were participating in Women In Engineering Week and learnt about the jobs that women could get there. They learnt about the different reservoir such as : Fewston, Thurcross and Swinsty which provide all of the water for Leeds. They were also taught how to make water drinkable because inside the water, if it isn’t cleaned, there are bits of dirt, algae, bacteria and bad chemicals that need to be kicked out to make the water clean. Also they were given a tour of the waterworks where the water is cleaned. Following this, they they used their bottles to make a rain gauge so that could work scientifically like Yorkshire water do. How it works is that you put it out side and when it rains you can then measure how much it rained.
On Tuesday 5th June, Year 5 travelled to Harrogate to watch many performances and workshops at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground!
We arrived and got into three groups, then we wondered off to the large fantastic grand stand. Then everyone went to experience the great sheep show that included a sheep being shaved and DANCING SHEEP! Then we went to watch a dog and duck show. (There was no biting on the ducks luckily) We then spoke to a blacksmith who created a horse shoe by scratch and steam fitted it onto the horses hoof. Then we had lunch at the stand from earlier. We then did some rope walking that was harder than tight rope walking from a circus- it was very tough! After that, we began our final thing and made baskets out of willow trees which made our hands sore! As this was our final thing, we had to travel back to school just in time for our parents. It was a lovely day and we really enjoyed taking part in all the outdoor activities.
On Tuesday 22nd May, Year 5 and their parents attended to the hall to try and make a replica of Ancient Greek pottery. To help us, we watched a video of a professional pottery artist (who was a great painter). Firstly, we grabbed hold of our clay and moulded the main part of the pot. Then, came the accessories of making the base and handles, to do it we had to make a snake of clay and attach it to the bottom of the pot. For the handles, we had to do a similar project and make smaller snakes for the handles and attach them to the pot! To keep them together we made are own glue called slip and how we made it was that was that we got a pinch of clay and mix it in water. Then we left them to dry to wash our hands. It was a great day and everyone involved loved it, thank you to all the parents who came along to take part!
By Alex and Daniel
After a long,hard and stressful week, SATs are FINALLY over! Year 6 are very relieved and are anxious to see what results they will get, but meanwhile its time to focus on transition and preparing for Year 7! Yesterday afternoon, whilst watching a well-earned movie, Mrs Keighley kindly brought in some yummy ice lollies for them all to enjoy as a reward for their hard work, and they were very much appreciated! Today (Friday), year 6 have had a fantastic day, and got to have a relaxing time, which they really needed after the stress-filled week: movies have been watched, biscuits and buns have been eaten and everybody has been able to relieve their stress!
Well done Year 6 for all of your hard work and determination, and we hope you look forward to the rest of your time at Blakehill!
Last night, Year Four went to a meeting about the Ingleborough Hall residential trip with Mr Rhodes, Miss Lea and Mr Patterson. The meeting was all about the fun activities that we would be doing whilst were are there such as: tree climbing, caving, gorge scrambling, a village studio and a LONG walk. They told us all about where Ingleborough Hall is, what it is like to stay there and how much fun it is! The residential will take place in 1st few weeks of the Autumn term and all the parents and children there were very excited and can’t wait to go. There was just one last thing that Mr Rhodes said – we have to learn how to tie our shoe laces. If you want to find out anymore about this year’s Ingleborough Hall trip go onto our blog.
Today, 5R performed an astounding assembly that blew the brains out of heads and ears of all those that watched.They had a whale of a time. It included made up songs, phenominal dancing and more!
They began by retelling the story of the foolish man (that was their world book day story), who had an argument with his wife and left for a bit to even things out. On his travels, he met many peculiar people who all had problem. Some problems were pointless like trying to get a buffalo on top of a roof in order eat the weeds and grass. He helped to solve their problems by exchanging work for cash. Eventually, (after helping many people) he returned with lots of money. Having learnt about this, they wrote their own versions although they were about a foolish woman!
Then came a song, it was I got the feeling but fractions created by Hollie and Maya! This was because they had been learning them in class. They performed it fantastically and they got a huge round of applause. Soon after mentioning fractions, they did Indian dancing which they learnt during world book week! It was amazing and just as good as the people who do it.
5R assembly from Blakehill School on Vimeo.
Year 5 on Friday went to the National Coal Mining Museum to learn the beginning of their topic of Coal Mining. It was a fantastic day full of lots of fun activities and facts about mining and how people in mining communities lived. We had a jam pack day with many activities such as: the underground mine tour, a workshop with ‘Aunty Brenda’ who showed us where she lived and what her life at home was like as well as a workshop with Sally Fletcher, a young girl who began mining at the age of 5! Each activity was fun, exciting and enjoyable and had us amazed by how different life was then. As we looked around the museum we saw horses and lockers of the old miners. When we left we all had dirty faces.
Yesterday, Year 5 did some Christmas design and technology. They had to create a toy for Santa additionally design one. They created cross sectional and exploded diagrams in order to show what their toy would look like. Once it had been designed, they went on the iPads and created either a comic or persuasive booklet to sell their toy. They were all very creative! Have a look at some of the booklets they created!
This morning, after break, Year 5 and a few year 6’s got the exciting experience to meet an author named Margaret Mulligan. She came to introduce the children to her book, which was called Katy Parker and The House That Cried, aimed at 9-12 year olds. It was full of suspense, telling us all about the story of Katy and her brother, who were turned back in time to World War II to find out the mystery of the crying baby…
She read us around two to three pages of different parts of the story and then asked us questions about what we thought and what would happen next. Not only this, but she told us all about the story of her writing it and that her story was turned back for months by publishers who wouldn’t accept it. Until finally, the people who published Harry Potter decided they would take it in and it became a famous book all over the country, winning awards and titles that Margaret never expected to get. Now, she is on the journey of publishing her next book and is again being turned down but the advice she gave us was: “never give up, just keep on trying and you will eventually get the prize”.
The children found the book very exciting and everybody who bought a copy immediately started reading! Did you get a copy? Did you meet the author?
Wowing the viewers, another fantastic year five assembly has come back to fascinate us on there first experience in year five they have already got through lots off impressive work and its almost time for a break. However, the teachers have very different ideas; apparently there residential was there break Ingleborough Hall. Even more impressive, between all of that they manage to squish in poetry week. Some odd poems where included and one was written half backward! One was practically nonsense about pigs robbing banks and parrots lazying around and Hong dong bong. Last but not least one about a bat they where all great.
Ingleborough Hall was full of adventure they did lots of challenging events and they even did a dance plus they did a very tiring nine mile walk. This is all from year five however lets take a moment too appreciate how much they did.