5J Class Assembly

This Friday, students and parents gathered into the hall to witness 5J’s first ever class assembly. Once children and parents had finished piling into the room, the assembly began.

Firstly, they introduced themselves and explained that if there were any explosions, fires, tropical floods or unexplained alien attacks, then to leave the doors by the fire exits in an orderly fashion. This (of course) made everyone chuckle.

After that, they introduced the ‘Science Live!’ show that was presented by the one and only ‘Brian Cox’. He introduced us to his fellow scientists who were going to conduct an experiment where they were going to make a ‘Frankenstein Hand’.

On a table, they had three liquids inside three cups : juice, vinegar and water. Placed on top of these cups, were rubber gloves. Before they conducted the experiment, they made three predictions, one person predicted that the sugar from the juice would run around inside of the glove and make it inflate, while another person predicted that the water would turn into a gas and shoot into the glove and inflate it and then the last person predicted that the vinegar would make a bad smell :).

They began to gently shake the cups. The first cup was the water, sadly nothing happened. Then they tried the juice and once again, nothing happened. This meant that there was only one more liquid left; vinegar. They shook the vinegar when all of a sudden the glove inflated. Their experiment had worked. We all gave them a round of applause and Brian Cox led some more scientists to do a new experiment.

In the new experiment, they had water with sugar, cornstarch and flour in water. they explained the differences between soluble things and insoluble things. They then added water into the cornstarch and mixed it around. They then began to say how the cornstarch mixed with water was a non – newtonian fluid. A non- newtonian fluid is something that isnt solid, a liquid or a gas.

We all enjoyed this assembly and cant wait for the next one.

By Libby G

1G class assembly

On Friday the 11th of January, 1G did a fantastic assembly all about the four seasons that are in a year. The first season was Winter! We all knew what winter was about after they shared with us lots of interesting facts. The coldest season starts in December and ends in February. They said, “You need to wrap up warm in a coat, hat and gloves.”

They then moved on to talk about the season spring. First they explained that “It rains and then sun comes out,” but then they also warned us not to put our rain coats away just yet! The reason they explained about that was to remind you what to expect and what spring in our country is all about!

The summer time was their favourite one to talk about because they can go out to beaches and go for a swim in the pool. They loved how it was really warm outside and that they got to go to the farm. They told us all about farm animals. Then at the end they sang a song called”He’s got the whole world in his hands”.

What a lovely assembly. Well done 1G!

By Taylor and Mollie

Year 2 Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip

On Thursday the 5th of July, Year 2 went on an amazing trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, as part of their animal learning in science! Eventhough the temperatures were through the roof, the children went around the park, looking at all the different animals, and learning some fun facts that they could use for their topic when they got back to school. Some of the animals they saw were: baboons, painted dogs, lemurs, wallabies, tigers, lions, rhinos, giraffes, polar bears and meerkats.

They moved onto a fantastic workshop all about polar bears, and learned some interesting information about their lifestyle. Polar bears are becoming endangered due to the ice caps which are melting because of global warming. Not only that, but some polar bears have sadly had to swim for 9 days non stop, just to find the next iceberg, and because they are melting, their food, seals, are also disappearing. The children found out that they could help the situation by turning off lights and electricity when we are not using them. They also learnt some facts about the polar bears appearance: they have small ears to keep the heat in; black skin to absorb heat; their fur isn’t white – its transparent; they weigh the same as a small car and they have large paws to stop them falling through the ice!

Year 2 said they had a fantastic day and they had a brilliant time although it was really warm! They enjoyed learning all about the different animals and the polar bears, and really enjoyed their workshop – Oscar even said it was the best trip ever!

By Mckensey

Year 4 residential trip to Nell Bank

On the 19th of March 2018, Year 4 came to school in non-uniform with suitcases and luggage since they were going on a 2 night residential to Nell Bank. When we arrived at Nell Bank we met our Nell Bank leaders called Jack and John who started us on our first activity which was mini beast hunting.Next we had the chance to explore Nell Bank by taking part in the Nell Bank Habitat Trail.

Once we’d finished, we went to  Middleton to have our lunch before having the chance to go to the adventure and the water playground. We played a while until it was time for tea which tonight was sausage and mash with veg or jacket potato. Once we’d finished tea, teachers sorted us into our dormitories (the girls rooms were named Asquith and Hawksworth. The boys rooms were called Denton and  Rombalds). We headed over to our rooms and sorted our beds and got our pyjamas ready for bed. Soon after that, we headed back down to Middleton for a quiz,hot chocolate,a biscuit and Mr Lowe read Harry Potter before we headed to bed.

The next morning, we all woke up ready for our long 7 mile walk. We went to Middleton to eat chocolate spread,jam or butter toast and cornflakes or rice krispies. We then packed a rucksack and set off on the long walk which took all day. When we returned in the evening we had time for a quick play on the adventure playground before our tea which we wolfed down. After tea, since it was still light, we played out again before showering and getting ready for bed.

Once we were all ready for bed we chilled out with some colouring before singing happy birthday to Jess, Ava and Mrs Javed. We drank our hot chocolate and ate cake before wearily traipsing to our long awaited beds.

Waking up on our last day, we had a lot to do before starting our activities. We stripped our rooms and packed our bags before readying ourselves for the fun of pond dipping and den building. After lots of fun and teamworking, which led to some marvellous dens, it was time to come home and see our school mates and families.

We were tired but happy having had a fantastic time and would definitely go again!
We can’t wait for our Year 5 residential now!

By Pasha and Taylor

Year 5 Yorkshire Museum Trip!

After what seemed like hours upon days and months upon years, it was time for year 5’s school trip! They had been consistently learning about Anglo Saxons they had already learnt plenty; but were about to learn a whole lot more. Enthusiastically, lots of curious children waited to arrive at the location of their day. Sitting bored, like watching paint dry, people played games and talked to there neighbour – the person who sat next to them- after 1 hour…

” We have arrived!” Mrs Hall smiled.                                                                  
” First we have a bit of a walk,” pointed out Mrs Russell.                                           
” Don’t leave anything on the bus,” worried Mrs Brook.
As we walked, we saw lots of interesting points like a wall built by the Anglo Saxons; we all realised where they were in York although we did know were we were going, we did not expect to see something like that just there. We journeyed  on – we were going to York Museum!

Our first thing after learning the rules and putting our delicious lunch away,was all about where the different tribes settled. A huge map lay like a carpet across the floor and we put different little figures, that were like statues, of the Angles, the Saxons, the Romans, the Normans and the Vikings. This pinpointed the different parts of the map that they all came from and their way of attacking York and Britania (an Anglo Saxon word for England). After we split into groups, we went round the tables and did a human timeline, making our own Saxon coins, circling what a man or a woman would have on them, labelling which parts of the world the armies came from and to top it all off, we learnt how to sword fight!

After a quick lunch, we jumped onto our next activity, firstly talking around the carpet and discussing our tasks. Then, we had to discover clues of who stole the bread from Aelle. Along the way, we did lots of creative tasks involving; weaving bracelets, wove wool to make a blanket, played a game of knucklebone and Myrles, used stylus’ to copy the front of a helmet and used a quill with ink to colour in an old picture. It turns out the beastly eight year old Harold, who did not like the bread, sabotaged the feast and was the theif who stole the bread! As his punishment, he got wacked with a stick for 10 mins in front of everyone. Sadly, it was then time to leave and we all packed up, went to the toilet and trooped off back to the bus. It was a fantastic day, had by all and everybody enjoyed it!

By Emily Mae and Mckensey

2P Class Assembly

This afternoon, 2P performed to us a fantastic assembly all about habitats and global warming. They have been covering this topic in science over the past term and have learnt a lot about wildlife and places which suffer from global warming. To help with this subject, they went on a school trip the last Thursday , before half-term,  to Yorkshire Wildlife Park! While they were there, they saw lots of exciting animals including: raccoons, lemurs, lions, polar bears and a lot more! To pack in more fun, they did an interesting polar bear workshop which Miss Philips quoted, “It was AMAZING!” They saw all the different animals in their natural (recreated) habitats  and learnt that the biggest habitat in the world was the ocean! When they got back, they learnt more on polar bears and how they are one of the animals that live in an extreme weather condition and are a victim to global warming. As well as this, the class used the internet to research more about the animals they saw and their habitats. Proved by their assembly, they have learnt a lot and their brains must be bursting full of information! Well done 2P!

By Mckensey and Adam

4Lo Assembly

This afternoon pupils and parents were treated to a very special episode of Countryfile from our very own Blakehill Primary School! Only kidding, it wasn’t the real show it was 4Lo putting on their own version (which we preferred) all about their residential trip to Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre in Ilkley! It was a fantastic assembly that told parents all about the great time the children had at Nell Bank and about some of the fun and exciting activities that they got up to. They spoke about doing pond dipping, a mini-beast hunt and  a long walk to, up and over Ilkley Moor. As well as all this the, children included a special episode of homes under the hammer in the assembly which they linked to their den building activity. They had to build a house out of sticks and branches of trees and then sell them to their class mates. However, I don’t think I’d have bought one for the prices they were asking and I don’t think the host was going to make an offer either. It was ended with a slideshow of pictures from the residential of the children while they were there and it looked like they had a super time. Well done on your assembly 4Lo, you did a fantastic job. check out the video below and leave them a comment to let them know how well they did!

 

By Brooke and Emily

4L Assembly!

Today, 4L did their class assembly all about their residential to Nell Bank, located on the outskirts of Ilkley Moor. Whilst they were there, they did certain activities including: Den Building – which they had to sell to their team leaders;orienteering(to help them with their P.E skills);a Mini-beast Hunt (which they did in an enclosed space of woodland); pond-dipping, which was in a outdoor mini-pool; and a long walk – where they saw a forest landscape!

Also, they did a skit of Countryfile,( which means that they did a copy of it), the assembly was very good and they deserved a BIG round of applause!

By Adam and Emily.

 

Catapult Competition!

This week an interesting letter was sent out as part of our terrific Science week! The challenging competition was to design your own catapult! And you even get to make it out of recyclable materials and name it.

This Catapult had to be made out of certain material (recyclable): cereal boxes, milk bottle lids, yoghurt pots, lollipop sticks. Also your model is not allowed to be bigger than A4 paper, the idea for this is to shoot a ping pong ball out of the catapult. There is a price to enter but it is all going to the prize for Science Week, the cost is a small charge, which is 50p. Their will be one winner from Reception and Key Stage 1 and another winner from Key Stage 2. The closing date for the competition is 25th of May 2017 (next Thursday) and the winners will be announced on the 26th Friday May 2017.

We look forward to seeing for fantastic designs and catapults for the competition and we will see who wins. Good Luck!

By Brooke and Alex

Year 4 look at the digestive system!

This week  Year 4 have stated to study the digestive system. As part of their studies they had to recreate it in groups using a banana and chocolate spread sandwich, cutlery, water, vinegar, a bowl, a plastic wallet, and some tights .
To begin they made the chocolate and banana spread sandwich which then they chopped up into small pieces, like our front teeth do (the incisors). Then then got their hands really messy by shoved them into the sandwich and squashing it and mixed it up with some water which represented the molars (the teeth at back in your mouth)and the water represented saliva made in the mouth.
Next, into the plastic wallet it went were they had to squish it while vinegar got poured in! This was to show the stomach mixing everything together like a cement mixer and the vinegar was the stomach acid which helps to break food down into nutrients for the body.  
After they had mixed the food and vinegar up they poured the mixture in some tights which acted as the intestines.The intestines are were nutrients and water are taken into the body to be used. To show all the nutrients and water being taken out of the mixture by the body they squeezed the tights over a bowl.
Once all the water was squeezed out the mixture became more solid and they cut the bottom of the tights and squeezed out the mixture onto a plate. This acted as the rectum and the faeces passing out of the body. They had a brilliant time recreating the digestive system and some of them said it was the best science lesson ever! They are already enjoying this topic and I hope that will carry on!
Take a look at the pictures and see what a great time they had!
By Alex