Author Archives: Mr Pickering

Year 5 are growing bacteria!

As part of their topic work on the Black Death of the Middle Ages, Year 5 have been exploring how quickly bacteria can grow and spread.

Working scientifically, the children tested how clean their hands were by putting a finger print onto nutrient agar jelly – the perfect conditions for micro-organisms including bacteria to grow.

Judging by the Day 10 results below for Saturn, some of the hands weren’t as clean as they could’ve been! Meanwhile, I’m off to clean my computer keyboard (the source of the largest growth!)…

The yellow/orange dots on the photos show the micro-organisms that are currently growing.

Mr Humbug Sees the Light!

What an amazing set of performances by our Year 5 children this week, culminating in a spooky evening show tonight of our school-set retelling of Dickens’ classic – A Christmas Carol.

It was a superb effort from all the children and thank you to all the audiences for showing their support and appreciation.

Year 5 Travel Back in Time

The Year 5 children today got to experience life as scholars at Moorside Board School. During our trip to Bradford Industrial Museum, the 2 classes got into character as Victorian schoolchildren and were able to try out ink dip pens, do arithmetic using slate boards and pencils, to sing authentic hymns and songs and to recite poetry.

When not in the schoolroom, we enjoyed touring the various Victorian exhibits in the museum – especially seeing some of the mill machines in action and comparing life in a back-to-back terrace with the luxurious rooms of the Mill Manager’s house.

Well done to all the children for representing the school so well and fully engaging with the activities on offer. We hope you had a great time. And a big thank you to our parent volunteers on the day and to all home adults for helping to dress the children in such splendid Victorian outfits!

P.S. No smiling allowed in this photo…

A Taiko Drumming Experience for Year 5

Ichi…Ni…San…Shi…

Year 5 were given a fantastic traditional Japanese musical experience today – with every child taking part in an hour long Taiko drumming workshop. We learnt how to play the drums, some Japanese language, about the culture and respect associated with the drums and also how much of a physical workout playing them gives your body! Expect some aching limbs tomorrow…

A few of the many photos below (though sadly none available of a few of the teachers sneaking down for their own mini-workshop at lunchtime).

Say cheese!

Sienna and Tayla shared a fantastic Victorian artefact with their fellow Year 5 classmates this week. Sienna’s family kindly let her bring in a precious camera made in the late Victorian period (when photography was first developed). We were extremely impressed by how they were able to set up the camera and explain how it would have worked.

It’s always great to see pupils extending their learning out of school. Well done girls!

Feel the Force(s) in Year 5

Year 5 have been exploring gravity and air resistance by designing and testing parachutes!

Year 5 Taster Day at South Craven

Strike a pose!


The Year 5 children enjoyed a taste of secondary school life on their visit to South Craven today. Working in different groups, they were given a sporting or performance experience in the morning (dodgeball and cricket, drama or dance) and a technology experience in the afternoon (making a torch keyring).

We hope they all enjoyed the day and perhaps are already looking forward to the opportunities that we will come their way from September 2019!


4 Cheetahs Book of the Week


The Cheetahs enthusiastically shared ‘Pippi Longstocking’ with us all today.
Don’t mess with Pippi!

Our Year 5/6 SPOTS this week are…


Well done everyone!

5 Mars Book of the Week

5 Mars shared ‘Charlie Bone and the Hidden King’ as their book of the week. Enjoy reading it!