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Year 5 at Rewind to Easter




On Tuesday this week, our Year 5 children enjoyed their trip to Silsden Methodist Church for the ‘Rewind to Easter’ activities. Many thanks to all the organisers and volunteers from Silsden churches who helped put together an educational and fun morning!

Year 5 Astronaut Day


5…4…3…2…1 -> Year 5 are go!

Today, the children entered Silsden Primary Space Academy to experience what it would be like to train as an astronaut. Throughout the day, they undertook a series of challenges (all based on real astronaut training tasks) to test their physical, mental and communication skills.

Highlights included a bleep test in the hall, a tricky numerical memory test, a repetitive origami task and a maze with reverse controls!

All children (worryingly?) are now fully-certificated qualified astronauts!

Y5 Victorian Day

This week, the Year 5 children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Bradford Industrial Museum. We all took part in two workshops – one in the schoolroom and the other allowing us to learn some of the weaving processes that once took place in the mill.

No smiling allowed!

Practising our weaving skills.

Sit up straight, arms folded!

5 Saturn Signing Off…

Responsibility and relationships have been the words of the day in 5 Saturn as we enter our final week.

The children are putting the finishing touches to their wonderful ‘Land of Neverbelieve’ English projects showing how well they can work independently and responsibly. And in computing, the class welcomed our Y1 friends from Swallows this morning to join us to play the simple and fun addition games we have created in coding lessons. The Y1 children all really enjoyed the session, in large part due to way that the class welcomed, and looked after, them. It was great to see so many fantastic relationships skills on show!

Well done Saturn this year – you have shown real effort to develop so that you are ready to take on the challenges of Year 6!
Best of luck to you all,
Mr Pickering




A Watery Week for Year 5

The Year 5 children managed to fit in not one but two trips out of school last week!

The first was to the Yorkshire Water Treatment Works at Headingley. The classes learnt about all the ‘baddies’ in water and the process undertaken at the Works to clean them out.

Closer to home, the children also took a trip down to the canal to learn about the history of a boat called ‘The Kennet‘ that is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Volunteers told us all about how the boat was made, the history of the canal, locks and many other things. The highlight for most was seeing the cabin where the boat workers slept and ate – it was rather snug!

Year 5 Tag Rugby Tournament

12 children from Year 5 today represented Hothfield in a tag rugby tournament at Cougar Park, home of the Keighley Cougars. An impressive 14 local schools were taking part and we were drawn in what turned out to be the so-called ‘Group of Death’ alongside Long Lee, Glusburn and Worth Valley.

We dominated our first match against Worth Valley and were unlucky to be pegged back to a 2-2 draw (Rio scored the 2 tries). The second match vs. Glusburn was a more one-sided affair which we won by an impressive 4 tries to 1 (Alfie 3, Mitchell 1). That left a winner-takes-all match against high-flying Long Lee, who had won their opening 2 matches. It was a fast-paced, high quality contest with tries galore that was richly enjoyed by our onlooking support from the stands. Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the final 5-4 scoreline (tries from Sulaiman, Mitchell, Archie and Alfie).

All members of the squad contributed superbly to a valiant effort and it says a lot that Long Lee went on to win the whole tournament. It has been great to see so many of the Y5 children enthused by the tag-rugby sessions this term and a pleasure to share the trip to Cougar Park with them today.

Squad: Alfie, Archie, Edward BC, Elouise, Holly, James I, Katelyn, Mitchell, Natalia, Rio, Sam B, Sulaiman

Year 5 Rewind to Easter

Our Year 5 children today enjoyed the annual ‘Rewind to Easter’ session at Silsden Methodist Church. The event, organised by Christian Links in Keighley Schools (CLiKS) with Churches Together in Silsden, gave the children the opportunity to learn more about the Easter story, put their craft skills into practice to decorate seed pots and to work enthusiastically with community volunteers.

The children were a real credit to Hothfield this morning, showing how effectively they can work together as a year group. The volunteers particularly noticed how polite they all were and how well they helped each other with the activities.

Year 5 Rugby Training

This half-term, Year 5 are lucky enough to have 6 PE sessions delivered by a coach from local rugby league side Keighley Cougars.
The first of these was held this week and enjoyed by all! The children learnt how to handle the ball, both by the ‘belly’ and the ‘ears’, and to play the ball behind them with their foot after a tackle.
We’re looking forward to the remaining sessions and to the tag rugby tournament on 6 April (at Cougar Park).

What we ‘saw’ in Year 5 this week

This term, all children in Year 5 have had the opportunity to earn some ‘Specialised Learning Time’ on a Thursday afternoon. This time gives the children the chance to try their hand at a new, creative or fun activity in order to learn new skills.
So far they have explored the art of quilling, undertaken construction tasks with lollipop sticks and art straws, before this week trying out some woodwork. For many, it was the first chance to try out their saw skills!
A few photos of their efforts this half-term are below.





Y5 Industrial Museum Trip

The Year 5 children enjoyed a fascinating trip to Bradford Industrial Museum today. To fit with Topic learning, they all experienced a session in a Victorian Schoolroom where they were taught the 3 ‘R’s, sang, recited poetry and learnt facts about an orange.
It was great to see the children engage with their learning so well, not least due to the wonderful costumes they came in! We hope that you remember this experience for a long time to come.

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