Celebrating Y5 Home Learning

What a fantastic way to end our ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ topic in Year 5…

Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends all joined us for a display of the children’s home learning after school on Thursday. Thanks to all for such a brilliant turn out and especially to the pupils in the two classes for producing such creative and inspirational exhibits!

We had fact posters, models, doctors’ masks, potions, weapons, letters, videos, powerpoint presentations, rats, more rats and even more rats!

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.

Road Trip USA!

Today, Year 4 launched their virtual road trip around the United States by flying out from Silsden International Airport.  We can report that the children landed safely at JFK Airport after a brief mid-Atlantic stop off in the Azores (which looked remarkably like Silsden…).

The children enjoyed an in-flight movie and ‘at seat’ refreshments during their flight, and some were able to enjoy a virtual helicopter tour of New York.

They will be sure to keep you all up to date with their adventures as they tour the sites of the States over this half term.

What a drama!

It’s fair to say that the children in Year 4 didn’t all look happy to be back at school after the Christmas holidays!

However, they had a fun day, especially the drama in English:

So that by the end of the day, everyone was happy!

 

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.

Silsden Hockey Team Through To Finals

Silsden Primary School’s Hockey team gained first place at Bradford Schools Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament. The squad will now compete at the Bradford Finals in February 2019.

Do we have some budding jewellery designers in Year 4?

Working with Mrs Burgoyne, Mrs Dent and Mrs Gornall, Year 4 have continued to use clay in order to produce their own jewellery based on Anglo-Saxon designs.

They have really enjoyed the work and they have all created some fantastic pieces.

 

Can you tell your personality from your handwriting?

Science club have been investigating whether we could recognise a teacher from their handwriting and whether we could work out their personality from it.

Looking closely at peoples handwriting styles.

New School Meal Serving!

Yesterday saw the introduction of a new servery in the dinner hall at the Hothfield site. This give the children a much better eating experience and the opportunity to select a large range of salads to accompany their meals. The children have been really excited about it and have said that it is amazing. We hope that they will now enjoy school meals a lot more! We would encourage all children to give this a try.

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…