Monthly Archives: April 2016

Rocket Science – Day 10 Measurements

Year 5 have today taken another set of official measurements on Day 10 of the Rocket Science experiment. We checked what percentage of the seeds have developed into seedlings in each of the 8 trays. Well, technically we’ve only counted the number in each tray so far – can anyone help out with the percentages?!

Blue Packet
Tray 1: 13 out of 25 (13/25)
Tray 2: 16/25
Tray 3: 11/25
Tray 4: 19/25
Blue Total: 59/100

Red Packet
Tray 1: 20/25
Tray 2: 23/25
Tray 3: 18/25
Tray 4: 21/25
Red Total: 82/100

Are the Red Packet seeds developing better?

A lunchtime visitor

A small, brightly coloured butterfly spotted today by pupils from 5 Saturn at lunchtime today. Due to his luminous colour they named him Lumi. I wonder if we’ll see him again tomorrow?

This week’s SPOTS. ..


Rocket Science – First Seedlings!

The first seedlings have started to germinate! 6 of the 8 trays are showing signs of life – 3 trays from the red packet and 3 from the blue.

South Craven Mathematics Challenge


Basketball silver medalists

On Wednesday, our year 6 basketball team finished as runners-up in Thr Oakbank Basketball Competition.

We played 4 matches, winning 3 and losing 1. 

Well done Marissa, Lola, Spencer, Scarlet, Callum, Josh L, Joe and Josh E.

Maths Challenge


Pupils from 3Rowan class having some last minute revision time before the big event. Good luck Hothfielders!

Hothfielders Conquer Pen-Y-Ghent

A group of 66 walkers climbed Pen-y-ghent on Saturday in bright sunshine and snow.  The walkers from both Hothfield Junior School and Addingham Primary School enjoyed spectacular views of snow capped peaks and Morecambe bay from the summit of the mountain.  There was a fantastic, supportive and excited atmosphere from  the children, some of whom were climbing the hill for the first time.  Many have commented that they are looking forward now to the next walk, Whernside on the 7th May.IMG_1629 StitchIMG_1623

Rocket Science

Year 5 are really pleased to be representing Hothfield as one of the schools taking part in the Royal Horticultural Society and UK Space Agency’s ‘Rocket Science Experiment’.

As featured recently on Blue Peter and BBC News, the experiment involves sowing 200 rocket (salad) seeds and monitoring their growth and development. The exciting part is that half of the seeds have spent the last 6 months with Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station. Nobody knows if it was the red packet or blue packet!

The children have sown the seeds today and set up the fair test by following the strict experiment instructions. We also made predictions: Will the time in space have had any affect on the seeds? Will we be able to grow fresh food in space in the future? Keep an eye on the blog for updates on how the seeds are getting on!


Pupil Pipeline Challenge

Year 5 started their new water topic with a splash today – by taking part in the Pupil Pipeline Challenge.

To raise money for Water Aid, the children worked together in large teams to create ‘pipelines’ to transfer water across the playground. Despite a few soakings and spillages, it was a really fun way to understand how water reaches our taps and how others around the world are less fortunate with their access to water.

Many thanks for all the donations – we raised £72.