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Viking Trip - Murton Park 

Year 5 went on a trip to Murton Park to experience a day in the life of a Viking. The class were in family groups, we learnt how to be a guard and played Tic Tac Troll which was an authentic Viking game. We also looked at Viking arterfacts, drew their own versions of them and made clay oil lamps. 
World Book Day 2016
Well done to all of year 5 who made a great effort dressing up as their favourite book character. We were lucky to have Kate Pankhurst (Author of the Mariella mystery series) to come in and spend an hour with KS2. We learnt about becoming an author, how to illustrate a book and how to come up with a piece of spy equipment.
Poetry Slam 2016

Year 4 and 5 were very lucky that we had Andy Craven-Griffiths to come in for a Poetry Slam. 
The children had an introduction to slam poetry, learnt about tongue twisters, using alliteration, rhyming and using their voices to perform. Even the teachers were involved in a rhyming battle with a group of children (which the children won!). Alero said "When we did the rhyming rap battle, I loved seeing the teachers lose!"

Science Week

During Science week, year 5 took part in a variety of experiments. We investigated facts about our bodies, such as: 'Is the length of your foot, the same as your forearm?'. We built towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows and built bridges out of newspaper and cellotape to see who could build the tallest tower and the strongest bridge (One bridge almost held Miss McCarney's weight!).

Cathy Cassidy
Today, the year 5 and 6 girls were lucky enough to attend an author event at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. The girls met Cathy Cassidy, the author of the Chocolate Box series and learnt about how she writes her books, comes up with ideas and how she turns daydreams into books! 

Rocket Science Project

Year 5 are embarking on a Space mission. We have been lucky to have been selected to take part in the Rocket Science project.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project.

The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team.

Two kilograms of rocket seeds took off from Florida bound for the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission.

After several months on board, the seeds have now been sent back and landed in the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2016. Now that they have returned to the UK, they have been packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on earth. Participating schools have each received two packets of 100 seeds to grow and compare.

We have planted our seeds in class and are looking forward to the next step in our journey as young scientists.

Our tweet to Tim Peake:

Our predictions:

Toby – The seeds might grow into a different species of plant.

Frances – As the seeds are used to not having gravity, down here they might grow quicker because the gravity is a shock.
Gabriel – I predict that the rocket (from space) will grow slower.
Emily – I think we will be able to tell once the plants grow as the plants will look different if they have been in space.
Felipe – I think the seeds that have been in space might grow in different directions because it is confused about gravity.
Peter – I think that when the plants grow, the ones that have been in space might be shrivelled like a raisin. 

Keep checking for updates on our experiment. 

Leeds Book Award Ceremony 2016
A group of 9 children from year 5 were lucky enough to attend the Leeds Book Award Ceremony 2016 on Monday 23rd May 2016. There were 6 authors at the event who were the authors of the 6 shortlisted books:
  • Demolition Dad, by Phil Earle
  • The Black Lotus, by Kieran Fanning
  • Mel Foster and the Demon Butler, by Julia Golding
  • Gorilla Dawn, by Gill Lewis
  • My Brother is a Superhero, by David Solomons
  • The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, by Katherine Woodfine
There was a question and answer session with the authors which the children found really interesting and inspiring with a lot of hints and tips of how to write a successful book. 

The winner was:

Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis. We were lucky to meet Gill and have her book signed for school. 

School Awards