07/06/2019 at 20:07
The first week of the last half-term is now complete and as per usual, the children have dived straight back in to their learning. In keeping with this theme, let’s dive straight into this week’s recap!
In literacy we started looking at Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – a very complicated comedy. We broke down the plot in our first lesson and the children seem to have a fairly good grasp of the story thus far. If you are curious about the plot yourself or are just looking for a recap, check out the link below. This video has quickly become a favourite of the class but be warned – it is incredibly catchy!
The next step was to outline the key events of the play using freeze frames. The children really captured the emotion of these scenes. I mean, just look at those facial expressions! Wow!
In maths, we started by finishing off our shape work, looking particularly at how to translate shapes from one point to another without altering them in any way. Once we had a good grasp of this concept, we moved on to telling the time using both analogue and digital clocks.
In science, we have been working with different materials and learning about the properties that they possess. The children particularly enjoyed exploring a mystery material and trying to figure out what it might be. It turned out to be a highly absorbent material known as polyacrylate (better known by it’s other name – fake snow). While some children marvelled at the change in the material when water was added, others decided to test the saturation point and ended up with something more akin to sludge than snow!
30/05/2019 at 16:22
We had some glorious weather up at Stainforth and the children all seemed to enjoy themselves and thrive in the outdoor environment. They were all (relatively) well behaved and bedtime was an absolute breeze! The children (and staff) faced many challenges whilst on residential and each and everyone of them succeeded in the activities and should be very proud of themselves. The biggest challenge faced was entering the caves. There were a few children who really didn’t want to enter the cave, but once we were underground they thoroughly enjoyed it and were begging to stay for longer! The lodge offered a wide range of facilities which the children certainly made the most of. We had table tennis competitions, air hockey matches and even some significant scores in the table football (10-3)! I was completely shocked by how well organised and hard working the children were. On the Friday morning I was a little worried that we needed to be up, ready, breakfast eaten, lunch made and lodge completely emptied and packed onto the minibus by 10am! However, the children rallied together, showed excellent teamwork and were ready to head off into the fields for our final activity by 9:50am! The boys even helped carry lots of additional equipment from the lodge to the busses.
The children displayed some really good skills whilst out cycling. There were some very tired legs on the climbs but the children were resilient and all managed to complete these in the end. Some of the children completed some additional challenges which were a little steep but they showed no fear and tackled them well. There were a few (soft) tumbles into the verges but all children came back to the lodge with a smile on their faces. Many thanks to the British Cycling coached and Matt Asquith who supported the children during this activity. Gisburn was a great place and many of the children would like to return with their families to showcase their skills.
The dreaded caving!
I had the pleasure of taking the children caving and there were some who needed lots of encouragement! I was so proud of all of the children as even though some of them really didn’t want to go into the cave, they all did! We saw some wonderful fossils and even got to take a dip in Dr Bannister’s Hand Basin! The water was cold but this didn’t stop the children from enjoying this experience. There were some children who managed to avoid getting too wet (George W) and others who were completely submerged (Jacob E & Lauren). A big well done to Wyatt and Jacob P who found the caving really difficult but showed great bravery and overcame their fears, well done boys!
River study and Ribblehead Viaduct
We spent an hour on a river study of Winterscales Beck which, as the name suggests, is only a river in Winter/early Spring when there is lots of rain and melting snow coming down from Whernside. What water there is disappears into caves and resurges somewhere downstream. Only when the caves below are full does the water really flow above ground. We saw erosion, sediment, deposition and lots of bones! We looked for clues as to the height of the river in flood. The other half of the class spent an hour at Ribblehead Rail station exploring the history of the Viaduct. The children had a mini quiz to complete in pairs and made swift work of reading and interpreting the information presented. Following this, we headed down towards the Viaduct to appreciate all of the hard work the navies had put in to constructing it back in the 1800. The sheer size of the rocks used astounded the children and they could not comprehend that the magnificent construction had been built without any machinery.
Waterfall walk and paddle
On the Thursday afternoon the children completed half of the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. They did very well as there are lots of steps to tackle along the way. The first part of the walk in up a slight slope (mountain according to the children) and the only thing which was on their minds was ‘When is lunch?’ Once at the top we settled for lunch before making our way downstream observing the wonderful views as we went. The children listened well about the formation of the waterfall and found a range of wild plants along the way – including wild garlic! After about an hours walk we arrived at the ‘paddle spot’. The children couldn’t resist getting in and were soon soaked through. They were very well behaved and had lots of fun. Many children went fossil hunting with Miss Morgan and many interesting coral fossils were found. There were a few children who ‘fell’ in and were a little shocked with the temperature of the water but followed the residential rule ‘no moaning’ and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the time!
Evening Walk at Hoffmann Kiln
The children did a couple of walks that included some of the hidden industrial heritage of the area. One of the walks included the impressive Hoffmann Lime Kiln at dusk. The children were very sensible (although it was a little spooky). We looked at the different kilns that were there and discussed what they were used for. The walk back as a little dark so we brightened it up with some glow sticks and torches! We arrived back at the lodge just in time for a hot chocolate before bed! Unfortunately, we only have one photo of the night walk due to some of the photos on the camera being unable to open at the moment.
I have included some photos below of us ‘having a blast’ on residential!
A huge thank you to the children for being so well behaved (most of the time)! It was wonderful to see you use all of the skills you have to tackle the challenges presented. Many thanks to the staff who attended and made the trip possible: Mrs Hawkhead, Mr Cooke, Miss Morgan, Mrs Harding and Mr Garlic. A huge thank you to Northern Rail for the tickets and ease of travel- the journey there and back was a delight.
All that is left for me to say is that it was an absolute pleasure to take 5J on their first residential. I am very proud of each and every one of you!
22/05/2019 at 20:58
We had a sunny few days in Stainforth and we hope that the children had a good time. They were a good group to go with and they were all well behaved (almost) all the time. There were lots of highlights and many children should be proud of themselves for trying new things and overcoming fears. Not everything went wholly to plan in a new venue and with some new itinerary. The new lodge had fantastic playing areas but some of the bedrooms were a bit tight for space. Many of the boys were fantastically well organised and self-reliant; some weren’t, especially when it came to packing this morning. The electric cooker was painfully slow… Sadly, we did also have one rather serious biking accident: ironically, one of our best, superstar girl cyclists. Joel also managed to find some stinging nettles for a more slow-motion tumble right at the end of the ride.
Overall, though, it was a good few days; the children should be shattered. Here are some photos and short videos:
The children were really good cyclists, all trying really hard on the climbs and many making it to the top without stopping. Their skills have clearly improved. There were extra challenges for those that were confident and whom we judged sufficiently competent. Many thanks to the British Cycling coaches and to Matt Asquith who also supported the sessions. Gisburn is a great family-friendly venue for mountain biking.
For obvious reasons, photos in a cave are tricky! We managed to get a few. The walk up to the new cave took a long time and we didn’t manage to climb up the waterfall as planned. We did get to crawl behind it though. Adam managed to go through the whole cave like Spiderman without getting wet. Others, such as Kobi, got wet up to his chest in one bit!
We all spent an hour on a river study of Winterscales Beck which, as the name suggests, is only a river in Winter/early Spring when there is lots of rain and melting snow coming down from Whernside. What water there is disappears into caves and resurges somewhere downstream. Only when the caves below are full does the water really flow above ground. We saw erosion, sediment, deposition and lots of bones! We looked for clues as to the height of the river in flood.
Here’s what it looks like in flood.
Waterfall Walk (and paddle)
The children did well on the Waterfall Walk, especially one boy who really didn’t like steps and persevered with support. Towards the end, they children got a chance to splash around. They understood the Farfield rule: if you choose to get wet, you can’t complain afterwards about being uncomfortable.
Dusk Walk to Hoffmann Kiln
The children did a couple of walks that included some of the hidden industrial heritage of the area. One of the walks included the impressive Hoffmann Lime Kiln at dusk.
Many thanks to all the staff that supported the residential: Miss Levett, Mrs Barraclough, Mrs Wallace and Mrs Hawkhead (who did so much of the prepartion and admin and is staying all week!). Many thanks also to Northern Rail who gave us free train tickets: watch out for details of a refund or other proposals to account for an expected under-spend.
10/05/2019 at 13:43
In PSHE lessons, we have been focusing on physical health and well-being and how we view ourselves.
We have explored how the media can influence a person’s view on the perfect body image and how this can be damaging to many young people – and older people too! We learnt about changing beauty standards through the years and how today this can be manipulated even further with Photoshop and plastic surgery. We agreed that the media should not control our self esteem or our perception of how attractive we are. We decided that we are all beautiful in our own unique way, and it is our differences and even imperfections which make us special. Being healthy and being a good person far out-way the importance of having the ‘perfect appearance’, and we hope you agree too!
Here are our own views of why we are special, unique and loved!
10/05/2019 at 13:38
This week we have started looking at poetry again. The children have thoroughly enjoyed looking at Roald Dahl’s revolting rhymes and exploring the twists and unusual (and gruesome) endings. We have been exploring some traditional tales including: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel and the Frog Prince. The children began by learning the stories before coming up with their own revolting ending to the story. We will be writing our poems next week.
This week we have explored 3D shapes and their properties. The children had a good knowledge of the shapes and could discus the properties confidently. Next week, we will be exploring the nets of 3D shapes further and have a go at building some ourselves.
What 3D shape am I? Answer in the comments.
- I am a 3D shape.
- I have two faces.
- My faces are different shapes.
Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to log into Mathletics and spelling shed for a little bit of extra homework!
27/04/2019 at 12:53
We have had a very busy week after the beautiful bank holiday. The children have been hard at work and are all starting to get extremely excited about the upcoming residential.
This week we have been focusing on drawing angles and calculating angles within a triangle. The children have been extending their skills with a protractor this week and have had to be exceptionally precise with their measurements. They have worked really hard as it is quite a tricky skill to master. By the end of the lesson, everyone could draw accurate angles and check them to ensure they were correct. Well done everyone. We also looked at the angles within different triangles: right angle triangle, scalene and isosceles. The children were very quick to remember that angles in a triangle need to total 180 degrees and used this knowledge well to calculate the missing angles. They moved very quickly through the challenges set and were able to explain their answers clearly.
We have been looking at explanation texts and exploring the purpose and audience of a range of texts. The children were able to identify many of the features and highlight these within the text. 5J then received a letter from the famous Wallace and Gromit, seeking their help in creating a new and innovative contraption. The children got to work straight away creating their blue print designs and we are going to be exploring these in detail next week.
On Friday the children were able to show off their cycling skills when Chris Young from British Cycling came to put them through their paces. Chris said that the children had impressed with their skills and listened well to all of the tips and safety rules given in preparation for their next adventure on Otley Chevin in the coming weeks. The children will then be fully prepared for the residential cycling activity.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend,