What we have been up to so far.

In the first half term all of Y5 went on residential to Ingleborough hall! We had a great time!
On national poetry day we wrote 'nonsense' poetry! It was actually much harder than you would think.
We have done PE this year with 'Sports UK'. One of our favorite activities was orienteering!
Every Wednesday we learn how to play the ukelele with Mr Bloom.
In art we studied the work of 'Banksy' and emulated his style for art week.
Local PCSOs came to talk to us about bullying and e-safety.
There have been many opportunities to get involved in sports competitions with other schools.
During computing lessons we really enjoyed programming in particular.
At Christmas we practiced and performed a song in Latin for the Christingle service.
In DT we used our sewing skills to make mobile phone 'socks' as Christmas gifts for our families.
To provide a stimulus for this term's history topic, we visited the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. The children began to learn about what life was like for miners in the 1800s - including children as young as 5! In addition, they found out about the lives of people in mining communities over the last 200 years and even went down a mine themselves!
Fire-fighters from the Shipley fire station came to talk to us about fire safety. We learned many things such as what can cause accidental fires, why smoke alarms are important, and the dangers caused by young people making hoax 999 calls.
We spent some time in class developing our problem solving skills by trying out a variety of puzzles. We reviewed these and came up with some advice for solving them in preparation for them being used across school!

During 'Maths Mastery Week', together we solved a variety of problems (kindly loaned to us by The University of Leeds) in groups of three.

While solving them, we made notes to explain our reasoning and gave details about how we worked them out.

They taxed our brains, however they were also lots of fun!

As part of ‘World Book Week’ and linked to our theme of India, we had a visit from an expert on Indian dance and the Sikh faith.

We were also visited by an Indian musician! We loved playing the drums!
We visited St. Cuthbert's church to take part in 'Easter Cracked' where we learned more about the Easter story, as well as doing loads of themed activities. We learned a lot and had lots of fun too!
One afternoon, we walked to Immanuel College, where some of us will be going when we leave Blakehill, to watch their drama production of ‘Sister Act’. It was a fantastic show and we really enjoyed our visit!
We had a fantastic day at 'The Yorkshire Show'! We took part in or observed activities such as 'slack-lining', basket weaving, chocolate making, making horse shoes and much more! We had a great day learning about agriculture in our region!
We had a fantastic time at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, which accompanied our science topic of 'Earth & Space'.
In addition to looking around the fascinating exhibits on our solar system and beyond, we also took part in two workshops. During the first of these, we learned about life on a space station and did experiments involving testing the fitness of an 'astronaut' and assembling an electric circuit while wearing NASA space gloves! That session ended by a spectacular demonstration of a rocket fuel 'explosion'! The second session involved four experiments: dropping a 'meteor' into sand from different heights and measuring the crater; using a flow chart to identify a real meteor fragment; investigating the 'weight' of objects on different planets and using a light meter to work out which planets would get most light from the sun.
We learned so much and can't wait to complete the topic back at school with all our new knowledge and skills!
We had an amazing time at 'The Big Swing' building dens, starting camp-fires, jumping from great heights, playing football, trampolining, playing in tree-houses and so much more!