The children learnt all about the Manchester Ship Canal and researched in deatail its construction and purpose.  The children had to put their research into a brief outline including all the facts to include, when, where, why and how the Ship Canal was constructed.

Expressive Arts and Design - (DT element)

The EYFS have done lots of DT style activities this half term. During our floorbooks sessions, children have planned to build their own McDonalds and design their own pizza party. This meant lots of planning and reasearch to find out what they needed to make. The children building McDonalds produced their own counter ,ipads for the tables (like in Rawtenstall McDonalds), balloons and even created the nuggets and burgers by moulding them from salt dough, baking them then painting them! The children organising the party had to make hats and bunting, survey the class to find out what food to prepare, writing invitations and menus. This even led to the children creating their own pizza shop which brought about lots of role play! We have also designed and baked our own Gingerbread men this half term. The children had to design how it would be decorated first then use their plan to actually decorate it as part of the 'plan, do, review' process. This included designing Gingerbread Men on the computer using the 'Gingerbread Man Creator.' We then moved onto finding ways to save the Gingerbread men from the fox. The children decided to build bridges and boats to save him and learnt to test their constructions to make sure they were long enough to cross the river and strong enough. The children then made any adaptations necessary to ensure the Gingerbread Man could escape safely!

Geographical element

During our topic, 'Food,' we read the story 'Handa's Surprise' in Literacy. This led to us learning about the country 'Kenya' where the story was set. Part of the Early Learning Goal for Understanding the World states 'They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.' and 'They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.' So the children looked at photos from Kenya and watched the Barnaby Bear DVD in Kenya and talked about similarities and differences between the Kenyan environment and our environment in the UK. We also looked at Kenyan dress and the children dressed a Kenyan child.

Physical development

Part of the 'Health and Self-Care' Early Learning Goal which is part of Physical Development is to understand about ways to keep our bodies healthy so we focussed upon this during this half term as part of our 'Food' topic. The children listened to the story 'The Highway Rat' and talked about the effect on the rat's body as he kept stealing all the travellers food. The children also engaged in a cut and stick activitry where they had to design their own healthy lunchbox and explain their reasons for their choices. The children also played the game 'Greedy Gorilla' where they had to collect healthy foods on their boards and feed unhealthy food to the Gorilla. We danced to songs on boogie beebies and talked about the effects of exercise on our bodies.

Art aspect

During the spring 1 half term, class 1 learnt about the artist 'Arcimboldo' who created portraits using fruit and vegetables. The children then created pictures of their choice in the same style. They even created Arcimboldo style pictures on the computer too!


Part of the ELG for Technology is that children select ICT for particulare purposes and for ICT to select ICT to support their learning. Therefore, during our learning about Arcimboldo in Art, the children were able to create pictures of their own using fruit and veg on the computer in the same style as Arcimboldo. Later, when designing their own Gingerbread Man when we baked them. The children could design how they would decorate it on the computer.

Glitter germs!!

We used glitter to show the germs on our hands! We looked at how easy it is to spread the germs by touching things and touching other people. We tried to get the germs off our hands with dry paper towels. This did not work well! We tried cold water. This was better but lots of germs were left. Soap and warm water worked the best! We had lots of fun and lots of "germs" were left on our rug by the end of the day!


As part of our science this half term, we have been looking at electricity. First of all we brainstormed items at home and in school that run on mains electricity and batteries. Then we made our own circuits and looked at insulaters and conductors. Finally, we tried to make circuits that contained switches. This is how we got on.

Specialist Drama Teacher Visits Year 5

Ms Anthony, a Drama Teacher from Haslingden High School, has been visiting the school to work with Year 5. She taught techniques which dramatised the lives of villagers from the time of the Great Plague (Year 5's current topic). In tableau scenarios, the children made still images with their bodies to represent a scene. In 'The Nightmare Chair', they communicated their character's fears about catching the plague. In 'Angel vs Devil' their character was in a dilemma - should they inform the mayor about a member of their family contracting the plague or not?

Experiments on Forces

Children designed their experiment using the Experimental Variables Shuffleboard. This helped them to write the question they would need to control to make it a fair test. Some children wanted to find out how the thickness of an elastic band affects how far it will stretch. Others wanted to find out how the weight pulling an elastic band affects how far it will stretch. Next, they collected the measurements in a table. The children learnt about how weight is the force due to gravity and is measured in Newtons. They will be designing other fair tests to discover the answer to some other scientific questions, to do with forces, over the next few lessons.

Stained Glass Windows

Class 5 children made their own stained glass window with candlelight to show their understanding of Christian symbols and that Christians believe that Jesus is the 'Light of the World'


The children designed and made a Christmas tree decoration to take home and put on their tree. The children had to sew on buttons and ribbon and sew the trees together once it was filled with stuffing. What a brilliant job they did.

Dazzling ICT!

We made our Christmas cards by making repeating patterns on Dazzle and inserting text. We hope that you like them! Ho, ho, ho! We also made some "Wanted!" posters to try to catch the naughty Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. These show that we can use text and graphics together. Watch out for him!

Non-Chronological Reports

At the start of this year, the children were looking at writing non-chronological reports. They chose what they wanted to write their report on. The presentation of their work is beautiful.


The children in Class 3 are working very hard to improve their running technique. We used beanbags, hoops and hurdles in a series of running games.

Mad about minibeasts

Class 3 have been learning about minibeasts and their habitats. We went on an Autumn minibeast hunt in the school grounds and looked carefully at where minibeasts were living. Our special minibeast for Autumn was the spider. We drew super spiders and their wonderful webs. Visit Class 3 and have a look at our marvellous minibeasts!

Terrific Toys!

We had a special History day where a lady called Jane brought in lots of old toys for us to learn about and play with. We also had a fantastic time making peg dolls, Mr Potato Heads and cup and ball toys. We played lots of traditional games like Snakes and Ladders, hoopla, skittles, bowls, dominoes and tiddlywinks. We hope you like looking at how much fun we had!