The Great Plague.

Class 8 have been studying the Great Plague 1664 - 1666 as part of our Spring topic.  They learnt how the plague started;  the role of a Plague Doctor;  described how the disease spread to the Derbyshire village of Eyam; and wrote a letter in role as someone affected by this treacherous epidemic.

The Great Plague.

"In-keeping with our topic on The Great Plague, Class 8 have drawn their own interpretations of what a typical London street might've looked like in 1665.  Watch out for the rats!"

Comic Life

The children were learning how to make a comic using information they learnt about the Vikings. The children chose their template and added images, speech bubbles and made it look like a comic.

The Vikings - Homework

As the children were learning about the Vikings, they completed a number of activities at home and brought them in. Here are a few examples.

The Great Plague

The children learnt the reasons as to why the plague began, how it spread, its consequences and what remedies were available at the time. They also learnt that the Great Plague wasn't ony confined to London but that it appeared much nearer to home in Eyam, Derbyshire.

Contrasting Area in the UK-Manchester

The children looked at the location of Manchester and especially at the Manchester Ship Canal and its historical significance. They realised how 'bringing the sea inland' had a huge impact on exporting goods from Manchester to Europe and beyond. They also studied Manchester landmarks.

Team Work

Mrs Sharples challenged us to build a castle in our outdoor area today. We had to work together as a team and think carefully about which resources to use. It was great fun and as you can see from the pictures, we were very proud of our finished castle.

Items of Clothing

Over the last half term, the pupils have been learning how to read, say and write items of clothing in French. They have recognised masculine, feminine as well as singular and plural. They have been able to identify and use possessive pronouns for my: mon,ma and mes. This has enabled them to be able to read, understand and perform a short story and song: 'Je m'habille at je te croque.'


The children in Class 3 have been learning all about Florida. First we found out where Florida was in relation to the rest of the world, looking at continents, countries and oceans. We used Google Earth to find out more about Florida, particularly Orlando, recognising similarities and differences to where we live. We have used maps on a variety of scales, atlases, images, books and the internet to find out more about the 'Sunshine State' and why people visit there.


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.