School of Rock

On Tuesday 13th February 2018 the Y6 children visited Calder High to watch their dress rehearsal of ‘School of Rock’.  This was performed in the Ted Hughes Theatre and was fantastic!

Rather than taking the pupils in our own minibuses, to help them with their transition to high school, they read the bus timetable, caught the public bus and managed their own bus fare and tickets.

Y6 visit Eden Camp – in the snow!

Eden Camp


To support our learning in our current WWII topic we have recently visited Eden Camp.  Although it was absolutely freezing, we loved exploring each of the old prisoner-of- war huts.  Below you will find a list of some of the things we discovered whilst there – click on the hyperlink to discover more:


During lunchtime, we enjoyed hot chocolate and soup – in the hope of keeping warm!

Victorian assembly

To conclude our unit of work on the Victorians, the year six pupils invited parents and carers into school to watch an assembly.  Impressively, the children had written their own scripts which demonstrated the wide range of cross-curricular learning which had taken place over the last seven weeks: they demonstrated to parents and pupils what learning would have looked like in the Victorian classroom; they recited songs, poems and chanted tables; they also informed everyone about life in the workhouse, child labour during the Industrial Revolution and the inspiring work of Dr Barnardo and his charity for destitute children.


Pupils showcased their learning in art, demonstrating how they completed artwork inspired by William Morris and also puppets created during DT lessons.  They finished their assembly with a funny Punch and Judy puppet show!

Bradford Industrial Museum

A Local History Experience: A Victorian Classroom

Yesterday year six visited Bradford Industrial Museum and Moorside Mills which was built around 1875.  To support our learning of the Victorian era children visited Moorside Board School.  During the workshop children experience what life would have been life as local mill working children.

Our Victorian Master was very strict and demonstrated the use of the cane and Dunce’s cap.  During our workshop we experienced how learning would have looked like in the classroom.  Some of the activities were copywriting the letters of the alphabet with dip pens, chanting our times tables using slates to work out maths calculations and singing period songs and hymns such as ‘All things bright and beautiful’.  To answer questions we had to stand up and wait for the Master to acknowledge us!  It was very realistic and we learned how hard (and boring) it would have been.


After our workshop we explored the rest of the mill and discovered lots about the industrial life of Victorian Bradford.  We found out about the significance of the mill industry and the local educational reform for children.

Y6 Head Boy and Head Girl elections

Head Boy and Head Girl

Our current Y6 children had the opportunity to stand for Head Boy and Head Girl for 2017-2018.  During an assembly, each candidate had the chance to present their election speech.  All children in KS2 were then given a ballot paper and time to vote.

The results are now in!  We are extremely proud to introduce:

Joshua Antcliffe and Rowan Harper as our current Y6 Head boy and girl.

Their deputies are Lucy Payne and Kashan Akram.


Well done to all candidates for presenting their fantastic election speeches.


Mount Cook

Last week, Mrs Webb and Mrs Maddock took the year 5 children to Mount Cook in Matlock, Derbyshire.  Whilst there, children took part in a wide range of activities including: survival skills – den building and making a fire; outdoor quiz and night hikes; buggy building, fencing, rocket launch and a 70ft high gladiator wall and trapeze.

The children loved every experience – especially the food – and their team work and co-operation skills were fantastic.  We had an amazing time and wanted to stay for an entire week.

Please join us at our coffee and cake afternoon on Friday 23rd June to see more photographs!

Small Schools Swimming Gala

On Friday children in KS2 participated in the small schools swimming gala. All the children were fantastic and some children won medal for their races.

Well done to

Lucy  who came 1st in the front crawl

Imogen  2nd in the backstroke

Millie, Asha and Erica who came 3rd in the girls relay

Alice who came third in the backstroke

and Brooke who came 3rd in the backstroke.

This is the first time that we have come back from the swimming gala with medals.

End of SATs treat

Year six have worked tremendously hard this week during their SATs. They have completed lots of revision tasks and have tried their very best.   We are all very proud of each and everyone of them.

So on Friday 12th May, as a treat, we visited Electric Bowl in Halifax.

We enjoyed bowling, playing on the games and also eating lunch!

We then watched Guardians of the Galaxy part 2 at the Vue Cinema.


We also took this an opportunity for the Y6 children to use public transport, asking for and paying for their own return tickets. Luckily, all tickets remained safe during the day – as did the children of course.


Y6 London Residential

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, all of the year six children along with Mrs Webb, Mrs Denham, Mrs Paynter and Mr Frankland, set off for a three-day residential trip to London.

After a very long journey, we finally arrived at the Houses of Parliament.  This was an experience we will never forget! We even managed a police escort out of London!

However, we kept smiling and undismayed, we looked forward to the rest of our visit.

The next morning we were extremely excited and set off early for the Harry Potter Studio Tour.  We were amazed by enormity of ‘The Great Hall’, scared by flying Dementors, watched potions being made, visited Privet Drive and even flew on a broomstick.



Later that evening, we arrived at the Cambridge Theatre to watch Matilda.

We all agreed – children and adults – that this was probably one of the best musicals we had ever seen! The staging, set and music were incredible.  What amazed us all were the performers, particularly the children who were out of this world.  We even loved ‘Trunch’!


During our visit,we managed to see most of London’s famous landmarks…  


…and some not-so-famous ones, which caught our eye too!

The London Eye gave us a 360 degree view of the area.



We absolutely loved every minute of our experience (perhaps not EVERY minute) and would highly recommend visiting each and every one of these places!







Traditional African games

This half term our topic has been Benin, a West African civilisation.  To help the children understand what life was like for children who lived in Benin we learned how to play their traditional games. We then adapted these games and devised their own games in small groups before teaching them to the rest of the class.

The lesson was great fun!


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