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News from 2011-2012

Magic and Mystery! (School year 2011/2012)

We all dressed up for Book Week!

FUNdraising for Children in Need!

We took part in the pyjama fun run around the school grounds to raise money for Children in Need.

Tick tock, tick tock...

Our first D&T challenge this term was to make our very own clock. We experimented with various structures before tackling the design process.

Moulding a Maché Masterpiece!

Because we made such a splendid job of our clocks, Miss White gave us a second D&T challenge this term... to make an ancient Greek vase! Having learnt lots about Ancient Greeks in our topic work, we decided to get our hands sticky with papier maché and mould our very own piece of pottery! Once again, we rose to the challenge and were successful!


Christmas is almost here and we have been having lots of festive fun in school.


5W would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Book Week and World Book Day

We thoroughly enjoyed learning about Roald Dahl, the world's number one children's author, and his writing in Book Week, particularly his book The BFG. Our week was packed with exciting activities linked to this book such as making dream catchers, crafting our very own giants and acting out scenes from specific chapters of the book. On World Book Day we all dressed up as a character from a book and we looked great!

Making the most of the sunshine!

In the spring term we spent our science lessons learning about plant life cycles so when the glorious weather came, we took the opportunity to plant some seeds which we have since been looking after.

Fairground Fun!

Having explored the modern-day fairground and researched the history of it, we decided we could take on the challenge to design and make our very own model fairgrounds. This proved to be a very challenging task which required imagination, determination, patience and team work. In groups we had to experiment and figure out how we could make our rides move without having to involve an electrical aid. It's amazing what elastic bands, blu-tack, split pins, straws and such-like are capable of!

Rubbing Shoulders with Royalty!

As you may have seen in the Burnley Express, we had a great day out at Turf Moor welcoming the Queen to Burnley. We were really excited to be pictured in the local newspaper at the event! The entertainment was thrilling and a few unexpected visitors such as SpongeBob SquarePants made a surprise appearance! It was an honour to share the Queen's celebrations with her and we will remember it forever. We have made our very own souvenir booklets to keep in memory of the day and we are very proud of them.

Queen Street Mill

To further our learning about the Victorians, we went to Queen Street Mill so that we could experience some aspects of their lives for ourselves. Although we had a wonderful day, it was hard work doing all that weaving and writing on slate! Throughout the day we found ourselves comparing everything about Victorian life to our own lives and, let's just say, we have realised how lucky we are! Seeing a real life weaving shed in operation was fascinating but a little hard on the ears! We thought we would find the Victorian toys rather dull but we had great fun playing with them!

An Explosive afternoon!

On Tuesday 12th June the Forensic Science team from Shuttleworth College enlisted our help to solve a murder mystery. We had to carry out all sorts of scientific experiments and keep returning to the crime scene to test our evidence. Learning all of the scientific vocabulary was tricky but it was important that we remembered it so we recorded it in our private investigator booklets. It was such a fun afternoon and we were successful in our mission to solve the mystery.


On Wednesday 13th June the Lancashire Library Service visited us to teach us about the EURO football and we took part in some interesting activities. We also discovered some great football books including one by Tom Palmer called Foul Play.

Drama Queens (and Kings!)

We got a second treat on Wednesday 13th June and that was a visit from Burnley Youth Theatre. Our speaking and listening skills and our social skills were developed through a range of drama activities that we really enjoyed. Check us out...

Our Royal Performance.

We performed our royal class assembly on Thursday 14th June and we were magnificent! All the children and grown-ups were glad that they accepted our royal invitation and they enjoyed looking at and listening to all the brilliant work we have done, especially our writing and art work.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

On the 9th and 10th of July we sang our hearts out in the performance of Roald Dahl's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We collaborated with the children of 5/6B and 6D and practised hard in preparation for what turned out to be a spectatuclar show! The audience, consisting of over one hundred of our family and friends, were dazzled by the terrific talent and the eye-catching costumes. We got such a thrill from singing to such a huge audience and we cannot wait until next year when we will be stepping into principle character roles and showing the people of Padiham the true meaning of showbusiness! The year six children ought to be really proud of all the hard work they put into learning the scripts, direction, choreography and song lyrics. They also designed the scenery and programme which were great!

Padiham Primary School

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8SJ

Tel: 01282 772496