Visit to Farington Waste Recovery Centre
We had a fantastic day out at Farington Waste Recovery Centre as part of our Green Week. Everyone learnt a lot about how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and about the properties of different materials.
Summer term 2013
We have a busy half term coming up.
Local author,Victoria Barry, will be working with the Key Stage 2 children on Wednesday 5th June, designing storyboards based on her book Darkmoor The Darkness Discovered.
The following week is Green Week. Over the next few weeks, Years 5 and 6 will be finding out about Rainforests.
We will also take part in several workshops with an environmental theme run by Farington Waste Recycling Centre. To finish off the project, we have a visit planned in June to the Education Centre at Farington Waste in Leyland to find out more about how much rubbish is collected and what we can do to reduce this. This is all provided free of charge.
Our end of year production Cinderella production takes place in July and for Year 6, we finish off a successful year with an end of term trip to the ice skating rink in Blackburn.
The SATS are over and Year 6 had the chance to relax and have a well earned rest after all their hard work. Well done!
Burnley Mechanics Rehearsal and Performance February, 2013
5/6B spent two days at Burnley Mechanics this week. On Wednesday, the class spent the day rehearsing the scenes they had created about Rationing during the Second World War. They also worked with children from Hapton and Worsthorne, who had created their own play scenes on Entertainment during WW2 and the Dig for Victory campaign. The different scenes were then combined to create a story about what life was like at this time.
We had a technical run through with lights, sound and pictures, which was quite long but made the children feel like real actors.
During the day, children from the different schools were encouraged to sit together at lunch and find out something about each other. A few new friendships were formed.
On Friday, the day of the performance, there was a final rehearsal of the play and a few fun warm up activities to build confidence in the children.
The children were really nervous, waiting in the wings for their turn but they all did a fantastic job. Well done! When the play was over, everyone went into the Auditorium to watch a DVD showcasing some of the activities they had been involved in during the Back to the Future project.
This DVD will be stored in local libraries and a copy will be kept in school along with the Scrapbook produced during the Project. There will also be a Mural displayed at Towneley Hall. The children's understanding of what life was like during WW2, based on interviews with people who were children then, looking at all the old stuff from the period, are now memories of the past stored for the future.
January 2013 Performance at Burnley Mechanics
Children have been busy preparing for their performance at Burnley Mechanics in February. Dan, from Burnley Youth Theatre, has worked with the class for the last few weeks to develop their confidence and acting skills. Everyone has really enjoyed the sessions.
The children have worked in small groups to create scenes from the Second World War, using their own knowledge and understanding about what life was like at this time.
On the 18th December, the KS2 children had a disco. The girls came all dressed up and the boys arrived in their smart clothes. The children danced, posed for photos and dripped with sweat after all the dancing. The DJ played as many of the children's requests as he could. It was great fun.
by Abbie Barford
On the 20th December, our class had a Christmas party. We played games and really enjoyed ourselves. The first game we played was Pass the Parcel and Aiden won a selection box. Connor and Chloe won the dancing competition and each received a medal. When it was wet play, we ate our crisps, chocolate and had a drink. We all had a really good time.
by Maizi Martin
Monsters, Magic and Mystery Book Week
We had a fun day dressing up as magical and mysterious characters and sharing scary stories.
Tea Dance at Padiham Town Hall
This week, 5/6B had the chance to visit Padiham Town Hall and take part in an Intergenerational Tea Dance. This involved learning dances such as the Salsa, the Jive and the Barn Dance and practising the routines with members of the local community. Ed and Margaret were the dance teachers for the day. Everyone had a great time and are keen to do it all again!
Week 2 Cooking
As part of the WW2 Project with Alexis and Anita from the Back to the Future Team, our class had the chance to make a variety of WW2 recipes. They had great fun grating, chopping and mixing the ingredients to create Cocoa Cakes, Carrot Cookies and Potato Jane. The children followed the instructions very carefully and worked fantastically well in their groups.
When the dishes were cooked and the food had been tasted, most of the children decided that they much preferred the foods they eat today!
Visit to the Community Garden
Our class visited the Community Garden this week with Alexis as part of our topic on WW2. Ed, the chief gardener gave us a tour of the site and explained how every availabe space was used during the war to grow plants and vegetables. We saw old tyres and boots used as plant pots. The children had the chance to prepare the soil for planting using rotted horse manure to fertilise the soil. Finally, each group made a scarecrow using recycled materials, which they thoroughly enjoyed.