Please keep coming back to visit so that you can see all of the fun and exciting things we get up to in class!

Spring 1

In our artwork today, we have been creating collagraphy plates. We will use these to create interesting effects for the backgrounds of our later pieces of art, inspired by images of space.

There are also a few pictures of the sterling clean-up effort that took place afterwards. 
We were very impressed and hope these skills come in useful at home as well!

What a fascinating trip we had this afternoon to Manchester’s Jewish Museum!

We explored the oldest synagogue in Manchester and learnt more about personal stories of those who lived in Manchester as part of the Jewish community.

We studied and handled artefacts from the museum’s collection and learnt about the personal stories of those who lived in Manchester and were part of the Jewish community.

The children even had the opportunity to become filmmakers and record some of their findings from our visit!

We were so proud of the children’s behaviour in representing the school I know they all had a great time!

Autumn 2

We had an excellent morning working with Louise, a glass artist, as part of our art project linked to Rochdale Town Hall’s refurbishment. We designed and made decorative fixed glass and stained glass pieces which Louise will fire in her kiln before we get to see our final designs.

We are learning about Judaism in Religion at the moment so decided to hold a Passover meal to better understand the traditions and symbols in the celebration. This involved testing items from the Seder plate and hiding the afikomen for someone to find (they didn’t, which everyone was very upset about as it means the hiders win the prize!)

Mad Science Assembly

 This week, 'Explosive Erica' from Mad Science, came and delivered an exciting assembly all about the science of sound. The children watched Erica demonstrate how sounds are made and how sounds can change volume and pitch.  Some children were lucky enough to take part and we were all amazed by her fire hands at the end. Mad Science will hopefully be delivering a science club in school next term. To register for a place please follow the link below.

https://northengland.madscience.org 

We are currently in Anti-Bullying Week and had a great opportunity to work with Rochdale FC today on their Primary Stars initiative, considering what bullying is and how it can be dealt with by victims and bystanders.

Today we had a visit from Nigel Goulding, who taught us all about waste and recycling and why it is so important to reduce our carbon footprints. Our class Eco Councillors are going to share all the information at their next council meeting to see how our school can make improvements as well. 

Last half term, we were learning about the Vikings. We wrote persuasive speeches to motivate our band of warriors as they are about to go into battle. Have a look at the results here...

In Science, we have been investigating electrical conductors and insulators as part of our work on the properties of materials. Here we are hard at work...

In Music, we are recreating the story of Divali in groups.

Have a look at our efforts so far.

Autumn 1

Take a look at our irreversible change in Science. Can you work out what new product we created?

We had our final art workshop today and the glass artist who will be designing the new pieces for Rochdale Town Hall, joined us to see more of our work. In November she’ll also be coming back to carry out a glass workshop with us, which should be great!

In Science we are learning all about solids, liquids and gases.

In this experiment, we were considering the best way to separate materials in a mixture to make the water as clean as possible.

This half term, Year 5 are working with the ‘Beggars Belief’ art collective on a project to inspire a new stained glass window for the refurbished Rochdale Town Hall. We are halfway through our project and you can see some of the children’s amazing artworks below. To find out more about the project, you can visit this BBC news article.

In music, we have been learning about ostinatos, repeated patterns of music, using the pentatonic scale. Here you can see how these 5 notes can be used to create different rhythms.