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Headteacher - Mrs Sally Buckton

Guiseley Primary School


Year Five Blog

The sound of music...

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The children have been having lots of fun playing glockenspiels and body percussion in music lessons. They have been learning to play along with Jazz tracks, as well as learning to create 4 and 8 beat improvisations to enhance the backing music. 

They have also been learning to use their body to create percussion beats to pop ballads!



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Christmas in Year 5

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The children have been working very hard with their Maths and English all the way up until the final few days of term and so now they have been enjoying a well-deserved few lessons of Christmas crafting. They have been making Christmas cards and these adorable penguins out of socks! I'm sure you'll agree they have done an amazing job with them!

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In the mix!

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As part of our Science topic 'Materials and their Properties' we have had a great time experimenting over the past few weeks.

We planned an investigation to find out which materials are soluble. Using water as our solvent, we took it in turns to stir a range of household foods into it and observe the outcome.

Some made a solution, others made a mixture and some created a suspenion. We then recorded the results, wrote a conclusion and planned some further investigations.

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Hola amigos!

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In the final week of last half term, Year 5 took part in International Week. Each class learnt about the art, food and culture of a certain country. Both Year 5 classes spent time in the Americas, with Lime class learning about Mexico and Jade class learning about Guatemala.

We sampled food and drink such as: salsa, tortillas, guacamole and hot chocolate. We painted calacas (skulls) and made marigolds in honour of the Day of the Dead festival and created Guatemalan worry dolls in the traditional way.

This week, we have started our new Science topic: Materials and their properties. We invetstigated which materials were soluble; mixing things like hot chocolate powder, flour and oil with water.

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Autumn 1

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Well what a busy start to Year 5! The first half term has flown by! The children have settled into their new routines well and have worked SO hard this half term! We are looking forward to welcoming parents on Friday to look at all our amazing hard work from International week this week! Please do come back to see photos of all we have been doing!

Among lots of other things this half term, the children have been investigating our Solar System and the wider universe. They each became experts on one planet before presenting their ideas to the class!

During dojo time, some children have been doing battle with very tricky mathematical puzzle cubes, and after a few weeks of trying, some of the children finally found success! What great perseverance!

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Jade class - Year 5

Crime and Punishment!

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We have had a busy half term so far learning all about the history of Crime and Punishment in Britain. We started off in the Anglo-Saxon times, where stealing and vagrancy were punished by the removal of limbs or even death! We then explored Tudor times, when the monarchy was so afraid of treason that they punished anyone accused of it with death - including the infamous Guy Fawkes! We then explored the time of Dick Turpin and highwaymen, before delving into Victorian Britain with it's new police force and prisons.

We had a brilliant time at the York Dungeon! Look how excited (or is is that afraid...) we were before we went inside!

We are lucky to be receiving football training from Guiseley AFC this half term. We have braved the cold weather and played on regardless - even through a short blizzard on one occasion!

In Science, we are investigating forces. We are acting as the back up team for a team of people who have set off to recover a meteorite which has crash landed in a remote part of the world. As part of their training the children have had to design and test different parachutes to maximise air resistance, explore levers and fulcrum measurements to lift the meteor out of its hole, and finally investigate how gears can help a bike-style transportation system travel uphill.

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Cycling in the rain...

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Last week, the children had a fantastic (if very soggy) day with Cycle Leeds. They learned how to do basic safety checks on their bikes before practising how to set off and stop safely. This Year 5 session will be followed by the children completing full Bikeability training at the start of Year 6, which will involve them learning the rules of cycling on the road safely.

To see all the photos from the day, please click here.

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Mysterious earthquake destroys our classroom!

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The children returned to school after half term to a shocking sight!

Our school had been hit by an earthquake, which had sent tables and chairs across the room and spilled resources all over the floor.

After discussing our next steps carefully, the children established whether it was safe to enter the classroom. They decided it was important to count everyone first to check that everyone was accounted for.

Once counted, the children organised themselves into teams to start the clan up operation. One team was deployed to move the tables and chairs. Another team took charge of the tray resources at the back of the classroom, whilst another team cleared up the resources on the floor. Thankfully the only casualty was a broken red pencil crayon.

We discussed how we should keep safe should another earthquake hit. We researched a website called, which explained how to Drop, Cover and Hold. We practised getting into safe positions and held our own practise drills. If you want to take a look at the website we used, click here.

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International week - Guatemala!

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We had a fantastic week learning all about Guatemala during International Week!

We learned about a Guatemalan artist called Julian Coche Mendosa who creates impressionist paintings of things that were important to the Ancient Maya ancestors of Guatemala such as music, animals and corn. Learn more about him and his art work by clicking here


We created Nachos and tasted Ancient Maya hot chocolate, made with chocolate, honey, vanilla and chills.


We created Guatemalan worry dolls.

We wrote fact files all about the food, celebrations and religion of the country, and compared it to those of the Ancient Maya people who lived there a thousand years ago. We listened to traditional Guatemala Meringue music and drew pictures to describe how it made us feel. 

The children put SO much effort and enthusiasm into their learning, and were justifiably proud to show off the results of their hard work for parents on Friday.

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A visit from some Secondary school trainee teachers

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Year 5 had a super morning when a group of trainee teachers from St Mary's at Menston came to visit! They spent time doing some very tricky Maths puzzles (including a multiplication jigsaw, a tower puzzle, a cube-making jigsaw and estimate how many sweets were in the jar) and created their very own Roald Dahl-style character!



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