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Spring 2019

Viking Day

Class 4 and 5 held a Viking day to celebrate the end of our topic. Class 5 made vegetable soup, which was delicious. We all had a go at weaving and made figureheads for viking lonboats out of clay. Watch out for space next!

Parish Lunch

The faith in action group from year 6 entertained visitors from the parish.

Author Visit

The children in class 5 are enjoying studying Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. We skyped Mr Bradman and he answered lots of questions about his books, writing a book and how he became an author.

Forest Schools

The children have had a fantastic time with Forest Schools this half term. 

Viking Trip

On the first Wednesdauy back, Class 4 and 5 ventured out to study the Vikings in York. The children visited the Jorvik Centre and saw the everyday lives of Vikings. We then visited DIG and became archaeologists, examining the artefacts left by the Vikings. The day finished with the children training for battle.

Forest School

This term Class 5 are taking part in Forest Schools. They are enjoying outdoor cooking and den building. Remember to wrap up warm.

Science - January 2019

For the first few weeks of this term we are studying states of matter. Class 5 investigated how atoms move differently in solids, liquids and gases.

Autumn 2018

Italian Day

Class 5 have been studying different geographical features of Italy. As a culmination of all our hard work we made pizzas. We then made models of historical tourist attractions in Italy. Can you spot which is the Colosseum?

Science - The Human Body

In Science this term we have been studying the human body. First we made skeletons out of sticks and stones. 

We tries to make arms with working muscles.

Fiction Writing

We wrote books for the younger reader.

Murton Park

We joined the Roman army for the day!

Science at the Grammar

Low Mill

Well, once again, Low Mill was a fantastic weekend for all concerned.  As is usual, the weather was perhaps a little wetter than we may have wanted but the children got on with the activities with a super attitude.  

Friday night we went for the night walk.  Every year we hope this will exhaust the children and every year we are sadly proven wrong.  The excitement of sharing a big dorm with all your friends had the children awake longer than perhaps was good for anyone (most especially the teachers).

The next morning was wet.  Wet because of the activities we were doing - wet because, well, a great deal of rain decided to fall on the Yorkshire Dales.  We canoed; we gorge walked; we caved - have we mentioned that we got wet?  The children were brilliant in all their activities showing a great attitude towards everything they did.

In the evening the children took part in a village quiz - going around the village, in groups, answering questions about the village.  After that, we sat around the campfire toasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate, singing songs and playing games.

When we got back indoors it was time for some table-tennis and pool.  Mrs Allen showed her experience with the pool cue, teaching some of the children how to play.  Other children played table-tennis - wow!  Some great hand/eye coordination in our Year Sixes.

So Sunday came, along with the sun, and it was time to do the activity that your group hadn't done the day before.  Again, the children had such a positive attitude to challenges they had not faced before.

A lovely roast dinner and a final tidy-up (especially for the boys' room) and it was time for a final photograph with our wonderful leaders - Andy and Gareth.  It was a fantastic weekend and we hope the children enjoyed it as much as we did.

River Walk

To investigate the water cycle, Mrs Lawson, Mrs Bingham and Ms Martin took Year 6 down to the river at Mallorie Park Drive.  We were trying to work out how much water there was, at different points in the river, by throwing a ball into the river then timing how long it took to travel 10 metres.  A complicated calculation but the children were very enthusiastic about taking part in this scientific/mathematical investigation.


We had a lovely time over at Holy Trinity playing cricket as Year 5 and Year 6 groups.  The children were amazing, considering we had only had one lesson to get to grips with what was needed in a cricket match.  The Year 5's won and the Year 6's were a close second!


Before the end of term we were very lucky to take part in a drumming workshop.  It was fantastic to see how quickly the children picked up how to drum using the different percussive instruments.  

Las Iguanas and Valley Gardens

In the last week of school Class 4 and 5 went on a school trip to Harrogate. 

Our first stop was Las Iguanas - a South American restaurant - to help us in our investigations of South American food.  As we arrived we were all invited to try different 'mocktails'.  The children were delighted to try the different flavours and were very sensible in describing why they liked, or didn't like, that particular drink.

From mocktails the children went on to making their own nachos.  The staff at the restaurant were fantastic at helping the children and answering all their questions.  Again, we were delighted at how much the children enjoyed making the nachos and even more delighted that they were all prepared to try them.  We are sure many of your children have come home wanting to make and eat nachos - even with jalapenos!

Finally it was burrito time.  We didn't have time for all the children to make their own burrito but they got to watch some of the children make them and then the chefs finished them for us.  

We were so lucky with the weather that we were able to go to Valley Gardens and eat our lunch outside on the grass.  The children were generally very positive about the burritos and even the children who were a little wary did try some of the food.  

After lunch we did a little geography around Valley Gardens but time was tight and the children were desperate to get into the park.  The children were beautifully behaved and we all had a fabulous time.  We hope you love the photos as much as we loved this trip.

Royal Wedding

It was a beautiful day to celebrate the Royal Wedding and a great way of finishing off SATs week.  The children looked fantastic and we really enjoyed our alfresco lunch.  In Class 5 we worked on a Royal Maths Mystery Hunt and then designed wedding dresses.  Think Megan Markle missed a trick not asking dress designers from Class 5 for ideas for her wedding dress.

Ancient Greek Day

The photographs probably don't show how much fun we had today celebrating the end of our topic on Ancient Greece.  The costumes the children came in were fantastic - so imaginative!  We were impressed with everyone who came in sandals or flip-flops on such a chilly day.  You're braver than your teachers.

The children took part in several activities.  First, making pita bread, hummus and tzatziki, then making olive branch crowns. The children did research on "What have the Greeks Done for Us?" which was very informative. 

In the afternoon, Class 4 and 5 got together in the hall to dance to the music from Zorba the Greek.  It was a lot of fun - especially as the music got faster.  Finally, we finished off the day watching a little of the cartoon Hercules and ate our Greek food.  A really enjoyable day was had by all.

Sport Relief

What a sporty lot of children we have at St Wilfrid's!  We started our day doing a GoNoodle dance with the whole school; had a netball match between staff and Year 6 children and then spent the afternoon in fun sporting activities, which the Year 6 children helped lead.  Thank you children for your enthusiasm in all these activities and thank you (and your parents) for your donations to charity.


Ms Martin took six Class 5 children to the Harrogate Borough Council offices for a school debate competition.  The subject of the debate was: "Social media is a danger to children."  Our children were fantastic.  James and Yi did a super job of presenting their arguments and answering questions from the floor.  The other children listened to the other schools with great attention and asked challenging and thoughtful questions.  We did feel as if we may have been in the European Parliament building because the new premises are state-of-the-art but the children were not over-awed in the least.

Church Lane Challenge

Once again our Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Church Lane Challenge - our football and netball competition with Holy Trinity Junior School.  Our teams played brilliantly winning both of their games.  Congratulations!

World Book Day

A day late, but the children didn't disappoint with their amazing costumes for World Book Day.  We had a lot of Harry Potter characters, a fabulous Alice in Wonderland group costume and even the staff looked stunning!  The children made posters for a competition for Ripon library - drawing their favourite character and writing an explanation of why they loved that character.  Results for the competition will be out soon.  Thank you for all the efforts you went to - you all looked incredible!

Snow Day

Well, it wasn't the weather we were expecting for the beginning of Spring.  We commend the children who made it into school and we had a lot of fun making snowmen and estimating the circumference of their bodies.


Over the last term, the Year 6 children have taken part in gymnastics for their PE lessons.  I was really impressed with the talent the children showed, but I was even more impressed with their great attitude and the progress they all made.

Christmas Celebrations

We had a lovely end to a very long and busy term.  At our Christmas party we did crafts and had a great time playing party games in the hall.  To top it off, we had delicious party food.  Then, encouraged by Class 5, Ms Martin took an 'elfie'. 

We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year.

World War 1 Celebration

On Thursday, Classes 4 and 5 celebrated the end of our World War 1 topic with a 'party'.  The children (and staff) dressed up - thank you for all your wonderful effort.  We did worry about some of the children who were insistent on wearing their coats and hats all day!

The children took part in several activities: Cooking some trench cakes; decorating bunting; singing music-hall songs and having a 'street party'.  It was a lot of fun and the children had a great time.

There was baking.

Mrs Lawson was looking very efficient.

And this is an example of one of our cakes.


Then we sang with Mrs Elcock

And finally we had our party.

Wonderlab - December 2017

On Thursday Class 4 and 5 went to Bradford to visit a mosque and to have a tour of the Bradford Science Museum.  Both were inspirational and extremely interesting places and the children were beautifully behaved throughout the day.  Below are some of the pictures we took in the science museum.  To see what happened in the mosque, have a look at the Class 4 web page.

At the museum there are lots of interesting things to see - including a dalek and -  much to Ms Martin's delight - toys from Play School.

We then went into the Wonderlab, which fascinated the children.  Lots of hands-on experiments with very interesting details to engage us in the science all around.

Can you imagine what is happening here?  And who on earth are these strange people?

Similarly here - can you spot some people you may know?

December 2017

We are having a very busy December and we will be updating our class page over the next week to show you all the wonderful things the children have been involved in.  Firstly, we all went to St. Wilfrid's Church last week to celebrate our class mass.  The children spoke beautifully and helped Fr. Michael celebrate Mass with proper respect and understanding.

Paired Reading

On Friday's Class 5 also help the younger children with their reading.  Class 2 children share their books with Class 5 and it is a part of the week that all the children look forward to.

November 2017

Welcome to Class 5's webpage.  We have been very busy the first half-term of the year and the children have settled down into our routine.  Following are some photos from some of the activities we've taken part in over the last few weeks.  Hope you enjoy them.

Cafod Game

For Cafod, the children raised money with a non-uniform day.  For RE, Class 4 and 5 are discussing Justice - what is fair and unfair.  With this in mind, we played a game from the Cafod website with a ball made from plastic bags which highlighted some of the injustices in the world.  The game also contained forfeits which the children took part in with great enthusiasm.

Courthouse Poetry

The Year 5s were invited to a poetry workshop at the Courthouse Museum as part of the Ripon Poetry Festival.  They wrote some amazing poems and were a credit to the school.  


St. Wilfrid's once again took part in the Ripon schools cross-country races and did us all proud.  The children ran their socks off and cheered themselves hoarse.  Well done our future Olympians.

Murton Park Stone Age Trip  June 2017

Class 5 had an amazing time on our trip to Murton Park to investigate what it was like to live in the Stone Age.  We hope you enjoy the photographs!

We all had to dress up in a tunic, belt and scarf.  We also had to give our leader a name.  We chose Wolf.

Wolf wanted to show us, using a tape measure, how far back in time we would be travelling on our trip.  Each centimetre equalled 100 years, so to go back 500, 000 years we had to pull the tape measure out to 50 metres.

Wolf explained about the evolution of our ancestors.  How straightening up made such a difference to what we were able to do.

Making fire is not an easy task but was crucial in our development.

Stone Age man had to deal with the Ice Age!

Wolf was telling us how important "stuff" was to our Stone Age ancestors.

This was our first sight of the Stone Age village.

When we met at the meeting place we had to decide what our tribe name would be  - Fierce knives.  

Wolf decided that this group were old enough, and sensible enough, to learn about burial rites in the Stone Age.  Looking at the children's faces you can see that they weren't too gloomy about the whole rite. 

Perhaps the children's favourite activity was hunting.  They had to creep stealthily through the forest using only sign language and teamwork in order to track the animals and then try to bring them down with their spears.  No animals (or children) were hurt in this activity!

It was exhausting being a Stone Age person.  Grinding grain with a stone took a great deal of effort.

Making beaker pots was fun.  The clay was cold and clammy - but this made it easy to manipulate.  Unfortunately, it also meant that the pots collapsed if we made them to thin.

Another activity was looking at things that may have been found in a Stone Age home and making detailed drawings.  Wolf described it as making our Stone Age Argos catalogue.

The children found hoeing the ground incredibly exhausting.  Using a wooden stick to dig a furrow in very hard soil was quite frustrating.

We finished the day with a story with Wolf.  He told us about Uzi, a stone-age man found in the Austrian Alps.  We sat in the round house and thought about what it would have been like to live in those conditions.

General Election June 2017

Class 5 took part in our own General Election this week.  The children worked in groups to come up with a manifesto and campaign to encourage the rest of the school to vote for their specific party.  The children worked with great enthusiasm in this project and with a great understanding of what the difficulties can be in gaining a majority vote!  

The parties involved in the election were: Kids Campaign; Going Green; Cheeseburger Lemon Squirt; Saviour Party.  

The Kids Campaign won with a manifesto of having less time in school, more Golden Time and a zip-wire to go across the playground. (Not sure they got many votes from the teachers!)

Bikeability: June 2017

Over the last week Year 6 have been able to take advantage of Bikeability training.  This consists of two sessions with experienced bicycle trainers who explain not only how to ride safely on the road but also the importance of bicycle maintenance and, of course, why you should always wear a bicycle helmet.  Unfortunately, the weather hasn't been too kind for our riders but they have participated with great enthusiasm and hopefully have learnt how to be safer riders.

Low Mill May 2017

We've had another fabulous weekend at Low Mill this year.  The children were spectacular in their adventurous spirit and fabulous behaviour.  Even the weather behaved and, for once, we had sunshine!  

Following are pictures from us gorge walking, canoeing, caving and marshmallows around the campfire.  We are sure the children will have great memories of the weekend and it was certainly a great way to celebrate the end of SATs.  Thank you Year Six for being superstars!

Indian Dance - April 2017

All the school enjoyed our Indian dance masterclass last week.  We were very impressed with the quality of our Year 5 and 6 dancers - boys and girls.  Good job Class 5.

Debating in Harrogate

Ms Martin took a group of Class 5 children to a Harrogate and area schools debating competition last Monday, held at the council offices in Harrogate.  The debate topic was: "Is homework a waste of time?"  The children were fantastic - even though they had to present their arguments first.  They were also amazing at taking notes to then present as questions to the other schools.  Great job Class 5!

Zumba Friday

We had a fantastic time dancing to some great tunes.  There are some amazing movers in Classes 4 and 5!

March 2017 - trip to museum part 2

March 2017 

Welcome to Class 5's new webpage.  Please forgive Mrs Lawson and Ms Martin for any mistakes - we are still coming to terms with 21st Century technology!

Hope you enjoy the photos of our trip to Harrogate Pump Rooms/Mercer Art Gallery last Friday.  We will download pictures from the other group later in the week.