Extreme Reading Challenge

Where is the most extreme place you have ever read a book? Whether it is up a tree, on top of a mountain or stood on your head, we want your photos!

To kick start World Book Day 2017 we are holding an Extreme Reading Challenge. You are encouraged to think as creatively as possible and ask a parent to photograph you in the most unusual, extreme (but safe) places reading a book!

You can email your extreme reading photographs to extremereadstjohnsceprimary.co.uk or hand them into your class teacher. Please make sure you include your full name and year group.

Prizes will be awarded to each year group for children with the most imaginative and creative reading places. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 1st March.

We look forward to seeing your entries!

Miss Shaw

Year 5 visit Love Bread

Report written by William and Caitlin (Year 5)

On Tuesday and Wednesday Laurel and Cedar went to Love Bread in Brighouse to learn how to make bread. When we arrived, we were greeted by Carol and Millie who were going to teach us how to make bread. First of all, we needed to find a partner and then we got a bowl of flour. We had to put flour, yeast and salt in the bowl – the yeast smelt very funny! After that, we had to put warm water in to make the yeast active. We mixed it altogether and when the water had soaked in we put our hands in to make the mixture into dough.

When it formed the dough, we took it out of the bowl and we put it down on the table. We kneaded the bread by holding and pushing the dough towards our partner. Once the dough was ready we had to fold it and make it look like an onion before putting it back into the bowl to rise for an hour.

When we looked at bread it had grown! We tipped it back onto the table and started to make ‘Breadgehogs’. We made a V shape with our hands and put this around the dough to make its nose. We then put sultanas in for eyes and snipped the dough with scissors to make spikes. It was then put in the oven to bake.

While we were waiting for our break to bake we designed our own packaging for our bread. We all really enjoyed the trip and thought our bread was delicious!

Year 5 visit Harden Beck

Report written by Caitlin and Molly (Cedar)

Last week, Year 5 went on a trip to Harden Beck. Cedar went on Monday and Laurel went on Wednesday. We did lots of activities such as: leaf races, mini beast hunting, measuring the length and depth of the river and observational drawings. We got to see a beautiful waterfall and its features. The water was so powerful that it created a breeze and the spray coming off it made us a bit wet!

After the activities, we had to cross a bridge to get to a field where we ate our lunch. Whilst eating our lunch we found a baby frog on grass! Carefully, we picked it up and put it back in the water. Once we had eaten out lunch we had to climb up a huge grassy hill which was very tiring! When then had to go down a rocky and slippery slope that led to a farm. From there on, it was a regular footpath which led to the minibuses.

We would recommend Harden Beck and we’d definitely go back there. Our favourite part was when we were able to get into the river to measure its length and depth. If you like wildlife and walking you will love it.

Save Holmewood Library!

As you are aware, Holmewood Library is sadly set to close due to funding being removed by Bradford Council. The closure of this library would be a huge loss to our local community as well as the children who use and enjoy the facilities available there. The library regularly holds activities and reading challenges, like the ‘Big Friendly Read’, to encourage children to read which are loved and appreciated by many pupils here at St John’s. Holmewood Library also offers a place for younger children to play and provides regularly company for members of our community.

You will have all received a letter with a slip to sign to show your support in keeping the library open. There is now also an online petition which has been created by Mrs Heward to further prevent the closure of Holmewood Library. It would be greatly appreciated if you could sign the online petition and continue return any slips from the letter to your class teacher.

The petition can be found via the following link:

Thank you

Miss Shaw

Year 5 – Graffiti in School!

Last week, Cedar and Laurel did some graffiti with the artist Stephen Lamb (Lamby). First of all we discussed whether we thought graffiti was art or vandalism. It was really interesting to hear people’s different opinions. Some people thought it depended on where the graffiti was done and others thought it depended more on what was being drawn or written. After our discussion, we used the Ipads to research different types of graffiti – there are 7 types!

Lamby then took use out in groups and gave us our own blank canvas. He took us one at a time to spray our canvases in a colour of our choice to create the background to our artwork. Whilst we were waiting we looked through folders containing some of Lamby’s work and played Jenga. Once our backgrounds were spayed, we chose a stencil we would like to use and what colour spray paint we would spray it in – there were lots to choose from! Carefully, we placed the stencil over our background and sprayed over it which left a coloured print.

We all thought graffiti would be really easy but we were all surprised at how difficult it was! You have to have lots of creative ideas to be a graffiti artist. Lamby has his own job as a graffiti artist and he is very skilled which we think would take years to learn and perfect! All of Year 5 had a great time making our graffiti canvases and we are very proud of our work.
Some of our artwork will be selected to go on display around school so make sure you keep your eyes peeled! Below is a photograph of all of our masterpieces.

Thank you so much Lamby for using your time to teach us how to be graffiti artists!

Report written by Sienna and Charlotte