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‘Barrow Hill Town’ by Year 5/6

We have learning about the artist L.S. Lowry. Lowry was inspired by the industrial landscapes of Northern England in the early 20th century and created a number of hugely popular paintings. His original pieces of art are today worth millions of pounds!

We worked on a large canvas using acrylic paints to create our own industrial landscape. Can you spot any familiar locations?

Lowry was well known for his ‘matchstalk’ people and animals. You can see we’ve also added our own ‘matchstalk’ people to our painting – Barrow Hill Town.

Inspired by L.S. Lowry, this is 'Barrow Hill Town' - created by year 5/6 at Barrow Hill Primary School.

Inspired by L.S. Lowry, this is ‘Barrow Hill Town’ – created by year 5/6 at Barrow Hill Primary School.

The story of the #BHPS General Election 2015

It’s the huge ‘General Election’ here in the UK today. This is the day when all adults over 18 get to vote for who they would like to lead the government of the UK over the next four years.

This week in school we have been exploring the policies (ideas and promises) that the five main political parties have put forward. The main political parties are Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party).

We then created our very own political parties, creating our own policies, logos, manifestos, speeches and of course rosettes!

Then for the main event – yesterday (Wednesday) we invited our local parliamentary candidates along to school and our parents/carers to listen to our party political speeches. The parliamentary candidates are the people who would like to represent our area – North East Derbyshire – in the Houses of Parliament for the next four years. They were:

– Natascha Engel (Labour)

– Lee Rowley (Conservative)

– Rob Lane (Independent) – Check out Rob’s blog post that he wrote about his visit to BHPS by clicking here!

– James Bush (UKIP)

Here are the seats, ready for all of the candidates!

Here are the seats, ready for all of the candidates!

Our political parties were:

– The Best for All Party

– Peace UK Party

– United Kingdom Together Party (UKTP)

– World Wide Party

Here is our classroom all set out for the 'hustings'. A hustings event is where voters get to quiz the different political parties!

Here is our classroom all set out for the ‘hustings’. A hustings event is where voters get to quiz the different political parties!

We made our speeches to the audience and were questioned by each of the candidates – we did really well as it’s not always easy to answer questions on the spot!

After that, we asked the candidates a range of questions, these included: Who is your favourite Prime Minister of all time? Why did you choose the party you represent? Which other party would you consider working with if you got into government?

After much consideration the adults all placed their votes. It was then up to each party to canvass for more votes around school!

In this photo, we are quizzing the candidates!

In this photo, we are quizzing the candidates!

Then on to the big moment! Earlier today (Thursday) in our maths lesson we calculated the total number of votes for each party and placed them into a tally chart. The results came out as follows:

– UKTP (10 votes)

– Peace UK (9 votes)

– The Best for All Party (7 votes)

– World Wide Party (4 votes)

Congratulations to UKTP who won our election. It was a close call though and they only won by ONE VOTE!

Congratulations to UKTP who won our election. It was a close call though and they only won by ONE VOTE!

Year 6 SAT Tests 2015

The following letter will be sent out to parents/carers of all children in year 6 tomorrow (Tuesday 5th May):

Dear Parents and Carers,

As I’m sure you’ll be aware, next week all children in year 6 will be completing their SAT tests. They will be tested in reading, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and maths.

The tests are taken by all year 6 children across the country and are used to measure your child’s progress from the end of year 2 (Infant school) to the end of year 6 (Junior school). They are also used to help your child’s new secondary school organise their maths/literacy classes for September.

The tests will take place in ‘Busy Bay’ at the following times:

–       Monday 11th May – Reading (9:15 – 10:15am).

–       Tuesday 12th May – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (9:15 – 10:15am).

–       Wednesday 13th May – Maths paper 1 and mental maths test (9:15 – 11:00am).

–       Thursday 14th May – Maths paper 2 (9:15 – 10:15am).

As we’ve done in previous years there will be providing a special free year 6-only breakfast club in the staff room every morning next week from 8:30am.

Although we want all of our children to achieve their best in the tests next week, we do not want children to feel overly pressured or worried about the tests. All we want, as I’m sure you do, is for your child to come to school and give 100%. We’re proud of everything they continue to achieve in school on a day-to-day basis.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about the SAT’s please do not hesitate to speak to me in person, give me a call or e-mail using the address below.

Kind regards,

Craig Heeley (Oaks Class Teacher/Deputy Headteacher)

Email: cheeley@barrowhill.derbyshire.sch.uk

General Election 2015

We’ve been inspired by the General Election that is taking place in the UK this week. We’ve been finding out about the different political parties who are wanting to make a new government for the UK.

We have been researching the different policies (promises) that the political parties have made (see our picture below).

Next up, we are creating our own political parties ready to present our ideas to our local Labour, Conservative and Independent candidates for North East Derbyshire.

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