Westgate, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 0BB



Elland C of E Junior, Infant & Nursery School (VA)

Year 5

South Africa

Most of South Africa’s landscape is made up of high, flat areas called plateaus. These lands are covered with rolling grasslands, called highveld, and tree-dotted plains, called bushveld.

To the east, south and west of the plateau lands is a mountainous region called the Great Escarpment. The eastern range, called the Drakensberg or Dragon’s Mountain, is filled with jagged peaks, some reaching more than 3,475 meters high!

It might sound strange, but did you know South Africa has anothercountry within its borders? Nestled in the Drakensberg is the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho. Much of South Africa’s water comes from the snow-capped peaks of this tiny, landlocked nation. Also known as the ‘Kingdom of the Sky‘, Lesotho is the only country in the world to lie entirely over 1,000m above sea level.

What we’ve been doing…


Here are some pictures from our visit in year 5 from "The Riot Act", a company working with schools to encourage pupils to campaign for safer ways to travel to school instead of by car. Pupils watched a 45-minute performance that allowed them to consider safer ways to travel. They then worked with the team back in class to consider their own campaign that they could lead to encourage other pupils to walk or cycle to school. Year 5 will now be working on their campaign over the next few weeks before the company return to judge it. We are then in for a chance to go further in the competition to win £100 for school.

This week, as part of our Power of Reading unit on "The Highwayman", Year 5 became police investigators and explored the evidence found at the crime scene of Bess's death. Pupils used the evidence to consider who may have been the criminal and wrote them up in their own police reports. 

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