Reception visits the Rainbow Factory

On Tuesday the 12th of January (this week), the youngest year group -Reception- took a whole day school trip to the Rainbow Factory.

When they arrived, the children headed straight inside and began the magical trip and fun! During the trip they read the story of Jack and the beanstalk as well as acting it out which was really entertaining. After that, the children drew pictures imagining what would be in the giant’s pocket and a separate picture of what would be in Jack’s pocket. They were also fortunate to take part in some magic with the Mad Hatters Hat which was extremely exciting for all involved.

After all the fun in the morning, the children had a much needed and relaxing lunch! This was soon followed by a calming retelling of the the story of Alice in Wonderland! Finally, the children left the Rainbow Factory exhausted after a mesmerising day out of school. It sounded a fantastic trip and I am sure reception cannot wait for their next school trip!

By Isabelle

Year 3’s trip to Bradford Cathedral

On the 14th of February – on a Thursday – Year 3 travelled on a journey, which took almost 10 minutes to visit Bradford Cathedral.

When we got there, the entrance was decorated with flowers placed on black chairs with pillows behind the flowers. The first thing we did,  was sit down on pews and an adult called Maggie told us about what we were going to be doing today. The activities were: colouring in our own designed shoe, having a look at all the stones that were the oldest ones and the ones with people’s markings on ( not their names because they didn’t know how to in those days ) ; going around the cathedral making a tally chart of how many symbols they could spot and learning about the important places and items in a cathedral. We found it really interesting because we could see all of the things that we had been learning about in class. Alfie kept pointing out things like the altar and the lecturn!

When we had finished doing all of those activities we went back to school where all their parents were waiting for us.

We had a brilliant; fabulous time and so did all of the teachers who went with us. We loved learning a bit of history about the cathedral and seeing things in real life that we had learnt about in the classroom.

By Daniel and Mollie

Year 2 trip to Yorks chocolate factory

On the 12th of February, Year Two visited the Chocolate Factory. First of all, they learned all about the history of chocolate and when it all started. This was the bit they were all waiting for: they made their own chocolate! How lucky! They made their lollies out of white chocolate and even decorated them with sprinkles.

The children had a fantastic time learning about how chocolate was made before putting on gloves and hairnets like real chocolatiers in order to make yet more chocolate! This time they made chocolate orange bars. ]

What a fantastic day and a great trip!

Mia and Cora

Year 3 Cricket Competition

On Monday, Year 3 went to a cricket competition to compete with other local schools. They made their way to Hanson academy and got ready for the battle ahead.

They had been practising for many weeks and they were ready and determined. All of the parents of the children  came to watch as well. We later found out that our school was the only one that had adults to see the school’s success ( read on to find out who won! ) which really boosted their confidence and made them try even harder.

Later, after they finished their first game, they took a break to rest up and re-hydrate. They had already given their all in the first game yet they still had a lot more rounds and a lot more work to do so they battled on.

After they finished all the games, they were exhausted but they still had to wait in anticipation about whether they had won the competition.

When the results were announced, Blakehill found out that they had won the silver medal!

We are all extremely proud of them and can’t believe that we got so close to winning! They all used a great amount of teamwork to achieve this success. We were all speechless about how well they did when we found out and hope they have a nice rest over the spring break.

By Libby G

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday, the whole school had an exciting Safer Internet Day assembly with Mr Hodges and Mrs Robert who talked all about how to be safe online.

We all learnt about the definition of permission and how it is an important part of using the internet. Different examples were shared in the assembly and we all had to choose what we believed to be the best option. One example was to consider whether we can accept a location setting on mum’s phone. After very careful consideration, we realised we needed to ask their permission as the phone did not belong to us.

Also in the assembly, Mr Hodges and Mrs Roberts excitedly announced that we are having a poster competition where the winner receives chocolate. The posters are all about how we enjoy using the internet whilst also considering how to do so safely. Everyone is eager to get going on their posters and hopefully win a prize! We are sure the winners will enjoy the chocolate.

By Mia and Cora

Our Little Library

Today (8th February) is the day that we have had a treat! The PTFA have kindly put enough money to buy a beautiful, mysterious book hidey hole that no one knew was coming, apart from the class councillors.

The reason they placed it there is to share our books and love of reading. If children or grown ups around our school have finished a book and think that someone will enjoy,then they place it in the box.  If that person finds that there are more books in there then if they would like another book then they can take one out! The idea is to share and love reading TOGETHER. The cycle continues over and over again where we place in a book and take a different one out if they like!

It looks so magical, it has owls and other magical creatures on the side. One good thing is that parents and teachers can use it too!

Do you think you will use it?

We can’t wait to!

Together we can

By Alex and Daniel

Year 3 E-Safety

On Friday the 8th of February (today), Luke Carson came into school for the 3rd time to talk to both Year 3 classes about how to be safe on the Internet.

To start off the lesson Luke Introduced himself and gave us an activity sheet to work on and on it you had to circle or tick the options that you would share online or in the real world. Some of the options were:

  •  Pictures of your family without permission,
  • Your address,
  • Where you play,
  • Your full name,
  • Photos of you and your friends.

Some of these things are OK to share on the internet but most are not. Year 3 had a great time with Luke Carson and enjoyed his visit!

By Isabelle and Mollie

RP Class Assembly

On Friday, Reception performed an excellent class assembly all about what they’ve learnt at Blakehill so far.

They started off by showing off they’re brilliant knowledge of phonics, to name a few: i, m and g. Even better, they came up to a whiteboard and presented their spellings.

It didn’t end there! Next, they showed us how they counted to ten and how they knew which numbers were odd and even . They even showed us a sum that impressed us all as it was not only correct, but beautifully presented!

Towards the end, they showed us all about the book they had been reading called  ‘ Dinosaurs Love Underpants.’ They then did performed the main plot of the story us all which was really entertaining. Although this was their first assembly, it was one of the best ones the year! We cannot wait for their next one.

By Aminah and Libby G

Year 6 visit From PC Luke Carson.

On Thursday 31st of January, the pupils of Year 6 had a visit from the one and only Luke Carson (a local police constable).

To begin, Luke asked us what we knew about E-Safety. Then he showed us multiple slides on the types of games and websites that are appropriate for 10-11 year-olds. We discussed the games which we play on and Luke gave us suggestions about how to stay safe when we were playing these.

By Isabelle and Alex

Snow Day

This afternoon, we were greeted with white, fluffy snow which was like a soft pillow when millions of snowflakes filled the sky. While Year 6 were playing football,  the snow got in their eyes – it turned out to be a better door than a window! Most of the children rushed their lunch to make every moment count outside. When they appeared outside, smiles filled people’s faces as they began to build small snowmen.

Many of the children didn’t want to go back inside because we have never seen anything like it. The snowflakes were massive! On the other hand, others rushed inside when the whistle blew as it was getting a little bit too cold and they wanted the comforting warmth inside.

Overall, everyone really enjoyed their lunchtime and hope to see the snow again soon. Hopefully, more snow will come and maybe sledging will become involved. Fingers crossed we get some more over the weekend!

By Cora and Mia