Year 4’s trip to Nell Bank

This week, Year 4 have been on a residential , for 3 days , to the fabulous Nell Bank and the went from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 10th April. Luckily, they got to come to school in non-uniform but they had to drag around either a bag or a suit case. They set off at around 11:00 am, they climbed on a double decker bus for their journey that would last for about an hour. To save them from dying from boredom, they could play different games like: I spy, Thumb war, 21 and many more.

When they arrived, they split into groups of boys and girls and they got of one team at a time and while they waited they learnt a song. The suit case were loaded onto the ground and they were told take their own suit cases inside. They were told the groups that they would in and then shown to their rooms where they would be spending time in for two nights. Once they were settled in and chosen their beds they were told what they would be doing and how to do it.

At the end their teacher said “they really enjoyed it and everyone put 100% effort into everything”. Also before they left Nell Bank they had to sit down and awards were given out to people who did well and tried their very hardest. The children had a fantastic time and their teachers were very proud of them! What a great trip!

By Daniel.

Year 5 trip to St Cuthbert’s church

On Thursday Year 5,went to the amazing St Cuthbert’s church to learn about Easter. First, they listened to the story of Easter then did some activities which included: crosswords, word searches and planting their very own plant. Finally they went back to school because they had finished their craft activities. Everybody was really tired and wanted to fall into a deep sleep as soon as they got home. They massively enjoyed the fabulous trip to St Cuthbert’s church and hope to go again.

By Mollie

Wear A Hat Day

Today, children are leaving school for two weeks (apart from three three bloggers in the ICT suite staying an hour after school :)) However,  today was also a wear a hat day! Today, children could wear a hat to school (for the fee of one pound) and raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity.

This charity supports people with brain tumours by using money to find out ways to cure people and find out more about brain tumours. Along with that, you could purchase a badge or a wristband for one pound only. These items could be purchased before school or after school, or for today only you could have purchased one off of the few Year 6 children that were walking around wearing pink t-shirts.

Not to forget, there were multiple competitions and raffles that students could join. One of them was a raffle where you would pay 50p and choose a name for a grey stuffed rabbit. The winner was Mrs Gould, the teacher of class 6G. Next, there was a raffle where you could win an Easter egg or an Easter egg hamper that was kindly donated by Morrisons. The winner of the hamper was Pola in 1G. Lastly, there was an Easter bonnet competition. If you came to school with a homemade easter hat then you had a chance of winning a few easter eggs. The runners up won a Smarties egg whist the winners won a Malteser egg.

We raised a fantastic £661.10 so thank you to everyone involved. We all enjoyed today playing out in the sun in our fun hats. Have a lovely holiday and Happy Easter

By Libby G

5J Class Assembly

This Friday, students and parents gathered into the hall to witness 5J’s first ever class assembly. Once children and parents had finished piling into the room, the assembly began.

Firstly, they introduced themselves and explained that if there were any explosions, fires, tropical floods or unexplained alien attacks, then to leave the doors by the fire exits in an orderly fashion. This (of course) made everyone chuckle.

After that, they introduced the ‘Science Live!’ show that was presented by the one and only ‘Brian Cox’. He introduced us to his fellow scientists who were going to conduct an experiment where they were going to make a ‘Frankenstein Hand’.

On a table, they had three liquids inside three cups : juice, vinegar and water. Placed on top of these cups, were rubber gloves. Before they conducted the experiment, they made three predictions, one person predicted that the sugar from the juice would run around inside of the glove and make it inflate, while another person predicted that the water would turn into a gas and shoot into the glove and inflate it and then the last person predicted that the vinegar would make a bad smell :).

They began to gently shake the cups. The first cup was the water, sadly nothing happened. Then they tried the juice and once again, nothing happened. This meant that there was only one more liquid left; vinegar. They shook the vinegar when all of a sudden the glove inflated. Their experiment had worked. We all gave them a round of applause and Brian Cox led some more scientists to do a new experiment.

In the new experiment, they had water with sugar, cornstarch and flour in water. they explained the differences between soluble things and insoluble things. They then added water into the cornstarch and mixed it around. They then began to say how the cornstarch mixed with water was a non – newtonian fluid. A non- newtonian fluid is something that isnt solid, a liquid or a gas.

We all enjoyed this assembly and cant wait for the next one.

By Libby G

Year 1 trip to Holy Trinity Church

This week, Year 1 went to Holy Trinity Church to compare what a christian church looks like to a sikh gurdwara. While they were there, they learnt about why people go to a church, what they do when they are there and how people get christened. Year 1 found out about all the important celebrations that go on in christian churches and how it looks different at different times of the year. The children also learnt about what a priest wears when he is doing his jobs.

By Mollie and Aminah

Year 6 netball competition

On Thursday, some pupils in Year 6 went to Hanson School for a Netball Competition with some other local schools including: Low Ash, Idle , Wellington, Cavendish, Rainbow, Feversham, Peel Park, Byron, Barkerend and Killinghall.

When we got to Hanson, we had to wait for about an hour because one off the team were running late but we just started without them and got the winning points. They eventually arrived but we were leaving so they didn’t even get a match!

All of the matches we played, we won and we supported all of the other opponents and congrats them at the end of all of the matches. We had umpires that blew the whistle if we had done something wrong , it was half time or at the end of the match .

We had a treat to get there because we travelled in Mrs Russell’s, Mrs Keighley’s or Mrs Corbridge’s car. At the end of all of the matches, all 6 of us got in a car to wait for our parents to get there. It was really cold but all of the team enjoyed themselves and showed some great teamwork.

 

By Cora and Mia

Drumming concert

On the 28th of March, some brave pupils performed in-front of the whole school some amazing drumming. They have been having lessons for 20 minutes in the previous weeks leading into this day.

Starting the assembly off, Mrs Scott introduced the assembly and what they would be doing throughout. It started with Elana (who is in 4h) and Amber playing a warm up solo which was followed by some brave Year 2 children who performed the backing track from a song by Taylor swift. After that Elijah, played a solo with the two teachers. Other children from across school also performed which was equally fantastic.

The lady in charge explained frequently the benefits of drumming and how they can link to the classroom. One of them was that drumming improves concentration as you have to focus on what you are doing and ignore distractions. At the end of the assembly, everyone clapped loudly as they all greatly enjoyed it.

Thankfully, we learnt that the drumming sessions are going to continue after the holidays and everybody is hoping they are the next child to get a go!

By Mia and Cora

Bradford City Penalty Shootout

A few months ago, some people from Bradford City came over to our school and set up a penalty shootout. At this shootout, children from Reception all the way to year 6 had 4 chances (unless you forgot to bring in a letter which I will talk about later ) to kick a ball into a football net that was guarded by the one and and only, Billy Bantam.

As I mentioned in the first paragraph, there was a letter handed out to children. This letter told you all about what would happen at the penalty shootout, however, attached to the letter was a form where you could ask family members to raise money for school. If you raised the most money, you could get a signed Bradford City football! Some other things you could win were medals, bags and normal footballs, the good thing about that was you didn’t have to raise the most amount of money!

The lucky winner of the signed football was Freddie in Reception. Mrs Bedell and Mrs Bottomley were both seen holding their phones and taking videos of him winning the ball, so we can only imagine how proud they were!

We are all excited for next years penalty shootout and we are all ready to try our best to raise the most amount of money.

By Libby G

Football tournament!

This week children from KS2 have taken part in competitive football matches with other local schools. On Monday, we hosted the preliminary round where both teams played well and qualified for today’s (Friday) finals. A highlight of this being the fantastic support of other children who decided to watch the games during their break time.

Finals were played at Woodhouse Grove. The intense games were very interesting and close yet Blakehill’s  sneaky tactics and outstanding skills paid off as Year 3/4 made the semi-finals with 5 and 6 also playing well. Despite facing heavy tackles, the children continued to get up and score some amazing goals. As the ball kept on flying into the net, everybody was having fun whether they were losing a game or not.

Coming back to school, everybody was exhausted yet their spirits were still high. We are sure everybody had a great time.

From Aminah

Mother’s day stall

This year, Blakehill has held another stall for Mother’s day and they had four new things for children to choose and buy for their mothers. This year, the options were: a wooden heart plaque, Vanilla scented candle, Potted Daffodil and a Stationary set. With so many good options, it was a hard decision to make when deciding what our mums should get.

Each person received a letter where they could have a first choice, second choice, third choice and a fourth choice. They would write their name, class and choices before crossing their fingers and hoping for their first choice. It would cost them £2.00 for the present they had chosen. Whatever the present they got, we know it will please whoever they give it to.

Everyone can’t wait for mother’s day and the real reason for it is to thank any special lady in your life.

By Daniel and Mollie.