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

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

Say Hello To Spring!

Recently, the people of Britain are (finally) getting to say hello to Spring! The lovely weather is arriving, and due to that all of the children around Blakehill are playing games, making jokes, spending time in the sun and generally just being happy!

One of the perks of it being sunny is that everyone gets to go on the field. Cora, one of the bloggers, said,”I enjoy playing football and playing with my friends,” and Mollie – another one of the bloggers – said, “I enjoy making daisy chains for Mrs Rashid.”

Everyone at Blakehill is taking advantage of the bright sunshine and enjoying the beginning of spring including Mr Harding who was even heard singing in the staff room!

Have a lovely weekend!

By Libby G

International Happiness Day

This week, the whole school had an assembly all about International Happiness day!

International Happiness Day takes place on the 20th of March every year. It is commemorated as a way to be happy and make others happy. People aren’t always happy, especially in tough situations, so here I am going to show you some top tips on how to be happy and make others happy, no matter what.

  • Make some funny jokes: if a friend or family member is upset, it is always a good idea to try make them laugh (no matter how bad the joke might be.)
  • Play some games: playing games is always a good way to relax. The good thing about playing games is, you can play by yourself, or with other people. You could play video games, or make your own games up. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Compliment them: getting complements always make you feel good about yourself, giving them gives off the exact same effect as you spread joy. Not only do compliments make people happy, but it also makes you a better person. It doesn’t matter what you say, as long as it makes them smile.
  • Helping out: doing small jobs for people goes a long way. It could be the smallest job like putting things away for others, tiding up their table, ANYTHING!
  • Random acts of kindness: Random acts of kindness are one of the best things you could do. You could donate toys to charity or give money to homeless people. It just shows how kind and caring you are and that you know that other people matter.
  • Smile: if you didn’t know, smiles are contagious. Smiling is extremely important as it shows that you are happy and you are ready to show the world what you’ve got. Smiling shows how strong and confident you are.

I hope that you had a great Happiness Day and I hope that all of these tips help you. Thanks for reading this blog!

By Libby G

School Disco

On Tuesday, our lovely, intelligent school PTFA put together a fun disco for the whole school to enjoy. As soon as letters were sent out, children were thinking about what to wear and how much of their parents money they could spend!

On the day of the disco, people waited outside of the office and payed £2 to get into the hall which was where the disco would commence. The hall was packed with children who were already dancing and having a great time. The DJ was always coming up with fun ideas to keep the children far away from boredom. In these games, you could compete for sweets. ( Haribos, marshmallows etc. ) Also, you could buy things such as : food, sweets , drinks and much much more!

All of the children had an amazing time dancing, playing games, chatting with friends and eating sweets. None of them can wait till the next school event.

Before I end this post, I would like to give a big thanks to the school PTFA for putting this event together for our school. They always put together brilliant events for the children of this school and they never fail to amaze us!

By Libby G

Woodwind Assembly

This week, on Tuesday 12th of March, a band from the Bradford music service paid a visit to Blakehill. Everyone slowly walked down to the hall where they found the band standing at the top of the hall. Instead of being one of those bands with drums and guitars, they were each equipped with different types of instruments that used lung power.  The band was made up of four people each from the same place.

They introduced them selves and their instruments and they got straight into it with their first song and asked the children to guess what it was. The answer was Despacito and they then told them that they would play some more songs and everyone would have to guess what they are. They played ‘ How Far I’ll Go ‘ and    ‘You’re Welcome’ from the film Moana. They also played Swan Lake, the ballet song because on of the instruments was inspired by the duck swan. The last song was ‘Bear-necessities’  from the film Jungle Book.

Every one enjoyed their visit and especially enjoyed trying to guess the song that was being played. At the end as everyone was leaving, they played some soft relaxing music and the year six were wanting them to play Despacito again.

By Daniel and Mollie

World Book Day

This year Blakehill Primary School have put on another World Book Day and almost everyone was dressed up. On Thursday every single child had an opportunity to come to school in fancy dress. Before the day they had an assembly where Mrs Russell said “that everyone will received a £1.00 voucher to spend at any shop to buy a book but they could only choose one of the selected books that the shop had to offer”.

On the day, lots of children came to school all dressed up in all sorts of costumes such as: Willy Wonka, Where’s  Wally, Umpalumpas, Witches and Wizards, Horrid Henry and Dennis from Dennis and Gnasher unleashed. Even some teachers dressed up for this special occasion! There was a competition for the best costume in KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2 also Reception was involved. There was another competition where children could design a potato and the best would win a prize. Lots of children entered the competition and there was a lot of fanstic, imaginatively decorated potatoes.

Miss Gardener and Mrs Russell went round the school taking pictures of everyone in the school who was properly dressed because the costumes needed to be judged for the competition. At the end of the day everybody enjoyed seeing what people were and the competitions as well as sharing ideas about the books they love!

By Daniel and Mollie.

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

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