Goodbye Mr Lowe – We will Miss You

As the school year comes to a close, it is also the unfortunate end of Mr Lowe’s time at Blakehill. He has been a credit to the school and everyone will miss him dearly: he is one of the I.C.T leaders and a class teacher – who helps lots of pupils and his friends around school. This lovely young man is going to Thailand with his girlfriend to teach more children and get to know the different culture and life in the new country he is going to. 

We, as a school, would like to wish him the best on his new adventure and hope that he will have a great time in Thailand. Mr Lowe has served 7 years at Blakehill, and in that time has made a real difference to the school with his funny and caring nature, and will always stay in the heart of Blakehill , and its pupils and staff.

We have collected some quotes and messages from the staff and pupils at Blakehill:

Mrs Russell: “I am going to miss my work buddy a lot! Even though his tapping is annoying and he always makes me jump, I will be lost without him next year!”

Miss Gardener: “I am going to miss Mr Lowe so much! What is Blakehill going to do without him? How will we survive? I’ve cried to him, laughed with him and worked with him. He has put a smile on my face every single day! I will miss you so much!”

Miss Lea: “What am I going to do without him? Mr Lowe is wonderful and school will not be the same. His smile, silly comments and help will be missed lots!”

Mrs Bottomley: “He makes me laugh all the time, even when I shouldn’t. He is supportive and helpful. Mr Lowe had become a very good friend and I will miss him.”

Mrs Marsden: “Mr Lowe is funny, charming, witty, kind, helpful – especially with IT – but he can also be annoying with his tapping and pushing, especially in assembly. But he will be missed by everyone, including me!”

Pupils at the school have said:

“His teaching is inspiring”

“He is a computer whizz!” 

“Mr Lowe is a funny man!”

“The greatest teacher of all time!”

“Super funny!”

“Fun to be around”

Us Blakehill Bloggers would like to say a big thank you to Mr Lowe for making our Friday evenings a funny and enjoyable time, with his amusing actions and comments, making the group feel like a bunch of close friends. We hope you have a brilliant time in Thailand Mr Lowe and good luck on your new journey!

By Mckensey and Emily Mae – and all the bloggers! 

Year 5’s school trip

During this week, Year 5 have been hot on their feet getting ready for the best trip ever!

The first actual class, 5L, went to the big swing ,which is a big adventure play ground, and instead of going in ancient boring uniform we got to go in our own better clothes. The day that we went on was Tuesday 10th July. Eventually, the bus (that was the most comfiest bus ever) arrived and it included two tables that fit four people. Every one was all strapped in and comfy for the 15 minute  drive to the best park on this earth!

Finally, we arrived at the gates of the big swing and every one was bursting to get off the bus and play all day but we had to go through some safety rules which are: the big slide is out of bounds, hold on to the zip wire and the swing with both hands, jump landing on your feet and bend your knees. The place included a jumping tower with 6 places to jump from, a zip wire, a swing, 2 tree houses, another swing, an unavailable slide and a football pitch. The two main activities that we did was campfire building and cooking some marshmallows and den building. We got to use hammers and nails as well as ropes in order to make our dens water proof ready for our teachers to pour water on us! At the end of the day we were all tired out and exhausted so once we were on the bus, it was very quiet! We had a great day and slept well when we got home.

Jamie’s Ministry of food

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Year 4 took part in Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food. They went over to extra club to learn about healthy eating, food hygiene and food awareness. Andy, the chef for the two days, told them all what we should eat and what  we shouldn’t eat. He showed us a balanced diet plate and the stuff we are meant to eat more of was in the larger part on of the plate. The food we shouldn’t eat were in the smaller part of the plate.

Once he told us how to cut with a sharp knife, we had to  cut our own food up in to quarters and half.  We had cut up all of our food and put in the pan and started to mix all the the spices up into the food  to flavour our vegetable fajitas. At the end of the session our parents were invited to join us to take a look at the fun things that we had been up to. When we finally finished cooking, it was time to put the cooked vegetables into the wraps with some yogurt and cheese. Then we ate our lovely delicious wrap.We all would probably do it again!We all loved learning how to cook.

Theo (4L) said, “I odn’t like courgettes but I love them in this!”
Marley (4J) said, “I love mushrooms. I’ll be making this at home.”

by Taylor

Blakehill Summer Fayre!

On Saturday, Blakehill will have their Summer Fayre and we want as many people as possible to come. As a school we have been working together to donate old toys and other goods.We have also tried to sell tickets to family friends and others: these tickets are for the raffle where you can win big prizes! The Summer Fayre will have plenty to do such as:

  • food in the hall and sweets
  • a good as new book stall
  • rock painting
  • make your own bird box
  • tombola
  • tombola with bottles and jars
  • welly wanging
  • tin can alley
  • penalty shoot out
  • teddy stall
  • Summer draw raffle
  • name the bear
  • staff hamper
  • inflatable slides

We hope you can come to our Summer Fayre tomorrow at 1-3 on the school field

By Emily Mae

Author visit in school

This Tuesday, Chae Stathie came into talk about his experiences as an author to Reception, Year 1, Year 2 also Year 3.  He talked about his stories and showed the children the story plan for one of his books. He read the his story before explaining what his other stories were all about, who the people in the story where and what their jobs were, as well where it was mainly set .

After he read all of his books to them, he worked with each year group to do a role play of the story. The children also go the chance to learn a dance and song linked to his book before having a closer look at his story plan.

By  Taylor

Year 5 Greek Afternoon

On Tuesday 22nd May, Year 5 and their parents attended to the hall to try and make a replica of Ancient Greek pottery. To help us, we watched a video of a professional pottery artist (who was a great painter). Firstly, we grabbed hold of our clay and moulded the main part of the pot. Then, came the accessories of making the base and handles, to do it we had to make a snake of clay and attach it to the bottom of the pot. For the handles, we had to do a similar project and make smaller snakes for the handles and attach them to the pot! To keep them together we made are own glue called slip and how we made it was that was that we got a pinch of clay and mix it in water. Then we left them to dry to wash our hands. It was a great day and everyone involved loved it, thank you to all the parents who came along to take part!

By Alex and Daniel

3R Class Assembly

This afternoon, 3R performed a fabulous assembly for Blakehill, all based on the Stone age and the periods of prehistory (Stone age, Bronze age, ice age and iron age) , which means before written history. First came the Ice age, where huge glaciers were formed and the people had to move away, because of the ice. Eventually, once the ice had melted and gone, the humans moved back but discovered that things had been moved beneath the ice and glaciers. The people of the ice age were hunters and found their supplies theirselves.

They told us all about the other different stages, including the stone age, where they crafted tools from stone and were hunter gatherers, who were always moving around to new places. This stage of prehistory was supposedly the time of ‘early man’, where they wore animal skins for clothing, and painted cave art on the walls of their caves to show they existed later on in the future, and to also communicate, as words and communication was still developing. For food, they killed deer and other animals like that, saving the skin, and eating and storing the meat for meals.

They told us a little bit about the bronze age, where all supplies were crafted of bronze, and was an easy material to get hold of. This was similar to the iron age, where iron was a main source for tools and supplies, and the people lived in Hill Forts.

Next, they set the scene by comparing the modern to the past, where most people nowadays have ipads and ipods and iphones, which are used for pretty much every day of our lives. The prehistoric stages were very different though as they were crafting all day long and trying to thrive in the dangerous wilderness.

To finish off their fantastic assembly, the class sang We Will Rock You with a stone age twist! They gave many interesting facts and everybody learnt alot from their assembly, as well as enjoying it! Well done 3R!

By Mckensey and Emily Mae

Ingleborough hall

Last night, Year Four went to a meeting about the Ingleborough Hall residential trip with Mr Rhodes, Miss Lea and Mr Patterson. The meeting was all about the fun activities that we would be doing whilst were are there such as: tree climbing, caving, gorge scrambling, a village studio and a LONG walk. They told us all about where Ingleborough Hall is, what it is like to stay there and how much fun it is! The residential will take place in 1st few weeks of the Autumn term and all the parents and children there were very excited and can’t wait to go. There was just one last thing that Mr Rhodes said – we have to learn how to tie our shoe laces. If you want to find out anymore about this year’s Ingleborough Hall trip go onto our blog.

by Pasha

Year 4 residential trip to Nell Bank

On the 19th of March 2018, Year 4 came to school in non-uniform with suitcases and luggage since they were going on a 2 night residential to Nell Bank. When we arrived at Nell Bank we met our Nell Bank leaders called Jack and John who started us on our first activity which was mini beast hunting.Next we had the chance to explore Nell Bank by taking part in the Nell Bank Habitat Trail.

Once we’d finished, we went to  Middleton to have our lunch before having the chance to go to the adventure and the water playground. We played a while until it was time for tea which tonight was sausage and mash with veg or jacket potato. Once we’d finished tea, teachers sorted us into our dormitories (the girls rooms were named Asquith and Hawksworth. The boys rooms were called Denton and  Rombalds). We headed over to our rooms and sorted our beds and got our pyjamas ready for bed. Soon after that, we headed back down to Middleton for a quiz,hot chocolate,a biscuit and Mr Lowe read Harry Potter before we headed to bed.

The next morning, we all woke up ready for our long 7 mile walk. We went to Middleton to eat chocolate spread,jam or butter toast and cornflakes or rice krispies. We then packed a rucksack and set off on the long walk which took all day. When we returned in the evening we had time for a quick play on the adventure playground before our tea which we wolfed down. After tea, since it was still light, we played out again before showering and getting ready for bed.

Once we were all ready for bed we chilled out with some colouring before singing happy birthday to Jess, Ava and Mrs Javed. We drank our hot chocolate and ate cake before wearily traipsing to our long awaited beds.

Waking up on our last day, we had a lot to do before starting our activities. We stripped our rooms and packed our bags before readying ourselves for the fun of pond dipping and den building. After lots of fun and teamworking, which led to some marvellous dens, it was time to come home and see our school mates and families.

We were tired but happy having had a fantastic time and would definitely go again!
We can’t wait for our Year 5 residential now!

By Pasha and Taylor

KS2 trip to Emmanuel

On Thursday 22nd March, KS2  walked down the road to watch an exquisite play performed by people all through out Emmanuel. Slowly, we walked along the urban, cobblestone path leading to our destination. In the corridor, where we stood patiently to be let into their wide hall, we all looked around in excitement wondering what was to come. Eventually, when we entered the hall and took our seats, the play Sister Act began and straight away it began in place called Curtis’ bar. As the play continued, it turned into a terrific twist where the bar owner killed someone but his bar singer called Deloris saw the whole thing. Now the play began to get good because the idiotic, killer and bonkers bar tender was on the hunt for the amazing singer. But, the police officer had taken her to a church full of nuns to hide out from the killer until they captured him. She was astounded to see how the nuns spent their lives, which was different to her as she sang in clubs and was always partying.

She got put on the nuns choir as she heard singing by the boss nun and then she taught the nuns how to sing and dance. This lead to her pulling them together as a group and saving the nunnery.

We had a fantastic time, were really pleased to see some children we recognised who had come to our school and were wowed by all of the acting talent that we saw.

By Daniel