Receptions visit to Thornton Hall Farm

On Thursday Reception visited Thornton Hall Farm. Feeling very excited, they got on the bus and set off to meet the farm animals. As soon as they had put their stuff away, they started petting the animals – they got meet llamas, alpacas, donkey, cows, sheep and pigs. The even saw a bull! Reception really enjoyed feeding the lambs! They also explored the farm on a tractor safari! What fun! Before they headed home, they tore around the adventure playground and finished the day they had ice cream.

By Emily Mae

Year 5 Trip To Great Yorkshire Show Grounds

On Tuesday 5th June, Year 5 travelled to Harrogate to watch many performances and workshops at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground!

We arrived and got into three groups, then we wondered off to the large fantastic grand stand. Then everyone went to experience the great sheep show that included a sheep being shaved and DANCING SHEEP! Then we went to watch a dog and duck show. (There was no biting on the ducks luckily) We then spoke to a blacksmith who created a horse shoe by scratch and steam fitted it onto the horses hoof. Then we had lunch at the stand from earlier. We then did some rope walking that was harder than tight rope walking from a circus- it was very tough! After that, we began our final thing and made baskets out of willow trees which made our hands sore! As this was our final thing,  we had to travel back to school just in time for our parents. It was a lovely day and we really enjoyed taking part in all the outdoor activities.

By Alex

Year 6 Media Museum

Today (Friday the 8th) Year 6 went to the Media museum , where they learnt all about animation. Full of wonder, they set off on a coach journey and fifteen minutes later they arrived. After putting their lunch and coats away, the fun began: first of all they headed up to the arcade area where they all got to play with machines and computer systems from all ages. A lady called Dawn came and met Year 6 in the arcade and took them through the building until they arrived at the animation class room. On the way, they got told about how puppets are put together – some with an inner skeleton and some just made out of clay. Also about the story of two teenagers who created Morph and went on to become very famous.

In the class, the first thing they did was learn paces of how a clay ball moves: if they wanted it to move slowly, you moved the ball little by little and fast you would make it take large steps. They then got taught about how to make the ball look like it was a bounce ball- we used a piece of wire that was moulded into some clay to put the ball at different levels. Finally it was lunch! Year Six walked through the public area and went and to eat.

To finish the of the day, they  got to make their own animation with all the skills they had learnt. It had to be based around a black hole and a episode of Morph. Year Six really enjoyed the trip and wanted to do it all over.

By Emily Mae

Year 3 Class Assembly

Today on the Friday 8th June, Year 3 performed a gob smacking assembly all about the stone age. With a warm welcome, they began telling us amazing facts such as : they built their houses out of stone and hay, they didn’t have normal weapons and more. They showed us their paintings [which were amazing!]and told us that they used chalk and glue to glaze over it. Then they told us that they learnt a fab song which is like we will rock you but about the stone age and they had added cool break dancing moves [ which they were learning for P.E.]

Then we were told that they used to make their cloths out of dead animal skin – UGH! But they of course they washed the blood off so it is nice and comfortable.  Then they compared families of stone age people and ordinary people. As it came to an end they sang us off with their awesome song.

Year 3 School Linking

As part of the School Linking Project, Year 3 went to visit Year 3 at Westbourne primary school. The first thing they did was to get on the bus and set off on the short journey to Manningham in Bradford. When they got to Westbourne Primary School, they meet with their partners that they meet with at Nell Bank a few months ago .They then split into 3 groups for the day.

Their first activity was to match jigsaw shapes collage with their partners,they were solving a puzzle which was teaching them to work together and to get a long with each other. As soon as they finished the fist activity,they moved on to the 2nd activity which was outdoors. The outdoor activity was to tie their partners legs and to make them knock over the cones whilst being blindfolded and guiding them.

Their 3 activity was a parachute game were they had to work together to not drop the ball and just keep it on. Then, after a while, they were allowed to knock the ball off the parachute. Before leaving, they played one last game, the shark game! Everyone had a fantastic day and now our Year 3 classes can’t wait for Westbourne to visit them next half term.
 

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

1W Class Assembly

This afternoon, 1W pulled off a fantastic assembly about their castles topic! They explained about not just castles but also about their trip to Skipton Castle. They gave a description of all the different parts of a castle such as the portcullis and murder hole! The castles had crossed windows for defence so that people could shoot out but arrows couldn’t get in; large dungeons to keep their prisoners; a draw bridge to keep out their foes and many more.

Having explained about the different castles, they then sang some castle sang songs, which were beautifully sang and had dance moves to go with it! Everyone thought that their assembly was great. Well Done 1P, we are now experts on castles.

By Alex and Taylor

Year 3 break dancing

Every Thursday, both Year 3 classes learn how to break dance by being taught by an exquisite professional called Harmony. She will be giving 4 sessions to each class over 4 weeks and helping them learn the art of break dancing. The teachings happen after lunch for their indoor PE and Harmony, who is very experienced, competes in different competitions. She teaches them all the different moves that she knows such as : the front step, back sliding, floor moves, spinning and freeze positions. At the end of each session she shows them a quick style of how it is supposed to look before they have a go.

Year 3 have loved the break dancing lessons so far and they cant wait to carry on with them for the rest of the three weeks! Maybe, by then, Blakehill will have break dancing professionals!

Daniel.