2P Class Assembly

This afternoon, 2P gave us a brilliant assembly, all about ‘Together We Can’, (the school motto)  and how they had been working together in different activities as a class, and helping each other do everything they needed to do. They thought about the time they work together in school, in every subject like science, maths and art, and that working as a team sometimes can be fun and helpful too.

They also told us about the book they had been reading, which was called The Day The Crayons Quit, and how all the crayons were very unhappy, until they started to work as a team to create beautiful, and brightly coloured pictures! Some of the children dressed up as the crayons, looking fantastic, and acted out how the crayons would feel, and that they felt they weren’t getting used enough, and wanted their colours to be shown off more! During art day, Year 2 had created a huge piece of artwork using brightly coloured inks and graphite, working together, and the outcome was amazing, all different textures and colours and patterns, which also symbolised how they had done it together, as a team to make something beautiful and brilliant, while enjoying doing it!

To finish off their fantastic performance, the children sang a fun song about being kind and helpful to eachother, and that it doesn’t take a lot to brighten someones day! Well done 2P!

By Mckensey

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

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

SATS ARE OVER!

After a long,hard and stressful week, SATs are FINALLY over! Year 6 are very relieved and are anxious to see what results they will get, but meanwhile its time to focus on transition and preparing for Year 7! Yesterday afternoon, whilst watching a well-earned movie, Mrs Keighley kindly brought in some yummy ice lollies for them all to enjoy as a reward for their hard work, and they were very much appreciated! Today (Friday), year 6 have had a fantastic day, and got to have a relaxing time, which they really needed after the stress-filled week: movies have been watched, biscuits and buns have been eaten and everybody has been able to relieve their stress!

Well done Year 6 for all of your hard work and determination, and we hope you look forward to the rest of your time at Blakehill!

By Mckensey

Pebble River!

If you haven’t noticed, at the front of school reception, there has been a river bed dug out! Blakehill is asking you to bring in a stone/pebble, not too big but not too small, for you to design and make your own. After everybody has brought in their pebbles and they have been designed, we are going to put them in the dug out river bed outside reception. We are hoping that when it is all finished, the pebble river will look colourful and inviting and it will have a symbol of each of Blakehill’s pupils in it!

Make sure you bring your pebble in as soon as possible so we can start designing them! You will get a raffle ticket and you will be able to design your pebble to represent you and your personality, and will be put in the front of school for all to see!

By Mckensey and Alex

Junior Dance Competition

Tomorrow, 50 pupils of Blakehill are going to a dance competition to perform  a dance routine. Our theme is coal mining linked to Year 5’s Local History Study. We’ve been practising on a Monday after school and we have even been putting in extra practice sessions so that we are ready for the show tomorrow. The dance competition takes place tomorrow (Saturday 27th January) place at Buttershaw School. Those children taking part will be arriving at 12:00 tomorrow. On a Saturday! The whole show starts at 2 o’clock and then we dance and find the results. We’re sure all the parents and family members that have tickets will love the show!

Good luck to all pupils taking part, we hop you do well and have an amazing time! Good luck Blakehill!

By Pasha

Margaret Mulligan Assembly

This week, Blakehill had a fantastic surprise visit from a famous author named Margaret Mulligan, who wrote the book Katy Parker and The House That Cried. Gathered in the hall, Mrs Mulligan read out two extracts from the book – the first two pages of the first chapter and a few pages from around the middle of the book when the children had just been transported into the past after a long sleep in a haunted house that had stood since World War II. She talked to us about how the evacuees only got to take one suitcase and that you had to pick wisely and took in ideas of what the school would like to take if it was us nowadays. Margaret discussed with us some of the things that most of the children would take in the war such as:

. A teddy bear                                                                                                                                                     . A picture from home                                                                                                                                     . A Sunday outfit (your best clothes)                                                                                                         . One or two books                                                                                                                                           . An activity like paper and pens or a colouring book                                                                           . Underwear                                                                                                                                                         . Clothing                                                                                                                                                             . Bathroom Supplies

Mrs Mulligan has agreed to judge a story writing competition, which must include time-travel! But there is one problem… it can only be 500 words! Your story must:

. Include an element of time-travel                                                                                                             . Be at least half set during a famous period of time (like the time of dinosaurs, any world war and the victorian times!).                                                                                                                         . Be a maximum of 500 words.

There will be prizes for the best stories in ks1 ,Years 3-4 and Years 5-6. Your stories must be completed and returned by Monday 19th February. We encourage everyone to enter and have a go at this writing competition! And not only that, but it will be judged by Margaret Mulligan, the author herself! Good luck and enjoy writing!

By Emily Mae and Mckensey

 

1P Class Assembly

This afternoon, 1P showed off their fantastic knowledge of the United Kingdom to the rest of the school. This week, they have been finding out the details of all the different places around the UK such as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island and the landmarks in those areas. The class took us on a guided tour, firstly stopping off in London, the capital city of England, and told us some information about Buckingham Palace such as the place has 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms! Crazy! Who needs that many bathrooms? We also learned that the Houses of Parliament is also called the Palace of Westminster and it is the place where laws are passed and the government meets. The clock tower, which is also in London, is sometimes known as Big Ben, but actually that’s the name of the bell inside! They showed us pictures of some other landmarks in England, although they are not all in London, such as Stonehenge and the Angel of the North.

The next thing they told us about was St George, who is the patron of Saint of England – he was a brave soldier who lived many years ago. St George’s day is celebrated on the 23rd of April. The english flag is also known as St George’s cross.

Our next destination was Scotland and its capital city is Edinburgh. We learnt that Scotland has the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom and its name is Ben Nevis! Scotland is also famous for the Loch Ness – it is a deep loch in the Scottish Highlands and is famous for sightings of the Loch Ness monster! Not only this, but the children told us about St Andrew, who is the patron saint of Scotland and told us that the thistle is the Scottish symbol! The children performed a fantastic traditional Scottish folk dance, showing off some of the moves they had enjoyed learning.

Moving on to Wales, the class told us facts about the city, learning that Cardiff was the capital city and is close to the Millennium Stadium, which hosts lots of events such as sports matches and music concerts. Wales is famous for its beautiful valleys and mountains, home to Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

The last stop was Northern Ireland where the school were shown how Ireland is split into two countries: Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom but it makes its own laws and its capital is Belfast. The most interesting fact about Ireland was that the Titanic was built there! It is one of the most famous ships in the world and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. St Patrick is the patron saint of Northern Island and its symbol is the shamrock.

After an amazing tour of the United Kingdom, the school were exhausted, weighted down by all the fantastic facts that had been fired at them! 1P have had a great time learning about the United Kingdom and are exhausted with all the learning they have been doing!

Year 3 trip to the Industrial Museum

This week Year 3 travelled 10 minutes from school to the Industrial Museum Bradford. While they were there, they learnt all about the Industrial Revolution. Later, they began a first session where they began a tour and saw lots of sewing additionally spinning machines. They had draw pictures of each machine that they saw. During that session, they looked at 3 different houses which all had a different interior from a different year 1870’s, 1940’s and the 1970’s.

They began their second session, where they cleaned some wool also they removed some twigs and leaves. Then they vigorously combed it -which was hard work! After they carded their wool, Year 3 spun the wool on a spinning wheel.Eventually, they got to weave it and saw what they could create on the wheel whilst having a lot of fun and learning alot! Afterwards, the children played a game on the machine, pulling thread off of the wool! It was a lot of fun and they learned all about times long ago and what the past generations were like!

By Alex and help by Mckensey and Emily Mae

Blakehill’s Secret Santa Appeal 2017

Every year around this time near Christmas, the school governors organise the Blakehill Secret Santa Appeal. The idea behind this is to support families and children in Bradford who are not as lucky as us in school and may not get presents for birthdays or Christmas like we do. Mr Cavalier-Lumley told us in Tuesday’s assembly that all gift tags are stationed at the school office and everyone (if they want to participate) can choose a boy or a girl of any age. once you have bought your present for the child bring it back to the school office with the tag attached but do not wrap it please!

We hope that you will help Blakehill out and see how many families lives you can make fantastic this Christmas, so they can enjoy themselves just like you will be doing when you wake up and open all of your lucky presents!

By Mckensey