This week, in celebration of World Book Day (which was last Friday), Blakehill had some fantastic visitors in school, who taught the school how to do Indian dancing and music. In classes, everybody did some Indian music with a man, and did some drumming and dancing. We learnt that on the left side of the drum it was made of goat skin and the right side was made from plastic. Some drums could be played with your hands but most were played with a hooked stick and a long stick made out of bamboo. He taught us how to play the drums and to play to a similar rhythm as the Indians would. With some time to spare, we also got taught how to do a few moves of Indian dancing such as: screw the lightbulbs, raise the roof, multi-tasking, put the apple in its basket and wipe and swipe.
Further on in the week, we had another visitor named Kash, a lovely woman who taught us alot on the background of the Sikh religion and how to do proper Indian dancing. We learnt all about the 10 gurus and the Guru Granth Sahib, where the gurus wrote their words of teaching and respect. Kash told us all about the 5 k’s and the aim of the Sikhs religion which was to bring peace, love and respect to everybody and to always be honest. Afterwards, she put on some groovy songs (one of them was called Jai Ho) and stood at the front while we all copied her fantastic dance moves.
The school really enjoyed the visits from Kash and the drum man and loved learning about the Indian culture, and how to dance and play the music like them!
By Mckensey and Pasha
Today, 6R performed their class assembly about Vikings, where we learnt about what they had got up to over the last couple of weeks. After a little bit of speaking, they sang a song called He-Ho with some actions that Mrs Russell had been teaching them. It was very interesting and the audience loved it!
Next up a group of people, Amelia, Spencer and Kyle, spoke and we all learnt something new about the Vikings. Did you know they didn’t have horns on helmets? Who’d have thought it! They sang yet another song and 2 people came in with a Viking long boat!
Some of the vikings raided England and not many people got along, this caused many wars and there was three main battle. 6R showed this war by having people fighting. The kings were often fighting and King George the Viking leader won. He did this by surrounding them and starving them until the other king gave in and they split the land.
Songs were sang at the end of the assembly and everyone clapped. It sure was an assembly to remember it was brilliant!
By Pasha and Emily Mae.
6R Assembly from Blakehill School on Vimeo.
Songs playing through our heads from the Young Voices sheet, we jumped off the bus ready to sing. After an adventures few months of hard work and practice, we headed into Sheffield Arena.Once we had found our seats, we ate our lunch with excitement glowing within us. Starting rehearsals (which took forever)with the young voices choir,was very fun! We met some famous people called Natalie Williams , Magnet and Alfie . Magnet were a group of people who made crazy noises with their mouths, beat boxers! Natalie was a great, confident and powerful singer and Alfie was spotted on a video that when viral he was fabulous.
Exhausted,after the long rehearsals we ate our tea before our parents and guests started to arrive and then in no time at all the concert began. Roaring crowds sat below us, all exited to see their children sing their hearts out. Dancing and singing all night long,was great it fulled us with joy and passion. Fancy lights flashed across us in all different colours: red, blue, pink and yellow. It was so fun to sing with different schools from all over Yorkshire.
Finishing our wonderful night, we clambered on the coach home. At around 10:30 we pulled up back at school. It was a very eventful night and we had all had a fantastic time.
By Pasha and Emily Mae
Young Voices 2018 from Blakehill School on Vimeo.
After months of hard work, Blakehill Choir (the greatest singers of all time) had their next appearance at Bradford University. For around four years, Blakehill Choir have been invited to sing at Bradford University Winter Graduation. Wowing the crowd with their angelic voices, they preformed on a stage singing: we three kings, infant holy, go tell it on the mountain and lots more.
However, we three king was sang by three soloists Macey, Leah and Myself (Emily). We sang through all of the songs twice. Half way through we go provided with snacks, which were delicious, I could have eaten it all again! We had a fantastic time and we can not wait to go back in Summer.
By Emily Mae
This afternoon, 4J performed a brilliant assembly for the rest of Blakehill, all about World War II. They had been reading a book in their English lessons called Friend or Foe, which is all about two boys who are evacuated to Devon and find two German soldiers, that have crashed from their plane! Using this book, the children have managed to produce multiple pieces of fantastic work such as a diary entry of David (a character in the book), a setting description of the streets that had been bombed and destroyed by the Germans and decision wheels, thinking about what would happen next in the chapter and story.
In topic, the class listened to Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of the war and then wrote from a person who was listening’s point of view. This week, they have learnt a song called “When you’re a kid in World War II” which was very catchy and had a fun rhythm, and sung it to us as they danced around!
This topic was really fun to learn all about and year 4 enjoyed reading the book and looking into the past of the war!
On Tuesday, Mr Fraud came to Blakehill and did an assembly for the school that was all about music. There was a song that was all about Jesus’s love to us and how it will never end. He also told us all about his first time going to see the place that he has soft spot for, Manchester United! He went to Old Trafford (their football stadium) where he watched ALL of a match! He told us about how he was told to go to the train station all by himself where he met his Uncle Tony to go get on a bus to go to Manchester. He also played us two songs about Jesus and his love to make us feel thankful for what he does for us and how important he is for us.
On Wednesday this week some very lucky children from Blakehill got the chance to take part in one of the biggest choirs in the world! The Choir was made up of over 5000 children and their teachers! These children were extremely lucky and although it took lots and lots of practise it was all worth it thousands of people came to watch it was amazing!
We have spent months practising and it really paid off. As this day began we ate in extra club we rapidly got changed for the day. As soon as the coach pulled up we jumped on for a long ride to Sheffield Arena. Finally, we got there and started and started our rehearsal. We got seated and sang along with all the other children and school in the practise. Singing our hearts out, we slurped our drinks and got ready for the big show. In no time the main show was upon us and members of our family started to arrive.
Bright, hot and shining lights shone in our faces as the show began. The music blasted out and we began to sing. Before the show started, we were introduce to our guest stars that included The Beat-box Collective and Natalie Williams. The songs we sang were mostly medleys but some weren’t, like Birdhouse in your soul. The medleys were called Five Guys named Moe, For those about to rock again and Pop Medley. The consort ended about 9:30. We were all tired as could be. We arrived back at school just before 11 o’clock at night! The next day we did not want to get out of bed but we had such a great time that is was all worth while!
Have a look at some of the pictures and short videos from our fantastic time at Young Voices 2017 and leave a comment.
By Emily Mae and Alex
Today Blakehill had a visit from Bradford Musical Arts Service – our second visit this year from these really talented people! Today they did something different and it gave us all a SURPRISE! They played some incredible instruments; a plastic trombone called a p-Bone, cornet, Tuba, Guitar, Key board and a Ukulele. We were also introduced to the piccolo, flute, saxophone and the relaxing violin!
Did you know the small instruments are higher where as the more immense, larger instruments are lower?
If you fancy learning an instrument get an application form from our office!
Don’t worry the sessions only cost as much as gymnastics, football , karate and so on.
The people there hope to see you soon !
One day you could become the next PRINCE !
On Tuesday afternoon the whole school had a nice surprise – Mr Froud came and sang some songs. The whole school loved him and clapped along at some of the songs and even joined in at the actions. All of the reception children loved him because they laughed along with everyone and to be honest they all laughed the most! Every teacher who was there clapped along and had good fun too. Also the teachers adored the younger ones laughing.Thank you Mr Froud we look forward to seeing Mr Froud again.
By Ruby and Emily
After many a Friday lunchtime YV practice sessions, the time had finally arrived for forty children across KS2, plus enthusiastic members of staff, to head off down the M1 to Sheffield. Armed with plastic carrier bags filled to the brim with teatime goodies and enough water to sink a battleship, not forgetting our trusty school banner, we headed off to join a 5000 strong school choir at Sheffield Arena on a cold, damp winters day. A last minute sing-a-long to our well used YV CD seemed a good idea at the time but I’m not too sure the Dewhirst bus driver shared our thoughts as he hastily switched it off as we entered the Arena car park!
We arrived by 1pm and like intrepid explorers Mrs Bedell and myself led from the front to find our seats with forty excited children and staff following behind. Inside, the arena was overwhelming compared to the safety of our practice session classroom. However nothing fazes our children who were soon busily chatting to the surrounding children from other Yorkshire schools. A rather long 2 hour rehearsal passed, followed by teatime with numerous visits to the toilet. Perhaps it was the nerves? Perhaps it was the drinks? Who knows, but as 7pm arrived toilet stops were stopped.
Parents started to swarm like ants into the auditorium below, searching for their seats and their children. Our school banner hung triumphantly from a nearby railing hoping to give parents a clue to where we were. Then the moment we had waited for was only minutes away. The lights dimmed. The suspense built. Suddenly YV 2016 burst into action! A sea of white T-shirts jumped out of their seats in unison to loudly sing ‘Transport of Delight’ Our previously sombre looking children, who had sat through the rehearsal looking a little fed up suddenly transformed into happy, smiling children buzzing with energy and pride. We sang our hearts out and danced our legs tired from 7 till 9 to our very own favourites ‘Pop Medley’ and ‘Lightning Tree’ plus lots, lots more. We challenged parents to ‘Funk It Up’ and’ Mexican Waved’ to our hearts content. We simply had a blast!
All too soon it was over for another year. Tired and exhausted we made our weary way back to the coach for one last head count before setting off back up the M1 for home! A long day, a late night, but Blakehill YV 2016 you did us proud! You were fantastic and represented our school magnificently!
Thank you for all your hard work and we hope to see some of you next year.
Mrs Marsden & Mrs Bedell
Young Voices Co-ordinators