Yesterday Years 1 and 2 had a fun, cosy bedtime story where they were invited with their parents to snuggle up and escape in a twilight story. They all got comfy and sat on cushions whilst their parents got to read their children some books. Everybody had big smiles on their faces. After that, the teachers read everybody a fantastic, fascinating book that made them very sleepy. But the fun didn’t end there, everyone got to have some delicious drinking hot chocolate and got to eat scrumptious biscuits.
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.
Every Friday morning, Year 1 invite their parents into class for a half- an- hour long reading cafe where kids pick one of their favourite books and read it to their parents. While they are reading, their teacher, Miss Gardener or Mrs Wardell , put on some nice relaxing music but really it is some Disney music. During their reading, they talk about their book with their grown up. They ask and answer questions about what they have learnt.
Overall, every single child loved it and couldn’t wait for the next time their parents wonder into their classroom and listen to them read. This will be next Friday!
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!
Today (8th February) is the day that we have had a treat! The PTFA have kindly put enough money to buy a beautiful, mysterious book hidey hole that no one knew was coming, apart from the class councillors.
The reason they placed it there is to share our books and love of reading. If children or grown ups around our school have finished a book and think that someone will enjoy,then they place it in the box. If that person finds that there are more books in there then if they would like another book then they can take one out! The idea is to share and love reading TOGETHER. The cycle continues over and over again where we place in a book and take a different one out if they like!
It looks so magical, it has owls and other magical creatures on the side. One good thing is that parents and teachers can use it too!
Do you think you will use it?
We can’t wait to!
Together we can
By Alex and Daniel
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
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.
On Thursday evening, KS1 came after school to take part in their Bedtime Stories event, which was held in the hall. They were very excited and were all dressed cosily in their pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns along with a cute cuddly toy each. Not only that, but each child came with their favourite books, to read and to share with their friends and read to their parents, who loved seeing how much progress their child had made.
Snuggling with their teddy bears, KS1 watched a clip of Julia Donaldson, who is their class author, reading Stick Man and absolutely loved it. Talking all about the clip, the children listened to Mrs Pinder reading one of the children’s favourite book, which was really fun and they all enjoyed. Looking forward to their hot chocolate, every child read to their parents, who were really proud of their child’s reading skills and how they had come on throughout the year, and also encouraged them all to read at home more.
Sipping their hot chocolate, everybody watched Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? and licked their lips, which were covered in a hot chocolate moustache! KS1 absolutely loved it and wished the night would never end!
By Mckensey and Emily Mae
On Thursday, Year 2 travelled all the way to York on a trip to the York Chocolate Story. Over the past few weeks, the classes (2S and 2P) have been reading and basing their work on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, enjoying reading about Charlie and his trip to the Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Once they had arrived, they did a tour of the history of chocolate, how it was originally made and what was really used to make it. After, Year 2 learned how to make chocolate lollipops, doing it along with a professional, who worked at the Chocolate Story. The children got to eat it afterwards, and it was yummy! Mrs Philips said, “The chocolate was amazing and so delicious!”
Going further into the factory, the children did a fantastic workshop on making edible wallpaper! Imagine having that in your bedroom! Yum Yum! They learnt more tips and tricks on making the perfect chocolate to eat and made their own little wallpaper with different chocolate designs.
After an amazing time at the chocolate factory, on the way back, the year group visited the York minster, having a quick look and learning of information before it was time to go home. They looked at all the incredible architecture of the building and wondered how long it might have taken to built.
The children loved visiting the chocolate factory, learning all different ways of making delicious chocolate creations. Best of all, the chocolate was yummy!
By Mckensey and Daniel
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