This week, Year 4 have been on a residential , for 3 days , to the fabulous Nell Bank and the went from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 10th April. Luckily, they got to come to school in non-uniform but they had to drag around either a bag or a suit case. They set off at around 11:00 am, they climbed on a double decker bus for their journey that would last for about an hour. To save them from dying from boredom, they could play different games like: I spy, Thumb war, 21 and many more.
When they arrived, they split into groups of boys and girls and they got of one team at a time and while they waited they learnt a song. The suit case were loaded onto the ground and they were told take their own suit cases inside. They were told the groups that they would in and then shown to their rooms where they would be spending time in for two nights. Once they were settled in and chosen their beds they were told what they would be doing and how to do it.
At the end their teacher said “they really enjoyed it and everyone put 100% effort into everything”. Also before they left Nell Bank they had to sit down and awards were given out to people who did well and tried their very hardest. The children had a fantastic time and their teachers were very proud of them! What a great trip!
On Thursday, some pupils in Year 6 went to Hanson School for a Netball Competition with some other local schools including: Low Ash, Idle , Wellington, Cavendish, Rainbow, Feversham, Peel Park, Byron, Barkerend and Killinghall.
When we got to Hanson, we had to wait for about an hour because one off the team were running late but we just started without them and got the winning points. They eventually arrived but we were leaving so they didn’t even get a match!
All of the matches we played, we won and we supported all of the other opponents and congrats them at the end of all of the matches. We had umpires that blew the whistle if we had done something wrong , it was half time or at the end of the match .
We had a treat to get there because we travelled in Mrs Russell’s, Mrs Keighley’s or Mrs Corbridge’s car. At the end of all of the matches, all 6 of us got in a car to wait for our parents to get there. It was really cold but all of the team enjoyed themselves and showed some great teamwork.
On Tuesday, our lovely, intelligent school PTFA put together a fun disco for the whole school to enjoy. As soon as letters were sent out, children were thinking about what to wear and how much of their parents money they could spend!
On the day of the disco, people waited outside of the office and payed £2 to get into the hall which was where the disco would commence. The hall was packed with children who were already dancing and having a great time. The DJ was always coming up with fun ideas to keep the children far away from boredom. In these games, you could compete for sweets. ( Haribos, marshmallows etc. ) Also, you could buy things such as : food, sweets , drinks and much much more!
All of the children had an amazing time dancing, playing games, chatting with friends and eating sweets. None of them can wait till the next school event.
Before I end this post, I would like to give a big thanks to the school PTFA for putting this event together for our school. They always put together brilliant events for the children of this school and they never fail to amaze us!
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!
On the 14th of February – on a Thursday – Year 3 travelled on a journey, which took almost 10 minutes to visit Bradford Cathedral.
When we got there, the entrance was decorated with flowers placed on black chairs with pillows behind the flowers. The first thing we did, was sit down on pews and an adult called Maggie told us about what we were going to be doing today. The activities were: colouring in our own designed shoe, having a look at all the stones that were the oldest ones and the ones with people’s markings on ( not their names because they didn’t know how to in those days ) ; going around the cathedral making a tally chart of how many symbols they could spot and learning about the important places and items in a cathedral. We found it really interesting because we could see all of the things that we had been learning about in class. Alfie kept pointing out things like the altar and the lecturn!
When we had finished doing all of those activities we went back to school where all their parents were waiting for us.
We had a brilliant; fabulous time and so did all of the teachers who went with us. We loved learning a bit of history about the cathedral and seeing things in real life that we had learnt about in the classroom.
On Monday, Year 3 went to a cricket competition to compete with other local schools. They made their way to Hanson academy and got ready for the battle ahead.
They had been practising for many weeks and they were ready and determined. All of the parents of the children came to watch as well. We later found out that our school was the only one that had adults to see the school’s success ( read on to find out who won! ) which really boosted their confidence and made them try even harder.
Later, after they finished their first game, they took a break to rest up and re-hydrate. They had already given their all in the first game yet they still had a lot more rounds and a lot more work to do so they battled on.
After they finished all the games, they were exhausted but they still had to wait in anticipation about whether they had won the competition.
When the results were announced, Blakehill found out that they had won the silver medal!
We are all extremely proud of them and can’t believe that we got so close to winning! They all used a great amount of teamwork to achieve this success. We were all speechless about how well they did when we found out and hope they have a nice rest over the spring break.
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!
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.
On Tuesday the 15th of January, some pupils from year 4,5 and 6 competed in a cross country competition. The competition was at Hanson school, there were 900 meters to run. The year 5 boys went first then it was the year 5 girls. Following them, were the year 6 boys who placed brilliantly as did the year 6 girls. We earned some brilliant places like 1,2,4 and 7 in the top 10 the 1st person was James in 6R! In 4th place was Archie in 6R, in the girls year 6 race was Lois in 6G. In the final race was Taylor in 5R. The rest came in very good positions. After all the year 5 girls came 3rd, Year 5 boys came 2nd and year 6 girls came first and year 6 boys came 2nd! These are amazing results.
Well done to all our athletes, you made Mrs Russell and Miss Dobson very proud!