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Bradford Summer School Games

Silsden at the Summer School Games!

Seventeen children proudly represented Silsden Primary School at the Bradford Summer School Games today. The event took place at the great facilities at Bradford Grammar School – a real treat for the children. After an opening ceremony (in which Taila was chosen to read out the participants’ oath on behalf on all – 700 or so? – competitors), we split into our teams to take part in the different competitions.

Tag Rugby

In a group with some extremely strong competition, Silsden played very well for our first 3 games. Unfortunately, we suffered two defeats (v Low Ash and Trinity) either side of an excellent victory (v Newhall Park). With qualification for the knockouts out of reach, the final group game (v Girlington) was a fight for 3rd place in the group. Toby put it down to the long rest in between games, but for some reason we weren’t quite at our best and therefore finished 4th in the group.

  • Player of the day: Amelia
  • Tries: Harry (2), Jack (2), Tom (2), Dan
  • Squad: Dan (c), Toby, Amelia, Taila, Ebony, Harry, Jack, Tom, Josh

Year 5 Tennis

Played – much to our surprise – on full size courts, the team had a real learning experience against strong opposition. But it was heartening to see nerves disappear quickly and confidence – and performances – improve over all the matches. Abi was chuffed to pick up two victories, whilst Toby, Tom and Holly acquitted themselves – and Silsden – superbly with their effort.

  • Players of the Day: All of them!
  • Squad: Toby, Tom, Abi, Holly

Year 4 Tennis

After a late change of venue, our Year 4 team was able to enjoy the sunshine for their afternoon event. With little experience between them, the first match proved very difficult (Isobel managing our sole win), but what a comeback in match 2 with all four team members winning their games! The improved form continued into our final two fixtures but we fell slightly short of progression to the knockouts – ending in 3rd place in our group of five. All 4 players seem to have caught the tennis bug though – and we hope they will continue to play regularly.

  • Players of the day: All of them!
  • Squad: Umar, Isobel, Kuba, Shiloh

Well done to all the participants – we hope you enjoyed the day! Every team member represented the spirit of the Games perfectly and did Silsden proud!

Tri Golf Skills Event

Tilly taking a swing…

On Thursday afternoon this week, 9 of our Year 5 and 6 children were lucky enough to take part in a special tri-golf skills event at Bracken Ghyll Golf Club. The event was designed to encourage children to enjoy golf and to try out something new!

Taking part in a series of putting and chipping challenges, our team did us proud with their enthusiasm, resilience and respect. With quite a few novices, Mr Swindells and his team of helpers (thank you) got plenty of exercise retrieving balls from around the course. Luckily, Mr S has played many a round with Mr Bolland so came to this task particularly well-equipped!

We’re still awaiting results from the event but hopefully taking part will have inspired some of the team to try their hand at the real thing soon!

Rebecca putting towards the target…
Sibling rivalry…

U11 Tag Rugby

Harry and Toby at Cougar Park

Our school tag rugby squad had a fantastic afternoon at Cougar Park today. The team, featuring eight Year 6 children and one from Year 5, took part in the Keighley area finals and played magnificently throughout. By finishing 4th out of the 7 teams (which could quite easily have been 2nd), we have qualified for next week’s Bradford Schools Finals – a superb achievement for a squad with such a mix of rugby experience.

From 6 games, we won 2, drew 2 and lost 2 – finishing with 10 points. Results below…

  • v Holycroft 4-4
  • v Parkwood 4-1
  • v Cullingworth 3-3
  • v Steeton 6-7
  • v Long Lee 6-3
  • v Ghyll Royd 2-5

Squad: Taila B, Jack G, Daniel G (c), Tom G, Harry H, Ebony J, Amelia N, Josh N, Toby P

Try Scorers: Daniel (10), Ebony (5), Harry (4), Jack (3), Tom (3)

U11 Kwik Cricket

Two Silsden cricket teams from Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic day in the sun today – competing with other local schools for the right to make the Bradford School Games.

Silsden A in the field

Silsden A comprehensively won their opening two group games against Steeton B and Merlin Top thanks in part to some great bowling and some fierce hitting (especially from captain Jack!). A third, more narrow, win followed against Worth Valley – Harry S stealing the show with a wicket and a pair of fours.

So they were left with a winner-takes-all final group game against a tough Oakworth team. The match was very tight with Harry MS and Harry S both pulling off spectacular catches before a solid batting display. Unfortunately, we fell just short of our target and finished a highly credible 2nd in our group. Only the winners are able to progress to the Bradford School Games so we fell agonisingly short.

Silsden B were in group 2 and faced some tough opposition (Steeton A, Oxenhope and Cullingworth). 3 extremely close matches ended with 2 narrow defeats and a rare tie! The final match was against eventual tournament winners Victoria who batted powerfully to send us out of the competition. It was great to include several Year 5 pupils in the B team – giving great experience for the tournament next year. Callum, with his runs, and Ben, with his bowling and fielding, performed particularly well.

Well done to all the children in both teams who performed superbly and with great sportsmanship. Although we fell just short of the finals with Team A, the standard of their cricket was extremely high throughout.

The children competing were as follows, alongside some very patchy statistics (trying to watch two games at once is hard!)…

Team A

  • Jack (c) – 5 fours, 7 sixes, 1 run out
  • Lennon – 2 fours, 2 sixes, 1 run out
  • Harry S – 3 fours, 3 wickets, 1 stumping, 3 run outs
  • Harry MS – 2 fours, 2 wickets, 1 catch, 1 run out
  • Rebecca – 1 four, 1 catch
  • Lucy – 1 run out
  • Ismail – 1 four
  • James – 3 fours, 3 wickets, 2 catches

Team B

  • Tom (c) – 3 fours, 1 six, 1 wicket, 1 stumping, 2 catches, 1 run out
  • Mobeen – 3 wickets, 1 run out
  • Adam – 1 four, 1 wicket, 1 catch
  • Saif – great fielding!
  • Callum – 5 fours, 5 sixes, 1 catch
  • Ben – 2 fours, 3 wickets, 1 run out
  • Olivia – 1 four
  • Charlie – 1 catch

A photo of most of the squad is below. I’m now off to apply some Aftersun…

Some of the smiling squad!

Summer Smash Cricket

Congratulations to our Year 3&4 cricket team who today finished 3rd in the Bronte School Games Summer Smash tournament.

With 6 teams competing, our ‘Silsden Smashers’ got off to a rocky start against tough opposition (inc. the eventual winners). But they bounced back superbly in the later games to end with a record of Won 3 and Lost 2.

Proud to be representing Silsden were: Isabel, Archie, Oliver, Connor, Alex, Alfie, Finley, Jack, Thomas and Leah.

Ready for the next delivery!

Y34 Maths Challenge

8 budding mathematicians from Years 3 and 4 attended a challenge evening at South Craven secondary school on Wednesday.

The children tackled sudokus, solved problems, entered into a rapid mental maths relay and undertook a construction task to build a freestanding tower using just straws and paperclips!

The event was enjoyed by all and provided a fantastic opportunity for an early insight into secondary school life.

Well done to all of the team (Alex, Ben, Ronnie, Umayma, Isaac, Rory, Keyaan and Fin) who earned a 4th place finish out of 7 schools.

Some of the Silsden Team!

The Romans invade Year 3!

Last week, our Year 3 children had a fantastic day where they had the chance to become Romans! They were trained by a real Roman soldier (who had aged very well…) and were put through drill as young legionaries.

Using their craft skills, they made Roman oil lamps from clay and built bridges as Roman engineers.

The children ate a Roman feast at lunchtime including fish, vegetable casserole and flat breads. Pudding was dates and honey with yoghurt.

All the children made a huge effort with their dressing up and looked brilliant! A selection of the many photos is below.

Singing with Steeton Male Voice Choir

Our Hothfield site children were treated to a fantastic singing experience this afternoon.

Members of the Steeton Male Voice Choir performed a selection of songs in the school hall, with several involving participation from the children. We also learnt about the different voices in the choir and how they combine together to make such a wonderful collective sound.

The Silsden Primary KS2 Singing Group took the opportunity to show off their own vocal skills – giving a world-exclusive performance of ‘The Keeper’. Congratulations to all involved (especially soloists!).

A huge thank you to Mrs Sweet and the members of the choir for giving up their time for us, and to the children for listening and participating with such enthusiasm.

Coding Club

During the Spring term, around 20 children are enjoying our new weekly after school ‘Coding Club’. So far, we have created…

> Our own rock bands using Scratch
> A turtle race using Python; and
> Numerous projects using BBC Micro:bits – including our own digital versions of Rock, Paper, Scissors. After a hard-fought tournament, one supreme champion emerged!

Celebrating Y5 Home Learning

What a fantastic way to end our ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ topic in Year 5…

Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends all joined us for a display of the children’s home learning after school on Thursday. Thanks to all for such a brilliant turn out and especially to the pupils in the two classes for producing such creative and inspirational exhibits!

We had fact posters, models, doctors’ masks, potions, weapons, letters, videos, powerpoint presentations, rats, more rats and even more rats!