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Fantastico! Fantastisch! C’est fantastique!

This week, a group of our Year 4 children attended a Languages Fair hosted by our colleagues in the South Craven Modern Languages department.

There were some nerves before the event but the staff (and pupils) at South Craven managed an entertaining and insightful programme with children learning a mixture of German, French and Spanish as well as learning about a number of other European countries.

The activities used a mixture of role play, technology and independent research but a main focus was that children should be courageous in their approach and Mr Peat was extremely proud of the way all the children were unafraid to have a go at any of the activities. Needless to say that the children represented the school well and showed pride in doing so.

The European countries quiz – won by ‘Team Ireland’ and ‘La Squadra Italia’ (Maisy, Isabel, Thea & Ben)

The children involved were: Muhammad, Eshal, John, Umayma, Maisy, Kaito, Isabel, Ronnie, Fatima, Ben, Thea and Connor.

Well done everyone.

Fatima thinking about her shopping at the Spanish market

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!

3 Peaks

Children and their families have now enjoyed climbing two of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks..  The first was Whernside in April which we ascended on a day when the winds at the top were apparently over 70mph!  We didn’t know that when we set off!  The second was on Saturday when nearly forty people – and a lot of dogs climbed Ingleborough.  It was a much warmer and calmer day and it was easy to see Morecambe Bay from the summit.  A very happy time was had by all.

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!

Silsden: School of Rock

To celebrate the end of their ‘Playlist‘ topic, children in Year 4 were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite pop stars on the last day.

Although the identities of some of the ‘stars’ remained a mystery to Mr Crossley, Mr Peat and Mrs Walker, everyone enjoyed the day and all of the learning that built up to it.

The activities across the half term have included:

  • Attending the Primary Prom at Halifax Victoria Theatre
  • Having a picnic and outdoor sing-a-long
  • Coding and performing the triangle dance
  • Designing, making and then performing with their own instruments
  • Producing presentations on the science of sound
  • Having weekly year group singing practice
  • Enjoying a showcase performance from the Crossley Family Band
  • Researching, then writing about, the role of percussion instruments within an orchestra
  • Writing their own compositions and performing with chime bars
  • Learning the New Zealand Maori ‘Haka’
  • Enjoying a performance by the Steeton Male Voice Choir
  • And much more!

Next term, we will be taking to the hills for our topic:  ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’.

Road Trip USA!

Today, Year 4 launched their virtual road trip around the United States by flying out from Silsden International Airport.  We can report that the children landed safely at JFK Airport after a brief mid-Atlantic stop off in the Azores (which looked remarkably like Silsden…).

The children enjoyed an in-flight movie and ‘at seat’ refreshments during their flight, and some were able to enjoy a virtual helicopter tour of New York.

They will be sure to keep you all up to date with their adventures as they tour the sites of the States over this half term.

What a drama!

It’s fair to say that the children in Year 4 didn’t all look happy to be back at school after the Christmas holidays!

However, they had a fun day, especially the drama in English:

So that by the end of the day, everyone was happy!

 

Do we have some budding jewellery designers in Year 4?

Working with Mrs Burgoyne, Mrs Dent and Mrs Gornall, Year 4 have continued to use clay in order to produce their own jewellery based on Anglo-Saxon designs.

They have really enjoyed the work and they have all created some fantastic pieces.

 

Can you tell your personality from your handwriting?

Science club have been investigating whether we could recognise a teacher from their handwriting and whether we could work out their personality from it.

Looking closely at peoples handwriting styles.

New School Meal Serving!

Yesterday saw the introduction of a new servery in the dinner hall at the Hothfield site. This give the children a much better eating experience and the opportunity to select a large range of salads to accompany their meals. The children have been really excited about it and have said that it is amazing. We hope that they will now enjoy school meals a lot more! We would encourage all children to give this a try.