Category Archives: Year 5

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!

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!

Year 5 are growing bacteria!

As part of their topic work on the Black Death of the Middle Ages, Year 5 have been exploring how quickly bacteria can grow and spread.

Working scientifically, the children tested how clean their hands were by putting a finger print onto nutrient agar jelly – the perfect conditions for micro-organisms including bacteria to grow.

Judging by the Day 10 results below for Saturn, some of the hands weren’t as clean as they could’ve been! Meanwhile, I’m off to clean my computer keyboard (the source of the largest growth!)…

The yellow/orange dots on the photos show the micro-organisms that are currently growing.

Mr Humbug Sees the Light!

What an amazing set of performances by our Year 5 children this week, culminating in a spooky evening show tonight of our school-set retelling of Dickens’ classic – A Christmas Carol.

It was a superb effort from all the children and thank you to all the audiences for showing their support and appreciation.

Year 5 Travel Back in Time

The Year 5 children today got to experience life as scholars at Moorside Board School. During our trip to Bradford Industrial Museum, the 2 classes got into character as Victorian schoolchildren and were able to try out ink dip pens, do arithmetic using slate boards and pencils, to sing authentic hymns and songs and to recite poetry.

When not in the schoolroom, we enjoyed touring the various Victorian exhibits in the museum – especially seeing some of the mill machines in action and comparing life in a back-to-back terrace with the luxurious rooms of the Mill Manager’s house.

Well done to all the children for representing the school so well and fully engaging with the activities on offer. We hope you had a great time. And a big thank you to our parent volunteers on the day and to all home adults for helping to dress the children in such splendid Victorian outfits!

P.S. No smiling allowed in this photo…

A Taiko Drumming Experience for Year 5

Ichi…Ni…San…Shi…

Year 5 were given a fantastic traditional Japanese musical experience today – with every child taking part in an hour long Taiko drumming workshop. We learnt how to play the drums, some Japanese language, about the culture and respect associated with the drums and also how much of a physical workout playing them gives your body! Expect some aching limbs tomorrow…

A few of the many photos below (though sadly none available of a few of the teachers sneaking down for their own mini-workshop at lunchtime).

Say cheese!

Sienna and Tayla shared a fantastic Victorian artefact with their fellow Year 5 classmates this week. Sienna’s family kindly let her bring in a precious camera made in the late Victorian period (when photography was first developed). We were extremely impressed by how they were able to set up the camera and explain how it would have worked.

It’s always great to see pupils extending their learning out of school. Well done girls!