On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June, Year 2 took part in the fun mindfulness art day, which was all about developing art skills and learning how to draw and colour, carefully, but also it linked to their science topic, habitats.
The children used graphite and charcoal to draw to some music, which was called Vivaldi. They looked at how to shade pictures to give them depth and texture. They also used some similar materials, like charcoal and pastels to colour in different lines and patterns and shade to make them look real and professional: not only this, but they used shells and twigs to draw. However, they couldn’t look at them instead they had to draw from what they felt like! At the end of the session, the artwork they had created was amazing, full of bright colours and textures from ink and symbolised how they had worked together to create something fantastic!
Art day was a brilliant day and the children really enjoyed it, and some children said they would rate it 100% it was so amazing!
During this week, KS1 have been hot on their feet with a work shop all about visual story telling. Their main theme was mini beasts and they focused especially on butterflies and moths. The event took place on Tuesday 26th June and the lady, who worked with them, was called Gemma from Young Masters Visual Arts School. The event was to encourage the children to visually story tell and engage and enthuse their minds.
To kick things off, they began to read the very hungry caterpillar which was about a caterpillar who ate to much and then grew into a ladybird. Then they used oil pastels and paints to develop colour and texture to make leaves and collage effect into the leaves. Then they shared a brand new book called moth and evolution story before, in the hall, individualy making their own chrysalis capes on a large cloth. They used pencils, graphite and black felt pen creating a monochrome image. Then they discussed the differences between butterflies and moths and then they made their own butterflies using the same materials and effects.
“It was the perfect opportunity for the children to share their ideas and be as creative as they like. It was very exciting because we got to do painting” – Kai.
“It was good because we got to do arts and crafts” – Isabelle.
“I liked making the chrysalis because I liked the pen” – Evelyn.
“I enjoyed the hungry caterpillar story” – Leo.
On Saturday, Blakehill will have their Summer Fayre and we want as many people as possible to come. As a school we have been working together to donate old toys and other goods.We have also tried to sell tickets to family friends and others: these tickets are for the raffle where you can win big prizes! The Summer Fayre will have plenty to do such as:
- food in the hall and sweets
- a good as new book stall
- rock painting
- make your own bird box
- tombola with bottles and jars
- welly wanging
- tin can alley
- penalty shoot out
- teddy stall
- Summer draw raffle
- name the bear
- staff hamper
- inflatable slides
We hope you can come to our Summer Fayre tomorrow at 1-3 on the school field
By Emily Mae
This afternoon, 2P gave us a brilliant assembly, all about ‘Together We Can’, (the school motto) and how they had been working together in different activities as a class, and helping each other do everything they needed to do. They thought about the time they work together in school, in every subject like science, maths and art, and that working as a team sometimes can be fun and helpful too.
They also told us about the book they had been reading, which was called The Day The Crayons Quit, and how all the crayons were very unhappy, until they started to work as a team to create beautiful, and brightly coloured pictures! Some of the children dressed up as the crayons, looking fantastic, and acted out how the crayons would feel, and that they felt they weren’t getting used enough, and wanted their colours to be shown off more! During art day, Year 2 had created a huge piece of artwork using brightly coloured inks and graphite, working together, and the outcome was amazing, all different textures and colours and patterns, which also symbolised how they had done it together, as a team to make something beautiful and brilliant, while enjoying doing it!
To finish off their fantastic performance, the children sang a fun song about being kind and helpful to eachother, and that it doesn’t take a lot to brighten someones day! Well done 2P!
Today on Friday 22nd June, seven girls from each year 5 class ( totalling 14 girls) went on a school trip to the Yorkshire Water treatment works in Headingley taking with them a 2 litre bottles for a STEM workshop.
They were participating in Women In Engineering Week and learnt about the jobs that women could get there. They learnt about the different reservoir such as : Fewston, Thurcross and Swinsty which provide all of the water for Leeds. They were also taught how to make water drinkable because inside the water, if it isn’t cleaned, there are bits of dirt, algae, bacteria and bad chemicals that need to be kicked out to make the water clean. Also they were given a tour of the waterworks where the water is cleaned. Following this, they they used their bottles to make a rain gauge so that could work scientifically like Yorkshire water do. How it works is that you put it out side and when it rains you can then measure how much it rained.
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.
Today, 2S performed an amazing assembly all about the book that they had been learning in class. They told us that it was all about teamwork and so linked to our school motto of ‘Together we can’. It was so good that people clapped regularly throughout it and there were lots of laughs. Linked to the theme of different coloured crayons, they sang two fantastic songs about the colours of the rainbow. Their singing was very clear and lovely to listen to.
They acted out the story with children dressed as the crayons! Each of the crayons read out the letter they had written to the little boy who used them. These letters were funny! 2S explained about working together during sports day and cheering/motivating each other so showed that they had learnt from the teamworking in their book.
It was a very good assembly everyone spoke clearly, fluent and loud so everyone could hear them!
Well Done 2S!
This morning, two teachers – Miss Lea and Mr Harding- did a cook off in different teams in front of the school. On the red chilli’s team were:
On the green pea team were:
They all cooked a meal (in their teams) in ONLY fifteen minutes using healthy foods. The red chilli team made a vegetarian curry whereas the green pea team made a Thai chicken curry. There was lots of chopping, lots of sizzing and lots of stirring. it smelt amazing! Then their time was up – the votes were in. The winners were… the red chilli team! It was a great assembly to finish off our Health Week and we loved cheering for our teams as they cooked
This week, as part of National Health Week, every year has attending a boot camp.The point of the camp was to get the children moving, have fun and get more exercise. Lot sof children were inspired to do even more exercise. Steve had th children doing all kinds of exercises including : jumping, bear crawl races, lunges, squats, sit ups, press ups, planks and high knee running.
We all had a great time and were very tired by the end of it.
Next week, on Wednesaday the 20th of June, Year Six are going to Robin Wood for 3 days.
They will need a few items that they can take with them :
.Three T-Shirts (not vest type)
.Three sweatshirts/jumpers/hoodies/ fleeces – long sleeved tops
.Three pairs of trousers
.Two pairs of shorts, knee length
.Six sets of underwear
.Six pairs of socks
.One pair of trainers
.One pair of outdoor shoes/boots
.One coat , ideally waterproof
.One warm hat/sun hat
One pair of gloves
.One set of night wear
.One bag of toiletries, including suntan lotion/insect repellent in warm weather
.One black bin liner
We hope that you manage to fit it all in your bags and look forward to a fantastic few days away.
By Emily Mae and Taylor