Earlier this week, two very nice people (Pat and Kate) did an assembly (for KS2) about hate crime and its effect on others. Hate Crime is where someone is harassed or attacked for racial, religious or cultural differences.
Pat and Kate started off by letting us guess who liked certain things, such as rugby, and they did that to prove that you should not judge a person by how they look.
After that, they talked about our differences and our different religions and how people may not believe in the same things.
We then watched a video with an example of hate crime that showed us how to deal with it. The best thing to do is to immediately tell a trusted adult who can then help you deal with the situation.
It was a really informative assembly and we appreciate the time they gave up to come and speak to us.
This afternoon, 3R did an assembly about the present life and Stone Age life and how different the lives were.
At the beginning, they all talked about the Iron Age, Bronze Age and Stone Age. Bravely, some of the children stood up and acted out being prehistoric humans and present day people. We learnt that stone age people didn’t know what metal was and they didn’t know what a smartphone was because they didn’t have that kind off stuff back then. They all showed us their amazing art work and stone necklaces. They signed us out by singing We Will Rock You but the caveman edition! They did a brilliant assembly and we enjoyed learning loads of facts about cavemen!
On the 28th of March, some brave pupils performed in-front of the whole school some amazing drumming. They have been having lessons for 20 minutes in the previous weeks leading into this day.
Starting the assembly off, Mrs Scott introduced the assembly and what they would be doing throughout. It started with Elana (who is in 4h) and Amber playing a warm up solo which was followed by some brave Year 2 children who performed the backing track from a song by Taylor swift. After that Elijah, played a solo with the two teachers. Other children from across school also performed which was equally fantastic.
The lady in charge explained frequently the benefits of drumming and how they can link to the classroom. One of them was that drumming improves concentration as you have to focus on what you are doing and ignore distractions. At the end of the assembly, everyone clapped loudly as they all greatly enjoyed it.
Thankfully, we learnt that the drumming sessions are going to continue after the holidays and everybody is hoping they are the next child to get a go!
As you know, in the past few years students at Blakehill have got together and have contributed to the Easter egg appeal where children kindly donate Easter eggs for children and families that are less fortunate than us. Once again, Mr Cavalier-Lumley came to explain how bringing an Easter egg in can change lives because people may not be fortunate enough to receive them. Without our help, children may go through Easter having nothing. However, with your support, we can make their lives happier just by spending a few pounds on Easter eggs.
Some pupils have already donated a few Easter eggs already which is fantastic, but we still need more eggs. Every little donation can make a big difference. You don’t have to donate anything, but we would be very grateful if you did.
Overall, we hope everyone enjoys their Easter eggs and has a fantastic time celebrating.
On Wednesday, some people in Year Six (Hollie, James, Neve, Gracie, Lois and Molly) went to the West Yorkshire cross country finals. It was at Temple Newsham ( in Leeds) and there were over 800 runners there! The children that went represented Yorkshire and some of the other children represented,
Only 5 girls went to the competition and one boy went, poor James! They had to run 1250 metres in the pouring rain – when they came home they were covered in mud.
Overall, they were very proud at the end of it and cant wait to find out what place they came. In all the years Blakehill has entered cross country competitions, these people got the furthest and did very well. All of the teachers are very proud and supported them all every step of the way. Especially in such gloomy weather! Well done!
This afternoon, we were greeted with white, fluffy snow which was like a soft pillow when millions of snowflakes filled the sky. While Year 6 were playing football, the snow got in their eyes – it turned out to be a better door than a window! Most of the children rushed their lunch to make every moment count outside. When they appeared outside, smiles filled people’s faces as they began to build small snowmen.
Many of the children didn’t want to go back inside because we have never seen anything like it. The snowflakes were massive! On the other hand, others rushed inside when the whistle blew as it was getting a little bit too cold and they wanted the comfortingwarmth inside.
Overall, everyone really enjoyed their lunchtime and hope to see the snow again soon. Hopefully, more snow will come and maybe sledging will become involved. Fingers crossed we get some more over the weekend!
Starting this week, some lucky children throughout the school have been chosen to join a drumming club on a Thursday afternoon. People from KS2 ( in groups of 3) have a fun 20 minute session where they can learn how to play one of the loudest percussion instruments- the drums.
Once a week, the lucky children will have have an amazing session and learn how to rock on the drums. All of this will lead up to a spectacular performance in front the whole school in 10 weeks time.
The children all agree that its an amazing opportunity that provides lots of fun and that they are all excited for the big performance in front of the whole school. This is just another thing to look forward to in the busy school week.
We cannot wait to see the performance and can only hope others get a go after.
On the 11th of December, Year 1 and 2 had a Christmas party in the school hall. During the event, prizes were won, food was eaten and party games were played such as musical statues, musical bumps, pass the parcel and corners. It was so much fun! The food that was available to eat was; buns, pizza, sweets and many more (Yum!) Key Stage one had very full tummies and smiley faces by the end!
As a surprise for the children, the one and only Santa Claus took a trip to visit them! The children were extremely excited and can only hope he visits again on the 25th! They had a fantastic time that we are sure they will never forget.
On, Thursday the 6th of December Year 6 went to St Cuthbert’s Church to do a Christmas workshop.
They started off walking from school in pairs safely crossing the road. As they arrived at the church they got into groups that include: . .Snowballs .Snowman .Sprouts .Elves .Turkeys and Reindeer.
First off, they all received a word search and had a go however they didn’t have very long till the next activity. Next, two groups headed off to the hall and stood at their tables. They started decorating a glass in glue and then covering it in tissue paper then gave it another coating of glue to give it a nice shine when it’s dry. Once everyone had finished, they left them to dry so that they could be delivered back to school for the children to take home ready for Christmas. When they are lit, the tissue paper will make it look like a stained glass window. After the other groups had a turn, they heard a story and played a true or false game. Then they all sang a song and with smiles on their faces, left church for school.
We hope that they all enjoyed their time at the church and know that they are eager to go again next year!
On the 10th of December, there will be a Blakehill Christmas Fayre for all ages. It will be in the main school hall with the annual,”secret shop”. Also located in reception class there will be a selection of gifts for your mum and dad.
There will be a £1 entry fee for the adults but in return you will be given a raffle ticket to win a star prize! Also there will be some fund raising stalls such as ; guess the weight of the cake and name the teddy. Drinks and food will be included at the cafe. You can donate your own buns and cakes that can be sold at the fayre and it will be a massive help if you do.
Reception: You could bring home-made buns, cakes or biscuits for the cafe. Year 1,2,3 : You could bring in unopened chocolate for our tombola, sweets, bars, drinking chocolate even chocolate spread-YUM. Year 4,5,6 : It would be a massive help if you bring bottles for the bottle tombola stall, any shape and any size as long as its not open. These are some of the things you could bring: soap, shampoo, wine, beer , bubble bath, flavoured water, HP sauce, bubbles , etc…. Hopefully we will see you there!