2P Class Assembly

This afternoon, 2P showed off their fantastic assembly that they have been working on over this week on the topic ‘Saltaire’. The class has researched what life was like in the Victorian era – they found out that the living conditions were awful and they even threw their wee and poo in the river. But the most disgusting thing of all was that they drank from it! Back in those days, there were no toilets or running water so they had to get it from the nearby river or the mill. People who worked in the mills were at work for a long period of time every day; it was in awful conditions and everybody had to start at 6 o’clock! Could you imagine?

Children were usually half-timers (they went to school for half they day and worked the other half) but some even worked full time. After a few years, a disease called Cholera was beginning to spread and more and more people were beginning to get ill and unable to work and even keep themselves healthy. The children learnt about Titus Salt and how he wanted these laws to change for the better so he moved out of Bradford, bought some land and that is when he built the whole of Saltaire. He named it this because of Salt, his last name, and Aire, from the name of the river near his land. Over time, he developed and built Salts Mill, houses, a hospital, which got rid of the disease after a long period of time, and a park, where people could go to get fresh air and spend time together instead of being cooped up in the house and just doing the same thing every day.

This topic was very interesting but fun for the class to learn about over this term and loved learning about Titus Salt and his man-made town!

By Mckensey

Year 2’s trip to Saltaire.

On Monday, Year 2 went to Saltaire village, more specifically to Saltaire church, where they went back in time to learn what it would be like. They met a lady called Mrs Dooley who told them about Titus Salt and what it was like to live in the village when it was first built.

They went on a tour to see what the village looked like and they were given bookmarks, which had a person from the past on and they had to find where the person lived and what job or thing they did.

Afterwards, they the went to the park but only the grass part was open they were all angry and frustrated, I imagine the would be writing letters to the owners. Miss Philip was very downhearted because she couldn’t go on the zip line! Instead, she did some drawing and found that just as fun! Once they had been to the park, they went through the mill and saw the David Hockney painting, picking up lots of facts. It was huge, and full of different vibrant colours; they loved it!

The trip was coming to an end, the children hopped back on the bus discussing interesting things they had learnt and laughing about their good memories. Miss Philip was looking forward to all the work they would do!

By Alex with help from Mckensey

3R Class Assembly!

This afternoon, 3R put on a fantastic assembly for Blakehill all about the Stone Age! Over the term, they have been working very hard and have found out lots of interesting facts about the past and the ways the people from the Prehistoric Ages (Atone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age) lived and what they did. The children used iPads to research more information and read a book called Stone Age Boy to give them some more ideas too!

As well as researching, 3R got creative and did some role playing about what life would be like to be a prehistoric person. Not only that, but they decided to do some cave art that was similar to the ones the stone age people made. They did some brilliant drawing of animals like the sabre-tooth tiger, the lion and boars. Doing this, they used watercolour and charcoal just like the past prehistoric age and they turned out amazing.

For the assembly, they learnt a song that was called Stone and the children recorded it with their own words which turned out to be quite tricky! Also, they made sabre-tooth necklaces, using clay to shape the teeth and bones, then painting them to look realistic! They turned out really well and are a great example of jewellery from the past.

This term, they have put in so much effort and hard work leading up to this afternoons assembly! Mrs Rashid quoted, “We were so nervous all week but have pulled it off brilliantly this afternoon! I am so proud and will miss them next year!”
All in all, they performed an amazing assembly and worked really hard to make sure it was perfected. Well done 3R!

By Mckensey

Year 5 Yorkshire Museum Trip!

After what seemed like hours upon days and months upon years, it was time for year 5’s school trip! They had been consistently learning about Anglo Saxons they had already learnt plenty; but were about to learn a whole lot more. Enthusiastically, lots of curious children waited to arrive at the location of their day. Sitting bored, like watching paint dry, people played games and talked to there neighbour – the person who sat next to them- after 1 hour…

” We have arrived!” Mrs Hall smiled.                                                                  
” First we have a bit of a walk,” pointed out Mrs Russell.                                           
” Don’t leave anything on the bus,” worried Mrs Brook.
As we walked, we saw lots of interesting points like a wall built by the Anglo Saxons; we all realised where they were in York although we did know were we were going, we did not expect to see something like that just there. We journeyed  on – we were going to York Museum!

Our first thing after learning the rules and putting our delicious lunch away,was all about where the different tribes settled. A huge map lay like a carpet across the floor and we put different little figures, that were like statues, of the Angles, the Saxons, the Romans, the Normans and the Vikings. This pinpointed the different parts of the map that they all came from and their way of attacking York and Britania (an Anglo Saxon word for England). After we split into groups, we went round the tables and did a human timeline, making our own Saxon coins, circling what a man or a woman would have on them, labelling which parts of the world the armies came from and to top it all off, we learnt how to sword fight!

After a quick lunch, we jumped onto our next activity, firstly talking around the carpet and discussing our tasks. Then, we had to discover clues of who stole the bread from Aelle. Along the way, we did lots of creative tasks involving; weaving bracelets, wove wool to make a blanket, played a game of knucklebone and Myrles, used stylus’ to copy the front of a helmet and used a quill with ink to colour in an old picture. It turns out the beastly eight year old Harold, who did not like the bread, sabotaged the feast and was the theif who stole the bread! As his punishment, he got wacked with a stick for 10 mins in front of everyone. Sadly, it was then time to leave and we all packed up, went to the toilet and trooped off back to the bus. It was a fantastic day, had by all and everybody enjoyed it!

By Emily Mae and Mckensey

1W’s class Assembly

Today Mrs Wardell’s class held an assembly all about castles and their  time at Skipton Castle! To start they explained what a castle was for and the features like having small archway windows which  were used for archers to shoot arrows at the enemy’s. Also they used to have a draw bridge with a mote underneath it. Then they started to talk about their time on their trip. They explained the dungeons that they went into and that you could’ve been trapped in for 13 weeks! They had to learn 2 songs about their topic for the assembly, which they sang wonderfully! They did a fantastic job of remembering all the words on top of their lines. It was a great assembly, check it out in the video below.

by Alex

Year 1’s amazing trip to Skipton Castle

Scorching sun poured through the clear window casting shadows on the cream wall, Year 1 were already at school!  Packing into the small, tight and full bus they set off for a huge adventure to a ancient castle. Ready for what came their way a rose-red smile spreed across every face.HOLT! They came to a stop after miles of boring travelling they had finally arrived for a fantastic day out. Are you wondering why they were at Skipton Castle? Its easy, they have been learning all about knights!

They all had a fantastic morning tour around the castle. They are such lucky people going on a wonderful trip like this they even got to see this massive fire which is how they cooked food and a very important tree left standing for more than 300 years! Yes you did read correctly – 300 years. They learnt lots and lots of new thing whilst on their trip.

Like hungry beasts they clambered to the dinner hall, ready to take bites out of their sandwiches. After lunch, they did some great drawings of different things they saw around the castle grounds and the castle itself, we have some brilliant artists in this year and I am excited to get a glimpse of the art! After all this fun packed adventure all they could think about was sleeping. Exhausted, they got on the purple and white bus once more before they were home. Blake was so tired he could not help drifting off. They had a lovely time and are already looking forward to the next adventure.

By Emily Mae

5H Assembly

Lights flicker and darkness spreads, the whole school eagerly wait on the end of their seats,as the movie starts.  All the school sit in Odean-Blakehill to watch a great Greek film. Casually the boss of the Odean walk in. Silencing us, especially a man sat at the back of the cinema (the hall) which I am glad of ,as he was making a racket. It began. Two wise children were bored at home they were bored of the raining, storming and horrible weather. So they went to see what was on there old-fashion television. First was a battle between Sparta and Athene it showed people talking about they differences between them and two people hit each other in battle, it most of hurt!

Next up chose by Mckensey was a great fashion change with a beautiful model. She did a dreamy hair flick and walk on the catwalk. Sadly Spencer stopped it and the model with a toga stopped next up was a sale of great vase but the man who was selling kept saying vase instead of varse (vase) but as time went on it was stopped again! Finally, to finish this wonderful event off they sang a song with little solos and it explained everything about the Greeks.The bright lights turned back on it was over. It was a truly great assembly all about the ancient Greeks that 5H have been learning about. Have a look at it for yourselves below.

By Emily Mae

RG’s Class Assembly

This afternoon, RG put on a fantastic assembly all about dinosaurs. They have really enjoyed covering this topic over the last term. They have read a variety of books including Tyrannosaurus Drip, Dinosaurs love underpants and Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School. They retold the story of Harry and the dinosaurs go to school (which was a TV series) and the children dressed up as Harry, a mum, a new boy and the teacher. They all acted out the story, (Harry with his bucket full of dinosaurs) and also labelled a diagram to show the different parts of a dinosaur. The class dipped their feet in some paint and stepped onto a dinosaurs footprint. They challenged us to guess how many feet were in the footprint and surprisingly, there were a lot more than it looked! In total, there were 37 though many guessed lower!

Well done to RG, as it was there very first assembly! We can’t wait to watch the next and many more after that. Thank you to Mrs Gardener, Mrs Lister, Mrs Brooke and Carl for helping them out when they forgot their lines and for organising an amazing assembly!

Mckensey and Emily

3P Assembly

This afternoon, 3P did a class assembly based on the Egyptians and their school trip to Cliff Castle.  They had many interesting facts that they had learnt about the Egyptians and  told everyone in the assembly. Not only did they tell us facts, they told us about mummification! To show us how a body was mummified they had two demonstrates and a pharaoh ( Elliot ). To do this, they poured salt and water over the pharaoh and had to wait 40 days for it to dry. After the long wait, they wrap it in bandages and lay the mummy in the tomb. If it is a special person (pharaohs) they were put in a pyramid or in the Valley of the Kings with  tonnes of treasure, including jewels and gold, so that they would be rich in their afterlife. Tutankhamen was the most famous pharaoh to ever be known. His tomb was found in the Pyramid in the Valley of the Kings, full of gold and jewels.

They then told us about two Ancient Egyptian Gods Osiris and Isis, who were husband and wife. They were told by God called Set  to try and fit in a beautiful  box that was being sent around and  that whoever fitted in the box could keep it (however, they didint know that Set had created the box as a trap for Isis). When the box was sent around Isis was the one who fitted it, little did he know that that he was  going to be sent of into the River Nile to die.

Well Done 3P for all of your hard work!

By Brooke and Mckensey

3R Class Assembly

This afternoon, 3R performed an amazing assembly for Blakehill. It was based on Ancient Egyptians which they have been learning about over the half term. They had two Pharaohs and a mummy who laid upon a table. Excitedly, they had a magic mummy as it talked! The “scientists” taught us how to mummify them. 1. Cover it in Nile water and cover it in salt, to clean and dry the body out. 2. Pull out the organs – that must have been painful! The way they did this was by firstly pulling out the brain as they thought it wasn’t important and that the knowledge was kept in the heart. Funnily, the demonstration mummy sat up at this and said “No! It will hurt!” To do this, they used a long metal rod, stuck it up the nose and wiggled it around to pull out the brain. Next, they pulled the intestines, lungs and stomach from a cut in the body’s side. After, they added more salt and wrapped it in bandages for 40 days to then put it in the tomb.

Next they made impressive, large pyramids. It must of been hard work! In real life they were huge and people said when the Pharaohs die they are put in tombs with thousands of treasures so that they will be wealthy in their afterlife. They also told us about a person named Moses who wanted a Pharaoh to let his people go free. Then 3R sung a fantastic song called “Let my people go” it was very catchy!

They wrote most of their clever lines by themselves, Well Done! They thanked Cliff Castle who taught them all about this.We really enjoyed this wonderful, amazing and magical assembly. Thank you 3R for giving us an amazing explanation of how and why mummys are mummified . We all enjoyed it and hope you had fun making it!

By Mckensey and Emily Mae