Year 3 School Linking

School linking is where Blakehill primary and West born meet together and become friends. The first meet up for this year’s Year 3 was on Thursday at Nell Bank in Ilkley. They took part in some fun activities like leaf pile building , orienteering and lots more that we can’t think of. The idea is to make friends with children from another school and a different area of Bradford.

On site, they developed their team building skills and had lots of fun. The children made new friends and cannot wait to meet them again later on in the year when both Year 3 classes meet again at both Blakehill and Westbourne.

By Flo and Ava

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4H class assembly

This Friday, 4H had their Nell bank assembly. All their mum’s and dads came to watch and it was amazing everyone loved it. All the kids were fantastic despite Mr Hodges making a silly mistake by muting his computer. There were four activities including den building, long walk, mini beast hunt and pond dipping that they explained about as if it was a live episode of Countryfile.
Did you know that den building each consisted of 4 groups were they had to find there resources in the woods?

The highlight of the assembly was the children’s line dancing which they performed twice. They danced to the song 5678 by Steps and it involved lots of fun country dance moves.

Everyone really enjoyed it and cannot wait for their next one in the spring.

By Mia and Hannah

4P’s Class assembly

Today, 4P performed their Nell Bank assembly which was presented as an episode of Countryfile where they included features on pond dipping, mini-beast hunting, the long walk and den building.

The first thing that they showed us was pond dipping. Louis and Bilal had caught a large male newt at the age of two. They knew that because they identified it and looked on a special classification (grouping) paper that told you what water animal you had found.

After explaining all the things they did and singing the Nell Bank song, they thanked us for watching their fantastic assembly.

It looks like a they had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed it.

By Ava and Ivy

Yr 4 trip to Nell bank top tips

Mollie is going to Nell Bank next week so I am giving her some tips!

At Nell bank there’s lots of fun things explore. You do many different activities like my favorite thing was the playground. Mollie has been to Nell Bank before for school linking and she loved the scavenger hunt.

Are the beds cozy?

Yes there are bunk beds and they’re really nice and comfy.

Is it fun,exciting and enjoyable?

Yes it’s really good and if you don’t go then you’ll regret it. You get to spend a lot of time with your friends and explore all day. The adventure park is the best!

How long does the walk go on for?

We go for 14 miles in total and 6 hours.

Phoebe and Mollie

4H Class Assembly

Today, 4H came down to the hall to show Blakehill how much fun they had at their trip to Nell Bank.

Firstly, they set the scene by playing the Countryfile music and welcomed the other classes. Everyone knew that this was going to be a fun assembly indeed.

They talked about all of the exciting things they did. One of the things they did was pond dipping. When they were pond dipping, they found many fascinating creatures such as newts, snails and other bugs and amphibians.

Next up, the presenters introduced the the mini-beast hunting. When they went mini-beast hunting, they had to look for any sort of bug or creature (including toads!) Everyone was keeping their eyes on lookout for anything that could catch their eye. They all agreed that it was a fun session and they couldn’t wait for what else they were doing on this fun residential.

Next, they had lunch and made their way to the jam-packed adventure playground. They told the other children about the parts of the playground whilst showing the different parts on the projector. At the adventure playground, you could do almost anything! You could run, jump, climb, crawl, absolutely anything!

After they had used up all of their energy, they went to their dorms and got themselves ready for their dinner.

According to a recap one of the children wrote, you could have sausage and mash or chicken. Everyone was very jealous of this.

We all liked how they presented their work and their activities like a TV show and we were all very impressed my their hard work and effort.

By Libby G

4P Class Assembly

On Friday the 3rd of May, class 4P presented a fabulous Assembly to their Parents/ Guardians and most of the pupils at the school.

The concept of the whole assembly revolved around the television show Country File and their 3 day (2 night) residential trip to Nell Bank outdoor education centre.

During the assembly, the class listed some of the multiple activities they enjoyed such as:

Pond dipping,

The long walk,

Mini beast hunt,

Orienteering.

And a lot more!

Class 4P performed a brilliant Assembly and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. They have made the Year 3s very excited for next year!

By Mollie and Isabelle.

Year 4’s trip to Nell Bank

This week, Year 4 have been on a residential , for 3 days , to the fabulous Nell Bank and the went from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 10th April. Luckily, they got to come to school in non-uniform but they had to drag around either a bag or a suit case. They set off at around 11:00 am, they climbed on a double decker bus for their journey that would last for about an hour. To save them from dying from boredom, they could play different games like: I spy, Thumb war, 21 and many more.

When they arrived, they split into groups of boys and girls and they got of one team at a time and while they waited they learnt a song. The suit case were loaded onto the ground and they were told take their own suit cases inside. They were told the groups that they would in and then shown to their rooms where they would be spending time in for two nights. Once they were settled in and chosen their beds they were told what they would be doing and how to do it.

At the end their teacher said “they really enjoyed it and everyone put 100% effort into everything”. Also before they left Nell Bank they had to sit down and awards were given out to people who did well and tried their very hardest. The children had a fantastic time and their teachers were very proud of them! What a great trip!

By Daniel.

Day 2 at Nell Bank

This morning, Year 4 woke up bright and early to prepare for their busy day. They were greeted by a choice cereal or toast with either jam, butter or chocolate spread. Yum! The walk was the focus of the day and was truly memorable. Totalling 6 miles, we ventured along the river, observing the meanders, through the town, noting Roman ruins, up to White wells for lunch and ended at the top of the Cow and Calf with the fantastic views of Ilkley. While at the top, we learnt about the story behind it, tried to move the calf rock and shout over to Nell Bank in the distance. Both the children and adults had a great time.

We returned after 5 hours with plenty of tired bodies and relaxed with a quick drink. This evening, the children took part in a music quiz after another tasty tea.

Tomorrow it’s time for den building, orienteering and prizes all before heading back to school. We cannot wait. Goodnight!

Year 4’s first day at Nell Bank

Both Year 4 classes arrived at school full of excitement as they knew it was finally the day to visit Nell Bank. They left school eagerly at 11am and on arrival they ate their lunch and settled in. The first two activities were about discovering the living creatures in the local area. Group 1 went pond dipping while Group 2 went on a mini-beast hunt. The children really enjoyed both activities and found a range of different creatures. After that, it was time for a break where the children had a practice fire drill and learnt about what the rest of the trip entailed.

Following this, it was time to let off a bit of steam in both the adventure play and water area which the children really enjoyed. Once they were worn out, it was time for tea and we were treated to tasty sausages or jacket potatoes. After tea, it was back out to play in a bit of free choice time before getting ready for bed and relaxing in the canteen. Here the children had a tasty hot chocolate and biscuit whilst completing an exciting quiz. The children are now all tucked into bed in preparation for the long walk tomorrow. Goodnight!

4J class assembly

This afternoon, Year Four had their class assembly about their residential to Nell Bank. To start off, they sang a song (that they had learnt whilst on their trip) to show off all of the exciting activities they had done. Two people in bright-orange jackets led the song and put actions with it and the rest of 4J followed.

They began to tell the audience about what they had done on their first day: mini beast hunting! They showed everybody what they found on their hunt, which was a centipede, an earthworm (did you know they breathe out of their skin?) and a woodlouse. As a treat, they got to go to the adventure playground for a little while as well as the water playground, where they got to play and have fun.

After a long, much-needed sleep, it was time for the next adventurous day, where they told the school all about the 7.5 mile walk they went on, from Nell Bank to Cow and Calf and then back again! Whilst at the Cow and Calf, the children were told a story about a giant, who lived near a huge, old cliff, with big boulders that were scattered around, and they really enjoyed it.

Tired out from their walk, we were told all about their experience of going to the adventure playground, which wore them out completely! On the last day, Year 4 went pond dipping and showed us some pictures of what they had found such as, a newt, baby snails and lots of other animals. Next, was the fantastic den building, and got to tell their groups all about their houses that they had built – someone even made a chandelier!

Sad, but glad to get back, the children finally went home, back to their parents, who they were very glad to see as some of the kids had never gone away without their mum and dad before. The children loved their trip and would have loved to stay longer. They performed a fantastic assembly to Blakehill!

By Emily Mae, Taylor and Mckensey