Year 5 and 6 are doing a Christingle based on the Christmas story with lots of songs and lines for our family and friends. Year 5 will sing 2 special songs that are both in Latin: Year 5’s is Gaudeamus and Year 6’s is called Gaudete. They are very complicated because they’re in a different language but we are working very hard on them. Year 5 and 6 are going on Wednesday the 18th of December to St Cuthbert’s Church.
We will be walking to the church and some people will be walking back and some will be picked up by their parent/carer.
Years 3 and 4 will have their Christingle service on Tuesday 17th December and have also been practising very hard! Each year group have their own special song to sing as well. Year 4 will be singing Drummer Boy and Year 3 will be Infant Holy.
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.
Yesterday, both Year 3 classes went on a trip to the Industrial Museum to learn about the cycle of sheep’s wool and about Bradford’s history in the industry. They split up into two groups and half went to draw (sketch) some pictures of the important parts of the building.
The other half went to go and learn the cycle of wool. When they had learnt it, they played with some of the items that would help them remember it . They struggled to do it at first but as they got on, it became easier and easier until they could do it. They all had a fantastic time exploring a historic building in our local area and learnt a lot.
On Friday the 14th of June Year 3 did an assembly all about prehistoric age. They explained many things about what the stone age people did and what they learnt from it. Also they made a comparison of what we live like today and what the stone age people lived like.
They started off by introducing the assembly and showed us cave paintings that archaeologists had found. They told us that the drawings had a meaning behind them and what they thought the meaning was. All of the drawings were all very different, they showed us a picture of a deer, bison and many more.
They then went on to showing us where they lived. They taught us that the houses looked and were made very differently to our houses today. They were made out of different materials. They also compared what they dressed like as well.
At the very end they sang a stone age song (we will rock you).
This afternoon, 3R had an amazing assembly on Ancient Egyptians. It began with the children informing us some fun facts such as:
When they lived
How they built things
Who the pharoahs were.
Then, some loud, clear voiced children acted out a scene of pharaohs and builders building a Pyramid. The Pharaoh was asking how long it will take be built. The builder replied it will take 19 to 20 years, the Emperor got mad and walked off.
After that, they told us the 6 rules to making a mummy. This was funny because the mummy was ALIVE! They put organs into glass containers, all of the organs were removed even a mushy brain!
This was a FAB assembly and cant wait to see next year’s!
On the 28th of February, (yesterday) Year 3 travelled to Leeds Museum to learn all about the Ancient Egyptians. When they arrived, a kind lady greeted them and led them to a room to hang up their coats. After that, they split in to 3 groups of 10 that were used later in the day.
First,3R went into a room and sat down at three tables and talked about the Ancient Egyptians. Some of the people even got up and pretended to make someone into a mummy. Whilst they were doing that, 3Ro were upstairs looking at some of the Ancient Egyptian artefacts and a real mummy. It was really interesting!
They explore the exhibits searching for all the things that Ancient Egyptians were buried with such as jewellery, amulets and even fake feet and hands! They saw a mummy lying in its tomb and then had a go at mummifying a puppet themselves! They pulled out organs, rubbed it with oil and wrapped it in bandages.
On the 14th of February – on a Thursday – Year 3 travelled on a journey, which took almost 10 minutes to visit Bradford Cathedral.
When we got there, the entrance was decorated with flowers placed on black chairs with pillows behind the flowers. The first thing we did, was sit down on pews and an adult called Maggie told us about what we were going to be doing today. The activities were: colouring in our own designed shoe, having a look at all the stones that were the oldest ones and the ones with people’s markings on ( not their names because they didn’t know how to in those days ) ; going around the cathedral making a tally chart of how many symbols they could spot and learning about the important places and items in a cathedral. We found it really interesting because we could see all of the things that we had been learning about in class. Alfie kept pointing out things like the altar and the lecturn!
When we had finished doing all of those activities we went back to school where all their parents were waiting for us.
We had a brilliant; fabulous time and so did all of the teachers who went with us. We loved learning a bit of history about the cathedral and seeing things in real life that we had learnt about in the classroom.
On Monday, Year 3 went to a cricket competition to compete with other local schools. They made their way to Hanson academy and got ready for the battle ahead.
They had been practising for many weeks and they were ready and determined. All of the parents of the children came to watch as well. We later found out that our school was the only one that had adults to see the school’s success ( read on to find out who won! ) which really boosted their confidence and made them try even harder.
Later, after they finished their first game, they took a break to rest up and re-hydrate. They had already given their all in the first game yet they still had a lot more rounds and a lot more work to do so they battled on.
After they finished all the games, they were exhausted but they still had to wait in anticipation about whether they had won the competition.
When the results were announced, Blakehill found out that they had won the silver medal!
We are all extremely proud of them and can’t believe that we got so close to winning! They all used a great amount of teamwork to achieve this success. We were all speechless about how well they did when we found out and hope they have a nice rest over the spring break.
On Friday the 8th of February (today), Luke Carson came into school for the 3rd time to talk to both Year 3 classes about how to be safe on the Internet.
To start off the lesson Luke Introduced himself and gave us an activity sheet to work on and on it you had to circle or tick the options that you would share online or in the real world. Some of the options were:
Pictures of your family without permission,
Where you play,
Your full name,
Photos of you and your friends.
Some of these things are OK to share on the internet but most are not. Year 3 had a great time with Luke Carson and enjoyed his visit!