U11 Boys Football – Bronte Pool Champions!

U11 Boys Football Squad: Alfie, Archie, Callum, Harry, James M, James R (c), Josh, Toby, Tom

Our U11 squad won all five of their matches tonight at the first pool of the Bronte School Games cluster tournament. In doing so, the boys now progress (along with the Pool 2 winners) to the Bradford Winter Games on February 14th next year. Well done!

Match 1: 4-0 v Stanbury

Silsden started with a comprehensive victory against a youthful, but enthusiastic, Stanbury side. Skipper James R notched a hat-trick – turning in from a goalmouth scramble after a corner, knocking in a rebound after Archie’s shot was saved, then prodding in after a long throw. With little defending to do, Tom took the chance to venture forward to grab the other goal.

Match 2: 3-0 v St Joseph’s

In a match against last season’s pool winners, Silsden withstood a bit of early pressure to eventually run out comfortable winners. A quick Archie throw led to James R racing through to grab the opener, and he quickly added a second too. James R then turned provider – beating his man before teeing up Josh for the finish. Toby was assured in reading the play from the back whilst Callum pulled off a fine save from an early St Joseph’s chance.

Match 3: 3-2 v Beckfoot Nessfield

In our closest match of the evening, the team responded brilliantly to going one down by equalising almost immediately. James R was again the creator – breaking down the left and returning the ball (after his initial shot was saved) for Archie to tuck home. Silsden then nosed ahead – James R again – but were pegged back to 2-2 with a second cracking finish from the Beckfoot Nessfield striker. Our preferred attacking route via the left wing again provided the final breakthrough – James R crossing for Alfie to knock in. With the opposition deflated, the boys could have added more but for a couple of glaring misses from Toby and Archie (think Ronnie Rosenthal – a reference for the older readers there…!).

Match 4: 3-0 v Victoria

With confidence high, Silsden brushed aside a physical Victoria side and would’ve had more but for a string of fine interventions from their keeper. James M put in the first before Josh had a fine shot tipped over and Toby put narrowly over the bar from James R’s cross. After a couple of nervy moments were settled by watchful defending from Harry, Josh stole turned in a shot from James R before Toby finally got on the score sheet – mopping up after James R’s Maradona-esque mazy dribble.

Match 5: 1-0 v Oakworth

The squad had identified the Oakworth team as the ones to beat right from the outset – as some players were familiar to them from other events. And it turned out to be the closest affair, with a single goal proving to be the difference. Taking a throw-in from right in front of his manager, James R followed the firm and clear advice to “hurl it right into the mixer,” and before you knew it, Josh was clean through to place it past the keeper (assist: Mr Pickering). Oakworth responded well and an almighty goal mouth scramble after a corner led to Toby and Harry repeatedly blocking resolutely just a few feet from the goal line. With the pressure rebuffed, James R had time for one final trademark dribble but the shot was deflected wide when it looked as if he’d sealed the win in style.

Well done to the whole squad. Callum produced saves when needed, Tom and Harry showed great defensive composure to limit the opposition’s opportunities, our rotating midfield of Josh, Archie, Alfie, James M and Toby worked tirelessly and all chipped in with goals, whilst James R ran the show up top.

Player of the evening: Skipper James R – some fine dribbling and classy finishing.

Goal scorers: James R – 6; Josh – 3; Alfie, Archie, James M, Toby & Tom – all 1.

Metal Monsters in Y3!

Children in 3 Elm have been so inspired by reading The Iron Man that an ever increasing army of metal monsters is appearing in the classroom! 

And they have been determined to improve their writing by working with their partners to check every spelling and to use our new dictionaries.

The end of a great week for Y6 at Buckden!

How quickly the week goes! Trip 2 came up on Wednesday and have enjoyed two fantastic days in mainly dry weather. A few highlights from the children are below.

Harry recalls his walk in the glorious sunshine on the first afternoon. “I had a great time and will never forget how Josh J walked all 4 miles in his jumper and full waterproofs whilst everyone else was in shorts!”

Summer remembers a ‘near-death experience’ on the ghyll scramble. “Tayla was convinced we were going to die! We didn’t.”

“The cave was sooooooooooo cold!” said Lydia. “I’m pretty certain Harry lost a couple of fingers from frostbite.”

“Mr Pickering seemed to get rather worried in the cave,” recalls Tilly. “I think he thought he had lost Matthew because Matthew (who was leading us out) kept ignoring him when he was checking we were all ok! Or maybe I was just confused because it was so dark…?”

Maisie also wanted to contribute to this blog but she couldn’t because she was too traumatised after Lydia rolled down the hill and nearly flattened her.

Well done everyone – thanks to a great week from all the staff.

First night at Buckden for Y6!

Group 1 arrived at Buckden House today and have settled in quickly. Here are some early thoughts…

“What a great building with lovely rooms,” says Amy, “However, my bunk is a bit rocky!”

“Making my bed was hard,” says Charlie C, “Luckily Mr Pickering came along and saved the day whilst I was tangled up in the duvet cover.”

“I fell in a pool,” said Liv, insightfully.

Abi’s highlight was, “Climbing a waterfall although I got rather soaked.”

“I’ve never been so cold in my life,” said birthday-boy Tom, “but it was worth every second. I loved it!”

“Climbing up the ghyll was really hard in the wet but we still had fun!” added Grace.

Check out @SilsdenPrimary for a few first day photos!

Junior Great North Run Success!

Silsden Primary School had fantastic success at the Junior Great North Run yesterday with Isobel in Year 5 finishing an amazing 4th in her age group. Representing her club, Wharfedale Harriers, she completed the 4k course in 16 minutes and 52 seconds.


Year 4: staring into the abyss

This afternoon we welcomed a huge number of parents and carers into school to celebrate the work the Year 4 children have completed as part of their ‘Blue Abyss’ theme.

They were able to enjoy Mr Crossley leading the children in performing some of the sea themed songs the children have learned in music before heading to the classrooms to see the letters, poems, posters, leaflets, bookmarks, games, pictures and computing work the children have produced both in school and at home.

Mr Crossley, Mrs Walker and Mr Peat would like to thank everyone who attended and also the Year 4 Teaching assistants who gave up their time to support the celebration.

Mr Crossley acting as warm up before the main performance: the children singing!
The children loved sharing their work with their adults.

Bradford Gaming Festival

Life-size ‘Operation’ – with a twist!

Four keen Silsden computing students enjoyed an afternoon at the Bradford Gaming Festival this week, hosted by Curriculum Innovation.

They had the opportunity to play clever – computerised – versions of Operation, Space Invaders and Pong, as well as to play a bit of music using some clever programming.

Best of all, entries from 8 Silsden students featured in the competitions at the festival – Lucy in Year 6 created a brilliant game that you can play here, whilst 7 other students were finalists in the art competition to design a new video game character.

A massive congratulations to Ruby, who won the competition for her character Catra, and Rudie for being runner-up with Mino the Ice Fox. Both girls received well-deserved prizes in assembly today.

Super Sports Days!

The children at the Hothfield site enjoyed two brilliant sports days this week – with great effort and enthusiasm shown by all participants.

Thank you to all the children who were running the events (Y6 for the Y34 afternoon, Y4 for the Y56 afternoon) and to the many parents who came along to support.

The Aire View site will be having their event next week after a wet weather postponement.

House Cup winners will also be announced next week!

Year 5/6 Boys’ Football

On Tuesday 25th June, Silsden’s year 5/6 boys’ football team took part in the annual Bradford schools 5-a-side competition at Marley, Keighley.

Silsden were represented by Lennon, Harry MS, Harry S, Saif, Edward, James R and Josh C.

Our first match was against Holycroft. Some sensational passing football allowed us to score 4 unanswered goals, the best of which was scored by Harry MS after a precise long ball from Lennon. Edward scored a hat-trick in this game.

The second match was a narrow 2-1 defeat to St. John’s. After going behind to an early goal, Edward equalised but we conceded almost immediately from the kick off.

The third match was a narrow 1-0 win against Eastwood. Despite creating plenty of chances, only Harry MS was able to put one in the back of the net. Josh C was particularly impressive in defence in this match.

The fourth match was another narrow 1-0 win against Our Lady and St Bernard’s. In this must-win match James scored the only goal from close range. Harry S made some vital saves in goal.

Knowing we needed to win both of our remaining matches to progress, the boys put on a stunning display against Beckfoot Heston – winning the match 6-0 (Harry MS scored 4; Josh and Edward both scored a goal too). Saif added plenty of tenacity in defence; winning the ball back every time it entered our half.

So it went down to the final game against Thackley. A winner takes all match. Thackley were a good team and scored really early on. We created a couple of good chances but didn’t manage to hit the target.

All in all, Silsden gave a good account of themselves. We missed out on qualifying for the quarter finals on goal difference. As ever, great sportsmanship was shown by our players.

Y56 Girls’ Football

The Silsden Squad

It was the turn of the Year 5 and 6 girls to represent Silsden at the Bradford & Keighley 5V5 tournament at Marley A.C.C on Wednesday. With a real mix of experience on the team, the girls performed with great effort and enthusiasm but unfortunately did not progress out of the group stages in a tough competition.

Well done to all the girls! Leah made great progress with her goalkeeping, Grace and Ava were rock solid at the back, Olivia and Abi didn’t stop running, whilst Ebony and Alicea kept on firing shots at goal.

Player of the tournament: Grace – some outstanding defending, positional play and a fantastic partnership with Ava!

Silsden 0-0 Ley Top

In our opening game, Silsden were camped in the Ley Top half for almost the entire game. It was just like watching Arsenal – all the possession but no shots. The closest we came was a looping speculative effort from Alicea. Then right at the last minute, Ley Top almost snatched the winner but for a fantastic save from Leah with her outstretched leg.

Merlin Top 2-0 Silsden

In the ‘purple derby’, both teams started well. After pressure from both sides, it was Merlin Top who took the lead with their star striker breaking clear to slot past a helpless Leah. Silsden then began the bombardment of the opposition goal, with Abi, Alicea and Ebony (several times) going close. With the girls pushing for an equaliser, Merlin Top grabbed a second right at the death (and went on to win the group).

Silsden 1-1 Baildon CE 2

Silsden finally hit the back of the net in Game 3 with Ebony firing in. Dominating the game, we paid the price of pushing for a second and were again hit on the break for an equaliser. Unfortunately, there was little time left to grab a winner.

Silsden 0-0 Lidget Green

In another one-sided affair, Silsden were again unlucky not to grab the vital goal. As in other games, it was Ebony and Alicea – along with Olivia and Abi – leading the assault on the opposition goal but neither could break through.

Bowling Park 0-0 Silsden

Our final game brought our third goalless draw. The post denied Alicea early on, whilst Ebony fired wide when in a great position. The defence, who had been strong all night, stood firm again as Bowling Park pushed forward – tackle of the night going to Ava for a great last ditch interception.