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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!

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.

Summer Musical Soirée

Bob and Ben rockin’ out

The Hothfield hall today played host to fabulous musical evening in which many of our students shared their musical talents with parents, staff and friends.

There was a mixture of instruments (voice, keyboard, piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, drums…) and of musical styles – truly something for everyone. Robyn also shared some of her performance poetry skills!

It was great to see so many performers overcoming any nerves and enjoying putting a magnificent show! We hope that it inspires others to join in and to try something new next year (pupils or staff!).

A huge thank you for the support from parents and to Mr Crossley for arranging the evening and inspiring so many of the children with his own musical talents. And thank you also to all the visiting music teachers for helping the children make such fantastic progress this year.

But the biggest congratulations needs to go to all the performers – a superb achievement of which you all should be very proud.

Bradford Summer School Games

Silsden at the Summer School Games!

Seventeen children proudly represented Silsden Primary School at the Bradford Summer School Games today. The event took place at the great facilities at Bradford Grammar School – a real treat for the children. After an opening ceremony (in which Taila was chosen to read out the participants’ oath on behalf on all – 700 or so? – competitors), we split into our teams to take part in the different competitions.

Tag Rugby

In a group with some extremely strong competition, Silsden played very well for our first 3 games. Unfortunately, we suffered two defeats (v Low Ash and Trinity) either side of an excellent victory (v Newhall Park). With qualification for the knockouts out of reach, the final group game (v Girlington) was a fight for 3rd place in the group. Toby put it down to the long rest in between games, but for some reason we weren’t quite at our best and therefore finished 4th in the group.

  • Player of the day: Amelia
  • Tries: Harry (2), Jack (2), Tom (2), Dan
  • Squad: Dan (c), Toby, Amelia, Taila, Ebony, Harry, Jack, Tom, Josh

Year 5 Tennis

Played – much to our surprise – on full size courts, the team had a real learning experience against strong opposition. But it was heartening to see nerves disappear quickly and confidence – and performances – improve over all the matches. Abi was chuffed to pick up two victories, whilst Toby, Tom and Holly acquitted themselves – and Silsden – superbly with their effort.

  • Players of the Day: All of them!
  • Squad: Toby, Tom, Abi, Holly

Year 4 Tennis

After a late change of venue, our Year 4 team was able to enjoy the sunshine for their afternoon event. With little experience between them, the first match proved very difficult (Isobel managing our sole win), but what a comeback in match 2 with all four team members winning their games! The improved form continued into our final two fixtures but we fell slightly short of progression to the knockouts – ending in 3rd place in our group of five. All 4 players seem to have caught the tennis bug though – and we hope they will continue to play regularly.

  • Players of the day: All of them!
  • Squad: Umar, Isobel, Kuba, Shiloh

Well done to all the participants – we hope you enjoyed the day! Every team member represented the spirit of the Games perfectly and did Silsden proud!

Tri Golf Skills Event

Tilly taking a swing…

On Thursday afternoon this week, 9 of our Year 5 and 6 children were lucky enough to take part in a special tri-golf skills event at Bracken Ghyll Golf Club. The event was designed to encourage children to enjoy golf and to try out something new!

Taking part in a series of putting and chipping challenges, our team did us proud with their enthusiasm, resilience and respect. With quite a few novices, Mr Swindells and his team of helpers (thank you) got plenty of exercise retrieving balls from around the course. Luckily, Mr S has played many a round with Mr Bolland so came to this task particularly well-equipped!

We’re still awaiting results from the event but hopefully taking part will have inspired some of the team to try their hand at the real thing soon!

Rebecca putting towards the target…
Sibling rivalry…

U11 Tag Rugby

Harry and Toby at Cougar Park

Our school tag rugby squad had a fantastic afternoon at Cougar Park today. The team, featuring eight Year 6 children and one from Year 5, took part in the Keighley area finals and played magnificently throughout. By finishing 4th out of the 7 teams (which could quite easily have been 2nd), we have qualified for next week’s Bradford Schools Finals – a superb achievement for a squad with such a mix of rugby experience.

From 6 games, we won 2, drew 2 and lost 2 – finishing with 10 points. Results below…

  • v Holycroft 4-4
  • v Parkwood 4-1
  • v Cullingworth 3-3
  • v Steeton 6-7
  • v Long Lee 6-3
  • v Ghyll Royd 2-5

Squad: Taila B, Jack G, Daniel G (c), Tom G, Harry H, Ebony J, Amelia N, Josh N, Toby P

Try Scorers: Daniel (10), Ebony (5), Harry (4), Jack (3), Tom (3)

U11 Kwik Cricket

Two Silsden cricket teams from Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic day in the sun today – competing with other local schools for the right to make the Bradford School Games.

Silsden A in the field

Silsden A comprehensively won their opening two group games against Steeton B and Merlin Top thanks in part to some great bowling and some fierce hitting (especially from captain Jack!). A third, more narrow, win followed against Worth Valley – Harry S stealing the show with a wicket and a pair of fours.

So they were left with a winner-takes-all final group game against a tough Oakworth team. The match was very tight with Harry MS and Harry S both pulling off spectacular catches before a solid batting display. Unfortunately, we fell just short of our target and finished a highly credible 2nd in our group. Only the winners are able to progress to the Bradford School Games so we fell agonisingly short.

Silsden B were in group 2 and faced some tough opposition (Steeton A, Oxenhope and Cullingworth). 3 extremely close matches ended with 2 narrow defeats and a rare tie! The final match was against eventual tournament winners Victoria who batted powerfully to send us out of the competition. It was great to include several Year 5 pupils in the B team – giving great experience for the tournament next year. Callum, with his runs, and Ben, with his bowling and fielding, performed particularly well.

Well done to all the children in both teams who performed superbly and with great sportsmanship. Although we fell just short of the finals with Team A, the standard of their cricket was extremely high throughout.

The children competing were as follows, alongside some very patchy statistics (trying to watch two games at once is hard!)…

Team A

  • Jack (c) – 5 fours, 7 sixes, 1 run out
  • Lennon – 2 fours, 2 sixes, 1 run out
  • Harry S – 3 fours, 3 wickets, 1 stumping, 3 run outs
  • Harry MS – 2 fours, 2 wickets, 1 catch, 1 run out
  • Rebecca – 1 four, 1 catch
  • Lucy – 1 run out
  • Ismail – 1 four
  • James – 3 fours, 3 wickets, 2 catches

Team B

  • Tom (c) – 3 fours, 1 six, 1 wicket, 1 stumping, 2 catches, 1 run out
  • Mobeen – 3 wickets, 1 run out
  • Adam – 1 four, 1 wicket, 1 catch
  • Saif – great fielding!
  • Callum – 5 fours, 5 sixes, 1 catch
  • Ben – 2 fours, 3 wickets, 1 run out
  • Olivia – 1 four
  • Charlie – 1 catch

A photo of most of the squad is below. I’m now off to apply some Aftersun…

Some of the smiling squad!

Summer Smash Cricket

Congratulations to our Year 3&4 cricket team who today finished 3rd in the Bronte School Games Summer Smash tournament.

With 6 teams competing, our ‘Silsden Smashers’ got off to a rocky start against tough opposition (inc. the eventual winners). But they bounced back superbly in the later games to end with a record of Won 3 and Lost 2.

Proud to be representing Silsden were: Isabel, Archie, Oliver, Connor, Alex, Alfie, Finley, Jack, Thomas and Leah.

Ready for the next delivery!

Y34 Maths Challenge

8 budding mathematicians from Years 3 and 4 attended a challenge evening at South Craven secondary school on Wednesday.

The children tackled sudokus, solved problems, entered into a rapid mental maths relay and undertook a construction task to build a freestanding tower using just straws and paperclips!

The event was enjoyed by all and provided a fantastic opportunity for an early insight into secondary school life.

Well done to all of the team (Alex, Ben, Ronnie, Umayma, Isaac, Rory, Keyaan and Fin) who earned a 4th place finish out of 7 schools.

Some of the Silsden Team!