Author Archives: Mr Peat

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 & Keighley 5v5 Football Festival

The Year 3/4 Squad

You know when you have been in the ‘Group of Death’ when you concede only one goal in five games yet still finish in 3rd place in your group: just missing out on a quarter final place in the process.

However, the boys represented their school with pride. Their sportsmanship was unmatched and the support they showed for each other was something many adult teams could learn from.

Here is the story of their tournament.

Myrtle Park 0-0 Silsden Primary

The tournament started with an entertaining but goalless draw against Myrtle Park. The boys were penned back in their half for much of the game but the energy of Alfie R and Jaydan’s wonderful reading of the game from defence meant the Silsden goal was rarely threatened. However, the boys struggled to break in numbers and the game ended scoreless.

Silsden Primary 2-0 Merlin Top

The boys were asked to show their attacking flair and the result was an emphatic win. Early in the game a couple of chances fell to Alfie B but he wasn’t quite able to convert them. However, when Kaito cut inside from the right he was able to find a defence splitting pass for Alfie to convert with confidence. Moments later the lead was doubled when Kaito again cut inside but this time drilled a hard low shot into the corner.

Silsden Primary 1-0 Our Lady & St Brendan’s

Match three saw the boys face the early pacesetters, who had won both their opening games, but put in a sterling team performance to win. Early on, Silsden dominated both possession and territory so it was no surprise when Oliver threaded the ball through to Alfie B who was, again, able to finish with aplomb. Our Lady pressed hard afterwards but the Silsden defence held firm for a fine win.

Cavendish 1-0 Silsden Primary

In a very tight game a freak goal was all that split the sides. Silsden were giving as good as they got against the eventual group winners when the Cavendish right winger’s boot came flying off in a tackle. Everyone stopped to watch for a second. All, that is, except the one footed winger, who was then able to run on and cross, where a team mate cheekily back heeled into the Silsden goal.

Silsden Primary 0-0 Harden

Despite their performances so far, the final game was a must win one for Silsden. Early in the game the Silsden boys pressed strongly and the Harden keeper was forced into a string of great saves to keep his side in it. As the game entered its final stages though, it was Harden who began to get on top and Silsden needed a fantastic goal line block from Bobby to keep them out. Unfortunately, time ran out for Silsden but they could hold their heads high after their performances.

The Silsden squad was: Alfie B, Oliver, Bobby, Alfie R, Kaito and Jaydan.

Alfie and Oliver practice their set pieces and drills

Fantastico! Fantastisch! C’est fantastique!

This week, a group of our Year 4 children attended a Languages Fair hosted by our colleagues in the South Craven Modern Languages department.

There were some nerves before the event but the staff (and pupils) at South Craven managed an entertaining and insightful programme with children learning a mixture of German, French and Spanish as well as learning about a number of other European countries.

The activities used a mixture of role play, technology and independent research but a main focus was that children should be courageous in their approach and Mr Peat was extremely proud of the way all the children were unafraid to have a go at any of the activities. Needless to say that the children represented the school well and showed pride in doing so.

The European countries quiz – won by ‘Team Ireland’ and ‘La Squadra Italia’ (Maisy, Isabel, Thea & Ben)

The children involved were: Muhammad, Eshal, John, Umayma, Maisy, Kaito, Isabel, Ronnie, Fatima, Ben, Thea and Connor.

Well done everyone.

Fatima thinking about her shopping at the Spanish market

Silsden: School of Rock

To celebrate the end of their ‘Playlist‘ topic, children in Year 4 were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite pop stars on the last day.

Although the identities of some of the ‘stars’ remained a mystery to Mr Crossley, Mr Peat and Mrs Walker, everyone enjoyed the day and all of the learning that built up to it.

The activities across the half term have included:

  • Attending the Primary Prom at Halifax Victoria Theatre
  • Having a picnic and outdoor sing-a-long
  • Coding and performing the triangle dance
  • Designing, making and then performing with their own instruments
  • Producing presentations on the science of sound
  • Having weekly year group singing practice
  • Enjoying a showcase performance from the Crossley Family Band
  • Researching, then writing about, the role of percussion instruments within an orchestra
  • Writing their own compositions and performing with chime bars
  • Learning the New Zealand Maori ‘Haka’
  • Enjoying a performance by the Steeton Male Voice Choir
  • And much more!

Next term, we will be taking to the hills for our topic:  ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’.

Road Trip USA!

Today, Year 4 launched their virtual road trip around the United States by flying out from Silsden International Airport.  We can report that the children landed safely at JFK Airport after a brief mid-Atlantic stop off in the Azores (which looked remarkably like Silsden…).

The children enjoyed an in-flight movie and ‘at seat’ refreshments during their flight, and some were able to enjoy a virtual helicopter tour of New York.

They will be sure to keep you all up to date with their adventures as they tour the sites of the States over this half term.

What a drama!

It’s fair to say that the children in Year 4 didn’t all look happy to be back at school after the Christmas holidays!

However, they had a fun day, especially the drama in English:

So that by the end of the day, everyone was happy!


Do we have some budding jewellery designers in Year 4?

Working with Mrs Burgoyne, Mrs Dent and Mrs Gornall, Year 4 have continued to use clay in order to produce their own jewellery based on Anglo-Saxon designs.

They have really enjoyed the work and they have all created some fantastic pieces.


Incredible ‘Cold Lands’ homework from Year 4

During this half term, our Year 4 children (and their adults) have been using their imagination to complete homework projects linked to ‘Cold Lands’.

These are not due in until the final week of term but already we have had:

  • Poems
  • Stories
  • Fact books
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Giant 3D snowflakes
  • Lots of artwork
  • And many other ideas

In the past week we have even had sugar igloos and a penguin themed cake:

Keep it up Year 4s, you’re creating some fantastic work!


Year 4’s Clay Designs

Our fantastic Year 4 children had great fun this afternoon, using clay to model a selection of beads, bowls and brooches in Anglo-Saxon styles.

As you can see from the look of concentration on their faces, this task tested not only their fine motor skills but also proved a stern challenge for ‘the old clay matter’…


Sports coach working with Year 4

Year 4 have been incredibly fortunate this term to have a professional sports coach working with each class once a week.

Last term, Mr Littlewood coached the children on their football skills.  This term, he is teaching the children handball and basketball skills.  All the lessons have been great fun!

In these pictures the children are practising their new handball skills.