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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.

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 & 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

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!

3 Peaks

Children and their families have now enjoyed climbing two of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks..  The first was Whernside in April which we ascended on a day when the winds at the top were apparently over 70mph!  We didn’t know that when we set off!  The second was on Saturday when nearly forty people – and a lot of dogs climbed Ingleborough.  It was a much warmer and calmer day and it was easy to see Morecambe Bay from the summit.  A very happy time was had by all.

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!