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!

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)

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.

Year 3 are Scrumdiddlyumptious!

Lucy and Ava clearly know their onions!

To launch this exciting new food topic Year 3 took a walk to our local supermarket in Silsden, the Co-op.

We had a guided tour of the shop floor, the warehouse upstairs and the bakery where fresh bread and cakes are baked! Mmm!

We found out what the weekly takings are and where some of the food is delivered from.  We also found out that the Co-op send a lot of unsold food to the Salvation Army and to Food Banks. We were very impressed!

Harry thinking about his lunch!

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!