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!

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’.

The Romans invade Year 3!

Last week, our Year 3 children had a fantastic day where they had the chance to become Romans! They were trained by a real Roman soldier (who had aged very well…) and were put through drill as young legionaries.

Using their craft skills, they made Roman oil lamps from clay and built bridges as Roman engineers.

The children ate a Roman feast at lunchtime including fish, vegetable casserole and flat breads. Pudding was dates and honey with yoghurt.

All the children made a huge effort with their dressing up and looked brilliant! A selection of the many photos is below.

Singing with Steeton Male Voice Choir

Our Hothfield site children were treated to a fantastic singing experience this afternoon.

Members of the Steeton Male Voice Choir performed a selection of songs in the school hall, with several involving participation from the children. We also learnt about the different voices in the choir and how they combine together to make such a wonderful collective sound.

The Silsden Primary KS2 Singing Group took the opportunity to show off their own vocal skills – giving a world-exclusive performance of ‘The Keeper’. Congratulations to all involved (especially soloists!).

A huge thank you to Mrs Sweet and the members of the choir for giving up their time for us, and to the children for listening and participating with such enthusiasm.

Coding Club

During the Spring term, around 20 children are enjoying our new weekly after school ‘Coding Club’. So far, we have created…

> Our own rock bands using Scratch
> A turtle race using Python; and
> Numerous projects using BBC Micro:bits – including our own digital versions of Rock, Paper, Scissors. After a hard-fought tournament, one supreme champion emerged!

Celebrating Y5 Home Learning

What a fantastic way to end our ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ topic in Year 5…

Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends all joined us for a display of the children’s home learning after school on Thursday. Thanks to all for such a brilliant turn out and especially to the pupils in the two classes for producing such creative and inspirational exhibits!

We had fact posters, models, doctors’ masks, potions, weapons, letters, videos, powerpoint presentations, rats, more rats and even more rats!

Year 5 are growing bacteria!

As part of their topic work on the Black Death of the Middle Ages, Year 5 have been exploring how quickly bacteria can grow and spread.

Working scientifically, the children tested how clean their hands were by putting a finger print onto nutrient agar jelly – the perfect conditions for micro-organisms including bacteria to grow.

Judging by the Day 10 results below for Saturn, some of the hands weren’t as clean as they could’ve been! Meanwhile, I’m off to clean my computer keyboard (the source of the largest growth!)…

The yellow/orange dots on the photos show the micro-organisms that are currently growing.

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!

 

Mr Humbug Sees the Light!

What an amazing set of performances by our Year 5 children this week, culminating in a spooky evening show tonight of our school-set retelling of Dickens’ classic – A Christmas Carol.

It was a superb effort from all the children and thank you to all the audiences for showing their support and appreciation.