Ilkley Literature Festival  – September 2019

On Tuesday 1st of October 2019, Years 5 and 6 went to Ilkley literature festival to see Robin Stevens – the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries. It was in a theatre in Ilkley. When we got there, some of us bought one or two of her bestselling books; it took her about a year and a half to write her first book called A Murder Most Unladylike. Her newest book is called Top Marks For Murder. Robin Stevens was telling us all about her life and what inspired her to be an author. She was telling us why she decided to write murder stories. The authors that inspired Robin Stevens all wrote murders and have come out to be bestsellers all around the world. One of those people is Agatha Christie. She was asking us some questions to make up a story using clues. The clues were some reading glasses, a black glove and a button. We had some suspects and had to work out who was the murderer. We are very thankful that we got to go and see a real life author. When we came out of the main theatre and went in to the reception, people who bought books got then signed by her.

Children in Need – November 2019

Some People can be full of greed,

And don’t think about children in need,

So, can you help us out this year?

Why don’t we make them clap and cheer?

There are so many children out there,

They need lots of love and care.

 All you need to do,

Is donate a pound or two.

We want them to be happy in and out,

Instead of with an unhappy pout.

There is always that one somebody

So, why not spend some money

STEM Day at Skipton Girls High Schools – November 2019

On Thursday 14th November 2019, 8 year 6 children went to Skipton Girls high school for an all-day STEM competition. We were chosen because we had attended our after-school STEM club last term.

The first activity was science and we made perfume and aftershave; there was a range of herbs and spices. We grinded it using a pestle and mortar, and once grinded, a 10ml of water was added. Then the mixture was poured into a test tube; it was boiled at 40c in a boiling bath.

The next activity was technology were we had to decode and stop a computer virus by figuring out the three passcodes.

The third activity was maths.  We were talking about the pollution of Christmas jumpers bought each year. All the wasted water that goes into the cotton is enough to fill 43 Olympic swimming pools! We had to work this out when given a few numbers of the volume of some other containers.

The last activity was engineering. In this activity we used K’nex to build 8 different bridges in half an hour. Team 1 got really competitive and got onto the 7th bridge, whereas team 2 got onto the 4th bridge.

After all the activities, we all gathered into the hall and awards were given out for each subject. Ashleigh got a medal for science, Imogen got one for engineering and Ruby got one for maths.

Overall, we had a great day; we worked really well as a team and showed fantastic collaboration skills. Thank you to Mrs Martinez for cheering us on.

Cross Country – September 2019

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children went to cross country on the 18th of September 2019. There were 46 children in all representing the school. The first race was year 3 boys then year 3 girls, and last was year 6 boys then year 6 girls. The top 8 children in each race went through and we had 9 children in the top 8. It was the year 3 children’s first time doing cross country and they all did very well. The children who got through in the top 8 qualified for the Craven finals on the 3rd October 2019. Year 3 and 4 had to run one full lap of the course and year 5 and 6 did 1 and a half laps. The course was hilly and bumpy. It started going up a hill then we ran to about half way down the hill and came back round to the start line again. The second lap was all the way down to the bottom of the hill and back up again, it then had a sprint to the finish. Overall, it took about 2 hours for all of the races to be run.

For the second round our 9 children went to Giggleswick School to compete against other children.  4 out of the 9 are now through to the Dalby Forest race on the 5th November 2019: Ethan, Oliver, Holly F and Holly E.

Well done to everybody that took part wherever they came.

By Ethan, David and Freddie