Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.
This week we have been continuing our passion of raising awareness about our anti-bullying and don't be a bystander campaign. Our anti-bullying junior leadership team created an assembly to deliver to classes and they also decided that we would hold a unique day, where everybody could dress in their own and special unique way. We love to nurture our own and other's uniqueness because we know that tolerance and respect helps to support anti-bullying.
Year 1 took part in a toy workshop – exploring toys children played with in the past.
They also went on an Autumn walk to inspire them to write poems. They used their senses to explore the changes in the environment.
Our Year 6 children have made the best memories on their action-packed 2-night trip to Robinwood. We can't wait to hear all about it!
Year 2 have been exploring habitats, looking for different kinds of plants and animals that live there. They found a huge variety in the church garden alone!
Reception had a fantastic afternoon learning skills such as plate spinning, juggling and stilt walking during our circus skills workshop.
Year 5 & 6 Mixed Tag Rugby Festival
The sun was shining as the Year 5 & 6 attended the Tag Rugby Festival at Old Crossleyans! The children took part in activities with 3 other schools. They shone so brightly and were fantastic role models for All Saints’. They even received a trophy for their discipline! Well done!
Year 6 worked extremely hard preparing for the Bake Sale. We had lots of delicious treats to sell to raise money for our Courageous Advocacy - The Salvation Army.
Year 4 continue their School Linking Project with a visit to Savile Park Primary School! The children love meeting children from their local area, and it is lovely to see how the children build relationships and make friends from the first minute they meet.
In the most recent visit, the children took part in a range of activities, including circle games, get to know you bingo, all about me posters, and finished the day with a lovely picnic together.
We can’t wait to invite them to All Saints’ in Summer 2!
We came in first place at the Calderdale Schools Poetry Competition!
Year 6 worked with Rob, a poet who visited school to design and write poems based on the word GREEN. A group of children from Year 6 then performed at the Victoria Theatre in a competition against other Calderdale schools. They performed fantastically well, and their words were so significant. Well done – you were fabulous boys!
Year five blasted into space this half term. They learned about the first walk on the moon, mathematicians who calculated the moon landing and we answered questions, such as; Why do we have seasons? Why can you only see part of the moon sometimes? Our term was topped off with an amazing visit to the Bradford National Science and Media Museum.
WORLD BOOK DAY!
A hugely successful day! All the children were visited by local authors and illustrators. We had so much fun dressing up and getting a new book at the book swap. The Thoughtful Spot held a book fair at the end of the day and many of us bought new books to enjoy at home. The winners of our Potato Character competition won vouchers to spend at the bookshop.
CORAMPHSCE life base Education visited across school. In year 4, we learned about some complex parts of our body, including our digestive system and how red and white blood cells function. Ben got to put a magic T-shirt on that showed us the inside of his body through virtual reality.
We also talked about making the right choices, even if our friends do not agree, and the value of finding a solution to tricky problem!
Year 6's science topic this half term was Body Pump. We have learnt all about our circulatory system and how our heart plays a vital role in transporting blood around our body. We have been fortunate enough to take part in a dissection lesson, where the children got up close and personal with a real heart!
Year 3 paid a visit to All Saints' Church for one of their RE lessons. Rev Jen told us how Christians mark the Easter events in their church communities, making simple links between that and the Gospel texts, also how Christians show their beliefs about Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday in Worship.
Making a difference
We made a difference to so many people by singing at the Calderdale Hospital. They told us that our carol singing really brightened their day.
Year 6 Design and Technology
Year 6 have been using mechanisms to make their own fun fair ride. They loved making their prototypes and exploring designs of rides before they made their own creations.
We celebrated Interfaith week as part of strengthening good relationships in our school and community. This helps us to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK and increase the understanding between our children of religious and non-religious beliefs.
We had so much fun at Christingle this morning. Rev Jen helped Joshua become an actual Christingle. We all snapped our glow sticks to symbolise Jesus being the light of the world. We know this light guides us to shine and make a difference.
Inara in Year 5 played piano during Christingle, listen to her beautiful playing below!
RockSteady visited us today to give us a taste of what it's like to perform in a rock band! In 2023, children in Reception to Year 4 will have the chance to take part in in-school band lessons!
Our choir sang Christmas carols for our families and local community at the Thoughtful Bookshop. It was lovely to see our past pupils stopping to listen.
Some of our courageous advocates from Year 3 went to Bethel Chapel in Shelf to decorate a Christmas tree on behalf of SmartMove and spreading the good work that they do, their Courageous Advocates charity. All of Year 3 created their own decoration and it was then hung on the Christmas tree.
Congratulations to our fabulous dance troop who did a tremendous dance at the Yorkshire schools dance show! Their dance about aspirations inspired everybody in the vast audience. Well done!!!!
We celebrated our diversity at All Saints' by sharing fascinating facts about our religion during worship. Children from the Jewish, Islam, Hindu, Christianity and Jehovah witness religions all shared. We also talked about how we might believe in science rather than follow a religion. The common theme was that we all believe in PEACE.
This half term, Year 3 went to Skircoat Green allotments to join in with some apple pressing! They picked the apples from the tree, watched them being pressed, and then tried the juice. It was delicious!
Reception have been learning about having healthy teeth and bodies. We made some tasty fruit kebabs to show how we can eat our 5 a day in lots of different ways!
Year 5 have been using charcoal and focusing on their line work in the style of Damien Goidich. Their work based on the interpretation and inspiration from this artist was inspiring.
Blessing of our book bags
Rev Jen helped us to bless our book bags after school in church this week for those families who chose to do this. This will help us to create hope for a successful year ahead!
Year 4 Sporting fun!
This half term, Year 4 have joined Greenroyd Bowling Club to take part in bowling sessions. They have loved every session and learnt lots!
This half term Year 1 enjoyed a visit from Rev Jen who came in to talk to us about Judaism. We made a special bread called 'Challah' which we all enjoyed tasting. We also learned a Hebrew prayer. Rev Jen knows lots about religions of the world. It is really important to us at All Saints' that we understand about the world religions to help us appreciate our diversity.
Courageous Advocates - Year 3
This half term, Year 3 ran a coffee morning for their adults to raise money for their courageous advocate charity 'SmartMove'.
Jo and Paula, who work for SmartMove, came along, and saw all the fantastic fundraising that had been taking place. They were blown away!
Year 3's fundraising total has now come to... drum roll please.... £600!
Year Two had the opportunity to work with Mr Winston, a local poet. As our focus in English is the Great Fire of London, we decided to create our own sound poems! We then performed using different sounds from the event and different levels of volume to build up to the blaze. We also used our knowledge of adjectives to create a class poem based on the sun.
Year 3 held their second ‘courageous advocate’ fundraising event for SmartMove. They ran a used toy and book sale and raised over £160! Bringing their overall total to over £300!
Year 4 created an Egyptian museum during our open classroom event for parents. Their learning has been based around the key questions, how does being near a river help civilisations develop and also the debate statement, modern Egypt is different from ancient Egypt. Children also challenged themselves to learn more at home and made some really creative artefacts.
Chinese New Year
Reception enjoyed a fabulous Chinese New Year workshop with Fiona from Bankfield Museum. We learned the story of the 'Great Race' where each of the 12 animals were given a year in order of where they came in the race. We found out about how the dragon dance is used to scare away any bad spirits for the new year ahead and we even created some of our own! We also learned a new song that originates in China and performed it as a group.
We love reading at All Saints’!
As part of our appreciation, for children who go the extra mile with their reading, a group of our Year 3 children visited the Thoughtful Spot book shop on Saturday, to meet Rob Biddulph, a famous author. He signed our books and now we can’t wait to read them.
It was lovely to visit Brooksbank Secondary School today as part of the year 7 transition program. We have been meeting up with previous All Saints’ pupils to support their move to high school.
Design and Technology - Year 2
Year 2 have had a fabulous experience today with a visit from a designer from Artworks.
As part of their Geography, Wonderful World and Design and Technology, Structures focus they have been learning about architecture and structures around the world. Today was bridges!
Yorkshire Water delivered an assembly about how to stay safe around open water. We learned about different types of open water - rivers, reservoirs, canals and coastal water. Here is an important rule to remember when you are near open water -
"You can't swim in reservoirs because the force will pull you down into the bottom." Great safety advice Will!
If you would like to learn more about Water Safety please click on the link below -
Speak Out! Stay Safe!
We have been thinking about who we can talk to if we have any worries. We used the NSPCC 'Speak out! Shout out!' campaign to identify our trusted grown-ups in school and at home. We also learned the phone number for Childline and explored the 'Buddy Zone' on Childline's website. The link for Childline is below -
We created our Happy Places on the Buddy Zone.
Here are some drawings of our trusted grown-ups at school and home.
We welcomed Skylar’s Missing Note into school which is an innovative and impactful education project from Leeds International Piano Competition and Manic Chord Theatre which introduces children to the world of music through live performance. Our reception and key stage 1 children really enjoyed it. They also completed an active workshop.
LGBTQ History Month
Year 5 had an exciting Anglo-Saxon day!
This half term in Science, Year 3 have been looking at rocks, soil and fossils! The children took a walk through the graveyard to see how different headstones had weathered. They looked for chemical, physical and biological weathering and were able to tell the difference between the three.
Year 5 and 6 worked tirelessly this half term on their joint production of ‘The Greatest Show.’ They did a fantastic job of performing, showing confidence, teamwork and humour throughout. Well done!
Year 4 had an amazing day in Whitby as part of their Geography topic! The children loved seeing the differences between Halifax and a seaside town. They discovered the purpose of the two piers, explored the human and physical features of Whitby, found out new facts about the local area and got to play on the beach.
We also had ice cream on the beach to say thank you for such a fantastic year!
Year 1 have been enjoying the book Handa's surprise to inspire their writing. Drama has been a fun way to bring their story ideas together.
We're running away to join the circus!
To celebrate National School Sports Week, the whole school took part in a fantastic circus skills workshop! The children had a go at juggling, balancing peacock feathers, spinning plates, foot pedals, stilts and so much more! We had an amazing time.
All Saints had a fabulous time at the Victoria theatre singing alongside other Calderdale schools in the Voices Together concert. We were impressed by all of the schools choices of songs, as we could hear our own vision of shine and make a difference singing through!
This half term Year 5 have been looking at the printing artwork of Kate Watkins. They created their own marvelous technical prints, which involved creating two prints and layering them together.
Thank you, Peter Dunne for visiting Year 5 and sharing your amazing memories with the class about what All Saints was like in the 1960s.
Year 6 have loved our Forest school this half term as part of the wonderful Our Voice Matters. They developed teamwork, resillience and new skills as they built shelters to protect them from the harsh weather conditions!
In Year 1, we have been learning about Judaism.
Rev Jen came to talk to us about Shabbat and help us bake some Challah bread. We then made our own challah bread – Jewish people will eat this for the Shabbat meal.
Geraldine came to talk to us about Judaism – she brought many artifacts to share.
Our bread turned out to be so tasty and yummy!
Miss Holt has been running a KS2 cricket club this half term. The children have learnt lots of different skills through modified games. They have had so much fun!!
Year 2 had an amazing time visiting Manor Heath Park for their class treat. They played on the playground equipment, ate scrumptious muffins and finished with a game of football.
Reception enjoyed a wonderful visit to Ramsden Farm. The children saw two lambs being born, learnt all about sheep farming, and even went on a minibeast hunt. We had great fun and it really inspired us with our topic of 'New Beginnings' back in school.
Year 3 went to the Milner Royd Local Nature Reserve. The purpose of this trip was to plant a number of trees donated by the Woodland Trust in the form of a hedgerow. The children worked under the supervision of the Calderdale Countryside Service. It was so much fun!
What an AMAZING end to the half term! Year 3 and 4 performed their production 'Easter Jubilation' and shone so brightly!
The audience loved it! We are so proud of everyone who was involved.
Year one enjoyed learning even more about animals at Ponderosa. This will help them when they are back in the classroom looking at their science topic about animals and classification.
Year 5 have been enjoying forest school. They have been making all kinds of structures and learning how they can use the forest to support their wellbeing and have fun. It has inspired them to write a letter to the governors to persuade them that we need our own forest provision here at All Saints'. Mrs Watson loves the idea!
Year 6 were visited by Altru Drama they worked with our class to develop a performance linked to our topic of Early Islamic Civilisation. The class then performed to KS2! We learnt so much from this workshop.
Year 2 met members of Bradford Red Dragons Basketball Team. They learnt how to bounce, move, dodge and shoot nets. We could practice the skills we have been learning at break time and in our PE lessons. Everyone had an amazing time!
Courageous Advocacy Fundraising
We are really proud of our courageous advocacy work. Thank you to our local community and families who have supported us to make a difference!
Our Christmas Bonanza was AMAZING. A real showcase of creative arts, singing, musical instruments and poetry! We love to perform!
We had a fantastic time on our reindeer run in the lovely wintery weather. We were raising money for another charity close to our hearts - Overgate Hospice.
A wonderful Christmas nativity 'I'm gonna shine' from reception class, Year 1 and 2. Have a listen to our lovely singing below!
We raised £258.24! Thank you everybody!
Year 1 met the Author Ian Brown, we loved listening to his story, Albert upside down. We can’t wait to read more books about Albert and find out what other adventures he has.
Writing for an Audience - Years 3 and 4
We love to write with an audience in mind. Therefore, we like to share our work with other classes. Y3 have been working on Stone Henge and Y4 have been working on exploring Rome and the entertainment that they had in those times!
Year 6 visited the brilliant local author Tom Palmer. They learnt all about Tom's method behind his writing, his inspirations for his books and what he loves about being an author.
Some children even had his latest book, 'Resist', signed by Tom Palmer himself!
Book Author Visit
Ian Brown visited school to share his love for reading and writing. Ian Brown is the Author of the Albert books which describe the adventures of Albert the tortoise. We held a bookstall for children to buy books after school and popped some into our class libraries too.
A fabulous day was had at Sports Day and our summer fair! Pechey were our winners!
Reception enjoyed a wonderful seaside afternoon this half term. We enjoyed a Punch and Judy Show by our visitor Will Cousins followed by ice pops and a paddle in the water!
We had a fabulous worship in church this morning. Rev Jen helped us to understand the role of the Queen and the monarchy along with why we are celebrating the Jubilee. We sang a special jubilee song also. Did you know that the Queen is Rev Jen’s boss?
Reception have been looking at castles that were built in the past. We have learnt all about the parts of the castle, ask us anything and we will be able to tell you! Here we are preparing our Medieval Pottage. It was delicious!
Year 5 participated in some fantastic My Voice Matters sessions with Mrs Durrans and Mr Winston. We learnt how important it is to explore what our voice can do using songs, sounds and poetry!
Year 3 enjoyed their trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where they took part in a workshop about materials.
Celebrating World Book Day 2022
Seeds of Happiness - The Science of Happiness
Our Seeds of Happiness learning is being lived out here at All Saints'. The Seeds of Happiness course helps our children to understand the science of happiness, and how they can positively impact their own happiness levels and those of their friends and family therefore living out our vision of making a difference in the world.
Each half term one of our classes delivers a courageous advocate assembly. This is a chance for children to share their voice about their passionate team effort to raise money for a charity which the class have chosen. This half term it is Year 4's turn who delivered an assembly about the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). They talked to the rest of the school about how important it is to look after our world and even suggested they adopt an animal like Year 4 have done using their fundraising money. They have adopted an Amur tiger called.
SAFER INTERNET DAY
Hear some of our children on
Year 6 were visited by Lloyds bank who delivered a session to raise awareness of online fraud and its associated risks, and explore the skills pupils need to stay safe online and protect their personal information, as well as how to report concerns and access help.
We were the first school to pilot this session in 2019.
Hear our children being courageous advocates once again and sharing the message about how to look out for online fraud on Radio 4. Listen here.
One of the ways we are courageous advocates is that we support and share the message of SmartMove along with helping them with our actions. Dom from SmartMove visited school to let us know how our fundraising has helped them to support those in Calderdale who are less fortunate and he asked us to collect donations at harvest time. We loved his poem to encourage us to share a smile. We are big on smiling here at All Saints'.
Hand to Mouth Lent Journey
Our Year two children have taken part in the Hand to Mouth Spiritual Lent Journey. The children were able to enhance their spiritualty and deepen their thinking around lent. The stations posed questions, stories, discussion and reflection opportunities, they even had the opportunity to taste food, including chocolate!
We have created our own whole school 'Big Frieze' which show the 7 parts of the Christian story, from Creation and Fall to Salvation and The Kingdom of God. We learn this story through our RE curriculum as we move through school.
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Our Fabulous Choir
The choir sung their hearts out in the centre of Skircoat Green. The Christmas Carols they sang made their audience feel really festive.
‘What a perfect start to Christmas.’
They are looking forward to their next performance with an audience!
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