We won the handwriting competition!

Year 4 won the Ilkley Rotary Club handwriting competition which was run in schools across the area. Over 300 children took part.

Rosie (not pictured) was awarded the individual prize for her handwriting. Her photo with her certificate features her full name, so instead I’ve included a photo of her handwriting¬† – before and after! Determination from Rosie (combined with a little begging and some nagging from teachers) has had super results! Well done!

Burley Oaks was crowned the overall winner, and we were presented with the trophy and framed certificate by the President and Chair of the Youth Committee in Writer of the Month assembly yesterday.

(I make every effort to ensure photos feature just the children, not Mrs Kendall, but I struggled with this one.) It’s also on our Twitter feed.


Handwriting BEFORE SEPT 2017

MARCH 2018 – AFTERHandwriting winner - AFTER MARCH 2018President Lindsay presents the cup to the school i


Some kind and fabulous gifts

Edible lava, sitting on granite which you also find in volcanic landscapes, and beautiful jewellery from South Africa – very kind gifts from Kitty and Jaron.

Intrigued and protective, the dog guarded the edible lava for some time, suspicious of food with no odour. For info, it tastes like sugar cubes…


Skyping a real life volcanologist!

Do you want a job which makes your shoes melt?

Mount St Helen’s in North America inspired an interest in volcanoes and geology for Alex Nichols. He is the cousin of one of our parents, so over a few weeks I have been arranging to Skype him in New Zealand, which we have been doing this morning.

Year 4 children were fascinated. They also told Alex some of our favourite volcano jokes from our production Volcanoes! The Musical.

What’s the most dangerous hazard a volcano poses? Which volcano would you live near if you had to choose one? How do we monitor submarine volcanic activity? Which ash cloud has particles which charge each other and cause a lightning bolt? Year 4 really did compile some tephra-tastic questions and they said they will remember their talk with Alex for many years to come!



Landfill harmonic

Sam the Sound Man visited us with a plethora of ways to learn all about how sound travels. He used brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, tanks of water, straws, boxes, flip flops……

Why do you see fireworks across the valley slightly earlier than you hear the bang? Year 4 had enormous fun while learning about science. That would be because light travels at 370 million miles per hour and reaches us sooner than the sound which travels at 742 miles per hour (that’s on the surface of the earth, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, and travelling through air particles rather than water or solids…) – but the children can tell us all about that.

Words we learned were bridge, resonate, node and amplify. What did they mean in the context of sound?

Looking forward to making instruments later this week!

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