Silkstone Primary School

helping children realise their gifts and talents

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Christmas Tree

The school council enjoyed a trip out to Horsfield’s garden centre on Wednesday afternoon. The garden centre has kindly donated a Christmas tree to school again this year. The children walked up to the woods and chose a great looking tree! It will be delivered next week and then decorated too.

Many thanks to Horsfield’s Garden Centre.


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Roman Shields

Class 4 finished off their Roman style shields on Monday this week. They designed the symmetrical patterns for homework and then transferred their designs onto cardboard. They then painted in the designs and added the finishing touch of the silver boss (or hub) in the middle of the shields and have attached handles to the back of them. Here they are in the tortoise formation marching together and then in the orb… protecting Miss Felton!

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Class 1 Trip to the Butterfly House

Class 1 had a fantastic time at the Butterfly House, where we were able to see and touch animals with fur, scales and feathers during an activity workshop!

There was plenty of time for exploring the Tropical Butterfly House and visiting all the different animal exhibits – and of course that all important visit to the gift shop! Have a look at our photographs at the wonderful range of animals we were lucky enough to see.

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Children in Need Fund Raising

What a fantastic fundraising day we have had! Everyone had a marvellous time coming in none uniform and there were lots of Pudsey outfits and accessories worn throughout school (look at the website again next week when we will be showing you a selection of photos).

At close of school today the total raised so far is in the region of £600!!!! (We will update you with the exact amount next week). This includes donations for arriving in none uniform, the sale of buns and last weeks sale of Pudsey badges, key rings and wrist bands. This record amount beats the total on any previous year.

You are all amazing for your generous donations of money and all the wonderful yummy buns and cakes you sent in for today’s bun sale (a very popular and successful event). A very BIG THANK YOU  to everyone.

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Wheelchair Basketball Afternoon

As part of Diversity week, Classes 3 & 4 enjoyed an afternoon of wheelchair basketball. We were lucky enough to have 2 members of the Sheffield Steelers Basketball Team come to visit us and share their knowledge and expertise about the sport. They brought along 10 wheelchairs for the children to try. The children had chance to move around the hall in the chairs, learn how to pass and dribble and then have a game of basketball! The children really enjoyed the experience and had such a rewarding afternoon. Many thanks to Maurice and Steve.

If you are interested in learning more skills or attending wheelchair basketball training (including for able bodied children) then the team run sessions on a Tuesday 4.30 to 6pm and on a Saturday morning 10am to 12pm. See link below.

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Mr Victor Fleming

With regret we would like to inform you that Victor Fleming, who held the post of head teacher at Silkstone Primary School for 23 years, died on November 1st at Barnsley Hospice.
Mr Fleming was a well respected member of our school whose leadership skills and dedication to teaching earned him admiration amongst staff, parents, children and other schools in the area.

He was well valued in the community for his enthusiasm towards the welfare of our school and the education of our children.
His office door was never closed and his happy friendly attitude towards everyone meant that he always found time to listen to anyone who needed support or advice. He found great pleasure in teaching and looked forward to Wednesday afternoons when he fully immersed himself in his Design and Technology lessons, imparting his knowledge whilst encouraging the children’s creativity. On a daily basis he could always be found at 1o’clock in the hall listening to children read during the school reading half hour.
He could always be relied on, when needed, to cover any class at a moments notice making the lack of disruption to children’s learning his priority.
Mr Fleming loved making the school a warm and welcoming place especially at times such as Christmas and Harvest when he helped to decorate the hall and would personally add extra finishing touches to make it a special and wonderful time for everyone attending our events. He was also a strong support for the PTA and was actively involved in all their fundraising activities.
He retired in 2005 and will be fondly remembered by many pupils, families and staff who came into contact with him over the years.
We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.