harvest
harvest

Harvest Festival

The school joined together and celebrated Harvest Festival at St Stephen's Church.  Years 3 and 4 performed a play and put on a beautiful production including a thought provoking PowerPoint presentation and poetry reading.

school pond
school pond

This week the outside area including the pond has been transformed with the help from volunteers, Mrs Powell and the council!

tesco donation
tesco donation
St Stephen's Pond
We are sprucing up our pond area next week for the Beautiful BD5 environment week. St Stephen's have greatly received gravel, plants, bulbs and paint all donated from different companies.  Mrs Powell will be joining forces with parents and the council to empty the pond and refill it, lay gravel and plant bulbs

litter-picking heroes
litter-picking heroes

Keeping School Rubbish Free

Two pupils have turned into litter-picking heroes at our school after getting fed up with the amount of rubbish in the playground.  The boys have even featured in the T&A

basketball wow day
basketball wow day

Wednesday 13th September

The children had a visit from the tallest basketball player in the world, standing at nearly 7ft 8 inches tall!  Paul Sturgess used to play for the Harlem Globe Trotters, but now he is showing children his basketball skills and sending out the important message of keeping healthy.

St Stephen's have been featured in the T&A.

Y6 Ambleside residential
Y6 Ambleside residential

Tuesday 11th - Friday 16th July

The Year 6 residential to Ambleside had the best weather we've ever had. It certainly made the activities more pleasurable. This year we challenged ourselves to canoeing on Lake Windermere, gill scrambling, abseiling and climbing. We also visited Brockhole and took part in orienteering and the children played in a massive playground to end the day.  They had chips in Ambleside as a treat from the staff for giving themselves challenges and succeeding. Overall a fantastic trip and one that we hope they will remember for the rest of their lives.

y6 aspire project
y6 aspire project

Thursday 22nd June

As part of the Aspire project, year 6 have taken part in a workshop led by 'In Communities.'  This gave the children a taster of different trades offered by this company.  The children had the opportunity to try plumbing, joinery and plastering.

Turns out we have some talented and skillful children in these areas!

y4 sculpture exhibition
y4 sculpture exhibition

Tuesday 20th June

Year 4 have been working with artist Sian Hodson creating sculptures from recycled materials.  Children studied Spanish artist Miro and based their sculptures around this.

On Tuesday we held an art exhibition in the Qube to showcase and celebrate the children's work.

Visit Year 4's class page

music workshop
music workshop

Thursday 15th & 16th June

On Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th, children at St. Stephen's were lucky enough to have a steel pan expert visit the school! Every child in Key Stage 2 had an hour long steel pan workshop, within which they had the opportunity to play the steel pans, djembes and chime bars, whilst Key Stage 1 children also had a singing and music workshop.

The steel pan and singing workshops were led by none other then Mrs. W. Thorpe - Mr. Thorpe's mum! 

She had very kindly come to visit our school to share her expertise in a very rare and magical musical field! The children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves - so much so that we are already trying to organise for Mrs. Thorpe to come back to St. Stephen's next year! However, it wasn't only the children that had a great time, the staff did too! After school on the Thursday, staff were also lucky enough to have a steel pan workshop, in which they too played lots of well known songs and made some beautiful noises together!

Needless to say, every one at St. Stephen's had a great time learning to play the steel pans, and would like to say a huge thank you for Mrs. Thorpe - so - THANK YOU MRS THORPE!

tesco donation
tesco donation

Thursday 15th June

A small group of children went on a trip to Tesco to thank them. Tesco kindly donates a box full of fruit on a weekly basis for the children to enjoy in the Woodlands room if they are feeling a little bit hungry. 

year 1 pirate day
year 1 pirate day

Monday 12th June

Year 1 children were visited by a pirate!

haworth residential
haworth residential

Friday 12th April

Children of year 3 visited Haworth on a 3 day residential trip.  They explored Haworth's village, shops, churches and parks.

They had the opportunity to paint pottery at Cobles and Clay and play in Funopolis

To read the full story click here.

learning families day
learning families day

Friday 11th April

Children were seperated into their learning families and took part in todays eggcelent Easter activities!

Children designed and decorated Easter baskets, made yummy chocolate nests, created symbolic Easter crosses, took part in eggstravagant Easter themed treasure hunts, constructed Easter gardens and ate a hot cross bun or two.

saltaire year 2
saltaire year 2

Monday 10th April

Both year 2 classes visited the historic village of Saltaire.

nell bank mcmillan
nell bank mcmillan

Wednesday 5th April

When we arrived at Nell Bank, we were greeted by the fantastic staff, led by Ally.  After this, we were split into 2 groups to have a go at making fires, flour and baskets.  Matt and Rachel showed us some Stong Age tools.  In the afternoon we worked in groups to build our own dens.  We had some time to play in the adventure playground, we had a brilliant time, but we were very tired!

nell bank priestley
nell bank priestley

Friday 31st March

Last week Friday we visited Nell Bank and we had an amazing time! On arrival to Nell Bank we met with Rob and Ally who looked after us! Our theme for the day was all about survival. Ally and Rob taught us how we could survive on an island if we were shipwrecked! We learnt how to light fires using flint, make bowls from dry grass, make flour from seeds and even how to build shelters. We had so much fun on the day and to top off our amazing visit, we got to play on the HUGE climbing frame! Our journey back was just as great as we had songs sung to us by Miss Firth, Mr Calcraft and Miss Irish! 

When we came back to school we made posters about our time at Nell Bank. We will be sending some of them to Ally and Rob to show our appreciation for allowing us to have such a great day!

Nell bank hockney
Nell bank hockney

Thursday 30th March

Year 1 Hockney visited Nell Bank in Ilkley.  We explored our 5 senses.

We went on a smell hunt with Badger; followed a blind-folded-Mole-maze using our sense of touch; hid from Owl in the willow trees as she used her sense of sight; and ran away from Weasel through the rabbit tunnel listening for danger. We explored natural habitats and had fun with the water play.

Nell bank delius
Nell bank delius

Wednesday 29th March

Year 1 Delius visited Nell Bank in Ilkley.  We explored our 5 senses.

We went on a smell hunt with Badger; followed a blind-folded-Mole-maze using our sense of touch; hid from Owl in the willow trees as she used her sense of sight; and ran away from Weasel through the rabbit tunnel listening for danger. We explored natural habitats and had fun with the water play.

Mobile app
Mobile app

Monday 27th March

St Stephen's has a new mobile app!

Download now to receive the latest updates about school life. Use this app to view the latest school news, events and more, all updated regularly and available at your fingertips.

App features include:
• Notifications system, allowing you to stay connected.
• News feed, receive the latest school news stories direct to your device.
• Calendar view, to quickly see the latest events.
• Newsletters downloaded direct to your device.
• Galleries shared from the website to showcase school life.
• Maps to useful locations, with an option to trigger navigation.
• Contact information, including one touch dialling and emails.
• Alerts about important issues, such as school closures.
• Links to useful websites selected by the school.

y5 buckden residential trip
y5 buckden residential trip

Tuesday 21st - Friday 24th March

We all took part in a variety of outdoor activities to promote team building, challenging ourselves and perseverance. These included caving, high and low ropes, The Buckden Challenge involving solving tasks as you walk through Buckden and Hubberholme, orienteering and a 3 mile walk.
The children also had to make their own beds, clear and set tables and generally look after themselves. We played games in the evening, had the St Stephen's Talent show and finished with hot chocolate and cake.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are already talking about the Year 6 residential to Ambleside.
Mrs Waterhouse

red nose day
red nose day

Friday 24th March

The school took part in raising money for Red Nose Day. Children and staff made buns and biscuits to sell.

We raised £294!  

world book day
world book day

Thursday 2nd March

St Stephen's took part in World Book Day by dressing up as book characters.  Children also entered a 'book in a box' competition where they had to theme a box on their favourite book.