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Sports Week - 19th -23rd June 2017
During the course of the week the children were given lots of opportunites to try out some new activities. We also had our annual sports day - we had a great turn out from parents and carers who were more than happy to join in on the fun.
The Year 5 finalists for the Northern Powergrid Christmas Light Final, took part in a range of activities at Kepier Farm Training Centre. The children enjoyed an action packed day which involved building circuits, off-road driving experience, presenting their christmas light idea and other engineering competitions. Well done year 5!
Year 2 were on Look North on May 25th talking about their wonderful visit to New Dotland Farm and the work they do with The Country Trust. Mrs McGrory invited parents into school to view the show together. We are all very proud of our children.
The year 5 and 6 girls represented the school in a cricket tournament at Eppleton Cricket Club. They were unbeaten and, as a result, they will be heading to Chester Le Street to represent Sunderland in the district finals. Well done girls!
Year 2 had an amazing day with Cath from WWT - pond dipping and minbeast hunting. The children were very excited to see and feed the wildlife at the wetland and to find out how important the wetlands are to wildlife.
Rob from Zoolab came into school to show the children from Early Years to Year 5 a selection of interesting creatures. The children were very excited to find out about the creature's natural habitats and their sleeping and eating patterns. The children were given opportunities to hold and touch the creatures and many of our children were very brave and did so!
The whole school was represented with selected team members to take part in a book quiz. Early Years and Key Stage 1 competed against each other. The questions were very tricky, but the children knew their story books very well! The final scores were 5 points for each team!!
All children, from Nursery to Year 6, took part in an obstacle course. Children and staff dressed up in funny wigs and tutus. They climbed, crawled, jumped and hopped. Even some of the teachers had a go!.
Year 4 visited Beamish Museum to find out about childhood through time. They visited Pockerly Manor, the schoolhouse and Home Farm. At Pockerly Manor and Home Farm, the children completed chores such as folding sheets and putting up blackout paper. During the visit to the school, the children were put through their paces with an arithmetic and handwriting session. It was a brilliant day and the children really got into the spirit of the activities.
The ladies from Curriculum Kitchen came to work with Year 2 children. The children made a healthy leek and potato soup and a delicious toffee apple cheesecake. Each child took home a bag of soup ingredients so they could make the soup at home with their family. Our thanks go to Mr David Thompson from the Country Trust and the Tynedale Agricultural Society who supported us in this activity.
Mrs McNeilly, Miss Cameron and 4 pupils were lucky enough to be invited by the local authority to attend the stadium of light on Saturday 18th December. They were given a tour, they enjoyed a meal , they watched the match from VIP seats and even saw man of the match afterwards!
Early Years Christmas Show Dress Rehearsal - 6th December 2016
Our nursery and reception children performed their christmas show for our school audience. They did a magnificent job - lots of singing and dancing - guaranteed to put smiles on faces.
Our Christmas Fair was a great success this year, with many parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends coming along to join in with activities and support our evening. So far we have raised over £780 towards school funds - with sales of raffle tickets ongoing we may well bring that amount to £800! A big thank you to everyone for helping us to raise such a fantastic amount.
Year 5's residential trip to Robin Wood was amazing! Their back-to-back activities started at 8:30 after a filling breakfast and they didn't stop until 9pm. The wide range of acivities tested their skills, independence and bravery. There were puzzle rooms which helped to develop teamwork, speaking and listening and social skills as well as their nerve! Some children even risked running across the Piranha Pool! The children particularly enjoyed the giant swing, zip wire, climbing and trapeze tasks which were a bit scary, but they conquered their fears and had an incredible time. The experience (and the food!!) was unforgettable.
Each year the NCBF run a two week festival of book related activities working with schools and communities across the whole of the North East Region. As part of this festival we were privileged to be visited by children's author, Jonny Duddle. Jonny spent a full morning with key stage 1 children. He told the children about his experiences as an author and shared one of his stories, "The Pirate Cruncher".
Year 2 are taking part in the National Data Collection, investigating climate change. The children have planted bulbs and are collecting and recording the rainfall and temperature each day and submit their findings to the trust.
A big thank you to all of our visitors who came to see our science exhibition. Our visitors were very impressed and commented that the children were all engaged and excited to share their science learning.
Sports Week - 27th June- 1st July 2016
Throughout the week our children took part in a wide range of sporting activities including dancing, cricket, football, using the smoothie bike and an obstacle course. The whole school showed exceptional team work and everyone had a very good attitude towards taking part. Unfortunately, due to poor weather, we had to cancel our whole school sports day - although Early Years were lucky enough to have good weather for theirs. Although scores were very close, the overall winners for the week were Green Team.
Mrs Ridley, Mrs Platten and a group of Year 6 pupils met Dr Lloyd Grossman, Chair of the Churches Conservation Trust, to find out about plans to transform Holy Trinity Church in Sunderland's East End into a centre for heritage and learning. Marty Longstaff, the Lake Poet, performed a song written with Year 6 to highlight Sunderland's heritage and culture.
Everyone had a lovely afternoon at our Big Picnic - we had face painting, mendhi body art, races , cakes and an ice cream van - the weather even held out long enough to enjoy our picnics on the grass. As well as having lots of fun , we raised £181.57.
As part of careers week in school, nursery children were visited by Stagecoach Buses. The drivers, Steve and Wayne, brought a brand new bus for the children to look at and to go for a ride. The children had to get their tickets, find a seat and then they enjoyed a ride along to Roker Beach. The children had great fun sitting in the drivers seat and sounding the horn - they said it was very loud!
During careers week an education officer from Dogs Trust came to school to talk to the children about the important work that Dog Trust does, and she brought one of their rescue dogs , Molly, to meet the children.
As part of careers week in school, class 3/4T went to visit the cat and dog shelter in Benton North Farm, Newcastle. They met their fundraiser, Marie , who showed them around and introduced them to lots of lovely cats and dogs who are hoping to find new homes. They also got the opportunity to feed the pigs and sheep who live at the shelter.
Year 1 went on a visit to Blagdon Farm Estate this term. They found out that it is a dairy farm and they learned how the cows are looked after and how they give us milk. The estate has a very large garden and a forest which the children enjoyed walking through and exploring.
Year 1 children visited the Puma Centre in Silksworth. They participated in a carousel of activities alongside many other school children; this complimented the current topic in school "Fit For Life". They all had a really good day and many children said they would like to do it again.
As a result of our partnership with a school in Bangladesh, we were invited to attend HM The Queen's 90th Birthday Commonwealth Day Interfaith Service at Westminster Abbey . Mrs Westgate, Mrs Swanepoel, Mrs Ahmed and four of our Year 6 pupils attended the service in the presence of the Royal Family and Commonwealth leaders. We had excellent seats with a full view of the proceedings and we felt very honoured to be selected as one of the small number of schools to take part.
A group of 12 Y6 children visited Lord Lambton's house and rounds to learn about the jobs & careers available working on an estate. They learned about beekeeping, horses and stable work and what a gamekeeper does.The children also learned a lot about the Lambton family and their influence in the North East.
Year 2 children were very lucky to receive a free visit to the Wetland Centre in Washington. Despite the terrible weather, they had a fantastic time pond dipping, feeding the ducks and hunting for mini-beasts.
The children were joined by parents, grandparents and family members, and together they took part in lots of activities, coloured pictures and shared stories. Everyone was given a certificate for taking part and over £300 was raised for the charity and the outdoor area.
This activity was linked to science work about balance and forces. During the session children learned how to walk the tightrope, spin plates, walk on stilts, use a diablo and ride on a pedalo (which is used as a practise before riding a unicycle!)
Parents were invited to take part in literacy sessions with their children. Parents were able to see how their children are taught phonics, reading and writing. The sessions were a great opportunity for parents and children to work together and for children to share their learning.
Mams, Dads,Nanas,brothers and sisters visited nursery. We showed them how clever our nursery children are by telling them all the colours they know through stories and songs. They stayed to play and had a lovely time. Look at all the things they got up to!
Year 3 and 4 Outdoor Painting Activity
Thank you to everyone who came to take part in our 2nd annual science exhibition. We were astounded by the wonderful comments our learning received from all of our visitors who were amazed by the knowledge and understanding demonstrated by chilidren from Bright Stars to Year 6.
Reception went on a visit to Newcastle Airport. They travelled there on the Metro. They saw lots of interesting things at the airport- they watched people checking in, saw people arriving and they saw lots of aeroplanes landing and taking off. They even had their packed lunch in the airport building. It was a busy and exciting day.
Everyone had a lovely afternoon at our Big Picnic - we had face painting, mendhi body art, penalty shoot out , cakes and ice cream - the sun even stayed out long enough to enjoy our picnics on the grass. As well as having lots of fun , we raised over £300 for our nominated charity, Marie Curie .
Year 2 had a great day exploring different habitats. They had a super pond dipping session with Joanne and then explored the wildlife around the site. The children really did not want to come back to school!
As part of a topic on People and Places , children and staff went to visit the River Wear at Chester Le Street. They did lots of walking and sketching and fed the swans and the ducks. At the end of the visit they had great fun in the play park.
Year 2 went to Teso to find out how the food that is grown by the farmers gets from the farms into the shops for us to buy. The children had a great time - thank you to all of the staff who helped them to discover so much about food.
Year 5 visited Seaham Coast with Durham Wildlife Trust. They had a fantastic time exploring - looking at the sea creatures in the rockpools, finding different sized pebbles on the beach and discovering strange objects that have ended up on our coastline. They are very excited for their next adventure - snorkelling!
As part of their topics 'People and Places' and 'Habitats and Living Things', Year 2 children were invited to go to a real working farm by Mr Thomspon of The Country Trust so they could look at how farmers live and how they spend their day looking after the animals. A big thank you to Stuart and Helen Proctor and their grown up daughters and to Mr Thompson and Jennie who made their day so interesting.
To celebrate 'National Shakespeare Week', year 6 participated in a Shakespeare Workshop at Holy Trinity Church. They completed a variety of activities about Macbeth; dressed in clothes of that period in history, acted out parts of a play and practised writing with a quill, just as Shakespeare would have done.
Class 2M have been learning about plants and animals this year through seasonal change. As part of their topic they have been finding out how plants grow. They have investigated and planted seeds so they could observe what happens over time.