Our Breakfast Club sponsors, Warrens Group PLC, welcomed children from Class Two to come and visit their Newton Aycliffe site to learn about how they turn everyday food waste into valuable bio gas. The children had been learning about how to save our planet and how recycle things in class but then saw it in real life at the site. Our children amazed us with the excellent answers they gave to some of the questions they were asked and learned so much more, which they took back to the classroom.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkVgfAcgG9Q?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
Our school vision is really important to us. In order to be part of a caring community, we decided to organise events for charity. In March, the School Council organised fundraising for Comic Relief. Selling red noses and having a bake sale, we raised £290.
During one of our Action Group meetings, we identified lots of different ways to make money for charities, but this was definitely the most popular! We asked for donations of shop bought and homemade cakes and treats to sell on the day, as well as selling red noses throughout the school in the days before.
We set up the stall, set prices and made labels, iced biscuits and organised jobs between us. The sale was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who was involved: pupils, family members and staff, especially Mrs Dinsdale for helping us set up.
2018 marked the centenary of the end of World War 1 and our school felt it was important to mark the event with a series of commemorative activities.
The whole school contributed to a large commemorative display in the school hall, which featured letters from soldiers, poems and art work from children of all ages.
Author, Adam Bushnell, worked with pupils across the school to create thought provoking character descriptions of soldiers and poems from the trenches. All class teachers choose class texts that focused on war. Class 2 read, “Where the Poppies Now Grow,” by Hilary Robinson, Year 3,4 and 5 read “War Game, ” by Michael Foreman and Year 6 read, “Goodnight Mr Tom, ” by Michael Magorian. The texts opened the children’s minds and imaginations to the issues caused by war and inspired them to write their own stories and poems.
The whole of Key Stage 2 visited Eden Camp Outdoor Museum, in North Yorkshire, to learn more about life during the war. They experienced real trenches, the sights, sounds and smells of an air raid and the perils of being a prisoner of war. The children enjoyed the day and learned so much to bring back to the classroom and apply to their learning in class.
In assemblies, children heard about the Battle of the Somme and prayed for the soldiers who lost their lives for our country.
We invited elderly residents from our Local Residential Home, to enjoy a Remembrance Day lunch. One of our visitors was 101 and enjoyed the World War songs playing during the lunch time. The guests talked to the children about their memories as children living through the aftermath of the war.
Overall, the commemoration was poignant and fitting for the occasion. Children, staff and parents took time to think about the impact the war had on the lives of those who lived it.
“Lest we forget.”
Mrs James (Headteacher)
Please watch our short video[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLYOCx_y4Jo?rel=0&w=853&h=480]
Thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s Church, it was a fantastic turn out this year. The children were outstanding in their performances and we would like to share a reminder of the afternoon with this short video.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL7EG3HjSUc?rel=0&w=853&h=480]
Please watch our short video of our Green Day trip to the seaside.
Class 4 have been exploring plants and flowers in art. We have looked at the artist India Flint.
For one of our art lessons we wanted to draw a detailed rose. Using pencil, we explored drawing a rose step by step. After that, the children drew another rose, only this time they coloured it in choosing colours appropriate to the rose from their chosen photographs.
The children also used light and dark shading to create a 3D effect.
I think they all did an amazing job.
What do you think?
Please watch our short video below.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVQ6Wv8hyE0?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
Indianna’s Fun Day, in memory of Indianna-Rose Maddison, raised an incredible £2621.
Here are some photographs from the fund raising day. If you would like to purchase a picture there will be a small charge of 50p per photo, which will go towards the final total.
Please see Mr Orwin or contact the school to place an order.
On Friday 9th March we celebrated World Book Day. It was fantastic to see the amount of thought and effort that went into each child’s costume. The children looked amazing dressed up as their favourite book character.
Throughout the morning, each class enjoyed listening to a variety of cultural stories and completed an activity linked to each story.
We would like to thank all of the parents and carers for your on-going support.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcjjnClY5ew?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
On Monday 12th March we held a ‘Read with Mum Morning’ for Early Years and Key Stage 1 to celebrate Mother’s Day. We invited all of our marvellous mums to come in and read with their children. We were absolutely astonished by the number of mums, aunties and grandmas that turned up to share this morning with us. I am delighted that we have such wonderful parents who are fully supporting our school in promoting a love of reading.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your on-going support.
Ks2 children having fun in the snow!