Care and Respect for All27/05/2022
Thought of the Week:
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live”
Hans Christian Anderson
Message From Mr Sutherland
So, the first half of our summer term is drawing to a close. We have seen both our Year 2 and Year 6 cohorts undertaking their SATs Key Stage assessments and I am so proud of how our children have tackled these challenges. They are the first SATs for three years and, bearing in mind the huge upheaval we have all faced during that time, the resilience and determination of our children have astounded me. They have all worked their socks off to do their very best on the day and that’s all anyone can really ask, isn’t it? They have been absolute superstars!
I really enjoyed accompanying Year 6 children to Eden Camp recently and I am so pleased that we are now able to re-introduce trips and visits for the children to further enrich our curriculum. Trips like these can really help to bring the learning to life for our children. Sadly, as with everything at the moment, the cost of these visits and in particular the cost of transport has increased significantly which gives us additional challenges. However, we will try to be as creative as possible and I am fully aware that we have wonderful places to visit with lots to see and do right on our doorstep, some of which we will definitely be using in the future.
Our newsletter this week is packed full of some of the things we have done as well as exciting things to come so please make a note of some of the dates.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a safe and happy half-term break and I will see you back in school on Tuesday 7th June.
Whole School Information
The Queens Jubilee
We are very excited to be celebrating our wonderful Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne and, in school, we will be doing so by having a whole Jubilee Arts Week after half term. We will be looking at lots of different arts disciplines, linking these to her Majesty’s long and eventful life and reign. On the Friday of that week, we will all be coming into school in jubilee dress; red, white and blue and we will celebrate with our jubilee lunch all together on the field. We can’t wait!
A reminder school is closed Monday 6th June for all children. We look forward to seeing them back on Tuesday 7th June.
Non-uniform day Friday 17 June for Dunston Community Festival
Children are invited to come to school on Friday 17 June dressed in summer colours, all we ask is that if possible they bring in a donation towards our ‘hook a bag stall’ to be held at Dunston Community Festival.
Dunston Community Festival is Saturday 25 June 12.00-4.00pm and we hope to see you all there. We would appreciate donations of new toiletries, books, teddies, toys, stationery, chocolates, and small gifts, etc. (No alcohol please). We cant wait to see everyone there.
As part of our commitment to improving attainment, we closely monitor pupil attendance on a regular basis. Government guidelines advise that every child of school age should be achieving a minimum of 97% to reach their full potential and this is our whole-school target for this academic year. Currently, our whole school attendance is well below this figure. Mrs Anglesea, Mrs Cox and Miss King will be working closely to support families where attendance is poor. If your child’s attendance falls below 90% they are identified as a persistent absentee and put on our monitoring programme. We ask that all parents contact the school before 9.00am on a child’s first day of absence. If families need support with improving attendance please get in touch with Mrs Cox our Family Support Worker. We do ask that holidays are not taken in term time. We are working tirelessly to close gaps in learning due to the pandemic and encourage you to have your child attend school wherever possible so no learning is missed. We do appreciate there are some exceptional circumstances where we are fully supportive of children needing time off.
Children should come to school dressed in clothing suitable to the weather, warm coat, gloves and hat when cold. On their bottom half, they should wear trousers you are happy for them to get dirty in, school hoodie and t-shirt. They should bring their wellies to leave in a plastic carrier bag.
Year 2 – will continue every Thursday; 9, 16, 23, 30 June and 7, 14 July 2022
Class 5B – Tuesday 7, 14 and 21 June 2022
Class 5O – Tuesday 28 June and 5, 12 July 2022
PE days will continue as they were before half-term. Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit; school hoodie, t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit joggers and trainers for the full day.
Reception – Tuesday
Year 1 – Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 2 – Tuesday and Thursday (Year 2 have PE and Forest School on Thursdays)
Year 3 – Monday and Wednesday
Year 4 – Friday
Year 5 – Thursday
Year 6 – Monday
Year 4 children will continue to swim every Monday.
Year 6 children will continue to swim every Thursday.
The menu for week commencing Tuesday 7 June is Week 3. A reminder that as part of our Healthy Schools programme, we ask that children do not bring crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches. Due to allergies, please ensure that no peanuts or items containing nuts are brought into school, including in the form of Snickers or peanut butter sandwiches. This is especially important to remember for children bringing in packed lunches or snacks.
Holidays for the rest of the Academic Year
Friday 27 May 2022 – school closes for May Half-Term
Tuesday 7 June 2022 – school reopens after May Half-term (school closed on Monday 6 June for Professional Development day)
Friday 1 July 2022 – school closed for additional Bank Holiday for Queen’s Jubilee
Friday 22 July 2022 – school closes for Summer
Terms dates for 2022/23 are now available to view on our school website.
National Numeracy Day
National Numeracy Day was celebrated in school on Wednesday 18th May with great success! Children from Nursery to Y6 were involved in a range of different activities to help them to recognise that maths is all around us and comes into so many parts of our day. From telling the time so that we can get up on time, matching our socks into pairs, measuring ingredients and following directions! All of this before we’re even at school! The children had some great ideas about where maths comes into their day.
Children from Y3-Y6 took part in the Times Table Rockstars Guinness World Record attempt for the most schools rolling numbers at one time and you’ll be pleased to know that the previous record was surpassed! We were certainly ready to rock!
The day was then dotted with maths activities from number stories to number hunts, baking and basketball, board games to sweetie maths, we really did see maths everywhere and above all we all had great FUN!
Our school will be continuing to use Times Table Rockstars from Y2 – Y6 so please ensure your child accesses this on weekly basis! Knowing times table facts provides so much knowledge that can be applied throughout our day and is of great importance to all aspects of maths. When children are in Y4 they will sit a Government set ‘Multiplication check’ which assesses the children’s quick recall of table facts to 12 x 12. Times Table Rockstars is a fun way in which children can practice. Our current Y4 children will take part in their Multiplication check during the week of the 13th June so keep practising Y4!
This week’s Class News is from …
Upper Key Stage Two
After visiting Eden Camp last week , Year 6 have loved completing their WW2 topic by completing a line of enquiry into ” The Kenton Bunker” and its role in The Battle of Britain. We have used our Box of Delights from the Discovery museum which contained a range of artefacts and challenges for us to take part in. We were all successful and passed the Kenton Bunker Challenge – we are ready to join the WAAF or RAF! Check out our Eden Camp pictures on Facebook!
Also, Y6 thoroughly enjoyed their Computing themed day with consultant Martin Bailey on Monday. Their Computing skills were combined with their knowledge of WW2, to complete a variety of tasks including AppSmashing as well as the use of Green Screen Technology. A great time was had by all and some very impressive work completed. Well done Y6.
This half term, Year 5 have loved exploring Greek mythology! We have unleashed the wonders of Pandora’s box by writing a first person narrative to depict the events that released all evil into the world for eternity! Everyone was so proud of their writing and loved sharing this with each other. It is so lovely to see how the children have applied a variety of grammatical devices, which they have learnt throughout the year, to enhance their narratives.
We would like to remind you of the support and services that we can reach out to as a school should you/we feel it would be beneficial in supporting your child’s development:
Speech and Language Therapy – support with speech and language (including understanding and ability to express/communicate)
Early Years Assessment and Intervention Team – support the development of Nursery-aged children
Educational Psychologist – assess children’s cognitive abilities and offer strategies
High Incidence Needs Team – support from specialist teacher, e.g. autism, cognition and learning and communication and interaction
Low Incidence Needs Team – support with hearing and eyesight impairments
Occupational Therapy – offer strategies for sensory processing, self care and motor skills
Early Help – offer direct, practical advice for families
Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) – offer neurological assessments (e.g. autism, ADHD)
The Emotional Wellbeing Team – support with worries, anxieties, mental health
School Health – support the health needs of children aged 5 and over (e.g. sleeping, eating, weight)
Behaviour Support – support with extreme behaviours
We would also like to re-share some information that might be of help to you and your child/children:
The Autism Hub: https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3896/Autism-Information-Hub
DOSE magazine: https://dosemagazine.co.uk/contact-us
Please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Tuart (SENDCo/Inclusion Manager) or Mrs Cox (Family Support Worker) to discuss any of the above or for any support/advice.
Children’s Cancer Run
On Sunday, many of our staff, children and parents signed up to the ‘Children’s Cancer Run North’ to run up to 5 miles. We are so proud of everyone who took part and we can’t believe how much money was raised! Our staff alone managed to raise over £1,300 which goes towards a charity very close to our hearts. Everyone showed great determination and cheered each other on throughout the run – roll on next year! A big thank you to everyone for their donations on our non-uniform day, all of this money has been donated to the charity.
Girl’s Football Final
After 3 tough rounds over the last few weeks, last week was the final of the Year 4/5 Girl’s football tournament and guess what… DUNSTON HILL WON THE LEAGUE! A huge well done to all of the girls on the team, wear your medals and be super proud of yourselves.
Earlier this week, Mrs Donaldson and Luke took children from Years 5 and 6 to take part in a cricket competition against other Gateshead schools. Unfortunately, after playing only 2 1/2 games, the rain stopped play and the event was called off. Despite the bad weather, the children were a credit to the school, showing excellent sportsmanship and eagerness to learn! There are definitely some aspiring cricketers in our school!
Our Year 3 and 4 children have participated in two events over the last couple of weeks. Mrs Neave took a team of children over to Kingsmeadow School to take part in an orienteering festival. They worked as a team to read the map and follow the clues, and they made it to the endpoint! Next came the mini-tennis event which took place last week. Although this was a fairly new sport to some of our children, they give it their best go and enjoyed learning new skills. We are proud of all of you for taking part!