24th April 2022 Year 2 Planting Bed As part of our PSHE and Science lessons, we have been investigating growth. We discussed how we can grow in many ways such as emotionally. We also discusssed how plants grow from seeds, so we planted some flower, radish and strawberry seeds.Over the next term, we will look after our bed and obseve growth. We created decoarative pebbles as a border to make the bed personal to Year 2 6th April 2022 Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancies Midday Supervisory Assistant – 2 positions (Fixed Term for 1 Year) Salary: (Grade B £18,887 full time annual salary) Term time only 7.5 hours per week £3,278 - £3,378 (Salary amounts quoted are from the 1 September to 31 August, therefore, if you commence employment part way through the academic year, they are subject to an equated salary adjustment) Required for May 2022 / asap We are a dynamic, happy, and successful school in the heart of the community of Dunston and are looking for two people to join our Midday team. The governors therefore wish to appoint to our lunchtime team in order... 23rd March 2022 National Oral Health Day with Nursery Sunday 20 March, was National Oral Health Day. In Early Years we recognise the importance of promoting and supporting children’s oral health so they can achieve a good understanding. In nursery, we looked at the importance of brushing teeth so we can prevent health problems such as tooth decay in the future. We did this in a fun way and a range of activities such as brushing large model teeth, cleaning laminated smiles, making healthy choices and reading stories about going to the dentist. We are proud to show our gleaming teeth and smiles! 22nd March 2022 Super Scientists! ‘Can gummy bears grow?’ We posed this question and asked our Year 2 children if they could find out the answer. Some children suggested stretching them and this made them grow a little. We decided we were going to put them into different liquids to see if this made them grow. We used our ruler to measure how tall the gummy bears were before they went in the liquids – they were 2cm. We then put them into different liquids and left them overnight. We discovered that normal water helped the gummy bears to grow to nearly 3cm! 9th March 2022 Year 6 SATs Parental Guide Video Please take the time to watch the KS2 SATs parental guide video https://youtu.be/Aqeu634_iSw which our Year 6 Team have created to better your understanding of these assessments and how they are carried out nationally and at Dunston Hill. We advise that you may wish to share parts / all of the video with your child and have a conversation with them about what is coming up at the beginning of the Summer Term. Please contact your child's class teacher should you require any further information. Miss Parkin UKS2 Phase Team Leader 18th February 2022 Dunston News – 18/02/2022 Care and Respect for All 18/02/2022 Thought of the Week: “Oh wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Percy Bysshe Shelley Message From Mr Sutherland The last few weeks have been particularly busy for us here at Dunston Hill, culminating in Parent / Carer Consultations this week. I know how much the teaching staff look forward to the chance to look with you in a little more detail, albeit briefly, at the successes and areas to develop for your child and it really is helpfull to be able to share them with you. I believe we have been in contact with the vast... 17th February 2022 A trip to Paris! Year 4 had the most amazing French lesson this week, using some new technology in school! Using 'Now Press Play' headphones, we were immersed in a story involving spies, disguises and the Eiffel Tower. We had to go undercover as a French child and use our expert knowledge of French greetings to go unnoticed and find the suspect before it was too late for the Eiffel Tower! Our accents and pronunciation were practised and improved and we also felt totally immersed in the story and the French language. We can't wait to practise our French again in this way! 15th February 2022 The Day the Crayons Quit! A box full of crayons, some broken, some short, some without wrappers and some unused! Most of them are extremely unhappy and want to quit! Over the past three weeks, Year 2 have enjoyed reading the fabulous book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt. We began by using drama to show how the different crayons felt, check out our fabulous freeze frames. We then got into the role of Duncan (the owner of the crayons) and wrote letters to persuade the different crayons to come back home. We concluded our unit of work by writing book reviews and after reading... 15th February 2022 Marvellous Materials Year 5 spent time this week looking at scientific vocabulary to describe the properties of materials. The children were given a range of key terms and the definitions to match up! They can now accurately describe different properties of different materials. 12th February 2022 2B v 2C...Let the battle commence! Last week, we introduced the children to Times Table Rockstars, after just finishing our multiplication and division units in school. This website is great for helping the children to learn their times tables and has been a great success in previous years. Each week, a tournament will be set up between different classes and the children have to work hard to answer questions and earn coins. The class with the most coins will win. So far this week, 2C are just in the lead, will it stay this way, or will 2B overtake? The children can access this at home and... 12th February 2022 Creating Colours This half-term we have moved on to our painting unit. We began by looking at three different types of paint: block paint, water colours and poster paint. We tried using each of them and then discussed their properties. Next, we moved onto looking at primary colours and we discovered that when mixed together, these can create secondary colours. We then tried to guess which colours made certain secondary colours, before testing this out. Next week, we will move on to looking at different tones of colours, before creating our own paintings of the Northern Lights. 9th February 2022 When Barney visited Year 2! This week is Children's Mental Health and Well being Week and this is something which we are celebrating in school. As part of this week, Barney visit Year 2. Barney is Mrs Gaulton's dog and he works as a 'Pets as Therapy Dog'. We learned that dogs can really help with our mental health, and when we stroke a dog, it releases endorphins in our body, which allows us to feel happy. This is certainly how we felt during his visit! Mrs Gaulton shared some information about the work that Barney does and at the end of the session we... 8th February 2022 Division Experts! We are coming to the end of our multiplication and division unit, but we must comment that the children in Year 2 have wowed us with their work over the last few weeks. This week, we moved onto division. First of all, we looked at making equal groups by grouping and then by sharing. We used practical apparatus within these lessons to help us to visually see what makes an equal group. We then went onto dividing by 2, 5 and 10. All of the children now have their logins for Times Table Rockstairs, and they should access this at... 8th February 2022 Barney visits 5O! We loved our furry friend visit from Barney today in 5O! Mrs Gaulton talked to us all about how when we stroke a dog, endorphins travel all over our bodies and make us happy. We were definitely full of smiles as he left! Thank you Barney ❤️️ 8th February 2022 Bamboo Bonanza! What a wonderful, arty afternoon! Year 5 are loving their Chinese Art unit and today began looking at the Four Gentlemen. We learnt that these are four plants that represent each season and began with bamboo! We used watercolour and fine brushstrokes to perfect each line. 20th January 2022 Moving onto Multiplication After finishing our latest unit, all about money, we have now moved onto looking at multiplication. Earlier this week, we worked on recognising equal groups and adding equal groups, and today we were introduced to the multiplication symbol. We began by using cubes to create equal groups, and we then wrote the addition sentence to represent this. We then discussed that the multiplication symbol can mean 'lots of, and this then helped us to write the corresponding multiplication sentence. Next week, we will begin to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times table, and we will be sharing some information... 17th December 2021 Dunston News – 17/12/2021 Care and Respect for All 17/12/2021 Thought of the Week: “Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” Charles Dickens Message From Mr Sutherland I think that Christmas time in Primary schools is such a special time of year and there is nothing better than seeing the smiling and happy faces of the children as Christmas draws near. It is especially significant at the moment with the challenges they have faced over the last few years. That is why, despite the restrictions in place, we have tried to make Christmas at Dunston Hill as magical as... 17th December 2021 Netball in Year 4 Year 4 have been learning the rules and skills of netball this term! We worked as a team and perfected our chest pass, shoulder pass and bounce pass. We started to work on our defending and attacking skills as well as shooting to score! 16th December 2021 Understanding 3 digit numbers The children in Year 3 have enjoyed using different maths resources to help them develop their understanding of 3 digits. The can now confidently use base 10 and place value grids to represent different 3 digit numbers and they can identify the amount of hundreds, tens and ones each number has. 16th December 2021 Growing up! As part of our PSHE lessons and Science lessons, we have been discussing how we change as we grow and what we can do now that we couldn’t do when we were babies. We also thought about how we have become more independent at home and at school. We discussed our feelings about growing older. 16th December 2021 Learning about Judaism. In our RE lessons, we have been exploring the religion Judaism. We have found out about the importance of a special book called the Torah and we reflected by thinking about our favourite books and what they mean to us. We have recently learnt about the Jewish festival of light called Hanukkah. We found out how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah and the significance of the menorah. 16th December 2021 Amazing Animations! We have been getting creative in our computing lessons. We used the app ‘2Animate’ to produce an animation of the Great Fire of London. We began by adding images, then progressed to adding text and sound effects. 16th December 2021 Creating books with moving parts! We have really enjoyed our latest Design and Technology unit, which has involved exploring books with moving parts. Over the last few weeks, we have learned about different mechanisms and we have created our own pictures which have included a lift the flap, a lever, a spring and a slider. We then planned our books and most of us based them around Christmas. We have planned that each page will include a different moving part and of course we have made sure that our front covers make the book look appealing to young children. 16th December 2021 How to Make a Reindeer Decoration... Year 2 have really enjoyed writing instructions for younger children to follow. We began by making a reindeer decoration, where we followed verbal instructions. Then we wrote our own instructions, remembering to use ‘bossy verbs’ and other features such as adverbs of time, bullet points and numbers. 16th December 2021 The Great Fire of London In History, our children have been learning about The Great Fire of London. They found out when and how the fire started and they could also explain why the fire spread so quickly and why it lasted for so long. When designing our very own Pudding Lane, children showed an excellent understanding of how houses were different back in 1666 compared to houses now. Children also enjoyed listening to extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary and they understand that this is a very important source of information. 16th December 2021 Super Sorting! In our science lessons, we have been learning lots of new vocabulary linked to the properties of materials. We then sorted different objects into groups according to their properties. Look at our examples of objects with the properties: flexible and rigid; rough and smooth; transparent and opaque. 16th December 2021 Check out our dance moves! We have had great fun in our PE lessons with Lauren from Juno Events. She has taught us Street Dance moves and we have enjoyed working with our partners to create a routine – we even got a chance to use pom poms! 16th December 2021 Exploring the U.K During our Geography lessons, we have been developing our map skills, with a focus on the United Kingdom. We began by trying to locate the United Kingdom on a world map, and then we moved onto naming the four different countries within, as well as the capital cities. After this, we then used the maps to identify the seas which surround us. 16th December 2021 Marvellous Money! This week we began our next Maths unit which is all about money. We first looked at the different coins and checked that we could all name them, before we moved onto recognising different notes. After Christmas, we will continue to work on this and we will look at adding money and then we will move onto finding different combinations of coins which total the same amount. 16th December 2021 Guess who... We began our Art unit by discussing the difference between portraits and self-portraits and then we looked at some self-portraits by famous artists. After this, we experimented with different lines, copying some of the work from Vincent Van Gogh, and we used our skills to create our own self-portraits. Do you recognise any of these faces? 15th December 2021 Self Portraits in Year 3 This term, Year 3 have really enjoyed studying the work of Frida Kahlo. We have researched into the artist's life and can identify the different features which make her paintings unique. We have spent a lot of time developing our sketching skills and we are all more confident drawing our own portrait. Our favourite part of the unit was exploring colour mixing. 8th December 2021 RE in Year 4 - Harvest Celebrations around the world One of the things we've learnt this term is about harvest around the world. We learnt about the similarities and differences between different cultural traditions. One of the most important things that came across in harvest celebrations from everywhere was the importance of celebrating as a community and bbeing thankful for the foods we have. 24th September 2021 Meet the Teacher 2021 Nursery am Curriculum Overview Nursery am Curriculum Overview RB Curriculum Overview RC Curriculum Overview 1B Curriculum Overview 1O Curriculum Overview 2B Curriculum Overview 2C Curriculum Overview 3CN Curriculum Overview 3CY Curriculum Overview 4M Curriculum Overview 4J Curriculum Overview 5B Curriculum Overview 5O Curriculum Overview 6P Curriculum Overview 6R Curriculum Overview 16th September 2021 Sorting in Year 1 Year 1 have begun their Maths journey this year by sorting objects into different groups. We have looked at lots of different ways to do this, including sorting by colour, size, type, and shape. Now we are unstoppable, sorting out items we find in our classroom and outdoors, too! 15th September 2021 Reading Plus information for Parents Reading plus login Click Here 16th June 2021 Year 3 Science Week What a fantastic week Year 3 have had! Thinking about innovation and our recent work on pollination, we made a range of robobugs to perform tasks that we might need in the future. For example, did you know that around 80% of crops in Europe are pollinated by bees? What would happen if we didn't have any bees? We thought about the features our robobugs would need to help to do the job of bees. We also investigated the types of plastic we could find in our class- you wouldn’t believe how much we spotted! We have all decided to... 9th June 2021 Year 4 Science Week1 As part of Science week, Year 4 were set a mission from Mrs Harm, to design her a waterproof coat for her trip to the lakes. We tested different materials and decided that plastic would be best. We then discussed different types of plastic and came to the conclusion that the plastic had to be soft and flexible like a carrier bag. Finally, we discussed plastic pollution and how using carrier bags for Mrs Harm's coat would reduce the about of bags being dropped into our oceans. Well do 9th June 2021 Year 1 Science Week Year 1 were so surprised to receive a message from Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper this week. His zipwire on which his lunch is transported to him had broken! He needed our help inventing a way to get his lunch to him. It needed to be able to float, to be waterproof, wind proof and even seagull proof! The children worked so well in their teams to create a boat for his lunch, and we then tested them using fans, water trays and weights. Our fantastic inventors were so proud of their creations and loved seeing them in action! Well... 9th June 2021 Year 6 Science Week! During Science week, Year 6 learnt about the actions and impact of innovator Greta Thunberg and her work on climate change. This led us to using plastic to create mini greenhouses so we could measure the temperature increase as the CO2 became trapped - thus helping us to understand the greenhouse effect. We loved making our own bugs by reusing plastic bottles - we even made them glow with a chemical reaction (glowsticks)! 9th June 2021 Year 5 Science Week! Year 5 had an amazing time learning all about the properties of plastics so that they could recycle plastic more efficiently. As true innovators, the children though about how they could design a plastic-based 'robobug' to solve a problem, for example, to clean up the beaches. Using a design template, each child created their innovation, and then went on to build the prototype. We discussed the versatility of plastic and considered how we could make positive changes to our environment as a result. Well done Year 5!