22nd January 2020 Family Forest School Fun! Thank you to everyone who attended this weeks Family Forest School. Everyone has enjoyed the activities with their child(ren) so far. Today, we have been making puppets! Everyone is looking forward to next week when we will be cooking around the campfire. 17th January 2020 Y3 Rugby Thankfully the weather has been dry this last couple of weeks so we can really begin to get our teeth into rugby in year 3! We have been warming up and playing lots of games that will develop the skills we would use in rugby. We have focused a lot in these first sessions on stability, object control and locomotion (moving around with control) as well as beginning to get used to a two-handed throw. 15th January 2020 Super Scientists! Today we learnt a new skill - how to read the temperature from a thermometer. We found out that we had to hold the thermometer in the right place and look very closely to read it accurately. We then applied this skill when investigating the question 'Which material would make the best coat to wear to go to the Arctic?' We made some super predictions based on our prior knowledge of materials. We enjoyed taking measurements with the thermometer, recording results and looking for patterns in our data. Our results told us that fur would be the best material... 15th January 2020 Brilliant Balancing! In our gymnastic lessons we have been learning how to balance on different body parts. We balanced on one foot, two hands and one foot and on our bottoms. We were a little bit wobbly at first but after lots of practise and some excellent demonstrations we were fantastic! IMG_1078 IMG_1080 IMG_1081 IMG_1084 15th January 2020 PERFECT PIZZAS! As part of our Design and Technology work, Year 2 have been designing healthy pizzas. We had to think about having a variety of toppings from different food groups to ensure that our pizzas were balanced. As well as this, we thought about how we would make our pizzas look appetising This week we got the opportunity to make them and the aromas drifting from the Dunston Den made everybody feel hungry! After we made the pizzas and ate them, we had to evaluate them, thinking about what we liked and what we could change next time. Lots of... 14th January 2020 British Fish and Chips themed lunch As noted in our weekly newsletter there has been a change to Thursday and Friday’s menu. Thursday’s Great British menu – battered cod fillet or fish fingers served with chips and peas, veggie burger served with chips, gravy and peas, BLT in wholemeal bread or jacket potato. Friday’s menu – roast turkey served with yorkshire pudding, gravy, mash and vegetables, cauliflower cheese and puff pastry tart served with tomato rice and vegetables, tuna may roll or jacket potato. 13th January 2020 A Special Storytime Last week the Reception children had a special treat. Maria Buckley from Gateshead libraries came into school to read us a story. She read 'The Runaway Pea' by Kjartan Poskitt, which the children thought was fabulous. Theo said "I liked it when the pea fell into the tomato sauce the best". Maria then read to us 'The Cave'. We could see a pair of eyes and we tried to guess what animal it might be. The story gave us clues on what it could be and we were suprised to find out who was hiding in the darkness. We... 13th January 2020 Who was Muhammad ? Year 5 have have had great fun this afternoon learning about the Prophet Muhammad. We learned his story from being an ordinary young boy who was visited by the Angel Gabriel and who later became God's messenger. The children had great fun using their acting skills by role-playing the story in full. There were some brilliant narrators in the room and the children all got involved. We are looking forward to learning more about Islam in the coming weeks. 13th January 2020 Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisory Assistant to supervise and ensure the safety and well-being of pupils during the lunchtime period. You will work under the direction of the Midday Supervisor. Working hours are 11.45am – 1.15pm, Monday to Friday. Salary starts at £18,065 pro rata term time only / 7.5 hours per week. You should: Have experience of working with children Have a sympathetic understanding of the personal and social needs of young children Be familiar with games and activities suitable for occupying primary age children Relate well to children, inspiring trust and respect Be able to co-operate as... 12th January 2020 Hopscotch A simple game of hopscotch yet so many skills involved! Reception enjoyed creating a game of hopscotch together. They used chalk to write the numbers on the track, found some small items to throw onto the track, threw with increasing accuracy and jumped and hopped with great skill. The children thoroughly enjoyed their game, taking it in turns to have a go. We looked at adding one more to the track and some children even challenged themselves to jump and hop two more numbers next time! IMG_8785 IMG_8787 IMG_8788 IMG_8790 IMG_8794 IMG_8801 IMG_8803 12th January 2020 Happy Feet Reception had their first Happy Feet session this week and they loved it! They danced along to music from Disney The Lion King so look out for all the 'Roarsome' moves! Nicola, their dance coach, said the children had been exemplary during the session! IMG_2381 IMG_2383 IMG_2393 IMG_8893 IMG_8894 IMG_8915 IMG_8917 20th December 2019 Santa visits 2J! Year 2 found it strange when our English lesson was interrupted...by none other than Santa! He came bringing gifts, which some of us could not wait until Christmas Day to open! 20th December 2019 Exploring the story of Jesus's birth Year 1 have been exploring the story of Jesus's birth and what Christmas means to Christians. We looked at the events leading up to Christmas and then ordered images from the Nativity Story. 19th December 2019 Nursery know the signs Following our interest in the carpet map, we decided to look at familiar signs in the environment. Nursery used the interactive whiteboard to explore these signs further. We talked about them carrying meaning and, how some were rules that we had to listen to. We talked about looking for more signs when we are out and about. 19th December 2019 Anti-bullying in Year 3 For anti-bullying week, the children in Year 3 used paint, drawing, drama and music to express what bullying is. They came up with some fantastic ideas of ways to say no to bullying! 19th December 2019 Year 3 RE Year 3 children have been studying the different Christmas stories about the birth of Jesus. We looked at the story from different points of view, e.g. from the shepherds, angels and Mary and Joseph. They enjoyed creating their own 3 kings song and performing it to the class. 19th December 2019 Year 3 English This half term, the children in Year 3 really enjoyed our 'Sprout Boy' unit. They all used the iPads to research facts about sprouts and all created an advert persuading people to eat sprouts. 19th December 2019 What do we find in...England? This half term, Year 2 have been exploring the four countries of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and their capitals (London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast). We then moved on to understanding the difference between a physical feature and a human feature, before creating some posters to advertise England's human and physical features. Our posters included: the Angel of the North, the Tyne River, Buckingham Palace and the White Cliffs of Dover. 19th December 2019 Coaching from Newcastle Eagles! Today we were lucky enough to have Anthony in school who works with the Newcastle Eagles. He taught us some basic skills and we practised our shooting. The children all received a letter, inviting them to join the club on a Sunday morning and have the opportunity to play at their new arena! Please read your child's letter for more information. A big thank you to Anthony for joining us this morning! 18th December 2019 Let's get the basics right! Year 5 have been honing their word processing skills in computing recently. The children are really brilliant at using a wide range of ICT devices, but sometimes become a little stuck when it comes to basic word processing, so we decided to look at how to alter text and insert images into documents. All of the children learned something new and created some brilliant documents. Well done Year 5! 17th December 2019 A Surprise Visitor and a Perfect Party! It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Year 2. The week began with a surprise visit from Santa where everyone got a chance to meet him and receive a gift. On Tuesday, we had a wonderful time at the party where we danced and played games. We really enjoyed our party food and we would like to thank parents for contributing food or drink – it is much appreciated! 17th December 2019 Do the rates of evaporation vary? Year 4 have the results! Year 4 were given the hypothesis 'Rates of evaporation do not vary', the children were then given time to discuss whether or not they agreed with this statement. We then spent time planning an experiment to test whether or not the rates of evaporation vary. To ensure that we carried out a fair test experiment, we poured an equal amount of water into five plastic cups, we then placed the cups in different locations around school. After one week, we then measured how much water was left in each cup and discovered that the water which was left near... 17th December 2019 Check out our Rangoli patterns! In year 4 this half term, we have been learning all about Hinduism. As part of our research we looked at the festival of light. (Diwali) We found out that patterns are displayed during this festival and we created our very own Rangoli patterns. 17th December 2019 'Bogeymen and the Trolls' Poetry in Year 4 This half term, Year 4 focused on a poem named 'The Bogeymen and the Trolls'. We thoroughly enjoyed reciting parts of the poem and performing to the rest of the class. We then used the characters within the poem to write a story which included a disaster. 16th December 2019 Sharing and taking turns Everyday we learn how to take turns and share our toys. We put this into practice today when we played pass the parcel at our Christmas party. We waited for our turn and our teachers were very proud when we could show that we were happy for our friends when they won the parcel. We know what it takes to be kind. Santa knows that too as he brought us a new garage toy for us to share and look after! 16th December 2019 Year 2 learn about Judaism Over the last term we have been learning about the different aspects of Judaism. We have focused closely on the importance of the Torah to Jewish people. We were fascinated to find out that a yad (a pointing stick with a hand) is used when reading this sacred manuscript so that it isn't touched. We also found out that the Torah scroll has a decorative cloth covering called a mantle which is used to dress the Torah scrolls when they are not being used. Today we have been learning about the Jewish festival 'Hanukkah' which begins on the 22nd... 16th December 2019 Materials - Changing Shape We have been exploring the properties of different materials and how this makes them suitable for different purposes. We have also been investigating which materials can change shape by twisting, bending, stretching and squashing. This generated further discussion about the properties of these materials and we learnt new vocabulary such as flexible and rigid. 16th December 2019 A Different Kind of Solar System in Year 5 Today in Year 5, we took our learning outside and explored the solar system using…. FRUIT! The children were challenged to labelling the fruits with the correct planet, thinking about the size. There were lots of scientific discussions around this and lots of decision making. In the end, the children ordered the fruit in the correct order of the Solar System. 16th December 2019 Convince me! Year 5 had an emotive discussion last week in preparation for their persuasive writing task in English. This has linked beautifully with our geography topic about deforestation and the negative effects upon the Amazon Rainforest. The children then wrote a letter to persuade the reader that we need to take action to reduce the harm that is being caused. The letters were packed full of facts and the children used a fantastic range of linguistic techniques to show their passion for ending deforestation. Well done Year 5! 16th December 2019 Picasso Inspired Portraits In Art, we have been developing our sketching skills when looking at our class artist, Pablo Picasso. We then explored the 'cubism' movement and the children used photography to recreate their own portraits, in the style of Picasso. Well done Year 5! 16th December 2019 Let the music play! The very talented Year 5 children have really embraced their ukelele lessons this term. They have been very attentive during sessions with a specialist ukelele teacher who really ignited their passion for music! The children have learned how to play a number of chords and were given the opportunity to create their own jingle. It has been a pleasure to hear the beautiful sounds emanating from the classrooms! 16th December 2019 Bug Bonanza in Year 5 What an afternoon! Year 5 had some extra special visitors in school today to help us with our rainforest study...some with 4 legs, some with 8 legs and some with thousands! Jo, from For Paws Animal Shows, introduced the children to a tarantula, a giant millipede and a giant African land snail, to name a few! She was very impressed with the children's knowledge of rainforests, specifically the Amazon. 16th December 2019 Père Noël Year 5 had great fun writing to Santa Claus in French last week! The children wrote beautiful letters to Pere Noel, explaining what they would like for Christmas. They even told Santa that they had been very good! Good luck Year 5 - we hope Santa gives you extra for being so creative! 16th December 2019 Multiplying in Year 5 WOW! Multiplication whizzes! Year 5 have worked hard on understanding how to times and divide by 10,100 and 1000. They used their place value charts to support their working out. 16th December 2019 Investigating Air Resistance in Year 5 In Year 5, we have been exploring air resistance in our 'Forces' unit and spent time investigating the best materials to make a parachute. The children worked in groups, with a range of materials and tested it using an egg passenger! 16th December 2019 Les Animaux As tu un animal? Year 5 have been amazing linguists this term, learning about their pets. The children had great fun finding out the French translation for all of their dearly loved pets - or pets that their friends have. It was lovely to hear all of the budding accents coming along as the children spoke in sentences incorporating what they have learned so far. Well done year 5! 16th December 2019 Year 5 Bread Baking Year 5 have had a brilliant time baking bread at Kingsmeadow! The children worked in small groups, working on skills such as: measuring ingredients, following a recipe and even washing up! Well done Year 5! 12th December 2019 Bringing Dunston to life In DT, we have built on our work in Geography, when we have been exploring our local area. We took photos on our walk around Dunston, and the children used these to examine the features of different buildings, such as St Nicholas' Church and Dunston Activity Centre. Once they identified the key features and discussed their ideas with their group, they chose from a range of materials and tools to build their models. They enjoyed working together and discussing how to improve their design. I'm sure you'll agree they look fab! 11th December 2019 Building a Den Reception children worked with Mrs Cox to design and build a den. They were able to tie knots to keep their den together before then weaving material through the wooden structure. 11th December 2019 Just Dance! Just dance and have fun! During planning time, the children asked if they could use 'Just Dance' on the big screen. They had great fun copying the dance moves. They thought carefully about the space around them and they worked safely together.