21st March 2021 World Book Day! The children have enjoyed lots of different activites for World Book Day. They have been reading here, there and everywhere! They decorated potatoes as their favourite book character, they have dressed up and some of them became illustrators! They have enjoyed listening to stories from Mr Sutherland and Mrs Anglesea too. 4th March 2021 Welcome back March 2021 - social stories We can’t wait to see you back in school! We have made social stories for for each class to help to prepare for coming back to school – we hope you enjoy! Social-Story-NurseryDownload Social-Story-RCDownload Social-Story-RBDownload Social-Story-1BDownload Social-Story-1TDownload Social-Story-2BDownload Social-Story-2JDownload Social-Story-3CDownload Social-Story-3MDownload Social-Story-4CDownload Social-Story-4WDownload Social-Story-5ODownload Social-Story-5BDownload Social-Story-6RDownload Social-Story-6PDownload 4th March 2021 Phase Team Leader for Early Years Foundation Stage Vacancy Required for September 2021 SCP: M1-U3 and TLR2b (currently £4,994) We are a happy, dynamic and successful school in the heart of the community of Dunston and are looking for someone to join our team. The governors therefore wish to appoint a motivated, experienced and inspirational teacher to lead our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and play an important role as a key stage leader and member of the leadership team. This is an outstanding career opportunity for an exemplary and innovative practitioner who aspires to become a future senior leader. This is a particularly exciting time for our school as... 18th December 2020 3M Christmas Party Day! We had the best party day ever on Wednesday! We danced, we played musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel, we had a fashion show and we even had a Blinding Lights dance off with 3C across the hall (socially distanced of course!). Our party lunch was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed Muppets Christmas Carol with popcorn and sweeties in the afternoon. What a day! Merry Christmas to you all! Love, 3M.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 17th December 2020 3C's Christmas Party 3C had a brilliant Christmas party! We loved playing party games and dancing in the hall and then enjoyed a movie with popcorn in the afternoon. It's definately put us in the festive mood! 17th December 2020 Year 3 Virtual Athletics This half term, we have used some of our PE lessons to take part in the Virtual Athletics. There were 5 events for the children to do - standing long jump, shuttle runs, speed bounce, chest push and vertical jump and they have wowed us with their scores! 17th December 2020 How do you cook your sprouts? Year 3 have loved creating a persuasive advert for sprouts! A few weeks ago, they all watched the BBC Sprout Boy 2015 advert and used this as a stimulus to encourage people to buy and eat sprouts this Christmas. They enjoyed looking at the features of a persuasive text and used the iPads to research positive facts about sprouts. They are all very proud of their final adverts where they have used rhetorical questions and exaggerated language to persuade people to eat them. 17th December 2020 It's Party Time! 4W had an amazing party day! We watched 'The Santa Incident' in the classroom whilst enjoying some delicious popcorn. We then played one of our favourite games 'Mrs Bear Likes Honey' before eating our party plate of food. In the afternoon, we headed to the hall where the real party took place! 4W showed off their fantastic dance moves and won lots of prizes during our party games. We all needed a well deserved rest at the end of the day. Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow Fade-01 Home Button DHPROS Home Button2 DHPROS 16th December 2020 Multiplication and Division in Year 3 This term, Year 3 have been learning how to multiply and divide using cubes and pictorial representations to help develop their understanding. The children have been impressing the Year 3 staff with how quickly they are learning their time tables and they are even using this knowledge to help them divide! Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow Fade-01 Home Button DHPROS Home Button2 DHPROS Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow Fade-01 Home Button DHPROS Home Button2 DHPROS 16th December 2020 French in Year 3 Year 3 were super excited when they found out they were learning French this year. Already, they have been wowing us with how quickly they have learnt basic greetings, feelings, numbers and colours. Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow Fade-01 Home Button DHPROS Home Button2 DHPROS 15th December 2020 Year 2 enjoy working scientifically! This half term we have been learning about materials and their properties. We have learnt some new scientific vocabulary such as transparent, translucent, opaque, flexible and rigid. We enjoyed sorting objects made from different materials based on their properties. 15th December 2020 2B Party Day What a fantastic party day we have had! We loved having the opportunity to sit in Santa’s sleigh with our friends as well as enjoying party games and dancing! We were also provided with a yummy Christmas lunch. After lunch, we enjoyed Christmas crafts and watched a Christmas movie with juice and popcorn. We really are in the festive mood now! 15th December 2020 Class RC Christmas Party The children in Class RC thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas Party. They enjoyed pass the parcel, musical statues, musical bumps and Christmas corners. We danced and had lots of fun. The children enjoyed their Christmas party lunch and finished the day off with Arthur Christmas and popcorn. 15th December 2020 Party fun in class 2J! 2J had a super day today at our Christmas party! Not only were the children dressed to impress, we did so many different things. First, we just had to take our turn to sit in Santa's sleigh and have a photo. It made us feel so christmassy! Next, it was time for games such as pass the parcel, corners and musical statues. We really enjoyed having a bit of a dance! After that, we did some crafts in our classroom. We had a lovely day and loved having our party lunch in the classroom, too! 10th December 2020 Where am I? In Georapghy, Year 5 mastered the art of map reading by using grid references to find their way through a section of countryside. They learned that the first coordinate is called the 'easting' and the second is the 'northing' which helped them to find specific locations. They realised that it was very similar to x,y coordinates in maths too! Well done Year 5 - you will never be lost! 9th December 2020 Feelin' Fine! In PSHE, Year 5 have spent time discussing how feelings can change over time and how we can deal with a range of different emotions. We talked about how much our feelings can change in just one day, as well as over a longer period of time. We were able to think about who and what can help us when our feelings may feel a little overwhelming, or hard to deal with. 9th December 2020 Friction is fun! Year 5 have been working hard in their forces unit and today they tested the force of friction. We collated the results of our investigation and used a table and a bar graph to represent our results. Very scientific Year 5! 7th December 2020 Year 5 have spent time today discussing the importance of keeping safe online. We looked at the issues of edited images, images with filters and the unrealistic expectations that comes with these. The children talked about how important it is to be happy with the way that you look and that it would be boring if everyone looked the same. A very mature discussion - well done! 7th December 2020 A-MAZE-ING Mazes! 5O wowed Miss Ornsby in Forest School this week when they were given the challenge to create their own Mayan mazes! Everyone worked together in groups, creating mini and life-size mazes from sticks, bricks, stones and pebbles! Luckily, everyone found their way out! 7th December 2020 Amazing Athletics Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Gateshead SSP’s Virtual Sportshall Athletics today! The children took part in 5 different activities and worked so well as a team, recording scores and cheering each other on! The wind did not stop us! Well done Year 5! 7th December 2020 It's all in the delivery! Year five blew our socks off with their brilliant poetry recitals this term. The children worked diligently to rehearse and deliver a range of poems and then wrote their very own poem, bringing our classroom to life.They made a brilliant audience too! Well done Year 5! 2nd December 2020 Year 2 turn into a snowman! Christmas has arrived and Year 2 were so excited to explore our new English unit of work based on John Lewis' Christmas advert from 2012 called the Longest Journey. It was made even more special by the fact that we were dressed in our festive clothes! Before re-telling the story of Mr Snowman in the first person, we made predictions as we watched the clip, pausing at important moments. Would he make it over the river? Would the mountain be too high for him to ckimb? Why did he go on such a long journey? Next, we thought about... 26th November 2020 Bonjour from 4C! For our first French lesson, we started by recapping some familiar phrases. We learned how to pronounce lots of different greetings in French, such as: Bonjour, Salut, and Au Revoir. We then moved onto asking each other how we are feeling and responding in French. Miss Conway was super impressed by our accents and we added some work into our new class book. 26th November 2020 Using 2Logo in Year 4 Our new unit in Computing involves using '2Logo' on PurpleMash. 2Logo allows us to practise basic single line Logo programming, before moving on to multi-line programming. For our first week, we learned about how the programme works, and practised controlling an on screen Turtle using a range of commands. We then inputted a list of codes to create different shapes. We were then set the challenge of working our way through a maze. 26th November 2020 Keeping Safe Online! Our first unit in Computing has been based around keeping safe when online. We have discussed personal information and we understand that this is not something that we should share, and we have also looked at using avatars so that we don't reveal our identity. We then recapped what to do if something does not feel right, and how we can report someone. This week, we created our own online safety to consolidate everything that we have learned. We have displayed these around our classroom to remind us throughout the year. 26th November 2020 Check out our Rangoli Patterns! During our R.E lessons, we have enjoyed exploring the Hindu faith. We have learned all about the Diwali festival, which they celebrate every year in November, and we have researched how they prepare for this event. We learned that Hindus create Rangoli patterns and display them around their houses, and then we decided to create our own. Check out our designs! 25th November 2020 Building Roman Shelters in Forest School Miss Conway was so excited to join her class in our Forest School area this afternoon! The children worked in teams to create a Roman shelter, using natural resources. Some groups even added some furniture and thought about adding a fire for the Romans to keep warm. Check out our dens! 25th November 2020 Joining in with Joe! The children of Year4, thoroughly enjoyed joining in with Joe Wicks to raise money for Children in Need. We completed a warm up before following Joe's routine on his live video. We then headed outside and completed our daily mile. 25th November 2020 Using biscuits to create our own earthquakes As part of our Geography topic 'Extreme Earth', we have been learning about how earthquakes are formed. We learned that the Earth's crust is split up into tectonic plates and these plates slot together like jigswan pieces. The tectonic plates move really slow and if they rub together, they cause friction, which then leads to an earthquake. Today, we used biscuits to represent the tectonic plates, and we rubbed our biscuits together to help us visualise what happens when the tectonic plates collide. 25th November 2020 The Bogeymen and the Trolls We have just finished our English unit, which was based around a poem called 'The Bogeymen and the Trolls'. Over the last couple of weeks, we have discussed the different characters in the story, and used our inferential skills to show how they are feeling. This then built up to our final piece of writing, and we created our own disaster stories, using the same characters from the poem. To finish our unit off, we then recited the poem, and performed this as a class. 17th November 2020 Reading Plus information for Parents Reading plus login Click Here 11th November 2020 The Layers Of The Earth... Today, Year 4 have been learning about the different layers of the earth. We then created our own earth using different colours of playdough. We learned additional information about the; inner core, outer core, mantle and crust, we were then able to label a picture of the earth's layers. Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow Fade-01 Home Button DHPROS Home Button2 DHPROS 9th November 2020 Positive About Negative Numbers! Recently in Year 4, we discovered that when counting backwards, once we get to zero, we then go into negative numbers. We created our own number lines to help us when counting backwards in steps of 1, 2 and 5. We then moved onto answering reasoning and problem-solving style questions. 9th November 2020 Let the Battles Commence! A huge well done to those children who are regularly accessing Times Table Rockstars at home. Learning our times tables is extremely important this year, to prepare us for the multiplication check, which will take place in the Summer term. In our latest tournaments, the boys from 4C were victorious and the girls from 4W finished in 1st place... We wonder whether this will change next time! 6th November 2020 TikTok information for parents Dear Parents and Carers, It has been brought to our attention that many children are accessing TikTok under age. The age restriction for Tik Tok is 12 years plus and if they are under 18 years of age they should be supervised by parents or legal guardians. The following information, which is attached, has been sent via the National On-line Safety for children website, please read the guidance and speak to any children at home you believe may have access. This week you may have seen the BBC Panorama programme where they investigated whether TikTok was safe for young children... 6th November 2020 What a disaster... Year 4 were shocked when we walked into a big mess in our classrooms. At first, we thought someone had been trying to steal something, but after investigating the scene we discovered that there had been a natural disaster! The children shared what they already knew about natural disasters before recording geographical questions in their books. We had some fantastic questions that we are going to answer during our new Geography unit – Extreme Earth. Year 4 can’t wait to find out more! 4th November 2020 Information for parents and carers In light of the current imminent national lockdown and the need for heightened vigilance to protect both the school and wider community, we, along with all other Gateshead Schools encourage all parents/carers to wear face masks/coverings on our site. Can we also ask that parents and carers are on time at the start and end of the school day. We have staff around school standing on gates who need to be back in school to support your children with teaching and learning so your co-operation with this would be appreciated. As always your support in helping us all stay safe is... 3rd November 2020 PHSE in Year 3 In our final week of this half term, we have been thinking about what we have enjoyed settling into year 3. We thought about hope, self-efficacy (knowing what we're good at) and being thankful. We talked to each other about the different subjects we have learnt about and which ones we enjoyed the most. I think our lovely smiles say it all! Well done year 3 for settling so well 🙂 30th October 2020 Mini Astronaut Training Year 1 have been developing their fundamental movement skills the last few weeks during our very important 'Mini Astronaut Training Camp'. The training included running, jumping, co-ordination, balance, agility and throwing and catching.. all the key skills needed to become a mini astronaut! We earned points in games such as rocket relay, shooting stars, reach for the moon and asteroid field, all whilst having so much fun! 30th October 2020 Marvelous Maths Year 1 have loved representing, comparing and ordering numbers to 10 this half term! We used concrete resources to help us before having a go at answering some questions in our books. We have used what we know to help us play fun maths games such as dominoes and cards, we even had a game of 'Play your cards right' it was so much fun!