25th February 2020 Making Patterns Reception enjoyed investigating and making patterns. To introduce pattern, we read a story called Pattern Fish and the children really enjoyed joining in with singing the patterns. We looked for patterns in the world around us, made patterns with our bodies such as tap,clap, tap, clap and used colourful cubes to show different patterns. 25th February 2020 Pancake Day Celebrations Reception enjoyed celebrating Shrove Tuesday. They started by sharing the story "Mr Wolf's Pancakes' before then learning how to make their own pancakes and tasting them! There was some flipping practise along the way and some children even enjoyed making their own pancakes using play-doh. We talked about our favourite pancake toppings and why Shr 22nd February 2020 Tribal Adventures Holiday Fun! The children who attended Mondays Forest School Club had a lovely time playing the magic carpet game and building an egg catapult. Everyone made frames and weaved some fabric through them and made our own woodland unicorns and even rode them through our assault course! Finally we enjoyed a pizza and some chocolate bananas by the campfire! We look forward to further adventures in the Easter holidays! 21st February 2020 Creative Computing Year 2 have really enjoyed using a programme called '2 paint a Picture' to create art work in the style of famous artists from impressionists to modern day Artists. One of our favourite artists we studied was the the French artist Georges-Pierre Seurat who was best known for devising the technique used as pointillism (painting using dots). We carefully selected different tools on the computer to create and edit our images, we also learnt how to save and retrieve our work. IMG_1131 IMG_1132 19th February 2020 Cleaning Our Teeth Year 4 have been learning all about the types of teeth different animals have this half term. We looked at the importance of keeping our teeth healthy then created our very own drama piece to show how to keep our teeth healthy and we discussed what could happen if we did not. All the children knew ways to keep their teeth healthy and they all learned a new way to try at home. IMG_2189 IMG_2193 IMG_2205 IMG_2207 19th February 2020 Times Tables Rockstars Tournaments Mr Sutherland joined our Rockstar winners this week, delivering their certificates with a 'rock' twist. Year 4 loved hearing Mr Sutherland's rock music and the overall winners enjoyed doing their very own rock performance wearing Mr Sutherland's sun glasses. We are super excited to have a visit from Mr Sutherland again after half term. Who will be our winners? 19th February 2020 Mini Greenhouse Creators. Year 4 have been learning all about mini greenhouses. First, we investigated different materials and decided what would be best to create our greenhouse with, we then designed our own mini greenhouse and collected the materials we needed before creating our very own final piece. After that, we evaluated our own greenhouse and other children's greenhouses and discussed how we could improve our creations. Year 4 had some fantastic ideas and we hope they are using their greenhouses at home. 18th February 2020 Weaving fun in Year 1! Year 1 have loved developing their textile skills this half term! They have explored weaving using a range of fabrics and collage materials. Here you can see the children developing an understanding of weaving collaboratively! The children worked so well together to create their designs! 18th February 2020 Investigating animal food groups Year 1 have been phenomenal scientists, learning to classify animal into lots of different groups. This week, we began to classify animals according to their food group- herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. The children were presented with some 'fake animal poop' and had to dissect it and identify which animal it belonged to, using the animal's diet to help them. They then used this information to determine which food group the animal belonged to. Well done, Year 1! 14th February 2020 Arctic Explorers! In Year 2, we have been exploring the Polar Region of the Arctic - which we know is a region that includes parts of countries like Alaska. First of all, we looked at where the Equator is and how it can help us to locate hot and cold countries. Next, we looked at physical features we may find there, such as sea ice and glaciers. Then, we learned about the city of Barrow, in Alaska, and the human features found there before comparing Barrow to Dunston and Gateshead. We were interested to see some similarities and lots of differences! ... 14th February 2020 Arctic Kenning poems in Year 2! Sea diver, seal devourer, fish hunter, Arctic inhabiter...can you guess what our Kenning poems were about in Year 2 this week? We collected our knowledge of the Arctic from geography, of Polar Bears and their suitability to their habitat from science and of Polar Bears from our non-chronological reports in English last week to create Kenning poems. In order to create our Kenning poems, we had to think about the order of our words and ensure that our verbs were in the correct position! Miss Jobey and Mrs Bainbridge are so proud of the poems that Year 2 have... 14th February 2020 Destination Judo visit Year 4 This week, Destination Judo visited our school and delivered some taster sessions. During the session, we were shown some basic moves and were given the chance to try some out with our partners. The children had a great morning and were given a leaflet which includes information about their club. 13th February 2020 Mix 'n' predict! Year 5 have put their scientific skills to the test by considering which materials were easiest to separate using a range of equipment. The children had to predict which materials they thought would be easiest to separate and those which they would find hardest. The experiment began and the children were surprised by their findings. They used their knowledge of particle size to draw appropriate conclusions. Great work Year 5! 13th February 2020 Sens8tional Senses! Year 5 would like to say thank you to Debbie and Sarah from Sens8tional for their sensory workshop today. The children learnt about their 8 senses: sight, touch, taste, sound, smell, strength, movement and emotions while working at a range of different activity stations. They practised yoga moves, worked with crafts and built mazes. To end the session, everyone took part in a mindful breathing session. 13th February 2020 Sens8tional Workshop in Year 5 Year 5 would like to say thank you to Debbie and Sarah from Sens8tional for their sensory workshop today. The children learnt about their 8 senses: sight, touch, taste, sound, smell, strength, movement and emotions while working at a range of different activity stations. They practised yoga moves, worked with crafts and built mazes. To end the session, everyone took part in a mindful breathing session. 13th February 2020 China comes to Dunston! In order to inspire our Chinese style story writing, Year 5 were given a range of Chinese artifacts to explore. The children were mesmorised by some of the intricate detail used and the Chinese calligraphy. 13th February 2020 Who's at Hoo? Year 5 have delved into the past as fantastic archaeologist and have discovered that an ancient Anglo-Saxon king was buried at Sutton-Hoo, in Suffolk. They gathered lots of clues together to reveal the identity of the unknown person buried with treasure inside of a long ship. The children presented their findings to the rest of the class and recorded their theories in books. Great work. We learned so much! 13th February 2020 Words for Words Year 5 have been working on their synonyms today, thinking about how to up-level their adjectives. The children worked together, using thesaruses to find exciting adjectives to describe the ogre they were designing for their story. Adjectives such as 'ghastly, menacing, gargantuan and putrid were in the mix! Well done Year 5 - your ogres truly are revolting! 13th February 2020 Year 5 Find their Brave! Year 5 have enjoyed ‘finding their brave’ today, discussing what being brave means and thinking about times (big or small!) that they have been brave. The children shared these with each other as a class. We discussed how bravery can come in all shapes and sizes and can look different for everyone. 13th February 2020 Fun with Filtering! Year 5 have had fun with filtration this afternoon! Each group had a different water mixture to investigate, such as sand and water or glitter and water. We used conical flasks, funnels and filter paper to do this. The children discussed particle size and the importance of filtration. Thanks to Kingsmeadow for letting us borrow your scientific equipment! 13th February 2020 Five Meet Four! Year 5 have explored the Chinese art theme of the Four Gentleman. They have honed their skills beautifully by focusing on their brush strokes to create some fantastic artwork. The Four Gentleman are 4 plants - bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum and plum. Each session the children listen to relaxing music and let their artistic talents flow. Well done Year 5! 13th February 2020 Debates in Year 5 Year 5 have worked hard this week to use our class novel 'Kensuke's Kingdom' to find evidence to help us plan a debate about sailing around the world. Everyone made sure they used quotes from the book to support their argument for and against. The children listened well to each idea and ensured they had a counter argument. Well done! 13th February 2020 Year 3 Maths - 2 digit numbers divide by 1 digit numbers This half term, we have been extending our understanding of division and we can now divide a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. We have used place value grids, part whole models, place value counters, Base 10 and even straws to help us divide. 13th February 2020 5 a day Maths Every day, the children enjoy starting the day with the 5 a day Maths session. This allows children to consolidate and extend previous learning. 13th February 2020 Touch Typing in Year 3 This half term, Year 3 have been learning how to touch type and now know which fingers type each key. Every week, they have enjoyed beating their typing scores when doing the different activities. 13th February 2020 Find Your Brave - PSHE in Year 3 For Children's Mental Health Week last week, we all thought carefully about times in our lives when we've had to be brave. The list was endless but some children were very introspective when thinking of this and helped others too. here are some of our posters. 13th February 2020 English - Folktales in Year 3 We have worked very hard this term in English on learning the features of folktales and in National Storytelling week last week, the children created their very own stories in the style of a folktale. They made story artefacts to enhance their storytelling and they added drama and character voices. They were such lovely stories that it was a shame not to get them down on paper and the children worked very hard this week to write them independently. Well done all! 11th February 2020 Internet Safety Day! Key Stages One & Two have had Internet Safety Assemblies today. The focus was exploring our online identities and reinforced elements of Internet Safety we learned at the beginning of the Autumn Term. The Internet provides endless opportunities for us to learn, communicate and have fun; however, this must be done safely and NOT involve sharing our personal information or identity. Great listening, participating and understanding today! 💙💛 Ages 3-7 Assembly Presentation Ages 7-11 Assembly Presentation 10th February 2020 2J Gymnast Enthusiasts! 2J have been perfecting their gymnastic skills this half term, by adding balances and stretches to our skills. We worked hard to make sure that our shoulder stands were steady and had pointed toes and straight legs (straight up to the sky). We also stretched our legs over our heads to prepare us for completing a forward roll. Finally, we managed to put our new moves together into a sequence of moves, along with different ways to travel. 10th February 2020 Charts, tallies and pictograms! Year 2 have been getting to grips with statistics and data handling over the last two weeks. We have explored how to complete a tally chart - we can use our 5 times table to help us count the data quickly - as well as deciding which is the most and least popular choices. Next, we considered pictograms and how a key was important to deciding what each picture represented - was it 1, 2, 5 or 10? Lastly, we have looked at bar chart. We even created a 3D bar chart using cubes to represent 2J's favourite colours.... 9th February 2020 Story Telling in Y1 As part of National Story Telling Week, the children in Year 1 have been re-telling the famous tale of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. They have enjoyed joining in with the story, and worked in groups to act it out! We have then been building up to writing a re-telling, and have worked incredibly well with our partners to help create a shared piece of writing before we complete the story independently. 9th February 2020 Y1 Find Their Brave! Our Year 1 children have loved talking about the things they will need to find their brave for as part of Children's Mental Health Week. We learnt that sometimes it might be a big thing that you need to find your brave for, such as being an astronaut, or sometimes it might be a small thing, such as saying "No" to something, but they are all important. Have a look at some of our ideas! We would love to hear about all of the brave things you get up to, so feel free to bring in any photographs,... 9th February 2020 Y1 visit the Life Science Centre! Year 1 had a phenomenal visit to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle! This visit combined their learning in History, finding out about the achievements of Neil Armstrong, and the work we will do in Science on different materials. The children loved investigating which material would make the best space suit, launching rockets, star gazing in the planetarium and being hands on with all of the exhibitions! 5th February 2020 Traditional Chinese Art Year 5 have explored ancient Chinese art in the style of The Four Gentleman, which focuses on linear drawing. The children used watercolours to follow a step by step guide of how to effectively paint bamboo and experimented with their brushstrokes. Their work was absolutely beautiful. Well done Year 5! 5th February 2020 Vicious Vikings! Year 5 had great fun learning all about the brutal and vicious viking invasion of Lindisfarne in AD 793. They researched the reasons and motivations for the raid and the impact upon the Anglo-Saxons and monks living in the monastery. Having gathered their facts, the children presented their findings, made fabulous posters and created some very interesting comic strips. Well done Year 5! 31st January 2020 Chinese New Year in RCY Over the last few weeks the children in RCY have really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Hui for sending in some delicious Chinese food for us to try. We all really enjoyed tasting spring rolls and prawn crackers; both were a real hit! As well as food tasting, we have talked about how Chinese New Year is celebrated, listened to stories, watched dragon dances, created our own dragons and shared our own experiences following family visits to Stowell Street in Newcastle. It was lovely to hear so many of our... 27th January 2020 The Eagles Have Landed! Basketball coaching 'Eagles - style' started today with Year 5 learning effective dribbling skills. The children listened carefully to the advice of the coach and spent time putting their skills to the test. They worked extremely hard and by the end of the session were much improved. More exciting sessions are scheduled over the coming weeks. 27th January 2020 Year 5 and the 5 Pillars! Year 5 had great fun exploring the 5 Pillars of Islam. They set off as researchers, using iPads to find out their own facts and share with the class. Each group presented their findings beautifully which helped share knowledge quickly and effectively . The children then recorded their facts and created their very own 5 Pillars display. Well done year 5! 26th January 2020 Chinese New Year in Year 3 Kung hei fat choy! Because this weekend was Chinese New Year, the start of the Year of the Rat, we had a special afternoon of Chinese-based activities, the best of which was tasting some delicious Chinese food! We tried vegetable spring rolls, egg fried rice, noodles with chicken and spring onion - chow mein, and even had a couple of prawn crackers too. We have been hearing some different versions of the Chinese zodiac story throughout the week since some of the children did this as part of their homework. Thank you to those children who explained the story!... 26th January 2020 History in Year 3 - The Stone Age This week in history we have been learning to select relevant information from sources. Each group had an aspect of stone age life to research, ready to present to the class in the next couple of weeks. We found out some very interesting pieces of information about stone age homes, tools, clothing and food.