24th March 2020 Year 3 English - Play Scripts Our first job was to get fully into the role of the two characters from a story - the arguing brother and sister. Funnily enough, the boys and girls found this very easy indeed! Each character had a different coloured paper on which to write their 'lines'. Our next job was to add stage directions. We found out that these parts of the text help the actors to know how to behave or how to say something and they must be written in the present tense. We added these in on yellow paper and we practised our play.... 24th March 2020 DT in Year 3 - Sewing In design technology, we have worked extremely hard to master the important skill of sewing. We began by looking at different sorts of pencil cases and how they were fixed together then we found out about 2 types of stitch that help us when making our own pencil cases - running stitch and whip stitch (you can check how to do these stitches in the link below). After practising both types of stitch and learning how to sew a button on, we made our own pencil cases using our preferred stitch for the sides. stitches 24th March 2020 Swimming Gala - South Tyneside Finals WOW! What can we say? We are immensely proud of our Year 6 swim team! Back in February, the children attended the Gateshead Swimming Gala and competed against 32 other schools for a place in the county finals. Our children put on an amazing performance and they showed such a positive attitude whilst at the pool side by constantly cheering on their peers. The girls were awarded a gold medal in the medley relay and one of the girl's finished 2nd place in the breast stroke race and was awarded a silver medal. As a team, we finished in... 24th March 2020 Year 3 Computing - Graphing This term's computing unit has been about Graphing. We have been learning to collect data and insert it into a table in order to create a variety of graphs - bar charts, block graphs and pie charts. This has linked well with work done in both maths and science recently and the children have really enjoyed it. We explored how different colours were helpful for a reader/user to see the bars on a bar chart more easily and how changing the scale on the side of the graph changes the whole graph. 24th March 2020 Geography in Year 3 - mapping our school In geography this term we have been focusing on map work. To begin with, we looked at maps of Dunston with our partners and tried to find places we knew. We used locational language of north, east, south and west to play 'Where's Wally?' Is he east of the Metrocentre? Is he south of the railway lines? Later we played a game with some unusual symbols - some of the children spotted that we'd seen a couple of these in our Where's Wally? session! Sch - school. We discovered that if we see these symbols on a map, they tell... 17th March 2020 Measures in Reception In Reception we have been learning all about measures. We were able to order string according to its length and order ourselves from shortest to tallest. We enjoyed finding items in the classroom and measuring them using cubes. We then raced cars to see which car could travel the furthest! What things can you measure at home? Please let us know. 14th March 2020 Nursery are washing away the germs As part of our early years curriculum we learn how to look after ourselves. A regular occurrence is washing our hands because we know that this helps us to stay clean and healthy. The activity we enjoyed was using washing up liquid, water and glitter by pretending the glitter was germs (we know that you can't actually see germs) and we had to wash the glitter away with water and soap. We used pippets filled with washing liquid and dropped small amounts into a bowl filled with glitter and we could instantly see the glitter spreading to the... 14th March 2020 What can we do to save the planet? British Science Week's 'Diverse planet' theme fitted so well to Year 2's science unit this half term. We have been looking at different habitats, micro-habitats and also food chains! We have learned about predators and prey, which linked well to our English unit about non-chronological reports about Polar Bears, producers and consumers and what it means to be alive! For British Science Week, we then learned about two different animals and their habitats. 2J's animal was the unique narwhals, who are found in Arctic habitats, which we found fascinating to learn about. We also learned how to protect the... 14th March 2020 We are all unique! In Year 2, we have been looking at how everyone is unique and diverse. This linked so well to our British Science Week 2020 work around 'Our Diverse Planet.' We understood how everyone looks different, has different likes and dislikes and how we have to show care and respect to everyone as a result. 3rd March 2020 Diwali Dance This half term, Year 4 have enjoyed perfecting their skills in dance and performed a fantastic 'Diwali dance' in front of their peers. Within their routines, they focused on using the space around them, changing speed and direction, mirroring their partner and working at different levels. Ask your child to show you their moves! 2nd March 2020 Working with Nurse Wendy x Reception enjoyed working with Wendy, a nursery nurse from the QE Hospital in Gateshead. She came to talk to the children about what it was like to visit a hospital, who they might see there and she showed them some of the equipment that the doctors and nurses might use. The children had the chance to act as patients or doctors and nurses and they were able to try on casts, listen to one another’s heart beats and have bandages put on! They had a great afternoon and showed such curiosity. Well done Reception. Perhaps we have some... 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. 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.