Our school piano has had a makeover from all the children in the school. The previous piano cover had protected and decorated our piano for many years but it had been repaired so many times it needed replacing. The children, with the help of local artist Kerry Cook, designed and made a new cover for the piano which reflected all the elements of our school and our community. Every child contributed and added a piece of work to the collage. Well done to everyone who took part!
Year 6 visited SafetyWorks! to take part in a series of interactive safety scenarios to help them learn how to live safely and prevent danger.
They were taught how to cross the road safely and how to identify fire dangers in the bedroom. They also experienced escaping from a fire and making the 999 call. The children saw a hospital ward and practised the recovery position. At the West Fifteen Metro Station, they found out how to travel safely and the dangers of the overhead cables. In the police station they found out what happens when someone is arrested and considered the possible impact of personal choices.
It was a very enjoyable visit with invaluable learning.
The children in Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed their Viking visitor. He brought with him his belongings, clothing and weapons. The children had lots of fun trying on the clothes and one person even got to experience a Viking burial! They even found out how to use a spear! Everyone learnt lots of new facts and had lots of fun. What a great day!
The children all got into the Christmas spirit at the end of the Autumn term by having a Rock Band visit the school. At first, the children sat very smartly listening carefully to the string of famous songs but it wasn’t very long before children and staff alike were dancing away! The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children and staff. Thank you to Chris Little and his band for giving us such a lovely start to the holidays!
This autumn, the whole school had chance to learn how to draw portraits of their favourite characters. Kerry Cook, from the Sunderland Art Rooms, held a workshop for each year to teach the children the skills they need to produce effective portraits.
As part of their topic this term, Year 5 & 6 spent the morning cooking traditional Mayan food. They made tortillas from scratch and also hot chocolate made with cocoa. The best part of the day, after they had cleaned up, was tasting their hard work!
Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a full day with Theatre Space this November to find out more about the Mayan Civilisation. They took part in drama as well as arts and crafts. See some of our photographs below.
Year 5 and Year 6 visited Bowes Museum to take part in a Discover Arts Award workshop. They looked at the work of Sunderland artist Jo Howell and then explored her technique of cyanotype printing. They had lots of fun in the play area at lunchtime and watched the famous mechanical silver swan before returning to school.
Years 4-6 had a fun morning using different items of junk to make models. They thought about their design and what they wanted the out come to be. See if you can tell what some of them are?
The RNLI came to visit the school to teach us all about water safety. We learnt lots of hints and tips to keep safe around water and found out the best way to manage cold water shock if we ever fell into water. Some children also had the chance to dress up as Lifeguards!
Some of year 4, 5 and 6 have been learning about what skills you might need if you were stranded somewhere to keep safe. We explored how to make clean water from a stream, river or ocean. We also researched what foods were safe to eat in the wild. We talked about protecting ourselves not only from the weather but also any animals that might prey on us.
We designed and then made a shelter that would protect us and learnt about two methods to make fire to help us cook, keep warm and also ward off animals and insects.
We ended the session with BBQ sausages and toasted marshmallows (which we know wouldn’t be available if we were stranded)!