On 11th June year 6 had a visit from a fireman, he showed us different items that had at some point been in a fire and then he explained how the fire had started. He explained ways in which we could try to prevent a fire starting and what to do if a fire started in our house. It was very interesting and we learned a lot.
Year 6 were so excited to receive their leavers hoodies. Don’t they look smart!
On Monday 20th May, Year 6 took part in a ‘Kwik Kricket’ tournament at South Shields cricket grounds. It was the largest festival of its kind ever to be run with over 40 teams playing and competing.
Our school took 3 teams of 10 and played in different rounds against a variety of local primary schools from around the borough. Each team had 8 players in the match at one time. We enjoyed fielding and batting experiences but perhaps most of all the chance to work in teams together which allowed us to progress our cricket skills and grow in confidence throughout the day.
All teams played well and represented the school with sporting etiquette and skill. Teams C and B both won two matches and lost two, Team A won three matches and lost their final one by 5 points after a controversial interjection by another cricketer. Despite this, all players kept their heads held high and enjoyed a sunny day out playing cricket.
Well done to all our pupils who achieved a bronze or silver attendance award this morning. What a great turn out of parents and carers also!
On Tuesday 2nd April we held our Easter Assembly. Each year group had a question they had been working on relating to Easter.
Year 3 – What do Christians remember on Palm Sunday?
Year 4 – Why is Lent such an important period for Christians?
Year 5 – Why is The Last Supper important to Christians?
Year 6 – Why are Good Friday and Easter Sunday the most important days for Christians?
Children shared stories, pictures and work they had been working on in class to answer their question.
During out time at The Victorian Tunnels we spent time in a classroom where we had the pleasure of meeting a local guide called Basil who grew up in Newcastle and was aged 10 as the war began: he spent time in the tunnel and was also evacuated to Barnard Castle. He told us that he had enjoyed his time of evacuation, living with his brother and a very kind host. We found out about rationing, gas masks, the strap and cane, ARP helmets and Anderson and Morrison shelters. We were able to use replica items and try things on and observe and handle secondary resources linked to WW II. We had a brilliant time and learned a lot although the most exciting thing was definitely getting the chance to hear Basil talking about his first-hand experiences!
Visiting the Victoria tunnels was a very interesting experience filled with historical facts that were local to our nearest city of Newcastle. We travelled 55 feet underground to where people were considered safe during times of bombing. We saw benches people sat on as they waited for the all clear and three storey bunk beds for people who managed to secure a more restful temporary stay. ARP’s monitored people getting to the Victoria tunnels and tunnel wardens patrolled them on a night ensuring people used them respectfully, issuing fines for misuse. (£5 ) The tunnels were long and always maintained a temperature of 12-13 degrees Celsius: toilets were located at the entrance and people sang, played the spoons and chatted to pass time. Luckily, we had individual torches to help illuminate out journey however we experienced time down the tunnel without light too – it was quite daunting.
We spent time in a classroom too where we discussed the time of a local guide called Walter who grew up in Newcastle who was aged 10 as the war began: he spent time in the tunnel and was also evacuated to Barnard Castle. By all accounts, he enjoyed his time of evacuation and lived with his brother and a very kind host. We found out about rationing, gas masks, the strap and cane, ARP helmets and Anderson and Morrison shelters. We were able to use replica items and try things on and observe and handle secondary resources linked to WW II. We had a brilliant time and learned a lot.
As part of World Book Day our school took part in a competition to design a national book token. Here are our winners!