Zoo Lab paid a visit to Reception

We had a visit from Rob at Zoo Lab with lots of his animals.  Rob told us tonnes of facts and let us hold some of his amazing pets.  We learned some cool facts about each animal: did you know cockroaches have two brains?  Reception were very brave and interacted with all of the creatures!  They were much braver than Miss Little who hid behind the camera all afternoon!  The salamander was our favourite as he looked beautiful and he felt so soft.

We had a bucket load of fun!

Nursery and Reception had a fantastic trip to the beach!  We made some wonderful sandcastles, buried our friends in the sand and went wave jumping.  Needless to say, EVERYONE had an amazing day and we finished it off with a delicious Mr Whippy!  There were a lot of sleepy heads on the bus journey home.  We can’t wait for our next trip to the beach!

Whithaugh Park 2017 – What will you remember?!

High Ropes

It was hard to handle. – Degan

I conquered my fears and it was fun because you had to work as a team to help people. – Lucy

I’m so proud I did the Leap of Faith!  I felt like collapsing – which I couldn’t as we were harnessed in! – Lillie

I was scared at first until I did it and then it was fun! – Natasha

Harder than it looks! – Millie H

Don’t look down! – Kieran


I liked archery because it was something new and when you try it, it is fun! – Erest

This was one of the best activities.  I found the superheroes game fun where you had to get the colours of your favourite superhero. – Kara

Archery was hard because I had not done it before, but, for my first time, I think I did pretty good! – Katie

I found archery entertaining when we reversed the board and the bulls-eye was worth 1 and the outer ring was worth 10! – Kayleigh

Low Ropes

Stop being a wimp and get dirty! – Grace

Only me and Keenan did the monkey crawl! – Emily C

It was fun – just needed to sit on a bin bag on the bus home…arghhhh! – Lennon

This was scary when me and Mr Reader tried to cross the ropes! – Ashleigh

This was a great test of balance, skill and bravery. – Thomas


I remember that I stood in the river and didn’t know how deep it was!  I was in a forest all of my own! – Demi

I guess I was known as Granny! – Ashleigh

Be prepared to be soaked… up and down… splish splash… eyes peeled! – Keiran


Synchronised dabbing with my friends: laughing with embarrassment – it was the best! – Jadon

I loved standing on the raft with my “shadow” friend Emily Miller! – Lillie

I tried to do the pencil jump, but Emma did less splash than me! – Demi

Zip Wire

Just do it! – Ashleigh

Last year it looked scary – this year I just did it!  It was my favourite part! – Jake

Although we were nervous, the excitement over-ruled it! – Emily M

There was a glorious view on the way back up to the top! – Lillie

Scary? Nah! Push yourself! – Kayla

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Dab!

Music Outreach – Durham Cathedral

Our KS2 choir members have been lucky enough to be involved in a programme that started in 2003 working with Sunderland Local Authority Primary Schools. The programme now works with schools throughout Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland, with around 800 children taking part each year.

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The Cathedral Choristers, together with our Director of Music Outreach, James Randle, work with up to eight primary schools from the region each term culminating in a very special concert, where all participating schools have the chance to sing together in the magnificent Cathedral in front of a packed audience of family and friends.

As well as experiencing the joy of singing and a real sense of achievement, participating in music in this way has also been shown to boost children’s confidence and encourage positive social skills. James also works with the teachers from each school, helping them develop choral leadership skills to enable the singing to continue to flourish beyond each music outreach concert.

The aim of the Music Outreach Programme is to encourage a lifelong love of music starting at a young age. The musicianship training used is based on the Kodály method, an approach to music learning developed in Hungary in the 20th century by composer Zoltán Kodály.

We couldn’t be prouder of our choir members: they sounded stunning!  A truly memory forming day!  Thank-you to family and friends who travelled and supported the children.  Thank-you also to Mr Reader and Mr Miller for the extra practices and support!  Well done everyone!

Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Jarrow March

We have had a busy week commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Jarrow March.  Miss Noble and Mr Rafferty’s classes both visited South Shields Museum to see an exhibition marking the Jarrow Crusade’s 80th anniversary.  The exhibition brings new light to a legendary event that captured the imagination of a nation. The march illustrated the plight of the people of Jarrow, whose shipyard had closed and where government, the banks and employers blocked plans for a new steelworks. As the local Member of Parliament Ellen Wilkinson remarked, Jarrow “provided an object lesson” of what the austerity of the 1930s could do to a town. Outraged at the neglect of the town, the council organised a 300 mile trek to London.

The exhibition shows details about the 200 marchers from Jarrow: their hardships, their lives, their town and their protest against injustice. It incorporates archive photographs, artefacts and contemporary footage.

Pupils listened to a local historian and then explored the exhibits.  They then created short scripts and songs to show what they had learnt.

On Friday, KS2 also put on a hugely successful performance of songs, recounts and poetry for KS1 and Reception, parents and friends of our school.  Thank-you to everyone who attended.

Below is the completed video showing how we were involved in the Jarrow Crusade Flash Mob…

Jarrow Crusade Flash Mob (CAP North East) from Unified Media on Vimeo.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

We went on a trip to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens to learn more about animals for our Science topic. There were lots of mammals, reptiles, fish, birds and amphibians to see. We had a fantastic time with our tour guide, Donna. Thank you Kirkley Hall. We will definitely be back to see you and the animals!

Wallington Hall Visit

Yesterday Class 4/5 visited the National Trust property Wallington Hall. Once the home of the Trevelyan family, it linked nicely to our text for this term – The Secret Garden. After a talk from the gardener, we then toured the extensive grounds paying particular attention to the walled garden. We also managed a look inside the great hall, kitchen and library. The children were fabulous and we all had a great day. Do please ask us about it.


Loving Life!

Year 3/4 had a great trip on Tuesday. We went to the Centre for Life in Newcastle, to take part in a workshop linked to our Rocks and Soils topic. We investigated the properties of different rocks and also experimented with the permeability of different soils.

As well as our workshop we explored many of the other fantastic science exhibits on show at the Centre for Life. We particularly liked the ‘Brain Zone’ and the fabulous ‘ Inside Out’ exhibition. A  big highlight for many of the children was the rather scary Halloween themed 4D motion ride.

The staff at the Centre for Life commented on the excellent engagement and behaviour of all our children and they certainly made Mr Hymers proud.

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