Year 2 and Year 6 Assessments 2016

Date Activity
May 2016 Key stage 1 testing period.
Monday 9 May 2016 Key stage 2 English reading test, reading booklet and associated answer booklet.
Tuesday 10 May 2016 Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 1, short answer questions. Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 2, spelling.
Wednesday 11 May 2016 Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 1 arithmetic test. Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 2 reasoning.
Thursday 12 May 2016 Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 3, reasoning.
Weeks commencing 6 June and 13 June Key stage 2 science sampling test period.
Week commencing 13 June Phonics screening check week.

Following on from Parents’ Week, we thought parents of Year 2 and Year 6 pupils would find this short video about this year’s SATs helpful:

CLICK HERE FOR 2016 National Curriculum Tests (SATs): information for parents

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Further information about assessment at Dunn Street can be found by clicking here.

World Book Day

All of the children came to school for World Book Day with their favourite book. They discussed why they were their favourite books and we read them all! Some of the books Mrs Finnigan hadn’t even read! We loved the book called “There’s a Diplodocus at the Door” which Lennox Heslop brought in. It was a mixture of fiction and non-fiction which we all thought was very clever.

E Safety Day

As part of E Safety day, we watched a video from the CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). It was called Lee and Kim’s Adventure: Animal Magic. Lee and Kim log onto a computer game on the internet where other people play too. They soon realise that not everyone is who they say they are.

We made masks and joined in with role play to highlight the importance of keeping our personal information to ourselves as we do not know who we are talking to. We now know we should not share the following things:




family names

telephone number

email address/password


If we are worried about anybody or anything, we should tell a trusted adult immediately. This adult could be a parent, another family member or a teacher.

Stay safe everyone!

For more information about keeping safe online, click here.

Year 1 visit to Blue Reef Aquarium

On Monday 5th October, we visited the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth to support our Science topic, “Animals, including humans”. Although the weather was miserable, we had a fantastic time seeing all of the animals there.

We saw lots of different types of fish…

We saw mammals…

The otters didn’t smell very nice…


We saw reptiles…

and we felt the Bearded Dragon’s dry, scaly skin.


We enjoyed our packed lunches…

We had a rock pool experience and felt a sea urchin, a starfish and a sea snail…

Thank you Blue Reef Aquarium! We had a super time!


Story Maps


After reading the story “The Bog Baby”, the children in Year 1 created their own story maps. They picked out the main parts of the story from the beginning to the end and drew pictures to help them to retell the story. The children drew some fantastic pictures, particularly of the Bog Baby himself.

Super work Year 1!


Have you seen the Bog Baby?

In the news this morning, we found out that the Bog Baby had been spotted at Dunn Street Primary School.



We didn’t find him today.

We think he has disappeared.

If you see him, please let us know!