DT at Dunn Street


Once again we have welcomed ‘Technology Tom’ to our class.

This year, linked to our topic of Ancient Greece, we have made a small trebuchet style catapult used to invade strongholds, and also made a start on our own Ancient Greek style stadium which we will complete next week!

Sunderland Illumination Challenge

Over the past week, the pupils from Year 4/5 were asked to design a light for Sunderland Illuminations. The class was split up into groups of four, each with a design incorporating Christmas and the community.

These groups then presented to year 5/6 for a closed vote. The winners, Kieran Hunter’s group, were then invited to Kepier Farm home of Northern Power Grid. They needed to write a presentation to explain their idea. Click here to see the presentation.

Although we did not win, all the children spoke beautifully and clearly. After the nerve wracking presentation, there were many lovely activities to complete including mini competitions, colouring, circuit building, wire folding and even an off road experience.

Kieran Hunter won the wire bending activity.  “I was really surprised as I had to start again after snapping my wire. It was so much fun.”

Ryan: “Phenomenal day!”

Ashleigh: “Nothing to pick as a favourite: I loved it all.”

Demi: ”Fun and exciting especially the off road experience.”

Mrs Dunn: “A truly wonderful day: one of the best trips I’ve been on. The children were fabulous ambassadors for our school. Well done!”

Mrs Hird: “Brilliant, fun and exciting trip!”


Year 3 and 4 have been practising hard over the last few weeks with Mr Gilmore to perfect and improve their gymnastic routines: it has certainly paid off!
This week we went to Temple Park Gymnastics Hub and competed against lots of other schools from South Tyneside. The standard was extremely high but our gymnasts were SENSATIONAL winning the Year 3 team competition and our year 4 girls picking up 1st and 3rd in the individual section.
Mr Hymers and Mrs Dunn were so proud of all the children who really enjoyed the experience and were great ambassadors for Dunn Street.
We would like to thank Mr Gilmore for his expert coaching.

Drumming in Year 4/5

I am so proud of the effort all the children have made this year developing and improving their drumming skills.

Pupils have had the opportunity to play musically with increasing confidence and control. They have developed an understanding of musical composition and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Year 4/5 have played and performed in solo and ensemble contexts playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. As part of the session, they listened with attention to detail and recalled sounds with increasing aural memory.  The session also helped then to appreciate and understand a wide range of music drawn from different traditions.

Many thanks to Mr Olutunji too for all his hard work and we look forward to performing for you at this year’s Sports Day – 8th July.

Mr Rafferty’s Class have been taking part in the £5 Grow project run by Virgin Money.  They have planned and decided how they are going to make a profit.

They will be selling Sweet Trees and Sweet Monsters on Thursday, 16th June 2016 at 3pm-330pm in the school hall.

Sweet Monsters will be 50p and Sweet Trees will be £1.

This is a bargain because not only do you get the sweets, you get a pencil and a decorated cup!

Thank You Daunt Books!!

Today we received a massive box full of new books. These have been given to us by Daunt Books in Marylebone as a thank you to us for designing our reading area in the style of their shop. We have also been invited for a behind the scenes visit!

Reader’s Books Hit London

Dear Mr Rafferty,

Thanks so much for sending the children’s work. Please pass on to them how thrilled we are about their bookshop and how brilliant we think it looks.

We shall reply properly soon but in the meantime, here are some photos of our very delighted booksellers!

Kind regards,

Having contacted our ‘parent’ company Daunt Books, we have been delighted with their response!!

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They have not only tweeted (click here to see the TWEET) about us but also put images of our shop in their shop window in Marylebone, London. Many thanks to them.  Anthony Wootten also tweeted about how impressed he was with Readers’ Books!IMG_3123

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