Brilliant Beamish

My Amazing Army Day

Yesterday, my class and I went to Beamish.  First we went on a journey through a lot of terrain that was easy to cross and soon we got tour instructors Bill and Hannah.  We were split up by them because we first needed to know how you would have worked if you lived in England at the end of the 19th century (1910-1020).

In the first lesson, in the men’s munitions department, we made steam turbines for the ships.

We went through stages such as drawing the turbine, cutting it, folding it and finally constructing it. We got terrible news that Britain had declared war on the Germans.

When we got to the parade ground, we tried to stand in a straight line but some of us went out of the straight line! We did some exercises that trained us to be a soldier. We then skipped 4 years to go back to the factory and sack the girls.

In the afternoon, when we got to the farm, I was a bit too hyper. A group of us went and saw a few calves and cows and longhorns first. After that, the whole class was trying to see them. We saw a few pigs that were not territorial.

We got past some undulating terrain to get to the bus. Yesterday was the best day of my life!

Bret Y5

Yesterday, I had the best day ever. You won’t believe how good my day was at Beamish.

Firstly, we went into a hut. It took a little longer than I thought, but we still got there and I saw Hannah and Bill. We got split up into different genders [girls and boys] to do different activities. In my case, I was a munitions worker, in the girls’ case they were doing the house-work. We needed to make turbines for Emily Parsons’ ship. We were told that we needed to battle to save our future selves. The women took our place to work.

Secondly we trained to become a professional soldier. We did weird exercises but I am sure it would keep soldiers fit. Bill’s name became Sergeant Eliot and mine became Private Chandler. We also walked in a straight line together.

”4 years later!” Bill said. We went back to the munitions factory and the girls got sacked by the manager. I was surprised they got sacked that easily.

After that, we went to the farm. We saw pigs, horses and cows. We were at the farm for a little while then went to the sweet shop.  Someone was making peach and cream: it was lovely!

Lastly, we went to the gift shop and I got a slinky and a strawberry lolly. I tested it and it was about 5 metres – the slinky not the lolly!

Out of all my days in my life this was the best!

Kady Y5

Yesterday, we went to Beamish and it was brilliant.

First we went to the pit Village where we did a little role play. The boys were wearing granddad caps and we were making turbines that go on boats, then we got told we had to go to war.  Sargent Elliot trained us to be the best we can be. The Germans surrendered and we had to go to the factory and tell the others.  We kicked all the girls out of the factory and we got our jobs back. But it wasn’t all bad for the women because they got the vote in 1918. But you had to own property or be over 30 years old.

Secondly we went to the farm where we saw horses, trailers, chickens, pigs, cows and bulls. We saw two old Fords and behind the farm was a golf course.

Then we started walking to the gift shop.

I learnt who to train to be in the war and how to march in a straight line as well as how to be a soldier and make turbines for battle ships and normal ships.

We had a brilliant day: you should go on day!

Kurtis Y5

Yesterday, we had an educational day. Hannah and Bill came a few weeks ago.  We saw Hannah and Bill again at the munition factory.

In the factory, we put our feet in to people’s shoes and pretended we were that person and had to do some jobs at different stages. Some people were fast so they went to the stage where people were struggling and helped them. After Mr Elite was giving us 2minutes at each stage. We were constructing turbines until… Sergeant Elite came and we had to battle The Great War.

While getting told this, we had to get fit. We did some exercises. Before we did the exercises, we marched and marched until we got it right.

My favourite of the day was when the boys could be realistic person going on the battlefield and be a strong person doing it.

When we went to lunch, I loved how they put the pickaxe and the mask and the helmets in the window so when we go for lunch again they will probably be different things there, but if you picked up the pickaxe it would probably snap.

At the farm, I liked how I saw a calf running for freedom and the cows were lying lazily.

I hope we go again.

Dylan Y5

A woman’s work is never done…

Off to war…

The end of the Great War… but the start of something so much more… click here to learn more.


Can you choose one that nobody else does?

Where is it?

Why have you chosen it?

What makes it a special place?

Does this place have any natural features?

Does this place have any man-made features?

Does it have any rivers, hills, mountains and lakes or is it by the coast?

This presentation can be done independently or in a SMALL group (no more than 3 pupils).   You are still encouraged to work with someone at home and talk about what you are doing.  Can they help you with knowledge of a country or city that you do not know about?

You will have to present what you have learnt to the rest of the class AS AN ADVERT THAT PERSUADES OTHERS TO VISIT THIS AREA.

Watch adverts that encourage you to visit places…

Advert lengths have changed over the years and now they are either: 15 seconds, 3o seconds or 6o seconds.   You must NOT exceed 120 seconds.  Plan who is going to say what… engage the audience: make it interesting!  Be speedy! Be persuasive!  Be clear! Be brave – be successful!

Present about any city or country within The Six Nations … the choice is yours!

The presentation will be marked out of 40:

What is being marked: Mark out of 10:
Confident speaking to the audience (use of voice, looking at people)
Keeping the audience interested (use of questions, not reading from card all the time)
Quality of props
Quality of homework (time and effort)
Total marks out of 40

“Fun, easy atmosphere” @ Y5/6 Maths Cafe!

After a busy morning, using our mathematics to bake delicious shortbread (thanks Mrs Noble, Mrs Baxter & our wonderful ladies in the kitchen), Y5/6 pupils welcomed parents, friends and relatives into our classroom.

Challenges in the morning involved changing imperial measurements from Mrs Noble’s VERY old recipe book into metric measurements, weighing the ingredients and calculations around the properties of a circle.

The afternoon session followed successful EY and KS1 Maths Cafes and one feedback form kindly said there was “nothing to improve as I have really enjoyed all three Maths Cafes I have attended with my children”!

The “informative” session aimed to allow adults to “see what is expected of the children” and was a mix of  a “high level of interaction”, “being involved” and “seeing my (child) work maths out”!

It was “nice to see everyone happy”… even those a little wobbly at the start!  Miss Noble was also “delighted” to welcome back past pupils into the class… even if it did explain the (recent)  emergence of grey hairs!

Maths bit: 100% of adults and pupils found the session useful and would recommend the session to others!

The final word goes to the pupils who made the session such a success with their positive attitude, enthusiasm and comments:

I liked..

“…showing off my skills!”

“…helping the adults to do our maths!”

“…having fun with my ma!”

“…being able to explain about what we have done.”

“…how my Mam could learn about what we do in class.”

“…that my Mam might be able to help me on my homework.”

“..that we learnt that maths is really important.”

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New Year Homework Project

Miss Noble’s Class Project: UPCYCLING

Due date: 15th January 2018.


What does it mean to “upcycle”?

How is it different to “recycle”?

Can you find any examples of imaginative “upcycling”?

What makes them special?

What can you “upcycle” after the Festive Period?

Where did you get your inspiration from?

How successful is your item?

If you were to do it again, would you change anything?

Use diagrams/pictures/photos

Use poems/stories/facts/figures




Improve your presentation skills – what do you have to do?!


This is a presentation for one, two or three people, however you are still encouraged to work with someone at home and talk about what you are doing.

You will have to present what you have created to the rest of the class.  You will talk for approximately three minutes.   Plan who is going to say what… engage the audience: make it interesting!  Be different!

Make your item unique, original and inspiring… start 2018 well!


The presentation will be marked out of 20.

Queen Elizabeth Carol Service

Wonderful links were maintained as choir members from our class travelled to Darlington in order to participate in a special carol service which brings together members of the College, the local community and the children of Dunn Street.  The message of “Giving is better than receiving” resonated strongly with our class having recently participated in our fundraising for Walking With The Wounded.

Alongside other guests, we enjoyed Pass the Parcel and Bingo!!  Our singing went down well as the audience enjoyed a scrumptious lunch.  When we had finished our lunch, we performed a variety of carols and the poem, “A Christmas Guest”.

Check out our Twitter feed for other photos.


Dunn Street couldn’t be prouder of our Year 5/6 class and all they have achieved in this section of the PWA.  Their awareness, compassion and respect has been utterly compelling – at this time of year, it is heartening to see children getting so much from giving rather than receiving.

We are on target for raising in excess of £800 which is a phenomenal achievement.  Thanks to everyone who donated and our new friends from … this is how your money will make a difference:

Support the wonderful work of Skillforce, the charity that runs the PWA, by sending virtual Christmas cards! 

Follow the run-up to our successful walk by visiting our Twitter feed:

Lambton Worm Review

The following review has created a stir on Twitter… click to find out more!!!

Are you contemplating going to see The Lambton Worm at The Customs House?  Well you’re in for an amazing ride!  See brave, bold John find love with a princess.  Watch two sisters fight and Poisonous Pen conjure up a whopping worm looking for true love.  -Kayleigh

Warning!  WARNING!  Do not visit this pantomime if you hate laughs, fun and extravagant entertainment!  -Emily

Come early, it you are thinking about coming, as you can have a great time singing songs with your friends and family before the show has started.  Dancers, actors and jazzy costumes – you won’t know where to look!  -Lucy

The costume designers, Paul Shriek and Matt Fox created costumes that were detailed and looked exactly what you expect from The Lambton Worm.  The colours, in my opinion, definitely suited the characteristics of the characters.  -Leo

Credits all to Paul Shriek and Matt Fox for using their magic minds to create miracles upon the stage.  From furry animals to glittering, blinding dresses (and not just for the ladies!) these men can do it all!  -Emily

My favourite part was when John and the Princess kissed: it was sooooo romantic!  An onstage kissing scene brightens up almost every audience member’s day!  They were so perfect together.  -Alice

The pasting scene was hilarious – I don’t want to spoil it for you, but, Bella was trying to develop a room and it all went wrong!  Puddles (the dog) dropped a tub of glitter and made a right mess!  While Poison Pen was in a dungeon, she was trying to make a diabolical scheme.  She was teaching a worm, not any worm, a massive worm of terrors.  -Conor

My favourite character is Poison Pen.  She acted like a witch when she told Sir John to put on the cursed armour and to first kill the worm and then kill the first living thing he sees.  – Conor

It’s the 150th anniversary of the story The Lambton Worm.  This is a Geordie pantomime.  In my opinion, the best character was Sir John because he was the prince in the story and he was told to kill the worm but instead he let it go.  -Kurtis

Outrageously wonderful, the backdrop is unique just like the twist in the plot.  There were times when the backdrop looked like a child’s imagination and then times when it looked like it took years to design…not a fault in sight.  -Kara

Music was varied and depending on the character.  If Sir John entered on stage, the music would be bold and daring whereas if Poisonous Pen strutted onto stage, sinister music would play.  -Kara

The whole performance was full of comedy, singing, dancing and great performances.  I would recommend this for any people to come and watch.  It is for children and adults in my eyes.  Although I have seen it before, I would be excited to see it again.  5 stars out of 5.  -Lucy

It is fun-filled with giggles and laughter and comedy and romance.  -Conor

We (Year 5/6) are organising a walk because the Prince William Award has set us a challenge: we are to raise awareness for a chosen charity.  We have chosen Walking with the Wounded and the campaign Walking Home for Christmas.

Every Friday, we are participating in the Prince William Award where we solve problems and instructors help us to “dare to be our best self”.  PWA is run by a charity called Skillforce who develop our skills and give us the opportunity to do the right things in life.  Developing young students’ minds, like ours, the PWA helps us understand real life situations and gives us quality memories that we cherish and remember forever.  Sarah (our comrade) helps us build our confidence through teamwork and resilience.  We enjoy these sessions because they help us communicate and bond with each other.  We complete journals at the end of each session and reflect on the guiding principles.  These guiding principles (which we will use in the future) have made us choose the charity Walking with the Wounded: kindness, conscientiousness, sharing, compassion, neighbourliness, gratitude, good health, optimism and appreciation.

Walking with the Wounded is a charity that helps ex-servicemen and women with a range of issues when they leave the services (eg mental health and physical needs) to get back to civilian life.  The PWA instructors are mostly ex-services and this was one of the reasons we chose this charity.  The charity provides equipment that they need to get jobs and get rid of the war memories that causes them to act out of character.  During this event, Walking Home for Christmas, we are hoping that the message comes across that we are doing this because we want to… not because we have to… we hope you choose to support us and this fabulous charity.

We will follow a route around Jarrow and sing carols/Christmas songs, hand out gifts and spread Christmas spirit as we walk!

Please visit our registration page or our Just Giving Page to show your support…