Send My Friend to School 2016

Year 5/6 have joined schools across the country who speak out for the 37 million children missing out on school in crisis affected countries.

Worldwide the numbers affected by emergencies is at an all time high displacing more children than ever before from their homes and schools. For 2016, the Send My Friend to School campaign is calling on pupils in the UK to speak out for the tens of millions of children who are missing out on school due to conflicts, natural disaster and other emergencies.

When conflicts are long-term or massive natural disasters hit, children may go for years without attending school causing whole generations to be lost to education. Half of Syrian children are now missing out on school.

Every year, natural disasters are affecting 175 million children and disrupting schooling for many. Last year in Nepal one million children were left out of school after two massive earthquakes destroyed 35,000 schools and 600,000 homes.

Apart from wars and natural disasters other emergencies are keeping children from their basic right to an education. In Sierra Leone nearly 2 million children were forced to abandon school because of Ebola. And in northern Nigeria the violence from Boko Haram has displaced 1.4 million children from their homes and destroyed 900 schools.

Education is vital for all children but it is more important than ever in an emergency. In the middle of destruction, violence and instability, school can be a place of stability, safety, learning, and hope for the future.

World leaders have made a new commitment to deliver quality education for every child up until the age of 15, but currently more funding is needed to support children in crisis situations.

This year’s campaign action was to create paper rucksacks symbolising the journeys made by children who have to leave their homes and schools.

We tweeted through @DunnStreet63 and sent the messages to our MP – Stephen Hepburn.

Hugely Successful Whithaugh Park Trip!

This year’s residential has been one of the best yet with a fabulous set of children who took on all challenges and were a pleasure to take away!

The trip started with a fascinating visit to World In Miniature where we looked at over 50 exhibits all perfectly re-created to 1/12 of their original size…

Whilst at Whithaugh Park, we kayaked, raft-built, tried orienteering, tackled the Low Ropes Course and Zip Wire, swam and enjoyed marshmallows round the camp fire!

We finished off our three days by visiting Walltown and climbing onto Hadrian’s Wall.

Music Hands in Year 6

Year 6 have finished their final term’s music project.  Click here to visit the top tracks.

Music Hands iBand project is a mobile ipad orchestra, delivered by Mr O who runs contemporary music workshops. The aim is to develop, creative, team and musical skills through the medium of touch technology.
Their web platform is a space designed to further develop engagement with contemporary music. Click here to visit their site.



Homework Project – due 5th July


Homework – Your Values

Due date: 5th July

 give well-structured descriptions and explanations for different purposes, including for expressing feelings  speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English   participate in presentations    gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)  select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.


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The Olympic Values are:

  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Friendship


The Paralympic Values are:

  • Determination
  • Inspiration
  • Courage
  • Equality


Produce a short presentation (about 2-3 minutes) about YOUR VALUES and WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU.  As part of the presentation you might like to complete elements of the Get Set Value Awards (details above).

Think about the title of your presentation, engaging with your audience and making an impact.  As always, you will be marked on these qualities (out of 10 each time):

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 (as appropriate)

Quality of homework (time and effort)

Total marks out of 40

Love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fate combine in an exhilarating classic ballet.

Kenneth MacMillan’s best-loved adaptation of this famous play continues Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2016 Shakespeare celebration.

Set to Prokofiev’s soaring score, Romeo and Juliet tells the familiar tale of two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts. From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet has been an audience favourite since its first performance.

“One doubts that there is any work, in any medium, more emotionally pummelling than Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.”  The Telegraph

“Paul Andrews’ designs are rich […], giving the whole ballet the look of a renaissance painting.”  The Independent

Pupils in Year 5/6 enjoyed this performance that rounded off a term’s study of Romeo and Juliet.  It allowed them to compare and contrast Baz Luhrmann’s version, West Side Story, Play In A Day, Marcia Williams’ version and The Animated Tales.

Our behaviour was exemplary and Mr Reader was delighted that members of the audience congratulated him on how well the class behaved.

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

Download (PDF, 1.52MB)

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

South Tyneside Gymnastics Programme

Members of Year 5 and 6 today represented our school in the South Tyneside Gymnastics Tournament at Temple Park Leisure Centre.

We are delighted to announce that the Year 5 squad were second overall which is a super achievement.

We are also very proud to say that Emma Smith in Year 5 was third in the Open Floor Competition and has therefore qualified for the Regional Finals at Silksworth later in the year.

Well done everyone and thank-you to our coach, Mr Gilmore, for his hard work over the term.

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Play In A Day

As part of Shakespeare Week, Year 5/6 performed Romeo and Juliet with the theatre company Konflux.

They rehearsed and presented their work to the rest of the school all within one day!

What was the aim of the day?  What were we trying to achieve?

We were trying to imagine what it would be like in Verona or Mantua.  – Sam / Teamwork!  – Bailey / We were aiming for fluency in our speaking.  – Keisha / We had to overcome nerves and stage-fright.  – Lynden / We focused on our body language skills. – Emily / We needed to do acting that showed emotions.  – Jadan & Lillie / We became more familiar with the plot.  – Mark / The aim was to see how it feels to be an actor. – Charlie / The aim was to share with younger pupils that they don’t need to be afraid on stage. – Kayla / We were aiming for interaction with audience. – Kimberly

How did you feel at the beginning of the day?

At the start, I felt embarrassed, but then I felt better because everyone was in the same boat! – Tyler / I was nervous at the start and worried about my lines. – Levanah / I was confident when we started the day because I was excited to find which character I would play. – Keisha / When we started, I was excited because I had seen my sister do it and have imagined doing it myself! – Grace

Which parts did you find challenging and why?

Remembering the words was the most challenging part for me.  –  Simone / Listening to the previous line helped me remember my lines  – Mark /  I found being dramatic  and having people staring at me challenging. – Lynden / Being centre-attention was challenging for me.  – Thomas / The first time I came on stage was the most challenging part of the day. – Ethan / I found it challening to act sadness because I wanted to giggle – I overcame it by changing my body language! – Samuel

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