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Our KS2 Assembly this week, incorporated the theme of National Story Telling Week as we listened to the parable of The Good Samaritan. The Bible story of the Good Samaritan is a parable to demonstrate how we should “love our neighbours as ourselves.” When others need our help the most, like the man beaten by robbers on the road, our love for neighbours is truly tested. We should strive to be like the Good Samaritan, helping others in times of suffering.
Then, in KS2 Music, on Friday, we listened to 3 different musical “stories”. The first came from the Oregon Symphony website that has a series of stories with musical accompaniments. We listened to “I am Enough” featuring the flute. We also listened to “Pick Yourself Up” (our School Value Resilience Song) and “World In Union” (our School Value Cooperation Song) and discussed the stories behind the songs.
‘The tragic death of Harrison in 2017, when he was in Year 7 at Guilsborough, brought home to our community the importance of teaching our children about safety on the Railways. Schools play a vital role in keeping our children safe.’
Simon Frazer, Principal at Guilsborough Academy.
KS2 now know how important it is to promote rail safety and educate ourselves and young individuals on how to be rail safe. This campaign is a great way to do just that and in assembly this morning, we watched and shared the relevant 15 minute safety video.
This is the link to the KS2 video so that you can also watch it at home:
The link to the KS1 video is here:
Over 19 million students, parents and teachers from across the UK have already watched these videos which has led to a significant decrease in the number of incidents in their area through watching the safety videos.
KEY FACTS –
- A train weighs the same as 80 elephants – 400 tonnes
- A train travels faster than a car on a motorway (70mph) or a cheetah (60mph) – it travels at 125mph
- A train takes 1.25 miles to stop
- A train can cover 100m in 3 seconds
The Magnificent 7 measured how far 100m is – it’s approximately the length of our school field…
You can find additional rail safety videos and resources at https://switchedonrailsafety.
Over the festive period, the hard-working KS2 choir participated in a range of performances. They were able to do this as they attended after-school clubs, gave up lunch-times and completed extra sessions within school. This showed dedication and commitment.
Their first performance was at The Christmas Tree Festival.
The choir also collaborated with the other Blue Skies Federation schools, Marine Park and Whitburn, to perform at the South Tyneside Carol Concert at Temple Park. We are very grateful to Mr Richardson for all his help in making this the huge success that it was!
The choir was invited to Carols by Candlelight at St Paul’s. This has become a Dunn Street tradition and it seemed fitting that we were able to sing a composition by Mr Miller who was our pianist for many years!
Finally, the choir was the hinge pin that brought the KS2 Nativity together. A fitting end to the festivities in school!
This half term, Year 5 have completed some amazing watercolour paintings linked to our Remembrance work and our English text ‘Poppy Fields’. Their Watercolour Poppy Field paintings are so fabulous, we wanted to share them with everyone at home and even decided to use them to create our calendars for 2024. Here’s a sneak peek:
On Wednesday, Year 5 visited Preston Park Museum to discover all about a traditional Victorian Christmas! We completed a workshop where we created some authentic Victorian decorations, including baubles; Christmas Cards and crackers! We learnt about the types of gifts period in the Victorian time would have received, and compared these to our lives.
We had a chance to explore the Victorian street, and visited a sweet shop; a grocery; a haberdashery and . We even had time to complete a Nutcracker hunt around the museum, where we found out lots of interesting facts about Christmas in the Victorian time (Did you know that Santa Claus used to be dress in green, rather than red?)! We had an absolutely brilliant day.
Today, Year 5 prioritised oracy over our penmanship and had a great day where we focused on our communication skills. We had a brilliant day working in small groups; pairs and teams across all our subjects.
In Maths, we created our own multiplication game using flashcards and practised our times tables with our partners:
In Science, we completed a practical experiment investigating friction and the impact of different materials on the distance a toy car can travel. We explained our results as a class and were able to make informed conclusions based on our findings:
Today, pupils in Key Stage 2 went to St Paul’s Church for a special Remembrance Service with Reverend Jason Wratten. We observed the Two Minute Silence and created a Roll of Honour for the old boys of Dunn Street Boys’ School who lost their lives in The First World War.
On Sunday, representatives from Dunn Street will be attending this year’s Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at Jarrow Town Hall. Wreaths will be laid at the memorial at 10:20, with the service beginning at the War Memorial in Station Street at 10:55.
Finally, thank you to everyone who supported the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Your donations will continue to support the Armed Forces Community; those currently serving, ex-serving personnel and their families.
This is the song Flesh and Blood, which we sang as part of our Service of Remembrance today:
Today we had an amazing PE lesson, where the skills we have been practising in our PE lessons this half term were showcased in our ‘End of Half term tournament’. There were flashes of brilliance as players were nutmegged; sneaky shots aimed for the top corners of the nets and tremendous tackles were taken. Year 5 had a blast: