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Nursery are published authors! My First Poem competition – 4.3.22

At the beginning of the year, our Nursery children took part in a Young Writer’s competition for My First Poem. They answered questions about themselves and the answers turned into their very own poems! We sent them off to the competition and this week, we have received our certificates to say well done and a special bookmark! We are going to be published in the book of First Poems and we are very excited. Here are our competition winners below.

Wear Red for #CHUF day 14.2.22

On 14th February, we wore our red clothes for a £1 donation to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund. The CHUF charity is close to our hearts as we have two children with complex heart conditions in our school community that benefit from this charity at the Freeman hospital. These parents very kindly donated Valentine’s bears so that we could also run Name the Valentine’s Bear.

We raised £246.75 for the CHUF charity.

Our winners of the Valentine’s bear were Charlene from Miss Stamper’s class (Y1) and Junior from Miss Slater’s class (Y4).

Christmas Jumper day – 10.12.21

On Friday, children wore their Christmas jumpers to school and brought in a £1 donation for Save the Children. We raised £274.85.

Author Visit – Helen Rutter – Y4

Because we loved our class novel ‘The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh’ so much, we decided to ask the author for a visit.

She came and read some of her book. She told us how she wrote it based on her son who has a stammer. Then we got to write our own stories in the afternoon. We loved meeting her. She is also an actress, comedian and artist. She was really amazing and inspiring.

Children in Need – 19.11.21

We dressed up and wore our Pudsey clothes for Children in Need. The children brought in a £1 donation to raise money. As a school, we raised £230.

Wellbeing Champion training – 15.11.21

Our Mental Wellbeing lead Mrs Clarke trained up some of our children to be wellbeing champions! Children from each year group completed some virtual training with Mrs Clarke on recognising the signs of poor mental health. They then completed a workshop around ways they can improve their mental health and how they can help other children.

Nursery Rhyme PE Day with Foundation of Light – 12.11.21

Our Nursery and Reception children were lucky to have a Nursery Rhyme themed PE day ran by the Foundation of Light. The children practiced their ball skills and did some little kicks and big kicks with the football. They practiced moving in different ways and balancing on one leg too!

Greggs Breakfast – week beginning 8.11.21

We have very luckily been given the opportunity to provide our children with breakfast on a morning, funded by Greggs and Gentoo. The children now receive a piece of toast, yogurt or fruit as they come into school on a morning. This gives every child the opportunity to have something to eat at the start of the day. Greggs and Gentoo visited our Nursery to see them enjoying their breakfast!

Hoops for Health Year 5/6 – 10.11.21

Our Year 5 and 6 children had a visit from the Newcastle Eagles this half term. They came in and spoke to the children about healthy eating and ways they can improve their own positive mental wellbeing. The children enjoyed the session and are looking forward to seeing the Newcastle Eagles play next term.

Coastal School Reception – Autumn 2

Our Reception children were very excited that Coastal School is back up and running! Reception children attend Coastal School with our coastal school lead Mrs Delap and enjoy lots of fun activities. Here are some examples of the work they have completed at the beach:

Black History Month – 18.10.21

This month we have celebrated Black History month. Each year group chose a Black History topic to focus on and completed some work around this. Here are some work examples from our display.

Year 5 Bikeability – 11.10.21

Congratulations to our Year 5 children who have completed their level 1 and level 2 bikeability course. This is a fantastic achievement and they should be extremely proud.

Summer Concert – 7.7.21

This year, we have held our first summer concert! Each year group was delegated a song and had sessions with our music teacher to practice. We performed our summer concert outside on the yard and luckily the sunshine came out and made it a lovely day enjoyed by all.

School’s football week 24.5.21

During schools’ football week we all enjoyed a week packed with football related activities. Children had a football themed P.E lesson where they learned skills such as dribbling, passing and ball control. In addition, there was a ‘beat the teacher penalty shootout’ where children took penalties at Mr Hodgson. Finally, we held a whole school raffle with plenty of footballs won throughout the school and also one lucky winner won a signed Sunderland football shirt. 
The whole week was an enjoyable experience and it was great to see all of the smiles that schools’ football week brought. 

Congratulations to our raffle winners from the week:

Nursery – Joel

Reception – Savva and Kaiden

Year 1 – Charlie, Eden and Alice

Year 2 – Hunter and Jamie

Year 3 – Jane and Mia R

Year 4 – Tegan and Anthony

Year 5 – Yasmin and Danny

Year 6 – Levi and Livie

Congratulations to our penalty shootout victors who are pictured below.

Check out some of our pupils talking about their experiences during schools’ football week.

Sir Captain Tom Moore Challenge 30.4.21 and 7.5.21

On Friday 30th April and Friday 7th May respectively, we participated in the Sir Tom Moore 101 Challenge. Each year group were assigned different sporting challenges, all using the number 101. Some of the challenges included; 101 star jumps, 101 skips, 101 cartwheels, 101 hurdle jumps, 101 step ups, 101 laps of the school yard, climbing 101 flights of stairs, 101 keepy ups amongst many others.

The challenge was thoroughly enjoyed by all that got involved and it was a great tribute to a hero of our current generation. It was fantastic to see the children throw themselves head first into the challenges, which they done with a smile on their face. We salute you Sir Captain Tom Moore!

World Book Day 5.3.21

We were very excited to celebrate World Book Day this year, even though it was going to be slightly different to normal.

We had two competitions running in school and at home!

Winners – The Great Potato Decorating Competition (Prizes to be given out next week)

Nursery – Poppy Wing

Reception – Ainsley Smith and Mason Gouge

Year 1 – Darcylea Scott

Year 2 – Jamie Laybourn

Year 3 – Maisie Williams

Year 4 – Grace Monarch

Year 5 – Holly Kelly

Year 6 – Alfie Colledge

Winners – The Masked Reader (Prizes to be given out next week)

Nursery – Olivia Wilson

Reception – Jack Douglas

Year 1 – Poppy Wilson

Year 2 – Cienna Emmerson

Year 3 – Ruby Redpath

Year 4 – Archie Rogan

Year 5 – Yasmin Kerr

Year 6 – Maisie McCormick

Firstly, we had The Great Potato Decorating Competition. The children at home and in school were challenged to design a book character using a potato. Here are some of our entries! We also dressed up at home and in school as our favourite book characters.

Secondly, we had The Masked Reader, which was a great success. The children in school and at home have loved playing along! I think the parents enjoyed it just as much as the children. Thank you for all the votes!

All videos can be found here. The reveal video went down so well in classrooms; Nursery asked to watch it again!

Fun in the Snow! 11.2.21

We have been hit with lots of snow this week so lots of us have been getting outside and enjoying some winter fun! We would love to see any more photos you have!

9th February – Safer Internet Day

This week, it has been Safer Internet Day! We feel this is more important than ever with the majority of us working at home and using the internet every day. We have taken part in some lovely activities in school and at home about how we can stay safe online! Remember, if you are not sure about something, always tell a trusted adult.

Here are some examples of our work!

1st – 7th February – Children’s Mental Health Week

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We have taken part in lots of lovely activities this week for Mental Health week. We hope you liked your activity bag and have enjoyed decorating your wooden disc. We look forward to making our giant heart with your creations on our return to school.

January 2021

Well, what a start to 2021! We hope you are all well rested after your Christmas break. We are back to remote learning provision via Showbie and are only open to key worker and vulnerable children. Our children (and parents/carers) have been working very hard at home to keep learning going and we are making the very best out of the situation! We are so proud of how resilient and hardworking you have been in the midst of another national lockdown and we are counting down the days until we can be back together in school. Until then, here are some examples of the fantastic hard work that is being completed at home and in school! Don’t forget, if you need any help or support we are only a phone call away and we will be continuing to check in each week to see how you are doing.

Friday 18th December – Christmas Party Day

We have had a busy week this week full of Christmas fun! I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for all your hard work this term under the current circumstances. We have been working hard to make our Christmas Nativity special for you this year and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it. Here are some photos from our party day and our special treat of a snow machine! Have a lovely Christmas everyone and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

11th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Today has been Christmas Jumper Day! We have been able to wear our Christmas Jumpers for a small donation towards Save the Children! The staff enjoyed wearing their jumpers too and we have created a special Christmas message for you!

We raised a total of £218.20 for Save the Children! Well done everyone.

4th December – Pyjama Day

Today we have got into the Christmas spirit by wearing our pyjamas to school and having a Christmas film with hot chocolate and marshmallows in our classroom. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we watched The Polar Express and had a magical day with our friends.

27th November – Feel Good Friday

Today was Feel Good Friday in school! To get us into the Christmas spirit, we started making Christmas decorations to hang in our classrooms and our corridors to give our school a Christmas makeover. We wore our own clothes to school and each year group made a different set of decorations for the corridor. Here are some of the decorations we made!

13th November – Children in Need

We had a non uniform day for a small donation for Children in Need. The children enjoyed wearing their own clothes to school and taking part in Pudsey activities across the day.

We raised £216.90 for the charity! Well done everyone!

23rd October – MacMillan Cake Sale

Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, we were unable to hold our annual MacMillan coffee morning with our parents, however we did have a cake sale in our classes to raise some money!

The children enjoyed cakes and biscuits in the classroom on Friday afternoon for a small donation! A special treat for everyone and we raised some money too!

9th October – World Mental Health Day

To celebrate World Mental Health Day in school, we dressed in yellow and brought in a donation to go towards the MIND charity.

We took part in some fun wellbeing activities in our classroom and discussed how we could keep ourselves happy during these tough times.

We raised £245.80 for the MIND charity! Well done everyone!

September 2020

The time has finally come for us all to return to school! We were all very excited to see our friends, some that we hadn’t seen since the beginning of the lockdown. When we returned, we went back to our original teachers and classroom for the first two weeks whilst we became familiar with the changes in school.

There were a few changes that we needed to get used to! We wash/gel our hands on entering/leaving the building and between lessons and activities. We now wear our P.E kits to school on P.E days instead of getting changed. There are one way systems in the corridors and our classrooms are set out a little differently. We eat our lunch at our desks now and we have our own section on the school yard.

Lockdown 2020 – 23rd March

On the 23rd March 2020, all schools across the country closed to most pupils due to the coronavirus lockdown. We remained open for childcare for vulnerable children and children of key workers during this time. During this time, we took part in lots of fun learning activities at home and had lots of fun in school too! Here are some photos of what we got up to.

Tuesday 11th February – NSPCC Online Workshop for Parents

The NSPCC came in to deliver an online workshop for parents. The workshop was very informative and gave parents different hits and tips on how to keep their children safe when online. They gave lots of advice to parents on where they can get help online if they need it. EE/O2 are happy to help set up phones with parental controls. Leaflets are available upon request.

Friday 17th January – Hoops 4 Health

Our year 5 basketball team made it to the finals of the Hoops4Health basketball competition for the 5th year running. The team secured a place in the finals when they finished as one of the top 4 teams in their semi-final heats which took place at Cityspace.

This meant that on Friday 17th January the team were invited to the Newcastle Eagles basketball match and had the opportunity to compete on a professional basketball court. All 4 qualifying teams would play a single match prior to the Eagles game with the winning 2 teams competing at half-time to be crowned the Hoops4Health champions. Unfortunately Farringdon lost their first match 2-0 against Seaburn Dene, which meant they were eliminated from the competition. Incidentally, Seaburn Dene went on to win the competition.

The team performed fantastically well and to reach the finals at the Newcastle Eagles stadium is an unbelievable achievement on its own.

Autumn Term – Boy’s Poetry Winners

In year 5, six boys have formed a writing group with Miss Suri. In this group we inspire each other to be creative writers and to share our wildest imaginations in literature.

We entered a Poetry Monsters competition and four of our boys won! We have recently entered a Space Poem competition and have even submitted a 500 word original story to the Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition.

Wish  us luck!

11th December – Polar Express Day/Panto Day Our Key Stage 1/EYFS children enjoyed a polar express day within school. Children wore their pyjamas to school and enjoyed hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. The children had a visit from Santa who brought them a special bell. The children then enjoyed watching the Polar Express in their classes. Meanwhile, our Key Stage 2 children enjoyed a trip to Gateshead Stadium to watch the pantomime!

December 2019 – Food Bank collection Thank you to everyone who donated to our food bank collection this term!

29th November – Fudge Friday Parents were invited into school to listen to children read on Fudge Friday. Fudge stood for ‘Friends, Uncles, Dads, Grandads and everyone else’. The aim of the session was to engage male members of the family in reading with their children! The children enjoyed sharing stories with their families.

Week beginning 11th November – NSPCC assembly and workshops

The NSPCC came into school delivered an assembly on Speak Out and Stay Safe with Buddy. The aim of the session was to equip children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. Our children enjoyed meeting Buddy the speech bubble! The assembly helped our children to understand the different types of abuse and encouraged them to think of a trusted adult they could turn to if they were worried. The workshops were then carried out across Year 5/6 with a more in depth look at different scenarios relating to abuse and discussions were held on what the children could do in those situations.

8th November – French Friday

Our children came into school wearing red, white and blue on French Friday. Each year group had a different French focus from Nursery through to Year 6. Children enjoyed exploring new French words and phrases and trying some french food.

6th November – Water Safety

The RLNI came in this week to deliver assemblies for our KS1 and KS2 children. They also held some workshops in classrooms with a more in depth focus on water safety. The children learnt how to stay safe around water, life saving skills in the water and areas on the beach which are safe to swim. The RLNI told us all about the different jobs they do on a daily basis around our coast!

4th November – Halloween Disco We welcomed all our children back after a lovely half term break! We wanted to give our children one last chance to wear their Halloween costumes before they were packed away for another year. All children came to school in their Halloween costumes and enjoyed a Hallowen disco in the hall. We played lots of spooky games and the children won prizes!

24th – 25th October – Dogs Trust

Dogs trust came in and delivered an assembly with our KS1 and KS2 children. They also delivered workshops in classes on how to make children dog smart! The children learnt top tips on how to keep themselves safe around dogs.

23rd October – Meccano Competition

The children in Meccano club were very excited to take part in a competition this week. Unfortunately, we did not win but all children had a great day and are excited to compete again next year!

16th – 18th October – Show Racism the Red Card This week our Year 5 and 6 children worked with people from ‘Show Racism the Red Card’. They took part in workshops and looked at ways to tackle racism within sports. On Friday, we wore our red clothes for a £1 donation – all donations raised go to Show Racism the Red Card.

Week beginning 7th October – Wellbeing Week This week was Wellbeing week in school. Our wellbeing team were lucky to be awarded the Mental Health Charter Mark on the 10th October. We wore our yellow clothes to school and took part in lots of fun activities. Every child painted a stone to go in Ben’s Garden and create a ‘Positive Pathway’.

4th October – Time Tables Rockstar This week, we have held a Times Tables Rockstars day for children in Key Stage 1 and 2. The children enjoyed coming into school dressed as rock stars. Please click here to see more photos from the day.

27th September – Macmillan Coffee Morning We held our annual Macmillan Coffee morning this week. We would like to thank everyone for their donations of cakes and biscuits. The Year 6 children helped to set up the main hall and sell cakes and biscuits to the parents. On the afternoon, Year 6 children took the remaining cakes around to classes and we almost sold out! We raised a fantastic £220.39 for Macmillan. We hope to beat that amount next year!

10th – 11th September ICE CATS – Jo Carter came into school to deliver ICE CATS training to all of our children. Jo delivered workshops with children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 on how to safely evacuate the school. Jo taught our children hand signals that they can recognise and respond to in the appropriate way. The children had lots of fun practicing their superhero poses!