In reception we have been looking at why we wear poppies. First we watched a clip from CBeebies. Next we Painted and made our own poppies using abstract art. We found red, black and green items from around class to make our poppies. We all had a great afternoon being very creative.
Year One Maths Cafe was a huge success with parents and grandparents enjoying the opportunity to learn through play. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and we are here if anyone needs any help or advice over the coming months.
Today we were lucky enough to be visited by parents and grandparents to play a range of traditional games – no computers allowed! We played two balls, football, skips, Hop Scotch, Hula Hoops and inside we enjoyed making a Tiddly Wink pot, Snakes and Ladders, Draughts, cards and wind-up toys. What a fantastic afternoon and thank you to all those who came and joined in the fun.
Today, two of our school council; James and Mason, both from Year 3 visited South Shields Town Hall, to take part in a Staryland workshop along with other Year 3 children from South Tyneside. Staryland is a fictitious place that needed to elect a new leader – they considered the qualities needed to be a good leader and listened to the manifestos of the two candidates whilst sitting in the actual council chamber! They then voted in a secret ballot and 25 of the 29 children present were in agreement. This experience gave the children a valuable insight into how a democracy works. Both boys were exemplary in their attitude and behaviour.
There is a Welcome Mass for all those children in Year 4 who are making their First Holy Communion this academic year. This is taking place in St Aloysius Church Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 27th September. Children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult.
This morning Isobel brought in a poster she had seen about a missing cat called Mango. Miss Doughty’s class were very concerned about the situation and wanted to make posters to help find Mango. They worked super hard and asked if they could place the posters around the school yard to make everyone aware. We hope Mango is found!
Today some children from our school community visited the foodbank of Key Project in South Shields. We delivered the lovely food hampers which were kindly donated by parents from the Year 2 children. We looked around the facility, hearing all about the community groups which are provided for people in our area including craft clubs, music groups and parent and toddler sessions. We enjoyed hearing about the roles of volunteers in all the groups that are supported by Churches Together. Jo showed us how they created food parcels for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties and may need a helping hand. We were made to feel very welcome and the children asked very thought provoking questions about the charities work. We were able to see how a small act can make a huge difference to someone in need.
The Reception team would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the older members of our community who attended the picnic this afternoon. The children loved making the invitations, menus, decorations for the hall, sandwiches, biscuits and cakes and they seemed to go down a storm! The singing from both Reception and the Year Two choir was beautiful and brought a smile everyone’s face. A truly wonderful time was had by all, we can’t wait for the next one!
Yesterday our Year 5 worked with Mrs McCauley to create hampers to give to Hebburn Help. This was part of the Community Cohesion week in which the children think about being better citizens within the community of Hebburn. The children were well behaved and Mrs McCauley sent the following message:
‘On behalf of Hebburn Helps, I would like to say a huge thank you to Year 5, their parents and the staff. Their contribution to the food bank was fantastic. It was an absolute pleasure to speak to the children and see how enthusiastic and interested they were. We had some fantastic questions from them and hopefully we were able to answer them all. The children really engaged in the activity and it was clear that they’d put in a great deal of work and careful thought.Thank you so much for your support, it’s greatly appreciated.’
A few weeks ago our school council were invited to Hawthorn Court Care Home as part of the Big Lunch initiative. They all took little cards to hand out to the residents. Some of the residents were over the moon with their little gifts. On the way back to school Fr Dave invited them in to ask what they had been doing – they shared a prayer with Fr Dave.