Staff from Whithaugh Park Outdoor Centre came to visit and ran a teambuilding afternoon.
Year 5 and pupils from the ARMS unit were involved in activities both outside and in the classroom.
Some excellent team discussions took part linked to the activities and it is clear who the potential leaders will be when year 5 go to Whithaugh Park.
The school was one of the first schools in Gateshead to use Whithaugh Park in Newcastleton and we have visited ten years running!!
It was great to have some of the staff coming to us and we are looking forward to our next visit to the Borders.
The School Council, also part of the Fair Trade Steering Group, visited the Co-Op to speak to the Manager about all the Fair Trade products he sells in his shop.
The children managed to find lots of Fair Trade products such as fruit, flowers, chocolate, coffee, sugar, tea, wine and even some baby products.
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The children in Mrs Phillips' class had a fun afternoon with Alison, the Bike It Officer.
All children had a go on the smoothie bike.
The children then decorated a biscuit which was the shape of a bike.
Finally the children went outside and played different games/activities using the scooters.
Everybody had a fab afternoon!
The theme this half term is 'Relationships'.
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been designing and making cars using butter tubs, dowelling and wheels. The children had to measure the dowelling correctly and then use a saw to cut it. They used sandpaper to get a smooth finish before attaching the wheels.
The children then decided they wanted to see whose car would travel the furthest down the ramp.
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been learning how to draw a car and a truck as part of their transport topic. The children also borrowed a bike from Nursery to do some observational drawings, working really hard on their sketching skills.
The theme this half term is 'Good to be me'.
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been designing and making snakes as it is the year of the snake. The children also researched Chinese numbers and made some Chinese lanterns.
Children from the year 5 class and the ARMS class visited the CLC at Heworth Grange to learn how to use data logging equipment.
Two investigations were undertaken. The first linked into our past Creative Curriculum topic as the children investigated which material would be best for a blackout curtain during the Blitz in the Second World War. They used the equipment to monitor light which came through each piece of cloth. Data was uploaded on to the computers so readings could be taken.
During the second investigation, the children predicted which setting would be better for growing a plant. From there, they used the equipment to monitor light and heat levels.
Great discussions took place throughout the morning as the children talked about their predictions, experiments and results.
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been finding out if the higher the ramp the further the car will travel. The children had to think about making the test fair, measuring the distance the car travelled and record results.
Helping Hands PTA will be holding their Easter disco on Friday 22nd March 2013.
Tickets are priced £3:00 per child,
Early Years and KeyStage 1 4:15 - 5:15 (nursery parents to stay)
Key Stage 2 5:30 - 6:30
Please note that tickets WILL NOT be available to buy after 15th March 2013.
Any furthur information please see Mrs Lacey after 3:30 at the infant door.
The children in Mrs Phillips class were given a challenge - to work with a partner to make a vehicle move. The children had to talk, listen and help each other to complete the task.
During the recent wintery conditions Year 4 have been getting out and about in the snow. We've been taking turns with sledges, working together to build snowmen and have made some ice marbles to tie in with our 'Solids and Liquids' science topic.
We also worked well with other classes in the snow, spending some fun snow time with Year 3 and the ARMs class.
Each week Mrs Wannop is teaching the children in Mrs Phillips class how to cook different foods. The children started off making chocolate crispies. In the following weeks the children are going to be making cheese scones, pizzas and pancakes.
After the cooking lessons the children will be writing sets of instructions.
The children in Mrs Phillips class are going to be researching different types of vehicles and their purpose. They will be looking at how transport has changed over time. The children are going to design and make their own vehicle and carry out scientific experiments using their vehicles.
Introducing Book Week 2013
(11th – 15th February)
THIS YEAR’S THEME IS:
BOOKFAIR GARDEN…CATCH THE READING BUG
Book Week 2013
(11th – 15th February)
THIS YEAR’S THEME IS:
BOOKFAIR GARDEN…CATCH THE READING BUG
It’s nearly time for this year’s Book Week which has always been a fantastic and enjoyable time for the children as well as being supported by parents exceptionally well. There will be loads of events and loads of ways to get involved!
The Bookfair arrives in school on Monday 11th February and will be with us until Thursday. As always, it will be based in the Junior Hall and books, posters and stationery will be available to buy each night from 3.30pm. This year the theme is ‘Bookfair Garden: Catch the reading bug’ (An Eco theme) and some of the books you can purchase are shown in the catalogue. There is always a great selection and the school also benefits from the fair. Last year the school received just over £200 which was put towards buying further Literacy resources.
Fun Afternoon (Wednesday 13th)
The children love this! This is an afternoon in celebration of Book Week where the kids simply enjoy themselves. The Year 6s will be running this as an enterprise project and look after stalls selling all kinds of things. We will also have various competitions like guess the name of the ‘cuddly toy’ etc. Children are free to bring in money on this day and spend it during the afternoon. The Book Fair will be open during the fun afternoon and there will be face painting which is always popular so fill in the form below if you do not wish your child to be painted! If you have any old books/comics or story tapes/DVDs you no longer want, please start bringing them to school and place them in the boxes beside Mrs Redhead’s office. They must be Universal DVDs and suitable books only please. Also if you have any good items for a tombola - gift sets, cuddly toys etc they would be greatly appreciated.
Children can get dressed up on Wednesday 13th to match the theme of our Eco Book Week. There will be prizes for the best costume! Anything linked with the Eco theme will be great. Your child could be a farmer, gardener, flower, tree, mini-beast! This non-uniform day will be great fun.
Parent/Guardian & Child competition
Last year we ran a parent and child competition which proved very successful – a few parents and guardians proved to be budding writers! This year, we want to encourage you to take part in something a little different. Take a photograph of your child or your whole family reading somewhere. Send in a photo of you reading anywhere…in a boat…upside down…in a tree…underground…on a trip…the sky’s the limit! The winning photograph will be chosen by a special visitor and will not be chosen for its quality, but its level of interest! There will, of course be prizes for the most inventive! Photos must be sent into school by Thursday 14th February. Good Luck!
500 words Event
This year we will be taking part in the 500 words Radio 2 competition. Teachers may choose to organise the competition differently but most will bring home some talk homework linked with the writing competition challenge, so carers have the opportunity to give their child ideas to include in the writing. During ‘Pirate Writing’ sessions your child will write a story and the best in each class will be sent to the Radio competition. For further details on this competition, please visit:
I’m sure the whole week will be a great success. There will be loads of prizes and exciting events during the week. Let’s raise as much money as possible to buy further resources to boost our children’s learning and enjoyment in school.
Any ideas or suggestions you have about making Roman Road Primary School the best in Gateshead speak to a member of the School Council and it will be discussed at the next School Council meeting.
The whole school took part in a homeless shoebox appeal and Nick the chef came to tell us how we can help the homeless at Christmas. Roman Road's shoebox, designed by Year 1 child, Shelby Champney came first out of 7 schools across Gateshead. Roman Road organised the event with Nick and we hope to move into South Tyneside next year to extend the challenge.
Miss Allen read 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson at a follow up assembly to remind us that not all people live in lovely homes at winter time. Some have no home and no-one to take care of them. Overall we filled 80 boxes at Roman Road. Gateshead's total number was 450! They were given out at the people's kitchen party as well as Hospitality and Hope in South Shields.
On Friday, Destination Judo visited school to give the children a taster session of judo. This was to try and encourage children to try out different sports, and to keep fit and active.
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their session, and loved having the opportunity to try out their "judo grip". The session was fast and fun with lots of opportunities to play games and compete against one another. Some of the group found out that they had talents they did not know they had.
The Helping Hands PTA organised Christmas discos for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 last week.
All of the children had a fabulous time dancing to music played by Santa DJ; playing party games and eating a lovely party tea prepared by members of the PTA. The behaviour of all children was excellent. A big thank you to Mrs Lacey for organising the event.
The children in Mrs Phillips class have enjoyed trying out a range of sporting activities, at Gateshead Leisure Centre, alongside other children from other schools in Gateshead.
Children playing Goalball Challenge.
Children playing Goalball Match.
Children playing Sitting Volleyball.
Children playing Boccia.
Children playing New Age Kurling.
As part of our science topic, the children in Mrs Phillips class have been naming the different bones in a skeleton. They followed instructions to put together their own skeleton.
The children in Mrs Phillips' class wanted to find out if all metals are magnetic. They carried out an experiment to find out the answer.
Not all metals are magnetic!
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been using measuring tapes to measure different parts of their bodies. They have been comparing the measurements and discussing their findings.
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been experimenting with magnets. They have been using scientific words to explain the forces - Attract and repel.
This week, we heard from some year 5 children who told us what they had learnt when working with equivalent fractions.
They had used the 'whatever you do to the bottom you do to the top' rule to convert some really tricky fractions to their equivalents. In addition to this, they were able to explain the differences between the numerator and the denominator.
Information was also given out about the Toma Children's Cancer Fund. We would everyone to look out for the tokens in the Evening Chronicle newspaper which we are collecting to help children and their families who have been affected by childhood cancers. Please support by looking in the newspaper and cutting out the vouchers. The box for the vouchers is in the Key Stage 2 entrance.
The buddies have started working on the Key Stage 1 and 2 yards this week. They have been praised by several members of staff for their excellent attitude towards the younger children.
The buddies have been encouraging the other children to join in with games, and teaching them new games as well. They are truly being fantastic role models for the rest of the school. Keep up the good work!!
The Year 6 Buddies were presented with their Buddy caps in Assembly this morning. They are very keen to take on this important role within school.
The Buddies are made up of Year 6 children from Mrs Pigott's class, and from the ARMS class. They work alongside staff on the Key Stage 1 and 2 yards at playtimes and lunchtimes. Their role is to mentor the younger children, supporting any child in need of help, or who may be in need of a friend. The Year 6 have started the year with a very mature attitude, and I am sure they will act as fabulous role models for the younger children.
Remember - if you are on the yard and you need help, or you want somebody to play with, just look out for the bright yellow caps of the buddies.
Attached is the details of what is being taught in each class this term.
We have put it on to the website to inform parents and carers about the various topics.
Come along and enjoy the Year 6 production...
Roman High Musical
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July at 6pm in the Key Stage 2 Hall.
Tickets £2 (£1 for current Roman Road Pupils) available in school or on the door.
The children have been working incredibly hard on this amazing production. Come along and enjoy amazing acting, superb singing and dazzling dancing. I guarantee that your toes will be tapping, and you will be humming the tunes all the way home.
It's not every day that you can come into school and watch Mr Allsop, Mrs Jones and Miss Allen on stage!!
The children from The ARMS class took part in the first Level 3 School Games Primary Boccia Competition.
Boccia is not about physical strength, but is about accuracy and strategy.
Ten schools participated. The children were split into 2 teams, Roman Road A and Roman Road B.
The children did amazingly well. Team A finished in 3rd place and team B finished in 2nd place. The children were so pleased when they received medals.
The staff, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Minnican and Miss Parkin were so proud of the children.
This term, our Eco Council have been extremely busy! We have been planning to involve the whole school in a Climate Change Awareness Campaign which will be integrated in all parts of the curriculum in a creative way. In the weeks leading up to the Easter break, everyone will learn why our world is becoming warmer and how to look after it so future generations can enjoy it’s beauty. Our fab work will soon be published in the Climate Change Lead School Newsletters!
In an assembly, we reminded all the children about our adopted polar bear and how these animals are being affected by Climate Change. Each class collects spare change in their own ‘Polar Bottle’ and so far we have raised £300!
Our Year 2, 3 and 4 classes have thoroughly enjoyed working with ‘Groundworks’ to make fantastic bird boxes and feeders as well as constructing an outstanding Bug Hotel! The Eco Council are preparing our gardens ready for planting so we can sell our own vegetables. Over the next couple of weeks, everyone in the school is working with ‘Nick the Chef’ from ‘Cooking for Life’ and Alan Barlow, our Bike-it officer to learn about food miles. We are working very hard at present to win the virtual bike race…last year we came fourth in the country! We are also collecting plastic bottle tops and working with local artists to produce recycled landscape art! Northumbrian Water will be popping into school to talk about water saving ideas. Local MP Ian Mearns recently visited our school and met our Eco Council! He was certainly impressed with how ‘Green’ we are!
It’s nearly time for Green Day 2012! The Eco Council are preparing to sell recycled crafts made in school to the local community during our Green Breakfast. Everyone will dress in green and all the food will be green. Money raised from the crafts will go towards supporting our Indian Orphanage…we have already helped raise in excess of £5000! Awesome!
Learning about healthy eating in Read Write Inc Comprehension. The Dragon Fruit was yummy, but looked extremely odd!
Our Parents all loved working with their children in Literacy and RWInc.
We are a model school for RWInc! Yeehah!
It’s nearly time for Eco Theme. This time we are taking time out of this half term to think, talk and learn about Eco Issues. This year’s theme is:
We are a Climate Change Lead School!
Your child will be learning all about Climate Change and how we can be kinder to the environment. We will be talking about all the categories of the Eco Award:
Waste & Recycling
Our intention this year is to teach our children how to look after their world. After all, they will inherit the earth whatever state it is in!
During Eco theme, the children will be involved in many activities and visitors will talk to the children about ‘Climate Change’.
Indian Day - Friday 23rd March-children to school dressed in colours of Indian flag (green/white/orange) or in Indian dress. We will remember our children in the Indian orphanage. Come to school at 8:15 am for Indian Breakfast in the Junior Hall. Yummy cakes to buy! Bring your 1p and 2p to see if we can cover a piece of Indian dress…
A DVD will be set up to show parents what happened when Living Waters Church took the £250 raised by Roman Road to our Indian orphanage.
Green Day Friday 30th March – children to school dressed in green. This is a country wide day to remember green issues.
There will be a ‘Green Breakfast’ in the Junior Hall at 8.15am for carers and children with green food to eat! Amazing Recycled Crafts made by Year 3 to buy! All welcome!
Indian Orphanage Update: The money raised during India and Green days last year was taken to India by 4 members of Living Waters Church along with money raised by members of the Church Community. It was used to buy uniforms for the orphans in Pastor Emmanuel’s school. Thank you for your amazing support! Church members took a DVD of children at the orphanage receiving a card and letters from Roman Road School.
Polar Bear Update: We are able to support the Svalbard Polar Bears for another year so please keep bringing in your coppers to put into our Polar Bottles which will be in every classroom during Eco Week.
Your challenge is:
Use as many recycled materials as you can and create an Eco Egg !
Bring your Eco Egg to school before the Easter holiday. Everyone who enters the competition will get a prize but there will be 3 main winners. Don’t forget to put your name and class on your egg. Leave it in the Junior Hall during the week beginning 26/3/12
Prizes given out on Friday 30th April.
Last year’s entries were BRILLIANT!!!
If you want to win…
be as inventive as you can and transform your egg into something fantastic!!!
Everyone experienced and enjoyed Bookweek in the last week of the half term.
Lots of different activities took place during the week related to reading and writing. The Scholastic bookfair was in school and we finished with our traditional fun afternoon.
A few more fun afternoon photos can be seen in the gallery by clicking on this link:
Fun Afternoon Photos
The children from the ARMS took part in Gatesheads Sportsability Festival at Gateshead Leisure Centre. Each child received a certificate of achievement and medals were awarded to specific children for effort and sportsmanship.
The children were to compete in a variety of activities with children from several schools in Gateshead. Activities included boccia, sit down volley ball, new age curling and sports hall track and field events. Everyone had a great time.
School will be OPEN on Thursday as per the following arrangements:
Year 1 to Year 6 plus the ARMS unit - normal times (9am - 3.30pm)
Reception class - adjusted times - 10am - 2.30pm
(Reception children need to be brought to the Infant hall at 10am)
Nursery will not start until Monday 12th September (9am - 12 noon)
We look forward to seeing everyone at the times above.
As you may know, the school has had a substantial amount of work carried out over the summer holidays. This has involved the heating system being totally replaced.
Unfortunately, there has not been enough time for the school to be cleaned and tidied.
Therefore school will remain CLOSED on Wednesday and we will aim to open at 9am on Thursday morning (8th September).
We regret the inconvenience this may cause but for health and safety reasons we have had little choice.
Please keep following the website for further updates and listen to local radio.
This term the children in Mrs Dykes class are learning about the seashore.
We will research and compare seaside holidays in the past to the present day.
We will be finding out about animals that live by the sea and look at life in a rockpool.
We will produce a powerpoint presentation about the seashore.
We will read a selection of stories about the seaside and use non-fiction books to find information.
We will talk about what we find out, plan, develop and evaluate our work.
As part of the England theme and the topic about castles the children in Mrs Dykes class designed and produced a Coat of Arms to display at the England Showcase.
We researched information about Coats of Arms.
We found out that a Coat of Arms is used to represent a person or group/family and the design is unique to that person/group.
In medievel times knights had a Coat of Arms design on their shields and tunic which covered their armour. This helped to identify them on battlefields from allies and enemies.
Coats of Arms are still used today to represent many institutions.
As part of the England theme the children in Mrs Dykes class were given the challenge to produce a castle to display at the English Showcase.
Our first task was to mark on the sheets of card where the battlements would be and then to cut them out. We then chose which colour we wanted our castle to be and painted all the pieces of card.
When the paint was dry we were able to draw arrow slits and stick on arched windows and doors.
Finally the pieces needed to be joined together to complete our castles. We were pleased with the end result and we had achieved the challenge.
As part of the England theme the children in Mrs Dykes class visited Prudhoe Castle.
Before the visit we had been learning about the features of a castle. At Prudhoe castle we saw the battlements, the arrow slits,where the drawbridge would have been, the Keep and the Great Hall.
We looked at a large book about how and why Prudhoe Castle was built.
We constucted a castle using building blocks following numbers on the blocks.
We enjoyed our day and consolidated our knowledge about castles.
Just a reminder- UPDATED
School will be closed on the following days:
Thursday 23rd June 2011 (Staff Training Day)
Friday 24th June 2011 (Occasional Day)
Monday 27th June 2011 (Royal Wedding Day)
School will re-open on Tuesday 28th June at 9am.
Thursday 30th June - School will be CLOSED to the children because of industrial action.
The school will not be entering teams at the Gateshead Primary Schools Athletics Festival on Friday 24th June at Gateshead Stadium.
As part of the England theme the children in Mrs Dykes class are investigating English castles. They will learn about the features and life in a medieval castle.
We will use a variety of skills;
-features of a castle
-location of castles
-history of castles
-life in a castle
-myths and legends associated with castles
-what we found out
-plan, develop and evaluate our work
-ask questions and record answers
To read and write
-'The Enchanted Sword'
-poems about castles
-guide books for castles
-a timeline for Prudhoe castle
-building areas of the castle using numbered blocks at Prudhoe castle
-coat of arms
-powerpoint presentation about castles
-castle shaped book 'The Enchanted Sword'
This year’s Book Week was, as always a great success and the children had a fantastic time!
Thank you for all your support. You especially excelled at the adult and child competition – all entries were fantastic!
Bookfair Total - £449
Fun Afternoon & Sponsored Event Total - Just over £400!
All monies raised will go straight towards buying school resources for Literacy and the Library.
I have put together a KS2 Hall Display showing photos and work completed by children and parents during Book Week. Please come and have a look! In past years we have really benefitted from this money raised. We bought our sound system with it which we use during performances. Also, we purchased a lot of Read Write Inc products which has been a massive success.
The next big literacy/drama event will be at the end of the Summer Term when Year 6 will be performing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at 6pm in the Junior Hall. Fliers will be distributed next term to promote this exciting event.
Thank you for your continuing support in all our Literacy projects.
We have recently had a whole school Eco Week which was a brilliant success! All children took part in Eco activities across the week and the school theme was 'Waste Not, Want Not!'
'Waste Not, Want Not' incorporated recycling, waste, water and energy which are all themes within the Eco Award. After receiving our Bronze and Silver Eco Awards last year, we are striving towards our Green Flag which we will hopefully receive in the Summer Term. Everyone rose to the challenge this year and included Eco issues within their Creative Curricular Themes. But in Eco Week we had a fantastic time. This is a list of activities we enjoyed:
*making recycled musical instuments
*making wind turbines
*making shelters using recycled canvas
*setting up recycling of paper towels
*making quality items from recycled items to sell on a stall to raise money for our orphanage/polar bears
*making bottle top flower garden decorations
*research about polar bears/reducing, reusing, recycling
*making a water filter
*pie charts and data handling about recycling and water usage in the home
*Cooking with leftovers alongside nick, our resident chef!
*Biking to school
*Making Eco eggs from recycled materials for a competition
*Washing cars with recycled water
*Picking up litter
*Weaving with plastic bags
*Using cans to make garden buddies
*Thinking about a life without energy
*Making collage patchwork quilts
*Alan's visit to classes to talk about Eco Issues
We finished the week with Green Day. We dressed up in green and went to a green breakfast in the Junior Hall. We ate green food and watched a video about our Indian orphanage. four people from Living Waters Church in South Shields have now visited the orphanage and handed over the £500 raised by Roman Road so far. It bought uniforms for the children and was greatly appreciated by the Tsunami orphans.
At the breakfast, Year 2's Recycling Retail raised £56.20 which will go towards supporting our orphanage and polar bears!
Well done to everyone for your unwavering support!!
Roll up, Roll up ... It's time for Book Week and the Circus Book Fair is here in town!
In addition to the exciting events we always have, this year, our children will receive circus training from a professional circus visitor who has actually worked in the travelling circus for 2 years. Alan, our Bike it officer will also be joining the junior children to work on some circus creative writing. It's going to be a fantastic week and an exciting end to this half term!
Book Week 2011 (14th-18th February)
It’s time for this year’s Book Week which has always been a fantastic and enjoyable time for the children as well as being supported by parents exceptionally well. There will be loads of events and loads of ways to get involved!
The Bookfair arrives in school on Monday 14th February and will be with us until Thursday. As always, it will be based in the Junior Hall and books, posters and stationery will be available to buy each night from 3.30pm. This year the theme is ‘Roll up, Roll up and read!’ (A Circus theme) and some of the books you can purchase are shown in the catalogue. There is always a great selection and the school also benefits from the fair. Last year the school received £300 which was put towards buying further Literacy resources. Children can bring their £1 off voucher which they received last Friday when they come to the fair. We will have a special visitor this year at the bookfair each night...I wonder who it could be?
Fun Afternoon (Tuesday 15th)
The children love this! This is an afternoon in celebration of Book Week where the children simply enjoy themselves. The Year 6s will be running this as an enterprise project and look after stalls selling old books/videos. We will also have various competitions to guess the name of the ‘cuddly clown’ etc. Children are free to bring in money on this day and spend it during the afternoon. The Book Fair will be open during the fun afternoon and there will be face painting which is always popular so fill in the form below if you do not wish your child to be painted! Thank you for all your generosity in sending books, toys, gifts and DVDs which you no longer want.
Children can get dressed up on Tuesday 15th to match the theme of our Circus Book Week. There will be prizes for the best costume! Anything linked with the Circus will be great. Your child could be a clown, trapeze artist, circus animal or ring master! This non-uniform day will be great fun.
Parent/Guardian & Child competition
Last year we ran a parent and child competition which proved very successful – a few parents and guardians proved to be budding writers! This year, we want you to write a poem/story/information booklet around the theme of ’Circus’. Your poem/story/information text could be about anything to do with Circus. Remember to decorate it then hand it in to your child’s teacher and they will pass it on to me. If you would prefer to be more creative, you could make a model of a circus instead with some information attached! There will, of course be prizes for the most inventive!
This year we will be doing a Sponsored Circus Writing Challenge set by each teacher around a Circus theme (Foundation Stage will learn a rhyme). Each child will bring home some talk homework linked with the sponsored challenge, so carers have the opportunity to give your child ideas to include in the writing. Sponsor forms and further details have been sent home with this letter. All money raised goes straight back into school funds. Last year this money was spent on buying Literacy Resources for KS2 which are used within our new ‘Pirate Writing’ initiative to raise writing standards in school. As always, children who raise the most amount of money will receive a fab prize!
I’m sure the whole week will be a great success. There will be loads of prizes and exciting events during the week. Let’s raise as much money as possible to buy further resources to boost our children’s learning and enjoyment in school.
Thank you, as always, for your continuing support.
Miss E Allen
A BIG thank you to staff, children, parents and visitors who raised £250 for our Indian orphanage yesterday (Friday 14th January). The day was a massive success!
Visitors included parents, who came for their second authentic Indian breakfast which included paranthas (pancakes) and mango jam, fruit and scrambled egg.
An artist worked with children from Year 1 to Year 6 making rangoli patterns. These are Indian floor patterns used as a welcome to Hindu gods in the Indian Culture.
Mrs Robson, our Eco Governor visited for the day and worked with the artist as well as visiting all classes!
Foundation Stage children had another visit from Sheila from Miss Allen's church who told an Indian story and painted faces and hands with tigers and mendhi patterns.
Sheila also led a whole school assembly and used balloon modelling to tell the Christian story of Creation and perform a magic trick to tell us that God loves us all equally. We saw pictures of the Indian orphans whose parents were the victims of the 2004 tsunami.
The £250 raised will be taken to India in February by 4 members of Miss Allen's church and it will be used to buy school supplies. Money raised by Living Waters Church will go towards the building fund for Pastor Emmanuel's secondary school in Malakapatnam in India!
Thank you again for your generosity!
This term the children in Mrs Phillips class are looking at puppets.
We will use a variety of skills:
To research - the structure, construction and workings of a range of puppets
- materials, fabrics and design features of a range of puppets
- TV programmes that use puppets
To talk - what we have found out
- to plan, develop and evaluate our work
- to agree types of puppets and a puppet theatre for their show
- to agree and script a story to perform
- to retell a chosen story
To read and write - to choose a story
- read playscripts
- write own playscripts to perform
- to create a dialogue for their puppet show
To make/produce - a range of puppets of one type - string/glove/finger
- a puppet theatre
- a back drop suitable to the story chosen
- scientific and technological experiments and investigations (light and shadows)
To perform - as a puppeteer for their show
- dance routines to the stimulus 'puppets'
Year 5 and the ARMS went on a visit to St Mary's Heritage Centre and Betty Surtees House to learn about a Tudor Christmas.
The children had a fabulous time learning about toys and games which Tudor children would have played.
They also had the opportunity to compare the Tudor clothes of rich families and servants. They learned about traditional Tudor Christmas meals, and table manners. One of the rooms was decorated for Christmas in the traditional Tudor style, and the children had the opportunity to make their own pommander (a decoration made from an orange and cloves) before they returned to school.
The children had a lovely afternoon, and learned a lot. Their behaviour was exemplary, and they were fantastic ambassadors for the school. Well done!
Year One have had great fun singing along with Santa and his elves at the North Pole.
Click on the link and try some of the games and activities for yourself.
The children in Year 5 and Mrs Phillps' class went on a visit to St Mary's Visitor Centre and Bessie Surtee's House.
The children had the opportunity to visit and look around a Tudor House.
They compared rich Tudor clothes and played some Tudor games.
They talked about what King Henry V111 ate for Christmas dinner.
The children learnt a Tudor Christmas dance and song and made a pomander.
Then children in Mrs Phillips' class took part in the Sportsability Festival at Gateshead Leisure Centre.
The children took part in several familiar activities including track events, throwing events and jumping events. There were also two new events - mini fencing and boccia ( a type of bowls and noughts and crosses ). At the end of the Festival each child was awarded a certificate and medal. Everyone had great fun and learnt new skills.
Don't forget to bring in your coppers to fill your Polar Bottle this Winter time!
We support the Svalbard Polar Bears who are being affected by Climate Change!
Have a look on our map in the Junior Hall to see who else we support around the world!!
With the school being closed on Thursday and Friday, why not try some of these interactive activities online ? Just click on the links. This little unexpected break is a great chance for you to improve your times tables!!!!!!!! Please leave a comment if you've used any of them and what you've learnt.
The children in Mrs Phillips' class have been making their own Tudor House.
The children did a lot of research finding out about the features, the materials used and the colour of Tudor houses.
The children in Mrs Phillips' class have been doing lots of work about 2D shapes.
The children have been describing properties of 2D shapes. The children then went on a 2D hunt to identify 2D shapes in everyday objects. Some of the children went to look in KS1 hall, some went to look in the KS2 hall. When the children identified a 2D shape they took a picture and then presented their findings to the rest of the class.
How many 2D shapes can you find in everyday objects around school?
Don't forget. On Friday, we are dressing up as PIRATES!
We have challenges to face...and we will meet them head on!
We will become the BEST WRITERS IN THE WORLD!
We will be bringing home TALK HOMEWORK! Please help us with it because our writing on Friday depends upon it! ARRRGGGGHHH!
‘Pirate Writing’ is a whole school initiative adopted by Roman Road Primary School to improve writing standards. It is a strategy which emphasises the development of the writer’s voice. Children will be introduced to the concept:
‘If you can’t speak it…you can’t write it’
Using a variety of techniques, children are encouraged to ‘steal’ the best ideas to use in their own writing.
The main focuses are:
• 4 basic skills (GHASP: Grammar,Handwriting,Spelling,Punctuation)
• VCOP (Vocabulary,Connectives,Openers,Punctuation)
• Rainbow Reading and Writing using WoW words:
Red words WoW doing words (verbs)
Purple words WoW descriptive words (adjectives/adverbs)
Blue words WoW connectives
Orange words WoW openers
Green words WoW additional phrases and clauses
• Using OSIE (Openers, Senses, Imagery, Emotions)
• Stealing the best ideas from other writers
• Talk homework
• Assessment for Learning strategies:
(peer/self assessment, paired talk, questioning)
• Creativity & linking to Creative Themes – making the writing process meaningful
• Addressing all learning styles
• Specific Targets (of which the child is aware)
• Lots of praise and rewards
• Silence for writing (where appropriate)
• Tracking of progress
Pirate Writing culminates in a whole morning session every alternate week:
Lesson 1:‘Build up’ to writing using a variety of lively games/whole class modelling and planning/use of Rainbow Writing etc.
Lesson 2: ‘Pirate Writing’ session. The atmosphere of the room is altered to create an environment conducive to creativity.
We hope to become excellent writers and 'steal' all the best ideas...like pirates!
We are all very excited at the opportunity to share our Read Write Inc lessons with our parents next week. Come and find out why we are so fabulous at reading.
Monday 15th November 9.15am followed by tea, coffee and a chance to chat at 10.15am.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Pastor Emmanuel from our Indian Orphanage has sent a thank you email for the massive £205 raised during Eco Week for our orphanage/school. It was sent over the summer holidays, along with £500 from Living Waters Church. Pastor Dave and Siman from LWC in South Shields are going to visit the orphanage in February.
The Indian Breakfast was a real success. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! We ate Indian fruit (mango, apple, strawberries and grapes). These treats would be reserved for rich indians. We also cooked and ate parantas (Indian pancakes) with mago jam or scrambled eggs. Yum Yum! Parents, Staff and children all enjoyed the experience and a DVD of our Indian children played in the background.
As part of our Eco Week challenge, we raised money for the Svalbard Polar Bears. We raised over £200 altogether and every class received a certificate to put in their portfolio. this amazing amount raised means we can support the polar bears for another 2 years.WOW!
A few coppers goes a long way to support the polar bears, who are being affected by global warming! Send in all the coppers you can!
During the summer term 2010 as part of Eco Week, we took part in a creative curriculum theme about India. this was mainly to raise everyone's awareness of the problems faced by the country and the religious beliefs of the people. Sheila, Bethan and Nim (from Miss Allen's church) came to tell us about an Indian Orphanage we could support together.
Sheila left us with a selection of Indian desserts which were very sweet. We learned that the children in the orphanage in Machilipatnam did not have sweets like this. Most of them were orphans due to the Tsunami of 2005. Pastor Emmanuel (the principal of the school) is a Christian who has asked us to raise money for these children so a secondary school can be built. We learned that the only clean water they receive is between 6am and 7 am
Mrs Banergee taught us how to wear a sari. She taught us about the differences between schools in India compared to England.
Nick the chef came to work with Year 1 and 2 to make a biriyani. It was YUMMY!
Do you know how the Tudors Began?
The children in Mrs Phillips' class have been researching how The Tudors began.
They found out there was a Battle at Bosworth Field between King Richard 111 (from York) and Henry Tudor (from Lancster). Henry Tudor won and became King Henry V111. The battle is known as 'The War of The Roses'.
The class made their own Tudor Rose to display in our classroom.
The children in Mrs Phillips class this term will be researching and learning all about the tudors.
We will use a variety of skills.
King Henry V111 and his wives
Tudor houses ( compare rich and poor )
Differences between Tudor schools and present schools
Tudor town/location ( Betty Surtees house in Newcastle )
What we have found out
To plan and evaluate our work
To ask questions and record our answers
To express likes and dislikes
To present information as a power point
To read and write
A non-fiction report about Tudors
A biography of Henry V111
A persuasive letter from one of Henry V111's wives
A newspaper report about The Mary Rose
Historical reports/ newspaper articles
A set of instructions about how to make Tudor houses
A non-fiction report on punishment
A timeline of important dates/ key events
Pen/pencil studies of a town/Tudor house
Scientific experiments and investigations ( teeth/ food )
Tudor music ( workshop )
A simple Tudor dance
Children from across the school took part in our annual Sports and Health week. What's more it isn't over yet. Due to the postponement of Sports Day last Tuesday, it will go on a little longer!!!
Over the week, children took part in various activities. The aim of the sports element was to try some sports that were new them.
Years 1 to 5 worked with Karate coaches, years 4 & 6 experienced rowing machines while all year groups including the nursery were able to tray sports such as hockey, tennis, golf, bowling, basketball and badminton amongst others. Hopefully some children will take up some of the sports.
Year 5 continued with their hula hooping whereas year 3 were trained in netball by a visiting coach.
Our visiting chef Nick, taught children from different classes how to cook healthily.
There were visits from the school nurse, Alan from Bike-It and also predestrian training.
To finish off the week some year 6 children planned an afternoon of coaching that they did with Reception.
The fantastic weather made a good week even better.
Lookout for photos in the gallery.
Get ready to launch into ECO WEEK!!
Week beginning 7th June 2010!
Get ready to launch straight into…
when you return after the half term holidays!
During the week beginning 7th June 2010, we will be learning how to become Eco Eagles!
Roman Road Primary School is embarking upon a journey to achieve our Green Flag Award. This is an internationally recognised award. During this year’s Eco Week, we will be launching Eco Themes in a BIG way and will hopefully achieve our Bronze and Silver Flags during the week.
As a school, we are already looking for ways to be more Eco friendly:
*Our School Council are also our Eco Council and Staff members include Mrs Lacey, Mrs Phillips, Mr Bradshaw and Miss Allen.
*Teachers are including ‘Green themes’ in their Creative Curriculum.
*We are brilliant at ‘Bike-it’
*Our garden club has been up and running for a while and the vegetables grown are very tasty!
*We have our Healthy School Award!
In order to improve further, we need to review the 9 Topics of the Eco Award:
Waste & Recycling
The Theme of Eco Week this time is…
Our particular focuses will be:
India & Global Warming.
Aims of ECO WEEK :
*To create an understanding about Indian culture
*To make links and raise money for an Indian orphanage in Malakapatnam
*To raise whole school awareness of Climate change issues
*To sponsor a polar bear
*To devise a school Eco Code
Indian Orphange Information:
It’s a Christian school based in the middle of a Hindu community. The children are mainly orphans due to the Tsunami hit on December 26th 2004. The children are of the lowest caste system (or ‘untouchables’) and without education would end up living in the worst possible conditions. We want to help them build a school and keep in touch with them to find out about life in India.
Events during the week:
The children will be taking part in loads of activities during the week which will raise their awareness about Indian life and Climate change. An Indian expert will be talking to the children, a drama company will be visiting to tell an Indian story and a visitor will be doing art work with the children.
On Friday 11th June we are having a Green Day.
This is a national event and children can get dressed up all in green.
Please bring £1 and all the money raised will be sent to the Indian Orphanage.
If you would like to donate more it will be greatly appreciated.
How PARENTS/GUARDIANS can get involved:
*Encourage your child to bike-it to school during the week and bring your own bikes as well!
*Each class will be given a ‘polar bottle’ through the week. Any spare coppers you have, please send them into school and we use the money collected across the year to sponsor a polar bear.
*You are invited with your children to an Indian breakfast on Friday 11th June at 8am in the Junior Hall. The event is free, but if you would like to bring a donation for the orphanage/polar bear, there will be a collecting box available.
KEEP A LOOK OUT ON THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ECO WEEK!
Thank you for all your support...why don't you begin looking for ways in which YOU can become more eco friendly?
Well done to everyone who entered the egg competition. They were all 'egg'cellent'!!!
Well done to the winners and runners up.
Nursery - Hannah Marshall
- Jennifer Callighan
Reception - Ryan Pearson
- Elliott Loews
Year 1 - Alex Gore
- Dylan Callighan
Year 2 - Kyle Mclean
- Daniel Hick
Year 3 - William Fair
- Brooke Champney
Year 4 - Kirsty Lacey
- Chloe Percy
Year 5 - Nathan Nelson
- Jake Archibald
Year 6 - Caitlin Stewart
- Liam Thompson
MSB - Kieran Smailes
- Jake Reed
Best solo effort - Aimee-Lee Brooks
- Sophie Platts
More pictures can be seen in our Gallery by clicking on this link:
As part of our maths lesson we have been comparing and weighing objects and reading scales.
We practised weighing ingredients and reading scales to make some buns. We had to be accurate with our measurements or the buns wouldn't have tasted very nice. We did well though as the buns were delicious!
Year 3 and the MSB enjoyed their visit to Thornley Woods as part of their theme 'Animal Kingdom!'
Whilst there the children went in a bird hide, did some pond dipping to explore all the different kinds of animals that live in a pond, made some art sculptures using natural materials found in the woods and went on a camoflage hunt.
It was a fantastic day out and no one fell in the pond!
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Well done to Year 6 who raised just over £200 during Wednesday's Egyptian fun afternoon. The money raised will go towards the Year 5/6 end of year concert. Everyone was fantastic and enjoyed a brilliant afternoon...thank you to all the parents and children who donated gifts for the tombola. Thank you to all staff who gave their help and support. Another big success!!!
Tomorrow is the launch of Book Week 2010. Let's make it the best ever and spend the week 'Wrapped up in Reading!'
There will be lots of exciting things to learn and get involved with at school. Two prizes to look out for are Gold Writer award and Poetry Prize. These are given out every year to one person in KS1 and one in KS2.
Remember to learn your song or spellings for the sponsored event and return your money soon. Also get ready for the fun afternoon and dress up day on Wednesday!
Thank you for your returned parent/child competition entries. Winners prizes given out on Friday so return quickly please.
Keep checking the website for events happening this week and see how much fun we are having and all the learning going on!!!
The dress up day has been changed during Book Week to Wednesday 10th March. Letters were sent out this Tuesday sharing this information. Remember, it's an Egyptian theme so you could come as an explorer, a pharaoh, Cleopatra or a mummy! Prizes for the best costumes.
Remember, it's also the fun afternoon on the same day so bring your money!!!
It's the week you've all looked forward to...
Book Week is Monday 8th - Friday 12th March!
The theme this year is 'Wrapped up in Reading' - an Egyptian theme...
Keep working on your parent/child competition entries and pass them to Miss Allen as soon as you can. There will be loads of competitions and activities to get involved in during the week:
*Every night from Mon - Thurs the Bookfair will be in the Junior Hall from 3.30pm!
*Wednesday is the Year 6 Enterprise Project where they run a sale in school ...bring your money as there will be loads of fab games, food and prizes as well as books to buy!
*Friday is the BIG competition day. All prizes will be given out on this day. This is also when you can get dressed up...Egyptian style!
(For other information about Book Week, please check the letters sent home before half term)
REMEMBER...Book Week is when we choose our Gold Writer in KS1 and KS2. It could be anyone, so work hard!
If anyone reads this entry and you find information about Ancient Egypt using the internet/researching in the library...Miss Allen will give you a Frogget!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roll on March 8th!
We have planted some daffodil bulbs and are keeping a diary of what we do and see in the garden.
We weeded the garden ready for planting.
We used trowels to dig small holes in the soil to put the bulbs into. We had to make sure we put them in the right way up.
We are waiting for Spring when we hope to see that the bulbs are starting to grow.
Our bulbs have started to grow. We can see the first shoots growing out of the ground. Now Spring seems to have arrived we hope they will grow quickly.
During the Spring term our topic will be all about animals. We will be investigating and finding out about lots of different types of animals, where they live, how they move and much,much more. Do you have a favourite animal?
- Why do some living things need protection?
- How can we group animals?
- What do animals eat?
- Look at life cycles of butterflies and frogs.
- Build an ant farm to observe over time.
- Where do animals live?
- Does the climate affect where certain animals live?
- Develop map skills.
- Colour mixing to create patterns and colour tones for jungle and desert habitats.
- Create own animals using different mediums eg. paper mache, clay.
Design and Technology
- Design and make a moving insect.
- Design and make an animal puppet.
- Non chronological reports
- Fact finding
- Animal stories.
- Record life cycles through a story board.
- Dictionary work.
- Listen to music that describes animals.
- Sing animal songs.
- Create sounds for animals using a range of instruments.
- Learn animal words.
Dates for your Diary
SCHOOL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Week beginning 23rd Nov
* Writing our favourite school memories.
* Choosing what will go in our time capsule.
* Making a display on what makes Roman Road such a special school.
* Thurs 26th Nov - 1950's lessons and school lunch.
* Fri 27th Nov - Balloon Release at 3pm (Parents welcome to attend)
Week beginning 30th Nov
* Mon 30th Nov - Time Capsule
* Tues 1st Dec - Over 18 Reunion (4 - 7 pm)
* Wed 2nd Dec - Anniversary plates to be made
- Under 18 Reunion (4 - 6pm) for Students currently attending Heworth
Grange or another local comprehensive school.
Not for children who currently attend Roman Road.
* Fri 4th Dec - Bling Your Bike and Yourself
Ben and Danny, BMX Stunt Riders Return
PTA Disco for Y1 - Y6 (4.30pm - 6.30pm)
Week Beginning 7th Dec
Tues 8th Dec - Roman Road is 50 years old today.
Re-dedication Service in KS2 Hall at 2pm. (Parents welcome to attend)
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thurs 10th Dec - School Christmas Lunch
Tues 15th Dec - Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Christmas Play (10am)
Y1 / Y2 children can be taken home for lunch to return for 1pm
Y1 / Y2 Christmas Party (1pm - KS1 Hall)
Wed 16th Dec - Y3 / Y4 Pantomime (10am)
Nursery / Reception Christmas Party (1pm - KS1 Hall)
Y5 / Y6 Christmas Party (1pm - KS2 Hall)
Y3 / Y4 Panotmime (6pm)
Thurs 17th Dec - Y3 / Y4 Christmas Party (1pm - KS2 Hall)
Fri 18th Dec - Carol Service at St. Andrews Church (2pm)
Thank you to everyone who supported our Wear Pink Day. The children really enjoyed it whilst raising money for an important charity. We are delighted to let you know we raised £103.50 for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Our class went on an educational visit to Souter Lighthouse.
We arrived early, so we went for a walk along the cliff and had time to play on the play equipment until the lighthouse opened at 11am. When we went inside the lighthouse the guide took us up to top. There were lots of stairs that curved around the side of the lighthouse. The last set of steps leading up to the light were very steep, like a set of ladders. We looked out of the windows. It was a bit foggy so we couldn't see very far. After that we went downstairs to the engine room where we saw the compressors and othe equipment that is used to make the light and foghorn work. We then went to see the lighthouse keepers cottage from 100 years ago. There was a kitchen, a childrens bedroom and an adults bedroom. It was very interesting. It was then lunchtime so we sat in the picnic area to eat. After lunch we went to Marsden. We played on the sand and went rock pooling. We caught some crabs. We had a great day and would like to return another day.
Following our interest in watching the birds in the tree outside the classroom window we decided to make our own bird feeders. First we measured and cut some wood panels. We then had to cut some wire to fit around the wood to make a cage. We glued and nailed the wood together, then stapled the wire around it. ( With the help of the teacher ) We put some string around the top to hang it up with. It was then ready to fill with bird food - nuts, seeds, bread etc. We are looking forward to hanging them up and watching all the different kinds of birds that will visit it.
Come and see our space display.
We started with a box and added on cardboard wings and tail. We used small bottles for engines and plastic cups for the nose. We then used paper mache to cover the whole model. When it was dry we chose which colours we wanted to paint our models. For the background of our display we used pastels on black paper and we coloured some circles to look like planets. The background was then pinned to the ceiling. The jet fighters were hung from the ceiling to look like they were flying. We think it looks amazing.
We have been making crispy cakes.
We melted the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. We then added rice krispies and mixed it all together. We spooned the mixture into cake cases and put mini eggs on top. They looked like birds nests. They tasted delicious.
Children in Years 1, 2, 3 and MSB had a lovely surprise on the last day of term.
The Easter bunny had hidden little tokens all around the school field and yard. In return for these tokens were chocolate eggs. Miss Stubbs, Mrs Inkster, Mr Slane, Mrs Cairns and Miss Parkin helped us find them. Rayne managed to find one of the special tokens which got him an extra big egg. We all had great fun!! We hope you all have a lovely Easter.
We have been making lighthouses and castles in design and technology. Using ideas from the TV series Art Attack we constructed a frame using newspaper and cardboard strips and tubes. After the frame was secured with masking tape it was covered with paper mache. We allowed it to dry, then it was ready to paint. We added steps and boats to our lighthouses and painted windows on the castles.
We have been gardening. The nursery garden needed weeding in preparation for new planting in the spring. We used hoes, rakes and spades to dig and pull out the weeds which were put in the compost bin. We saw a variety of small creatures while we were busy, including woodlice, worms, centipedes and even a hibernating ladybird. We enjoyed working outdoors and all had rosy cheeks when we had finished. We all want to work in the garden again.
We have been making noodles. We noticed how the noodles changed as they were cooking in the pan. The best part was tasting them when they were cooked.
On Shrove Tuesday we made pancakes. We made the batter and cooked the pancakes. We had fun trying to toss them. At the end of the afternoon we joined in a pancake tossing competition with other classes. It was really exiting and we had a great time.
We have been learning about The Great Fire of London in history. To show what we have found out we made a display in our classroom.
We all took part and made something to add to the display. In literacy we imagined that we were children in 1666 at the time of the fire and wrote about what it was like and what we saw.
This term in History we are learning about the Great Fire of London. To help us and make it interesting we have been using an interactive cd-rom which we used with the interactive white board. We are able to touch the interactive white board to find out about the people who were involved and what it was like when the fire happened in London. We take turns to answer questions and place captions and pictures in the correct places. We will be learning more about this important event from history over the next few weeks.
After some said that they didn't like porridge, I think making it and tasting it may have helped the children to develop a taste for it. The children weighed the oats and measured the milk and mixed them together. Safety was a discussion point as the mixture was heated in a pan and changes in the mixture were noticed as it came to boiling point. The children sat together as a group to eat their bowl of porridge and afterwards they washed the dishes and left the kitchen clean and tidy.
The children in the MSB have been making pizzas.
A dough was made and the children kneeded and shaped it for the base of their pizza. The children could then choose from a variety of toppings including cheese, pepperoni, peppers, onion and sweetcorn. The pizzas were then cooked in the oven. The children were able to taste the pizza and take the remaining part home to show what they had been doing. The children developed fine motor skills by cutting the onion and peppers and spreading the tomato puree and also grating the cheese. The children worked well together developing social skills.
The children in the MSB have been making scrambled egg on toast.
The children had to notice the irreversible changes that occurred to the bread and the eggs during the cooking process. Skills were developed when whisking the eggs and buttering the toast. This gave the children a chance to experience a real life activity which they could try out at home.
The children in the MSB have been baking gingerbread biscuits.
They followed a recipe and developed their fine motor skills when using the 'rubbing in' method. Mathematical skills were used when weighing out the ingredients. The activity was followed up in literacy with the writing of instructions. The children had to remember what equipment they needed and what they did in the correct order. The children enjoyed using cutters to cut out the biscuit shapes. The children worked cooperatively together in small groups. Each child took their biscuits home to share with family and friends.
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The children in the MSB have been baking fairy cakes. They had to follow a recipe and developed mathematical skills when weighing out the ingredients and fine motor skills while mixing. The children worked in small groups and were encouraged to take turns and work cooperatively together and to be patient. Hygiene was a priority from beginning to end. Everyone in the class had a taste of the cakes and all agreed they were delicious. Each child took some home to share with their family. The children are eager to see what is next on the menu. Watch this space!!!
After making picture frames the children were looking forward to the next activity which was going to be to make a model car. The first part was to cut a small block of wood using a saw and mortice block. The corners were then sawed off to make a "car shape", then sanded to make it smooth. Holes had to be drilled for the car axles. For this the children had to work with a partner cooperatively and be patient and helpful. They then had to saw a wooden dowel to the correct size for the axles and saw a cork into 4 circles for the wheels. The parts could all then be painted and fitted together when dry. Some of the children showed their models in the celebration assembly on Friday.
Since returning to school after the Christmas Holiday the children in the MSB have been enjoying doing design and technology. The first activity they took part in was making a picture frame. They used hack saws to cut lengths of wood to the correct size. A mortice block was used to cut the ends of the wood at a 45 degree angle. The lengths of wood were glued to the edges of a square of card. The children then designed a picture to place in their finished frame. The children were all sensible and used the tools correctly and safely and completed the activity without anyone having an accident. They all enjoyed this activity and were eager to start something new.
On 20th March an Easter Service was held in school. All the children enjoyed joining in the singing. Some children recited Easter poems, Y6 portrayed the Easter story using drama. Y2 read a lovely Easter prayer. We learned about the origin of hot cross buns from Y4! The children enjoyed the raffle where the lucky numbers won Easter eggs.
The children in the MSB thoroughly enjoyed the activities in Book Week. They had a fantastic time on the fun day and were dressed up in costumes related to a sea theme. There were some very interesting characters! In literacy they composed poems about the beach and in numeracy enjoyed making bar charts about favourite activities at the beach. All the children took part in the sponsored word search about sea creatures.
The children in Y5 enjoyed joining in with their partnership class for "What's my Line" in February. A group of professionals came into school and described their jobs in the style of the TV game show. They gave the children clues about what they did. The children had to ask relevant questions to try to find out what their line of work was. The children joined in well and enjoyed it.
The children in the Mainstream Support Base enjoyed a visit from a Roman lady.
On Monday 15th October the children enjoyed a visit from a Roman lady. She talked to the children about life in Roman times and dressed up two of the children in Roman costume. One of the children dressed up as a Roman soldier but the armour was very heavy. She demonstrated weaving and they enjoyed having a go! The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were very interested in the artifacts which they touched and handled.
On Monday 30th April a group of children enjoyed visiting Hill Top School. They joined in team games with Colegate and Hill Top schools. The four activities were kurling, golf kurling, table cricket and boules. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing the games and learning new skills. The children at Hill Top helped to organise the morning and were extremely helpful. At the end the children were presented with a certificate. We hope to continue to build the links between the two schools.