As part of our RE learning this term, children in Years 4 and 5 were very fortunate to visit the Sikh Gurdwara in Sunderland. We learned that the word ‘Sikh’ means learner and that ‘Guru’ is teacher. It was lovely to hear that the values of the Sikh faith are to hold God in your thoughts always, work hard and help others; values that are very similar to those we have in school. It was also lovely to hear that anyone is welcome in the temple, no matter their faith, it is just asked that each individual worships God in any way that they want to. Mrs McDonough was so impressed with how many facts year 4 and 5 had remembered and learned about Sikhism. What a super visit!
As part of our training as Ambulance Mini Medics, we are fortunate to get opportunities to represent North East Ambulance Service and our school at wider community events.
In October 2019, we were so privileged to be an integral part of NEAS annual awards’ evening at Ramside Hall Hotel. The event was in recognition of long service (up to 40 years in some cases!) and of employees who’d gone beyond the call of duty.
It was our job to welcome everyone to the event and give out the programme of events for the evening. It was great to be able to show off what we’ve learned so far; they were all so impressed with our knowledge of basic life support.
Thank you for asking us to be part of your special evening, and congratulations to all nominees.
We are so excited to be part of a unique opportunity as North East Ambulance Service launch a mini medics scheme in our primary school. This gives our Y6 pupils an insight into a crucial and rewarding career at the same time as teaching us potentially life-saving skills.
In our first session, we learnt CPR and how to use a defibrillator to perform basic life support. We will be teaching these skills to members of the public in Tesco, Durham, on restart a heart day.
Our reception pupils have been impressing us already with just how ready for school they are. They are also working with Durham School Sports’ Partnership coaches to progress their cycling skills. Using the balance bikes, the children will undertake a six-week training programme to get going on their own pedal bikes.
A new school year and a new footie season is underway. Our Y5/6 team will play over the next few weeks in Durham SSP’s League 1 at Meadowfield. We wish you lots of luck and hope you have fun representing our school on the pitch.
Every September, we take part in West Rainton and Leamside’s annual village show. Every pupil from nursery to year 6 entered pieces of work (most pupils with two entries) totalling over 300 pieces. The work looked outstanding on display and the entire community were very proud to see the high standard of work of its village school.
We also entered the group category, making a character that would feature in a circus. Phineas, the lion, came second in his class!
After a year of preparation and hard work, the moment finally arrived to see our artwork exhibited in The National Gallery, London. Our Y6’s produced printed flyers to advertise the travelling scientist featured in Joseph Wright of Derby’s painting ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.’
It was a very proud moment seeing the work so professionally displayed alongside works of Van Gogh and Monet! We told everyone we saw that this was OUR work!
Twenty lucky children visited Harry Potter Studios In Leavesden, Watford, in June 2019. They had a fabulous time seeing the real props, sets, costumes and special effects from the blockbusting Harry Potter movie series. We all came out with a few treats from the gift shop and memories to last a lifetime!
We were thrilled to be invited to share in Springfield Lodge’s Open Day as part of a national day of welcoming communities into care homes.
The morning comprised of a sing-off in which we sang two modern songs and listened to two songs from the residents. The judge had a tricky decision to make, but decided our rendition of ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ was the winning song! We were rewarded with a fish and chip lunch in the garden and, as an extra treat, an ice cream each. What better way to celebrate the run-up to summer!
We love working together with our local community. The residents and children get on so well together.