We love to support the annual BBC Children in Need appeal and this year was no exception. We held a coffee morning and bake sale as well as a non-uniform day to raise precious funds for Pudsey. Our little school and nursery raised a whopping £340! Well done everyone!
We were thrilled to welcome Pudsey Bear to West Rainton Primary when he called in to see how our preparations for Children in Need day were going.
As we were celebrating Odd Socks’ Day for anti-bullying week, Pudsey of course joined in. He knows just how much hurt bullying causes and that it is unacceptable both on and off line.
On his visit, he joined in three maths lessons, one writing lesson, one phonic session and a Nativity rehearsal. He also found time to meet Barny, the Ambulance Mini Medics’ mascot. Instructed by our trained Y6s, Pudsey and Barny worked together to learn how to give basic life support.
Two of our fantastic Ambulance Mini Medics joined representatives from North East Ambulance Service at Durham Cathedral’s Service of Remembrance in November.
Taking part in the prestigious ceremony was a huge honour for the children who then proudly marched through Durham City alongside the armed services and emergency services.
We are so proud of you!
‘I felt so proud to represent North East Ambulance Service.’ AMM representative.
Every year, armistice day is a very important time in our school calendar. Within history learning, our Y2 pupils learn about poppy day and all it symbolises, looking at the first armistice day, 100 years ago this year.
Building on this prior knowledge, our Y6 pupils look closer at a proud part of County Durham heritage, the regiment of the Durham Light Infantry. They learn about a few key characters and events from the world-renowned DLI, and lead our remembrance day assembly in school.
This year, we were delighted to welcome Rev. Tony Holden, West Rainton’s new priest, who came to lead our children in prayer.
We then went along to Springfield Lodge and the village memorial, to show our respect for the older generation and those who gave so much for our freedom.
‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.’
It’s the spookiest event of the school calendar- the Hallowe’en disco! Pupils from reception to Y6 came along to our PTA event to get the autumn half-term holidays off to a super start. Our very kind staff and volunteers regularly provide exciting events and opportunities for our pupils, as well as helping us to raise precious funds for things such as our attendance rewards. At the disco, pupils could visit the tuck shop, have a go at the lucky dip and also enter our colouring and costume competitions. Well done everyone for making it such a special night.
To end the English work done by Year 2 on the story of ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’, the whole school shared in a wonderful learning experience with Falconry Days and three amazing birds of prey. We learned all about the diet, hunting ability and life facts of the barn owl, the tawny owl and the kestrel. Many children were chosen to handle the birds as they flew through our school hall. What a super experience!
Our Y6 and reception pupils are the very best of friends! This autumn, they worked together to perform a beautiful harvest assembly for parents, including a harvest ‘squiggle’ dance. They then went to local houses to deliver our harvest hampers filled with kind donations from our school community.
As a special treat for working so brilliantly together, the children then carved pumpkins together to decorate our spooky Hallowe’en disco.
Pupils in Y3/4 recently investigated areas of the local environment to examine both positive and negative influences on wildlife and habitats. This was to complement their learning in science as they looked at the crucial balance of nature and how we, as humans, have the greatest impact upon it. After examining ways we can support local wildlife habitats, we also worked to clean up litter left behind by others.
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.