There’s a saying that goes ‘you’re never too old to learn’. Well, we also believe you’re never too old to teach, and that is certainly what happened when pupils from Y5 and 6 took on the residents of Springfield Lodge in a domino tournament. The game, organised in support of dementia friendly activities, ended up being a lesson to our pupils in how to play (and lose) gracefully! It was lovely to see the two generations coming together in a shared enjoyment of a simple game, and, despite the result, the children would love to come and play again.
Performing our dance routines on the stage of the Gala Theatre in Durham city is one of our favourite events of the year. This time, we took our Y6 class to reprise their performance of ‘The Greatest’ by Sia. That was followed by a ‘Mary Poppins Medley’ performed by a KS2 dance team who scooped the award for ‘most energetic routine’ on the day. Well done to all of our dancing stars.
It’s not often we get the chance to take the whole school out together on a trip but when the opportunity arose to visit the newly opened Beacon of Light at Sunderland, we just couldn’t wait to see inside. Our pupils enjoyed an afternoon of sport in the amazing facilities including the rooftop barn featuring state-of-the-art indoor pitches. Thank you to our friends at the Foundation of Light for inviting us to be part of the EFL’s day of action.
We were delighted to welcome our friends from M&M Productions to perform for us again in school. This year we were treated to a performance of one of our favourite texts; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. After the show, Year 4 enjoyed a stagecraft workshop, learning all about how to put on a show.
Thank you for another brilliant performance!
Our friends from the NSPCC came in to talk to us about our right to a safe and happy childhood. We learned about different types of abuse and how this is not acceptable and never the victim’s fault. We talked about how worries can make us feel and that there are always trusted adults we can talk to who can help us. We also learned the phone number for childline, a free service available to offer a listening ear to worried children- 0800 1111
RE in classes 5 and 6 this term covers the religion of Islam. Over their primary years, children learn about the facts and practises of the world’s most followed religions as well as other cultural/religious beliefs and about people who do not follow any particular faith. As our understanding of different people’s values and beliefs expands, we begin to see that all human beings have far more in common than what sets us apart.
We were delighted that a local Muslim couple who worship at a mosque in Newcastle, came to share their experiences and beliefs about their faith. They talked about their own pilgrimage to Mecca and the five pillars of Islam. They were also very interested to hear the beliefs and values of our pupils who follow a different faith to them.
Tributes to mark 100 years since the end of World War One took place up and down the country in 2018. West Rainton Primary School made sure its pupils marked the occasion with a carpet of poppies created from recycled plastic. Our display looked stunning along with the silhouette statue of Tommy, on loan from our local history group. We held our own service of remembrance before surprising the residents of Springfield Lodge by taking our poppy carpet along to their front garden.
We will remember them.
An important event within our school calendar is the celebration of Chinese New Year. 2019 marks the start of the year of the pig and our children love hearing the story about how the Chinese calendar became dedicated to certain animals. We had a special Chinese lunch with fortune cookies before performing a dragon dance for our community. We even danced the dragon all the way to nursery’s stay and play day and to Springfield Lodge residential home.
Whilst how we should protect ourselves and behave online is taught all year round, we always use safer internet day to come together and put our online habits under the microscope. Our children are very good at identifying how to keep themselves safe online and how they should treat others, although many admitted that they don’t always follow those rules to the letter. This year, we are looking at how to work together on the internet to make it a kinder place to learn and play. We learnt a lot about the word ‘consent’ and how important this is in the online world.