We could not let the Beast from the East spoil our World Book Day fun! We celebrated a week later than planned with a day of coming to school as our favourite story characters. From Paddington to Peter Rabbit, Wonderwoman to Wally and Mrs Twit to Mary Poppins, we had them all. Well done to all of our children for their brilliant efforts to bring the world of stories to life. Don’t forget to spend your book tokens very soon and add to your own collections of books.
We were thrilled to host a morning with Amy Tinkler in school in February 2018. To celebrate both her Olympic bronze in Rio, and her selection for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia, Amy came along to teach the children all about the power of support in sport. Team England sponsors, NPower, teamed up with Amy to present medals to all of the children in assembly. Amy then went on to help coach our budding young gymnasts in our recently formed gymnastics club.
For our children to meet a medal-winning Olympian, who is also a local girl, shows them that aiming high and working hard can propel you to the highest heights. We’ll all be behind you in Australia, Amy!
Pupils from 2-11 years old took part in our annual dance assembly in spring 2018. Once again, it was one of the most well-attended events of the year and we had a whole load of fun developing our dances through PE lessons to be ready to perform. We can’t wait to show two of our performances at the Durham Primary Dance Festival later in the term.
Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 had a wonderful opportunity this spring to perform with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Durham Cathedral. They spent a few weeks practising The Fairy Queen, based on the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the music of Henry Purcell, before the performance, in Durham Cathedral, took place on 7th February.
Here are some images of our final performance:
EYFS and Key Stage One worked incredibly hard all term to bring us two amazing productions of the Nativity. A traditional view from the early years team was incredibly well received by families of nursery and reception. This was followed by an ambitious retelling of the Nativity by Years 1 and 2 in a production of Baubles!
The following week saw Key Stage 2 take to the stage with two sell-out performances of ‘A Christmas Carol’. The rousing choruses and enthusiastic dances got us all in the mood for the Christmas celebrations. An incredible way to end a vey busy term. Thank you very much!
We got thoroughly into the festive mood with the first snowfall of winter at the end of November. After staring longingly from the classroom windows we donned the hats, scarves, gloves and boots to enjoy some frosty fun. We built snowmen, had sledge rides and caught snowflakes on our tongues. For many of our younger pupils, this was a first experience of a good snowfall. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Our pupils have recently been learning about the importance of remembrance and reflection as we took part in the annual poppy appeal by the Royal British Legion. Pupils in KS2 performed a remembrance assembly for the community before heading to the church war memorial to lay a wreath on behalf of the school. Pupils in Y2 joined the juniors to entertain the residents of Springfield Lodge with some wartime tunes.