In preparation for our 'Brew Friday' fundraising event, we spent lots of time today baking delicious treats (flapjacks, crispie cakes, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and a banana loaf cake) to serve with teas and coffees tomorrow. Every member of the class helped brilliantly so well done children - what a team effort! Let's hope lots of money is raised for 'The Samaritans' in the morning.
As soon as we got to school yesterday morning we made the most of the fabulous snow. Although it was cold, we were all wrapped up and had great fun outside.
Class 3 worked very hard before and after Christmas to make rather special table decorations. They were challenged to design a decoration that would stand on the table, would feature a star and would light up. As you can see, they came up with many different and imaginative ideas. They all worked and we used them to decorate our tables during our class party buffet.
A wonderful time was had by everyone this afternoon as we had our Christmas party. There was lots of dancing to begin with and then we played some games. After some delicious food, we were highly entertained when playing 'Balloon Forfeits'. Can you spot some beautiful table decorations in the photographs below? We made these carefully in preparation for today.
Don't we all look amazing in our Christmas jumpers? Let the festivities begin!
On Wednesday 13th December, the Year 3 children, and one of our Year 4s, played their violins beautifully to the rest of the school during Collective Worship. Having practised all term, they performed brilliantly and we were very proud of them all.
We are doing a project about birds this term and Mrs Walker was kind enough to bring in her pet barn owls. One is a male and one is a female, and we learned how to tell the difference by looking for speckled feathers on their breasts. The owls are only 5 months old but were well behaved despite the fact that they had never been in a school before. After we looked at them in the classroom, Mrs Walker took them outside onto the school field where she made them fly from one roost to another. Barn Owls are famous for flying silently and it was great to be able to witness this first hand.
In October 2017 Class 3 visited the Wetlands Centre at Washington, Tyne and Wear, where they had a fabulous day finding out about birds. The day started with a chance to look closely at feathers, wings, eggs and bones, as well as skulls from other animals, reptile skins and even an elephant's tusk! It was fascinating.
After that we walked around the centre, stopping to look at the different birds and even had the chance to feed a few, before visiting the otter enclosure for feeding time.
The flamingoes were next and the talk was really interesting. Did you know that a flamingos' ankle is half way up its leg?
After lunch there was the chance to look at what the birds eat by doing some pond dipping and we found lots of interesting animals. Everyone had a turn with the nets and then we looked at the animals more closely using a camera and television screen. Highlights were a damselfly nymph and a see-through worm!
The day ended with a visit to the cranes, black swans and then through a spooky wood to the bird hide, where we saw familiar garden birds like robins, blue tits and chaffinches on the bird feeders. It was exciting to see a bullfinch and nuthatch as well.
It was a busy and highly educational day and we would like to thank the staff at the centre for making it such a rewarding place to visit and for looking after us so well.
What a good way to end the school year! On Tuesday the whole school was given the opportunity of having fun on a very large inflatable obstactle course, as a reward for their excellent behaviour through the term. Our class had to wait until the last hour of the day but that didn't stop us enjoying it. We had lots of turns and there were several races through the obstacles and as it was a hot and sunny day, it was quite tiring!
Class 3 are learning about the Romans and we went to visit the remains of the Roman fort at South Shields, near Newcastle. It was a very interesting day and we were able to learn about what life was like for a Roman soldier in the fort. The reconstructions of the barracks and gatehouse were fascinating. Don't think we would like to sleep in the barracks though!
We also had the opportunity to have a go at being an archaeologist and discover Roman remains for ourselves. We examined lots of pottery and bone that had originally been found during excavations in the fort.
There were many activities to do to learn more about Roman life. Dressing like a Roman was a highlight!
We would like to thank the staff of the museum for all their help in making this such an enjoyable and educational day.
What an exciting day we've had!
It was lovely to see so many children arriving at school dressed up as inventors or inventions. The effort that was put into the posters and presentations was brilliant too. Well done everyone!
Lots of experiments about 'change' have been carried out today, making this a very memorable occasion.