Family Learning Afternoon

On Thursday 12th October many of our parents and relatives visited our school to join in with some of our topic related activities.  Children showed their adults how to make a proggy mat and asked them to help use the variety of materials to assist them in collaging their river sketch.  Some children wrote a poem with their adult or with friends and we continued to work on these the next day to make them even better!


Collaged River Art



Proggy Mat Making

Darlington Town Centre

On Wednesday 27th September class 2 went on a trip to our local town of Darlington. We split into two groups to do our designated tasks. Half of us went into the library to learn about how Darlington and High Coniscliffe have changed over time. We got to see and handle many secondary sources including ordnance survey maps of varying ages, photographs and books.




The other group went around town on a little trail in search of some points of interests to further develop our knowledge.  


Although this piece of art work was enjoyed by some, others found it uninspiring until ...


We got to do all of the tasks and had such fun along the way. Can you name the points of interest the children visited?

Village Walk

On Thursday 21st September 2017 we went for a walk around High Coniscliffe village to look for human and physical features of the landscape. This is what the children saw.

We needed a little rest after all that walking!

New Term, New Learning

The children are settling in well in their new year group. We have been following instructions to make sandwiches and dream jars. Instructional writing is our focus this week.

We made delicious sandwiches today. Three tasty fillings were chosen for the children to enjoy. Can you see what they had in their sandwiches today? On Thursday year 2 children will be making a different sandwich with a filling of their choice.


Look at our dream jars. We used cotton wool, paint and glitter to make them.

Last week of term

As a reward for excellent behaviour the children had lots of fun on the bouncy castle slide and obstacles.  They also enjoyed their ice pops, baked some delicious bread and used  their ball skills to throw and catch some water balloons.  

Fun playing catch with the water ballons.

Champion water balloon throwers!

Bread making


Final memories playing games with the year two. 

Saltburn Visit

Class 2 visited Saltburn on Monday 26th June. They all had a wonderful time exploring this local area. Fun was had in the Valley Gardens, on the railway train and on the beach.  Some children enjoyed a delicious lunch of cod or chicken nuggets and chips.  Many children loved the knitted creatures and sculptures displayed along the railings of the pier. We even got a paddle in the sea and some of us were lucky enough to chat to to one of the RNLI lifeguards.

Wedding at St Edwin's Church

The children have been learning about different weddings and the vows that are made during the service.  To enhance our learning, class two took part in a role play wedding at St Edwin's Church on Tuesday 16th May 2107.  A few boys and girls volunteered to be the bride and groom but these two were the lucky ones!


Many other roles were needed including the father of the bride and the bridesmaids.


Our vicar spoke clearly in church and led the whole service.


Mother of the bride joined by her husband!

The mother and father of the groom and the best man and ushers.



Many guests attended too!



Some have made a 3D fish out of clay, choosing and using the tools carefully and adding paint to complete the look!


The children have also enjoyed working together to make some seaside pictures with the rocks and shells.


Some have made a 3D fish out of clay, choosing and using the tools carefully and adding paint to complete the look!

Science Week

We have had a wonderful week at school with the ongoing science activities in collaboration with British Science Week.  At the start of the week we up-cycled some plastic milk cartons into elephants.


 We have learned about germination and can't wait for our broad bean seeds to germinate.

We made posters about scientists, inventors and their discoveries and came dressed up on our invention day.

History Day

Years 1 and 2 have enjoyed a lovely morning taking part in a variety of activities linked to our study of the  famous person 'Florence Nightingale'.  Some of the children chose to:

make a red cross medal, follow the recipe for Crimean lemonade taken from an 1861 recipe cookbook, make a 3D rat from different materials, draw a portrait of Florence, take part in dance activities using props including sheets and brushes, use their ICT skills to research additional facts about Florence, role play the experience of nurses and soldiers from that time period and write a diary entry from the hospital reflecting on life at that time.

Bowes Museum

Class 2 visited the Bowes Museum on Thursday 19th January. All the children took part in some portraits and portraiture workshops. We studied the portraits of John and Josephine Bowes to gather information about them.

John Bowes

John Bowes

Josephine Bowes

Josephine Bowes

We enjoyed taking part in a portrait session, learning step by step how to draw the face of the lady in the portrait.


We had a tasty lunch in the education resource room. The children loved their packed lunches!


After lunch we enjoyed a run around the grounds of the Museum.



Can you see how we used different materials to make a collage of ourself? What materials did we use?

St John's Church

On Friday 9th December, Year 2 visited St John's Church in Darlington to take part in a Christmas journey.  They listened to the story of the Creation and loved the visual props used, as each day was created. The children thought about what would happen to the world if they didn't take good care of it and then went on a journey back in time.  

The children travelled back in time, more than 2000 years ago.  They met Mary, making bread in her kitchen.  They heard the news, sent by God to Mary by angel Gabriel. They then continued their journey, thinking about what it would have been like to be a shepherd and a wise man receiving the news that a baby king had been born in a stable in Bethlehem.

They listened to the news that God had sent baby Jesus to put right, the wrongs of the world and the people in it.


In class two we have enjoyed looking at a range of toys from the past and discovering how some of them are played with.


  We have shared family toys and put them in chronological order from the oldest to the youngest aged toy.



We have loved exploring the Toy Story toys and making up our own stories by acting out different scenes.  We have also written character descriptions and riddles of Toy Story characters and drawn images of these by hand and by using an art programme on the computer.



We have designed and made our own toy thinking about the materials we wanted to use, to make it suitable for the purpose of it. After completing our toy, we evaluated it by thinking about what we liked about it and how it could be improved if we were to make it again.  Some children collected materials from home and discussed with their family how they were going to make it at school. Look at some of the amazing toys year 1 and 2 made.

Children in Need

We had fun decorating cakes for Children in Need on Friday morning with Miss Pontonie.  In the afternoon we also loved visiting the stalls that Class 4 had set up for us.  

Materials and their properties

This half term the children are learning about materials and their properties. They have been introduced to some new scientific vocabulary including; absorbent, opaque, translucent and transparent.  They are having fun exploring what the objects are made from and thinking about why, based on their properties.

They have had the opportunities to begin to look at how materials can be changed.  It was fun to carry out an experiment to see how milk and sugar can be changed into ice cream.

Roald Dahl Day

Our school entered a writing competition that was open to children in the North East of England. Each child produced a Roald Dahl inspired piece of writing. Year 1 and 2 wrote about Red Riding hood after listening to Roald Dahl's Red Riding Hood poem.



Each child that entered got a stunning certificate.  We dressed up today as Roald Dahl characters from our favourite stories.  How many characters can you recognise? 

Some of class 2 came dressed up as George from George's Marvellous Medicine.  We had our own science laboratory where we concocted our own safe but not so great tasting medicines! Our medicines made us muscular, jump about, have red faces, dance, grow long hair and shrink.


It was fun measuring with the measuring cylinders and having our own test tubes and stands to feel like real life scientists. 

Queen Victoria's Reign

September 2016- New academic Year


This half term we are learning about Queen Victoria and things that were invented during her reign.  We are also learning about the artist William Morris born under her reign.




We have looked at birds, leaves and flowers and designed templates of these as a starting point for our art work.  Look at what we can produce with a template, pencil and pastels or pencils.




Year one have used an art package on the computer to produce some ICT art in the style of William Morris.


Year 2 used a graphic package to produce their William Morris inspired ICT art work.

Art week with Bub

Class 2 enjoyed making Roman shields and standards led by artist in resident 'Bub Bacon'. They designed and made a shield, selecting from a range of symbols and designing their own to place on their auxiliary or legionary shield.  The work they produced was outstanding and the week was thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and staff.


Going along with the house team theme of falcons, eagles, kestrels and hawks and the team colours Bub designed four fabulous standards.  The children then painted, collaged and followed instructions to make amazing team medals.  We can't wait to use them in our house team events.


A huge thank you to Bub for making this such a special week and showing the children the skills and techniques to make such great products!

Roman Fort at Piercebridge

Class 2 had a fabulous day out at a local historical fort.  The children all safely walked through the village of High Coniscliffe and along the River Tees to the Roman Fort at Piercebridge. When we got there we were met by a Roman citizen, retired from the Roman army!  He led us through Roman marching drills and told us about the life of a Roman soldier.


At lunchtime we enjoyed a roll down the hill into one of the many ditches!


We also had the opportunity to be archaeologists and found out how hard it is to piece together the past, through pottery tasks.  The children took part in some smelling and grinding tasks of herbs and spices the Romans used to flavour their food.


It was a wonderful day and we are very much looking forward to working with an artist all week to make our own Roman shields.