Family Learning

We had a wonderful afternoon  mask making and sharing our ICT programmes with some of our parents.  The children have designed a lion king character to make a mask of and used a variety of materials to make their chosen design. The effort from each child was superb and the quality of the masks made was outstanding.


It was great to see so many of our parents in school to assist the children with their mask making, particularly the dangerous, technical aspects of using the glue gun and the sharp cutting tools, which the children are unable to access on their own.

Lion King

This term the children have been learning about a range of African animals. The information gathered from websites, video clips and books have been used to create some excellent non-chronological report writing. Many of the children are extremely proud of the reports that they have written. 


Class two has also watched clips from the Lion King film to gather information about the characters' personalities. This knowledge has then be used to write character descriptions and riddles.


Some stunning pieces of art have been created through observational drawings of lion King images by hand and on the art package ICT programme. A range of tools on the computer and water colour paints filled the images drawn with colour. 


We have looked at a variety of designs by the Missoni fashion house company. The children loved the bright, vibrant colours used and selected their favourite pattern to transfer onto fabric using the fabric paints and colour mixing to get their perfect match!

Some chose floral, chequerboard, stripes or zigzags and discovered that painting on fabric was a lot trickier than paper.

We can't wait to see what their fabric is going to be made into. 


On Thursday 9th November class 2 visited Beamish Museum to explore properties and shops from the past and to take part in a Victorian school lesson.  The children also enjoyed having rides on a whole range of transport including the Elephant Locomotion steam train, trams and buses.

Many children arrived for the day dressed up as a Victorian school child and they looked wonderful in their costumes.

Inside the school the children completed arithmetic tasks, listened to a historical story and completed an observational drawing task. Outside in the playground some children tried to control the hoop and stick.

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.