Gooseberry Planet will provide advice on how to change settings, what to watch out for, the latest games/websites your child could be playing on and much more.
There will be an online workshop for parents in relation to online safety, please click on the link below to find details on how to register.
On Friday 21stJune, following their study of vertebrate and invertebrate species in science, Class 4 took a trip to Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth.
At the aquarium, the children were able to explore and classify a range of vertebrate and invertebrate marine animals. Additionally, they met some non-aquatic creatures such as monkeys and iguanas. They observed the effects of animal conservation when they saw a rescued seal who was in rehabilitation after feeling the effects of ocean pollution and had a lot of fun with the various exhibits and displays on offer. At 11 o’clock, children were given a rock pool experience and absolutely blew the zoology expert away with their knowledge of echinoderms and other invertebrate animals. In fact, he was so impressed that children were given the rare opportunity to stroke the carnivorous, cannibalistic, ten-armed baby sun star as well as a common sea urchin! Following this, children had a splash-tastic time at the seal show.
After lunch, as there was still time left before their bus, the children journeyed down to Tynemouth Beach and explored the glorious, yellow sands. From digging to China, to collecting shells and seaweeds, to competing in a long jump competition, the children had a whale of a time!
On Thursday 20thJune, Class 3 and Class 4 were given the opportunity to put their debating skills to the test in a mock House of Commons setting, led by an official member of parliament! Following an important assembly on our political system and democratic rights, children were spit into the ‘government’ and the ‘opposition’. They debated a range of ‘new laws’, including: a law that states children must spend two extra hours afterschool each work doing exercise and children should be limited to 2 hours of screen time a night. Although neither new law passed their democratic votes, children respected the views of each other and presented strong, well-considered points on both sides of the debate and had a wonderful time.
On Friday 14th June, Class 4 experienced their final Thrills and Skills session of the year on a school trip to Stanley-Crook Forest.
Upon arrival, children were given numbers, roles and responsibilities. Once they had descended deep into the forest, the children came across a full, fast-flowing river and were faced with their first challenge – bridge building. Together the children collected timber, sticks, ferns and mosses as their materials and lay them over one another so that they could cross the river rapids. While normally this would be challenge enough, Class 4 had the additional obstacle of heavy rain and muddy, waterlogged riverbanks to navigate. Luckily, they did a fantastic job due to their effective teamwork.
Following this, children moved to a second forest area and were tasked with building dens. Again, they had to communicate, be resilient when designs weren’t effective and work well as a team to build a shelter that could protect them. While a competition of two teams, both dens were fantastic.
Finally, the children had a second opportunity to practise their ‘Cam and Conceal’ as they did in one of their very first Thrills and Skills sessions. In their camo-gear, the children hid in the long grasses, bushes and trees, becoming one with nature. They were hunted by their teachers but remained hidden even when residual water from the tree branches rained down on them when shaken by the crafty teachers. This final activity ended with a brilliant game of Red Light, Green Light which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Class 5 and 6 have been working outdoors during their maths lesson, they investigated the angles of shadows during different times across the morning. Each group set up their own investigation, measured the angles using a protractor and decided on appropriate time intervals. They used their results to plot points on a line graph.
During maths, Class 5 and 6 had fun investigating volume, using a range of resources to set up their own investigations. Children carried out a range of investigations, which included: using different soaps to create bubbles, comparing the volume of a bottle with that of a cube and comparing volumes of different recycled bottles. They recorded their results in a table and formulated a conclusion to their ‘big’ question.
Our Year 6 children have been studying light in science, do you know what happens when you place a picture of an arrow behind a full glass of water?
Can you use you scientific knowledge to explain why this happens?
Year 5/6 children had the opportunity to take part in a brilliant workshop about fossils. They learnt lots of new information about different dinosaur species and whether they were herbivores, omnivores or carnivores. Using their brushes, they carefully revealed fossils that were lying beneath the sand, what an interesting day!
We celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February, children from each class created a piece of work related to their online safety brief. The eCadets helped to organise the event and were on hand to support each class throughout the day. We discussed lots of important information related to online safety, particularly consent and the way that we give, ask and receive consent in an online context. #OurInternetOurChoice
We would also like to thank the parents/guardians that attended the assembly and supported their children in classroom-based workshops.