During the 17th to 19th October 2017, the whole school had a focus on well-being. As a school we looked at the areas of physical health and mental well-being.
The children during Well-being Week.
A wide range of activities were planned for the children to teach them about these areas. We had many physical actives including Glowfit, Military Bootcamp, climbing, and Little Dribblers from SAFC. Health and well-being sessions were provided by the LAF Project and the school nurse. SAFC provided an introduction to mental health and well-being to our older children.
Overall the children had a fun filled week from which they have gained a better understanding of how important their well-being is and how they can be responsible for ensuring their own levels of well-being.
Year 4 attended a Well-being Festival at Silksworth Leisure Centre. Below is an account of the day by one of the attending pupils and an accompanying video slideshow:
On Thursday 5th October Year 4 went to Silksworth Leisure centre for a Well-Being festival. We went there to learn about keeping fit and exercising. We took part in Brazilian soccer, yoga, skipping (in which I got tangled), dancing and dodgeball. The other group got to make smoothies using power from an exercise bike. We also got to do a kickabout with Sunderland AFC and learn new skills. We were only there for the morning but it felt like all day because we were so worn out from the exercising.
On Monday 2nd October all of Year 4 went to the Cragside country house to learn about hydro electricity. Lord Armstrong lived here 150 years and he used the water from lakes and waterfalls to make electricity for his massive house. We walked around the mansion seeing lots of interesting antiques. We then had lunch and walked around the forests and found the power house where Armstrong made his electricity using a generator. We saw the water wheel and the iron bridge. We didn’t go across it though. We were worn out from walking up lots of hills in the forest. I enjoyed my day at Cragside because it was very interesting and learnt new facts about electricity.
The school have been celebrating Harvest. Mr Hawkins, a representative from Elim Church came to visit us to share a story from the bible. The story told was “The Five Loaves and Two Fishes”. It reminded us how we need to share and think of others in times of need.
It is nice to help people and share our food… It is important for people to help each other. We help a lot at our school. It makes you feel good.
The school presented the church with a huge donation of groceries for their food bank, this was thanks to the generosity of our pupils, parents and staff. Mr Hawkins and Elim church were so grateful that he presented us with a special certificate to say thank you.
The certificate presented by Mr Hawkins of the Elim Church.
Year 4 visited the Cragside Estate in Northumberland. Cragside was the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong who was the first in the world to power his home using hydroelectricity. The children were given an opportunity to see how he did this and to find out all about how he was able to generate his own electricity in this way. Because our science topic is based on electricity this was the perfect opportunity to find out about more sustainable ways of generating this precious resource. It was also great to see this beautiful house and the stunning grounds it is set in.
I liked the power station the best. But also the lake and the wheel.
The Year 1 children leave school to start their walk.
Year 1 went for a walk around the local area to look for lots of things to learn about like different types of buildings, the materials they are made from, seasonal changes and plants. They stopped off at St. Gabriel’s Church to have a look inside and learn lots about the features of a Christian church.
In amongst all of that there was even time for a quick play in Barnes Park. They had a great morning out.