Eco and Gardening club along with the help of Mrs Todd, Mrs Atkinson and Miss Halliday assessed whole school grounds with the aim to continue to keep our school at a high standard of cleanliness and well designed garden areas. The children from the whole school then carried out the required tasks.
The children hard at work, digging in the vegetable patch.
They designed flower beds around school to incorporate current themes at the time, this included pirate and butterfly flowerbeds near nursery and a lilac and lavender theme for our Friendship garden.
Details of the Friendship garden.
An assessor viewed all outdoor areas in school grading us the highest ‘gold’ standard within the Northumbria area.
Details of the Friendship garden.
Mrs Atkinson and some members of Gardening/Eco club attended the awards ceremony and received our second certificate.
One of the schools mature pot.
As a multicultural school we celebrate all faiths and Religions. To take advantage of this we held a Christmas production in nursery. The children all dressed up as a character from the Nativity Story and performed and sang for all their Mums, Dads and families.
Not only was it an immensely enjoyable day, the children also gained experience and confidence in role playing and the recall of stories.
Year 1 have been learning about the history of toys. To supplement this they went on a trip to the Sunderland Museum and Build A Bear Workshop.
The children looked at the difference between old and new toys at the museum and had fun playing with them too. Whilst there they all took part in making a Pudsey and a Blush bear for their classes.
It was great fun to see how new teddy bears are made.
The school nursery held a load of activities to raise money for Comic Relief . The children dressed up in spots or onesies. They also made cakes to sell to their families, and had their faces painted like Pudsey bear. They also made Pudsey ears and paintings.
What a fun day and all for a good cause.
Nursery held a very spooky Halloween party day. The children spent the day calving pumpkins, making spider biscuits, tracing Witches, making green witches potion, all very spooky and scary things.
Eco and Gardening club have been researching how to increase biodiversity in our Wildlife garden and encourage more wildlife to create habitat, so we decided it would be a great idea to build a Bug Hotel for mini-beasts to make their homes in.
We acquired free wooden palates from local builders to stack on top of each other to create the hotel like structure. The children filled the pallets with various materials to encourage the wildlife e.g. straw, leaves, Bamboo canes, plant pots etc.
It is now a permanent structure in our wildlife garden and classes throughout the school use it as a resource linking to wildlife and environmental topics.
A 5 star job if we do say so ourselves and welcome to all bugs.
As part of the curriculum, the whole school is looking at sustainability in its different forms. To integrate this, year six took a trip to the River Wear to look at living things and their habitats.
The children took samples of river water to specifically look at the micro organisms living in that section of the river to get an overall picture of life of the river. The samples where classified by animals and plants.
Adding to this, the children spent the day learning about and recognising the different characteristics of the micro organisms. A successful and fun day had by all.
We decided to relocate our school allotment and greenhouse to a better suited plot for sunshine, size of plot and accessibility for all classes.
With help from school staff, local community members, parents and children we have an impressive allotment plot offering hands on learning relating to growth and healthy eating. Fruit and vegetable produce grown by the children is also harvested by the children and we had great success selling it to our parents, who have had an input into what we plant next time.
Our school cook also includes school grown vegetables in school lunches.