Year 5 visited the new Sunderland bridge, The Northern Spire. The children learnt a range of information about the jobs that the building of the bridge created and will create in the future. The children got to see how the bridge has been constructed over the past 3 years and discussed the positive impact the bridge will have on Sunderland as a city.
Year 2 went on a trip to the National Glass Centre. The children learnt about the materials the Glass Centre building was made from and compared this to the materials St Peter’s Church was made from. Later they designed and made their own winter glass painting and then watched a demonstration of a glass snowman being made. A fantastic days for everyone involved!
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.
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.
All of the entries were displayed on the Little Inventors website and Gabriel Coates, in Year 6 won the competition. He will have his ‘Rolla Lampa’ design displayed in the Winter Gardens exhibition on Saturday 30th September. The design will be in the Winter Gardens until 13th October 2017 if you would like to see it.
Gabriel Coates’s invention design.
Well done Gabriel and all of the children who took part.
The school recently had a visitor in assembly from an organisation called Little Inventors. Some of our Year 4 and 5 children had the opportunity to complete a workshop, which helped them to understand the work of Little Inventors and to think carefully about their own invention ideas.
The work they produced in this workshop will be displayed in a gallery in the autumn term. The designs will be entered into a competition where the winners work will be made into a real object.
Year 2 have been learning about the seaside and so went to Seaham to spot some features of the coastline.
Unfortunately it rained all day and they didn’t get to play in the sand! They did see Tommy (the sculpture) and sketched pictures of him. Tommy is a statue of a First World War soldier by artist Ray Longsdale. It is officially named 1101 (or Eleven-O-One), referring to the first minute of peace as the armistice came into force at 11am on 11 November 1918.
The children also visited Lickety Split and learnt about the history of ice-cream and how ice-cream is made while having a tour of the shop and looking at all of the huge machines they use to make their many different flavours of ice-cream.
Blue bubblegum was a popular choice for an ice-cream at the end of our workshop.