Gabriel designed a ‘Roller Lamp’ as part of a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) project. This was an ingenious remote control lamp on a motorised skateboard which could be directed to move around a room in a house, at the will of the person controlling it.
Kensington Palace asked to meet the three winners of the ‘Little Inventors’ competition, whilst on their visit to Sunderland. The visit was to celebrate culture, art and regeneration in Sunderland, with a strong emphasis on young people having a voice and a role in the future of Sunderland. Naturally, Gabriel gave a good account of himself and his invention to Kate and William.
Today the school held their annual Safer Internet Day for 2018. Throughout the day the children learned how to respectfully use the internet and to think of others while doing so. The topic this year was ‘create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you’, and our topics were centered around that.
One of the interactive topics included the children making a connective jigsaw. They were asked to consider how as a person they could make the internet a more positive place. We received answers such as “don’t be disrespectful and say hurtful things if you cant say anything kind”. The children when then made to understand that if their own positivity was added to that of others then the internet will become a more positive place as a whole. The way a jigsaw comes together.
The children cut out their jigsaw pieces.
The children bring the jigsaw together.
In other parts of the school the children watched a video where children in the video would send a text message and then our children were asked how they would respond to such a comment. We asked them to be honest and a lot of the children gave both positive responses and some gave negative ones. We then quizzed the children on why they had made the comments and to think how they might escalate or diffuse a situation with positivity.
The children also made posters about things they liked about school. The posters were then given to other children who would write comments about the poster on the back. They then went through the comments with their teacher to teach them how both positive and negative comments would make that person feel and how they could be more positive and constructive when commenting.
The children with their posters.
All in all a great day of learning and understanding that hopefully the children and the teachers can take forward in their online life.
In the first podcast of 2018, we hear from all six nominees for Head Boy and Head Girl, and interviews with the successful candidates. We have a new feature called 60-Minute Social where we ask as many questions as we can to a teacher in a minute. We also hear from Harper in Year 4 who won a local Bake-Off Challenge, and news reports from all the goings on in and out of school. Happy listening!
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.