Year 1 had a visit from lots of firefighters from Sunderland to raise awareness of fire prevention and how to keep safe around fire. The firefighters explained to the children how their outfits work to keep them safe and some even tried them on.
The children were given many important safety tips, including a rhyme to help remind them not to touch matches and lighters, how to call 999 in the event of a fire, and the stop, drop and roll technique in case their clothes are set on fire.
The fire engine came onto the school yard and all got a turn squirting the hose like the firefighters do when they are putting out a fire. Everybody really enjoyed the afternoon and learned a lot.
Children learn fire safety in the school yard and try out the fire hoses.
The whole school spent the week learning about the history of the continent of Africa and the changes brought about by Nelson Mandela. Many activities where arranged throughout the week to make it as informative and enjoyable as possible.
In year one, Mrs Waller, Allen’s dad and Joesphs mam, Mrs Anjokwu came in to talk about their time living in Africa. Allen’s dad told the children all about African food, African clothes, African tribes and life in Africa. Mrs Waller talked about her childhood in Africa and lots of fascinating stories about African animals.
Mrs Anjokwu, from Nigeria talked about growing up in Africa to highlight things that are similar and different to growing up here.
Mrs Anjokwu grooves with the children.
The children also tried some fruit that is grown in Africa and made block graphs in Maths to show how many children liked the fruit they tasted. From the results its looks as if everybody thought the fruit was lovely.
The children try some delicious fruits.
We were then visited by Chief Chebe from Ghana. He came to the school to teach the children even more about Africa. He taught them how to play the African drums and everybody danced and listened to his stories. Chief Chebe was great fun!
Dancing to the beat of the African drums.
The week culminated in a play performed by Miss McMasters year 5 class. The play presented in the hall to both children and parents showed the history of Nelson Mandela leading the people through apartheid. There was dancing and singing and a whole lot of fun and learning for all involved. A great week.
The school celebrated Sunderland Football Club reaching the Capital One Cup Final by having a ‘Red and White Day’. We had a visit from one of Sunderland’s coached as well as black cat mascot Samson. We had a great time and all got into the spirit of supporting our local team reaching the cup final. Some of our teachers where lucky enough to get tickets and go to the match. Good luck Sunderland!