Lego League Regionals 2018

After 3 months of hard work, and (for some) EVERY lunchtime since September, the day finally arrived on December 6th.

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Kitted in their lab coats, glasses and bow ties, the Harton Puzzlers travelled to The Word to compete against teams from all over the region – including secondary schools! The first few rounds with the robot were disappointing, as we didn’t score as highly as we would have liked. After their first robot game, the pupils scored technical points, which involved talking about their robot design and strategy. This usually take about 5 minutes, but the boys talked for 10 minutes!

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Next the children had 5 minutes for a costume change and got ready for their presentation. After many practises at school, they delivered it perfectly! It was clear, loud and confident. The presentation even included a “live” video call from an astronaut on the International Space Station.

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There was a teamwork task, where the children had to work together effectively in order to complete a Lego building challenge. After lunch, we found out we were in the semi final!

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The Puzzlers got through to the semi finals- joint 3rd with St. Gregory’s. They had 2 more chances to prove their robot’s skills. In their second and final attempt, the boys protested to the judges over a ruling – supported by teachers from different schools – and the Puzzlers scraped into the finals with 72 points.

In the finals, the Puzzlers competed against Oakwood Comprehensive School – who kindly offered up their extra attachments, which allowed the Harton to scorecard more points. After three more rounds of the robot game,  the Puzzlers’ score got higher and higher with each attempt.  The trophy for Robot Table Champion went to the well deserved Oakwood!

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Every team was awarded at least one trophy, for skills such as teamwork, presentation, tactics and co-operation, but the Harton Puzzlers were delighted to find out that they had won the overall competition! After so much work from our team, there were many tears of happiness and shouts of joy.

South Shields F.C.

Years 5 and 6 had a visit from South Shields players Carl Finnigan, Dan Wright and Blair Adams today. They answered the childrens questions about playing football for the club. In addition they gave every child two tickets for the Stalybridge Celtic game on the 15th of December. 10 lucky children will be drawn at random to lead the team out on to the pitch. The captains of the school football teams were also presented with a signed copy of a strip from the club.

Year 4 Tag Rugby at Kingston Park

As part of the Tag Rugby being delivered by coaches from Newcastle Falcons the children in Y4S were invited to take part in a festival at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons. The children had a fantastic time playing games against different schools and 1 team won every game they played.

Our Healthy Week in Nursery

We had a busy week in Nursery with lots of Visitors.

We started with Mr Simpson who took us to do lots of exercises and play games in the Nursery Garden.

Then we had Mrs Seales from our school kitchen.  She brought lots of nice things for us to taste, dips with peppers, apple, pineapple, cucumber and lots more.

We also had a visit from the Nurse to talk to us about Healthy foods.  We knew many of the vegetables they talked to us about as we had been growing them in our Nursery Garden.

We all went for a run around the new track.  Here we are…..

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Christmas is coming …