Healthy Schools Award 2018-2021

Congratulations to the whole school community in helping us to achieve this award again!

We were delighted to collect the award at a ceremony in South Shields Town Hall.

Not content to sit on our laurels though, we are already thinking about how we can extend our provision by including yoga, a Health and Wellbeing Week, raising awareness of mental health issues, and involving parents, carers and children in developing future plans.




Zoe Scott visits Y3W

Last week Y3W were lucky enough to have an art workshop with local artist Zoe Scott. We created paintings of things which remind us of Summer including South Shields fair, Souter Lighthouse and camping trips.

First we sketched out our ideas and once we were ready we selected colours to paint with.

It was an amazing morning and we had lots of fun! Thank you Zoe for visiting us.


May 22nd is non-uniform day in school.

It is exactly one year since two South Shields teenagers, Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry lost their lives in Manchester and our children have marked the day by wearing the colours of the Together Forever Trust – pink and blue.  Staff also took part.

Children have brought in a pound to wear pink and/or blue and some of them paid another pound for a Together Forever pen and/or an armband . Children knew all about the way the trust was trying to support children in both performance arts and sports and that their money would help other children through the trust.

Our assembly was not all Red with Harton Primary uniform today – pink and blue was everywhere!

We raised £1000 – well done everyone!  Thanks to pupils, parents and staff for their continued support.

If you would like to support the Together Forever Trust you can find more information on  their facebook page –



An ancient Mayan visits Year 5

On Friday, Year 5 had a visitor from ancient Mayan times, called Big Nose, to tell us about what life was like in those times, including: their beliefs; how they invented maths; the foods they ate from the rainforest; and lots more.

After a learning the Mayan numbers to 10 (complete with a competition of boys against girls, including a teacher round with help from good listeners), we sacrificed 5 children in different Mayan ways to please the gods. This included: decapitation, heart extraction, drowning, buried alive and shot by arrows.

Some children got to dress in Mayan clothes, and to find the most important person for a feathered headdress, we had to find out who could cross their eyes the best – since this was a sign of importance and beauty.

Next, we tried Mayan foods. However, we learned that many of the foods we eat nowadays made up a lot of the Mayan diet, such as avocados, peppers, corn (maize), beans and butternut squash. As well as their greatest export: chocolate. However, it was not chocolate we are used to – no milk. It was 85% cocoa. There were not many fans of the almost pure chocolate bar. 6 lucky (or unlucky) individuals got to try 100% pure cocoa beans – they were not fans either. The teachers also got to try some, but did not get that ‘chocolate fix’ from milk chocolate. It was described as bitter, salty and textured like nuts or sawdust.

After play and lunch, the year group was split to take part in drama sessions. They were split into a further 6 groups, then the children were given different situations to dramatise and deliver to the other groups. Each person needed to have an active role in the performance, no matter how quiet they were. We were told to be as funny and cheesy as possible to deliver the information to the rest of the groups, as we learn more when it’s fun.

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To end our day, we took part in another drama session, this time including the teachers, to learn about the Mayan creation story. The teachers played the parts of the gods (Kuklukan and Hurrucan), where we played the different animals, trees and people that were created by the gods.

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The Daily Mile

Today saw the reintroduction of the daily mile.  All the children will aim to complete either 4 laps of the school field or move continuously for 15 minutes around the field.  Year 4 were the first class to complete their miles.