Canny Friday!

This half term, our School Council are collecting donations of canned and other dried foods to help the South Tyneside Food Bank. Providing emergency food parcels for local individuals and families in crisis, the food bank is run by ‘Hospitality and Hope’. This is a Christian faith based charity that was established in 2002 to help support vulnerable individuals from within our community.Webpost_cansoffood

Donations of canned and dried foods for the food bank can be sent into school with your child each Friday. Our School Council members will be involved in sorting these donations, prior them being collected by the charity.

The first ‘Canny Friday’ will be held on Friday 10th March. The event will continue to be held, each Friday, until the end of term.


Wow!! What a day! Some of Harton Primary School choir have been to the Sage today to take part in ‘The Spring Sing’. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Performing alongside nine other schools from South Tyneside and Gateshead we tackled songs like: The Banana boat song, Bare Necessities and even some current material like ‘Home’ by the Foo Fighters.  Our favourite was probably “Our House’ by Madness.

When we arrived we had a lovely carpet picnic before a rehearsal in an enormous performance space – Sage 1. Finally we performed on the Concourse in front of Mams and Dads and invited guests.

As you can see from our photographs we all made Easter bonnets for the occasion. Thankyou to Rachel, Evie and Alycia’s mam for coming with us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.




The Harton SOLE Club is Harton’s Self Organised Learning Environment

Today the ‘Hart-on-SOLE’ club started with one big question- Why can’t penguins fly?

The children came up with their own groups, shared facts with each other and recorded their ideas in their own way.

Do you know why penguins can’t fly?

Ask one of the ‘Hart-on-SOLE’ members why!

Well done to all members of the club ( Even Miss Smith found out something new)

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This year’s skipping club

This year’s skipping club have worked extremely hard to develop various individual skills such as:

  • double bounce
  • speed bounce
  • side swing
  • cross over

They have managed to do some of these, and other skills too, forwards and backwards. They have also developed skills with a partner and in a group. Some particular favourites included butterfly, face to face, baby fox, run jump out and Texas star.

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Harton Puzzlers – Animal Allies – 1/11/16

This week we finalised our designs for the app, following homework we did over the half term.

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The whole afterschool session involved us making our badges to sell in school to raise both money and awareness for the Red Squirrels and our project.

We only had one accident, with the paper cutter, but we worked really well together. We had a real production line going when working, from cutting the images to loading up the press, to crushing the badge into shape.

We will be selling them next week, following our KS2 assembly to explain our project.

Harton Puzzlers – Animal Allies – 19/10/16

Throughout the week, we have been displaying posters around the school with red squirrel ‘Did you know’ facts. We chose our places carefully, to ensure people would see them. Examples included the entrance to our nursery, at the water fountain and on doors that lead  to the toilet.

By providing the school with informative Red Squirrel facts, we are raising awareness about them.

We also carried out a survey with 18 KS1 and KS2 classes, to find out: if they use apps on their phones; do they go out using their phones to take photos; and if they would like to help the Red Squirrels.

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Thankfully, 387 children (out of 540 children) said that they would like to help the Red Squirrel. That is 72% of our school! Who would resist helping those cute animals?

With our new badge maker arrived, we spend our evening session finalising our badge designs. There was lots of copying, chocolate biscuits, citrus refreshments, complaining, chatting, clarifying (over the difference between acorns and pinecones) colouring and commenting (especially on Mr Forster’s design). Time for some choosing and cutting out for production of our badges.

Harton Puzzlers – Animal Allies – 11/10/16

This week is the second week of Lego League and we have all eight people here!

We are making posters about red squirrels to put around the school. We are also starting the Animal Allies project.

Last week we were given homework: To write facts about red squirrels. This was to help us with our posters.


Leeanda, Sofiya, Owen and Mathew are working on the posters. Jake D and Jake J are working very hard on the presentation to show the school what we are doing. The PowerPoint outlines our ideas as to how we might save the squirrels.File_003 File_001

Lastly, we are all designing badges to sell around school! The money from the badges will go towards the cost of adopting a red squirrel.


Harton Puzzlers – Animal Allies – 4/10/16

First meeting of the Harton Puzzlers had 6 members attending.

Our first session was finding out about red squirrells and how people interact with them. Using the iPads, we are found out information and facts about red squirrels. Our first project idea was to build a high bridge so they can cross the road safely. Then we found out that the main way people help squirrels is to help charities take care of squirrells by tagging where their habitats are on a website. Our idea is now based on this interaction.

Some facts that we found out about red squirrels tonight are:

  • They are only 140,000 red squirrels in Britain and they is 2.5 miliion grey squirrels.
  • Did you know grey squirrels over take red squirrels living habbits?
  • Did you squirrels only live up to three years in the wild, if in captivity, one can live for up to ten years.
  • Did you know the grey squirrels spread a disease called ‘Squirrelpox’? If red squirrels get squirrelpox, they will die, but it does not affect the grey squirrels.

We have also came up with lots of ideas to share our ideas around the school and community to help the squirrels.

  • Trying to arrange a trip to Woodthorn, as they have red squirrel feeders.
  • Arrange meetings with experts – either in person or on Skype.
  • Create a badge to sell to children in school to raise money for charity and raise awareness.

We have also been given a homework task to find ‘Did you know’ facts about red squirrels to display around school.

Maths in Motion


For the past 6 weeks, 15 children in year 5 have been working hard every Tuesday after-school to use maths to compete in a Grand Prix race against each other using the program ‘Maths In Motion’ from Jaguar cars, showing how maths in used to prepare and race Grand Prix cars.

Many areas of the curriculum are addressed by taking part in ‘Maths in Motion’ have included:

  • Measuring angles of corners
  • Measure & scale of straights
  • Multiplication and division for speeds
  • Percentages of performance
  • Decimals
  • Rounding
  • Ratios
  • Mean
  • Interpreting graphs
  • Speed
  • Distance and time for practise laps

After hours of measuring and multiplying corners and speeds, completing copious amounts of practise laps, on Thursday lunchtime we were ready to race our 50 lap Monaco Grand Prix!

During those 50 laps, we had:

  • 5 crashes in the first lap
  • 2 running out of fuel in 21st lap, along with Mr Forster’s engine exploding.
  • 4 cars running out of fuel from the 23rd to the 25th lap (one ran out just before pit stop).
  • Leaving only 2 cars to race the final 25 laps, which resulted in one running out of fuel on the 50th (and final lap) and the winner completing all 50, albeit with smoking tyres since her 48th lap.


Bronze medal, for running out of fuel on lap 25: Katie

Silver medal, running out of fuel on the last lap: Kira

Gold medal, only car to complete all laps: Libby


Despite not winning, all the children enjoyed this club (especially the competition) and have used their maths in a practical way. We definitely have some budding engineers within this group!



Cookery Club with Year 6

It’s the turn of year 6 for the Cookery Club. So far they have made fruit salad, banana muffins, pizza and a fruit crumble. The decoration on the pizzas included faces and a heart. Very creative! It has been lovely to see parents in supporting their children, and we hope they have enjoys the results of their efforts as much as they enjoyed the time spent creating them. Next week, it’s meatballs. This recipe has been the most popular with previous groups.

It is intended that the group will continue in September on a Thursday night.