With so many autumn fruits and vegetables all around us at this time of year, we thought it would be nice to taste some traditional harvest foods from two different places, and learn about their harvest festival traditions and ethos.
In Year 1, our Autumn Walk to Cleadon Park linked our Seasons Science topic with Our Local Area Geography topic. We have been learning a lot about the park environment through reading Percy the Park Keeper by Nick Butterworth, and searching for signs of autumn ourselves. Back at school, we were inspired by the colours, patterns, textures and objects associated with autumn, to create some amazing artwork and learning some new skills in the process.
The success of Canny Friday continues as our School Council led project has received national recognition. The project, which involved the collection of 1213 cans for the South Tyneside Food Bank, has received a ‘highly commended’ rating in the national Speaker’s School Council Awards 2017. Well done to all of our School Council members who worked so hard to make such a difference to our local community.
The School Council were thrilled to visit the South Tyneside Food Bank last week. The trip, organised to celebrate the success of our ‘Canny Friday’ efforts, began with the children meeting the charity’s patron, Sir David Chapman. The School Council were keen to ask David and Maureen, a volunteer for Hospitality and Hope, about the difference that our donations had made to the lives of local community members. They were pleased to learn that almost all of our donations had already been placed into parcels and had been given to those in need.
After examining the contents of the food bank’s shelves, the children moved into another part of the building where they were surprised to find clothing, shoes, bedding and toys. Maureen explained that the charity were keen to support local families and individuals in a number of ways. The School Council could not believe their eyes when they discovered the soup kitchen, from which a variety of nutritious meals are served. The children enjoyed a drink and several snacks in the kitchen before returning to school.
The whole school have participated in Art workshops with local artist Zoe Emma Scott.
Zoe inspired the children by sharing pieces of her artwork and explaining ways in which they can make their work their own.
All children were set the challenge to illustrate their idea of a happy day. The artwork the children produced throughout the school was fantastic!
After much deliberation Zoe chose some final pieces to receive an art award and one lucky person had their art work printed! The children who received the art awards are as follows:
Year 1-Maizie R
Year 2-Lily D
Year 3-Andrew A
Year 4-Maisie S
Year 5-Daniel R
Year 6-Kaitlyn E
Excited by the delivery of our Buddy Bus Stops, School Council members met to discuss how these might best be used to help children feeling lonely in the yard. Council members explained that it will be important to have thoughtful children playing close to the bus stops if those feeling lost are to receive the help that they need. Could you be one of these helpful children, or Buddies, that the School Council are looking for?
Members of the School Council have been busy working their magic again. Not content with making a huge difference to their local community, the children have turned their attention to how they might be able to help fellow pupils within school.
Members of the School Council explained in their recent meeting that the yard can, at times, be a lonely place for some children. It is not always easy to find someone to play with, especially when close friends are absent or are eating lunch. After a lengthy discussion of possible ways around this issue, the School Council decided upon installing a ‘Buddy Bus Stop’ in each yard. Children who are feeling lost and in need of a friend can come to one of the Bus Stops to receive the help that they need.
Skipping ropes will be available throughout the rest of the school year. If you would like to purchase one, please send £4.50 in a named envelope to your child’s class teacher. The skipping ropes will then be distributed on a Friday.
Please indicate if your child will need a Key Stage 1 rope or a Key Stage 2 rope (the latter are slightly longer).
Wow! We received 234 cans for this week’s ‘Canny Friday’, bringing the total number of donations received to an amazing 1213! The South Tyneside Food Bank are looking forward to collecting their cans, which will make such a difference to the lives of so many local people.
Y3R have been busy putting their column addition skills to use this week. Led by School Council member Sadie, the children collected all of the cans received as part of ‘Canny Friday’. Having counted the cans collected from each class, the children then worked together to find the total using column addition. They found that, last week, we managed to collect 234 cans for the South Tyneside Food Bank, bringing our total to an amazing 1013!
The children also used their knowledge of previous weeks to estimate the number of cans and dried foods that they expected to receive as part of our final ‘Canny Friday’ this week. They were excited to explain their reasoning. What would your estimate be?