Hoops4Health with the Newcastle Eagles

On the 10th of October, we had a visit from players of the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, including the head coach Fabulous Flournoy for the Hoops4Health roadshow. Once we all went into the hall, we were introduced to the players and they explained why they were visiting, including what we would be doing during the afternoon.

We started by talking about how we can be healthy, keeping ourselves hydrated and ways to exercise more. We warmed up by stretching our muscles; little muscles, like the eyebrows and shoulders, and our big muscles, like our legs and bums.

Next we talked about the most important muscle in our body: the heart. We found where it was, what size it was and how to find our pulse. Our pulses were quicker when doing exercise and slower when inactive. To prove this we did 10 seconds of active movement, such as sprinting on the spot, press ups and star jumps.

After our exercise, we did three different workshops about staying healthy. One workshop was about hydration and how important it is to keep us healthy. We now know loads of facts about water, let’s see how much you know: (Answers will be at the bottom, try not the cheat)

Working out the water questions.

Q1. How much of the earth is covered with water?

Q2: How much of the water in the world is available for us to drink?

Back in the hall, we completed drills to keep our heart rates up. These drills included dribbling relays – using both our hands – and passing the ball around our waists and between our legs.

In the final workshop we thought about ‘feeling good’ and looked at our well-being. We looked at recognising things we are good at when at home, school and in sport.

Q3: rearrange these letters to make a word – W E M T K O A R

We all came back to the hall, with our golden tickets for a Newcastle Eagles match. Our afternoon ended with a competition for some prizes. When Fab bounced the ball we had to clap, if we clapped and he didn’t bounce the ball, we were out.

Quickly, we began to fall. The final 4 people got prizes, with the final between Jessica and Hannah. The overall winner was Jessica, who won free tickets for her whole family to go VIP to an Eagles match.

Our winners of the game with the coaches.

Answers:

1: 2/3 (around 66%)

2: 1%

3: teamwork

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.

A canny afternoon at the food bank

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.

 

 

Art Workshops With Zoe Emma Scott

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:

Nursery-Darcie D

Reception-Lexie H

Year 1-Maizie R

Year 2-Lily D

Year 3-Andrew A

Year 4-Maisie S

Year 5-Daniel R

Year 6-Kaitlyn E

Could you be a Buddy?

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?

 

Making a difference in school and out!

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

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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.

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Canny addition in Y3R brings the total to 1013!

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?

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