Light – Year 6

This half term, Year 6 are learning all about Light in Science.


This week we have identified different light sources. We recognised that there are two different types of light:

  • natural
  • man made


Later in the week we have been learning about our eyes and how they help us see. We have labelled diagrams of the human eye and identified what each part does.

Our pupils control the amount of light we let into our eyes, we carried out a fun investigation where we closed our eyes for 30 seconds, then quickly looked in the mirror. We were amazed at how our pupils went small very quickly as there was too much light!

Report writing in Year 6

This half term we have been reading the novel “Goodnight Mister Tom” in our English lessons and in some of our Guided Reading lessons. The story is set during the Second World War. We have identified what we have learned from the book about different aspects of war during this time and we have conducted some research and made notes to help us write a non-chronological report.


Our reports will include information on:


Gas masks

Anderson shelters


The Blackout


Year 6 at R.A.P

On Thursday 12th October, all of Year 6 went to South Shields Community Fire Station to take part in R.A.P. (Reducing Accidents at Play). The aim of the half-day visit was to give the children the skills and knowledge to deal with different situations they may encounter as they become more independent.

The morning was split into six short sessions, where different agencies showed the children scenarios and told them what to do if they found themselves or a friend in a similar situation.

The scenarios were given by:

The Coastguard – what to do and who to get help from in the sea or at the beach.

Nexus – the dangers of going on metro tracks.

Northern Gas Networks – what to do if you smell gas.

Electricity –  the dangers of high voltage electricity and who to contact if you see a problem.

Road Safety – identifying different features that will keep you safe on the road.

School Nurses – dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Finally the firemen showed us what happens if you put water on a fire, and explained what we should do if we found a fire in our house.

All of the children had a great time and discovered lots of things they can do to keep them safe…I’m sure none of them will accept sweets from someone they don’t know now!

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.


On Friday the 16th of June, Year 6 “made history” according to Newcastle Eagles coach Graham Heath, as they brought all the school in the North East together to compete against each other in the year 6 Hoops4Health tournament. Our team of 7 took on 36 other schools from North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside in an all day tournament.

We took on the 5 other teams of group C, only finding defeat by one basket against St. Bede’s with a score of 4-2 and coming second in our group.

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However, all was not lost. Being one of the 2 most successful runners up, along with Cleadon CoE, we got through to the quarter finals. Only to be beaten, again 4-2.

They day ended with meeting Newcastle Eagle number 13, Darius Defoe (when free from autographs) and our own Eleanor Dolan being scouted for the Newcastle Eagles U12 girls team, of only 20 girls being picked from the day.

It was a tough day, but fun. Now our year 5s have a lot of work to do for next years event!

Skipping ropes


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).