We finished the last half term on a high with our 5-a-side football team being crowned Sunderland champions. It was the first time in 39 years that the trophy was carried proudly into school. A magnificent effort from our team who showed determination, even when the going got tough. A huge thanks to Mr. Traves and Mr. Ashton for the work they do in getting the best out of our players. The football championship follows on from successes in hockey, basketball and rugby, proving that the Sports Premium is making an amazing impact on the success of our sports teams.
This term we are continuing to offer dance through the Sports Premium and are very lucky to have found Paul Allen who is really motivating even the most reluctant children. It's a marvel to watch. This half term Year 4 are beginning their training for the annual Yr 4 skipping tournament in which they skip their routines to music.
Yr 1 Trip to the Centre For Life
Tomorrow (Tuesday 20th) Yr 1 will be spending their day in workshops at Newcastle's Centre for Life. They are learning about dinosaurs, fossils and Mary Anning.
Please refer to the letter Mr. Ashton sent out before the half term holidays.
We are delighted to welcome any Governor to come into school to see us at work. As most of them work full time, we have nominated this Thursday as a special Open Day for Governors.
Finding Your Way
This week we are holding a special whole school map day. Children as young as nursery will be exploring maps, creating routes for characters in stories then, as we move through the school, there will be a clear development in skills so that, by Year 6, children are able to use 6 figure c-ordinates to locate features and places. If you would like to support your child's learning in map skills, now or in the future, then exploring OS maps, maps of holiday resorts, globes and world maps are all super activities.
World Book Day
World Book Day is one of the most exciting events of our school year with Mr. Howe organising lots of special activities. I was very excited when my costume arrived during the holidays. I won't have long to wait as World Book Day is next Thursday 1st March. Just to remind you that the theme is nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Robbie, our gorgeous Bark and Read dog has a very special costume to wear too-but it's a big secret!
Time Tables Competition
What a thrilling event this proved to be! Well done to Mr. Smith for organising it and congratulations to Griffin House in achieving the highest score to win the cup.
Spelling Bee and Mastermind SR6
As the time tables inter-house challenge was so exciting, we have two further inter-house competitions planned to allow other children to show off their expertise. On Thursday 29th March (the last day of this term) there will be a Spelling Bee organised by Mr. Howe. Once again children will represent their houses but there will also be spot prizes for the audience.
And on Thursday 28th June we are holding an inter-house Mastermind SR6. Children representing their houses will asked 10 questions from their learning this year along with 10 questions about capital cities.