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October Days

Learning Outside the Classroom

Now that our exciting and creative topics are well underway, teachers are organising visits to bring these topics to life. Years 3 and 4 will be exploring Roman and Egyptian buildings at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle on Tuesday 13th October. On Thursday Year 4 will also be walking along to Latimers to learn about the fishing industry and the range of fish they catch and prepare for sale. Year 6 are visiting St. Andrews Church to learn about Christian ceremonies and rituals having already questioned Revd Child about how Christianity impacts on his everyday life. Then just before the children break up for half term Year 5 are spending the day at Bede's World. In a lesson I wandered into yesterday they were exploring Mother Theresa as part of their saints theme, using Reciprocal Reading techniques to deepen their understanding of her life. We now know exactly where to find Albania too.


Poetry Recital Competition

Once again I have been invited to be a member of the judging panel for the Poetry Recital Competition on Thursday. Two children from each class have been nominated by their classteacher so, along with Mrs Wright our Literacy Governor and a member of the School Council, there's a difficult choice to be made. I wish every entrant the very best of luck.


Suitable Clothing

After the most glorious week, we are now on the receiving end of Hurricane Joaquin which means wet, windy weather once again. It arrived a couple of hours earlier than forecast.  Quite a few children arrived in school without a sweatshirt or a coat today, so please remember that your warm homes and cars can lull you into thinking it's much warmer than it is. Children now need sweatshirts and coats until the end of Spring 2016.


Once Children are Through the Gate....

Please could you speak to your children about not exiting the school gate once they are within the school premises. Whilst we do everything we can to be at the entrance (and you frequently see me there) children need to be aware as to how to keep themselves safe too. If children are in the routine of saying goodbye to you then bringing bags into the playground there is no real need for them to head towards the exit when the bell goes. They should pick up their bags and head straight into school.