Our Year 6 pupils went along to Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool this week to participate in National Drowning Prevention Week and the Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Session. Everyone who attended the session from Durham County Council and from the North East media teams all commented on how engaged, enthusiastic and supportive all of our pupils were and were thrilled to see the level of participation and willingness to take part in the discussions and practical activities. A huge well done to Year 6 for representing our school so well and particularly to Finn Smyth, Sophie Hawkins and Pippa Bowman who were asked to comment on the activities for Look North news on Wednesday evening.
Spainsfield Farm will be moved, brick by brick, to Beamish Museum and our Year 4 children were asked to be involved in this once in a lifetime event, covering local history in living memory with literacy, geography and SMSC links. The history of Weardale will be represented at Beamish in their new 1950s area and our children will be able to bring their children and grandchildren to reminisce about their involvement in the project. Before their visit to Spainsfield Farm site and to Beamish Museum, members of Beamish Museum’s Education team came along to spend a day with the children looking at life in the 1950s, life at Spainsfield Farm and the people who have lived there. They had a great time and are really looking forward to the next part of the project.
Our Year 1 children performed their class assembly for the whole school and their families. They did a brilliant job of telling us all about their topic this term and retelling the story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo (using Talk for Writing) that they had been using for their writing in English. Click here to see them in action!
Our Sports Crew helped to organise our Sport Relief event this year and decided to invite everyone to bring their bikes or scooters to school to take part in a marathon. The children were sponsored for the number of laps they could do of the track in 5 minutes. A huge well done to all who took part and especially to Sebastian Bell, who managed to raise a massive £127!
On Thursday Paula George came into school from Durham County Council to carry out an assembly on recycling. Our school’s Eco Team have been learning all about Waste and as it was Waste Week they felt it was important to teach everyone about the importance of recycling.
We learned all about the different types of materials that can and can’t be recycled and the importance of making sure they are clean and not mixed up. Paula also brought Cando the Recycled dog along; he is made entirely out of recycled materials.
We had a fantastic time in school celebrating World Book Day. It was great to see so many children dressed up as their favourite characters. Well done to all the children who completed the Reading Scavenger Hunt, it is wonderful to see that the children are experiencing a wide range of stories in and out of school.
As part of the celebrations prizes were awarded for best costumes and a raffle draw took place for those who had completed the scavenger hunt. The winners were as follows:
Nursery (am) Maisy Slack
Nursery (pm) Ewan Goodefellow
Reception – Jonathan Johnson
Year 1 – Alfie Profitt
Year 2 – Charlie Gibson
Year 3 – Darcy Crowther
Year 4 – Lily Smith
Year 5 – Tommy Tiernan
Year 6 – Wren McIntosh
Nursery – Rory Wilson
Reception – William Elliott
Year 1 – Eilidh Goodfellow
Year 2 – Will+Riley Pybourne
Year 3 – Emily Maasz O’Connell
Year 4 – Lily Smith
Year 5 – Edward Butcher
Year 6 – Emily Turnbull
We had a visit from two scientists from the University of Durham on Friday. They brought along a large inflatable planetarium. The children had to crawl through a tunnel to get inside. Once inside it was very dark, this was so they could see the stars on the roof. The children learned how stars are born and where to find them in the sky. Among the constellations, they spotted ‘The Great Bear’, ‘The North Star’ and ‘The Seven Sisters’ – all of which can be seen in the skies in Wolsingham. The children found out that it is easier to see stars in our village because there aren’t so many bright street lights around.