End of Year Poetry




Norman Cornish Day

On Tuesday 20th June 2017, we had a fantastic day studying this painting by Norman Cornish, a pitmen painter.








We worked very hard to create our own versions of the picture.









We really enjoyed re-enacting being people from the picture and miners taking a break!






Take One Picture Day

We have really enjoyed ‘Take One Picture Day.’ We studied the work of Norman Cornish, a famous pitman painter who worked down the mines but who also dabbled in some wonderful artwork. We have tried to recreate his painting of the pitmen on the way to the mines. We think our work is pretty wonderful… What do you think?


Year 5 Residential to Weardale

Our class went on a residential to Weardale on the 22nd May. We completed a lot of fun activities and tasks. These were the activities: Canoeing, Rock-climbing, Gorge Walking and High Ropes. It was all amazing! The food was lovely and it was one of my favourite trips so far!

For me, my favourite activity was High Ropes. There were activities we had to climb up. The first one I did was called ‘Jacob’s Ladder.’ It was a ladder of logs which kept getting further apart! It was hard but also very fun. The second was walking p a log which was about 10 long. This was also extremely fun, especially at the end when we were lowered down on a zip wire!

On Wednesday 24th May we were picked up and brought back to school. It was all really fun and I’m happy I decided to go.

Zuzia H


Our residential to Weardale was extremely fun and included the following activities: High Ropes, Camp Fire, Gorge Walking, Canoeing, Rock-climbing and Nightline. I loved them all! The rooms were very nice and the food was lovely. The instructors were also quite kind.

For me, my favourite activity, well I can’t decide! The Gorge Walk was cool because we stood under a waterfall, did a 8ft jump crawled under a waterfall (not the same waterfall), scrambled through a cave to get there, did a backward slide and abseiled down another waterfall!

In canoeing, we had races and had a massive water fight at the end! We also capsized some boats. Canoeing and gorge walking were my favourite main activities, along with rock-climbing where I got to the top of all three walls!

On the night-line, we got blindfolded and led through some tricky obstacles including tyres, a wooden box (much trickier than it sounds), rocks and more tyres.

The high-ropes, which included Jacob’s ladder, lead of faith and walking up a log (which was about 10m long) were great fun. Jacob’s ladder and leap of faith were my favourite.

While the camp fire was going in the evening, we used flint and steel to light cotton wool, which was quite fun.

I loved going there and would really like to go again.

Matthew S

Spring Term In Class 4 by Lily D

During Spring Term Class 4 have been learning about all sorts of things.

At the start of the term we had World Book Day, where everyone had to dress up as their favourite character from a book. Everyone had great costumes!

In English, we have worked on explanation texts. We looked at Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions to make it more fun. We invented our own contraptions and explained how they worked. For our last topic in English, we have looked at Beauty and the Beast. We wrote a narrative to go alongside the teaser trailer for the Disney film.

In our Science lessons we learnt about life cycles of different plants, mammals and insects. We also began to plant some flowers in the garden to watch them grow into fully grown plants. Hopefully we will continue this  in the Summer Term.

During our History topic, Class 4 have been looking at crime and punishment. We looked at crime and punishment from the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Highwaymen and the Victorians. Earlier this week we pretended that we were prisoners in a Victorian prison and we had to do lots of punishments.

Miss Dodds also came to work in our class for a few weeks. She taught us Maths, English, Science, History, Art and Geography. Everyone misses Miss Dodds a lot.

In Art and Geography we have learnt about mountains. In Art we drew them and also used different techniques to create mountain art. Have a look at our display in our classroom!

Last week was assessment week so we had to do lots of tests, which were quite hard. Everyone got great scores and we are glad they’re over!

In P.E, which was very fun, we did Tag Rugby. We had a coach come in from Newcastle Thunder to teach us.

Not long ago we took part in a Danceathon for Comic Relief, where we had to dance non stop for 45 minutes. It was so much fun!

We have had so much fun in Class 4. Happy Easter Everyone!

Haikus, Tankas and Cinquains – poems by Class 3

In Class 3 we have been looking at different forms of poetry.

Haikus have 3 lines. On line one there are 5 syllables,on line two there are 7 syllables and on line 3 there are 5 syllables.

Tankas have a 5,7,5,7,7 syllable pattern

Cinquains are more difficult. They have a 2,4,6,8,2 syllable pattern. The first line should be one two syllable noun. Line two should be two adjectives. Line 3 should be three verbs. Line four should tell a bit more about the subject and the last line should be a synonym.

Here are some of our poems.


The apples are red                                                The white snow is cold

The sky is beautiful blue                                        The trees are white and frosty

It is very nice  –                                                      Everything is still

Alfie                                                                         Chloe


The waves are massive                                        Very rainy day

Millions of great big waves                                    Children playing in the rain

Sea is really deep                                                  Having lots of fun

Louis                                                                   Amelia


It was a warm day

The weather was beautiful

Lovely bright green trees

Katie T                                                                 


The big orange trees                                       The squirrel climbs high

Are reflecting to the sea                                  With a peanut in his mouth

in the warm Autumn                                        To his family

Kelsie                                                              Rio


Lighthhouse standing tall

Waves crashing against rocks

Thundering loudly




A summer river                                                  The orange duck slides

Where the trees shine on water                         He says “ouch” duck gets back up

Animals drinking                                                Duck gets in the pond

Bears hiding in woods, sleeping                        Duck starts dancing and sliding

All is peaceful, no loud noise                             Night night duck sleep tight, dream big

Ruby                                                                Ava


Oh dear I am dumb                                               The sky is cloudy

I dropped my nut down the tree                             The waves crash against the rocks

AHH!! I fell down the tree too                                 The man is watching

Think I broke my leg                                               The trees blow against the wind

Please take me to the vets – Please!                      The waves are going to flood

Rebecca                                                                 Hannah


Up in the tree                                                         One icy morning

Oops,Big Nutty drops the nut                                  Icicles hanging from trees

Oh no the branch snaps                                         They look so frosty

Big Nutty falls out of the tree                                  They all swing from side to side

And was never seen again                                     They all look like cool crystals

Luca                                                                       Ella


A lonely robin                                                           Halloween is here

Flying in a cold forest                                              All of us will celebrate

Looking out for food                                                And you can dress up

Icy trees trees too cold to land                                You can have lots of candy

Suddenly I find some food                                      Plus you can stay up late

Sean                                                                      Emma


The nice clear blue sky

the water reflects the trees

the beautiful leaves

but the trees are very tall

the water is very clear

Katie R


Football                                                         Cheetah

Don’t hold the ball                                           Spotty, yellow

kicking, striking, scoring,                                speeding, glaring, staring,

fun to play the game any day                        hiding behind trees from hunters

football                                                         cheetahs

Rio                                                                      Zara


Birthdays                                                           Lego

Sugar rush here                                           fun, cool, amazing

Cake, cookies, chocolate milk                      building, playing, awesome

Coloured balloons for all children                   amazing models to build with

Presents                                                           Lego

Sophia                                                                    Evan


Easter                                                                  Squirrel

Holiday time                                                          red, grey, fluffy

caring, sharing, loving                                            climbing, hunting, eating

celebrating with my family                                  feeling hungry searching for food

Easter                                                                   Squirrel

Murray                                                                              Benn


Pumpkin                                                               Squirrel

big and orange                                                    fluffy, hungry

growing, rounded, rolling                                     climbing, eating, hungry

getting ready for halloween                             feeling lost looking for shelter

Pumpkins                                                        Squirrel

Sophie                                                                   James L.



strong and fierce

running, jumping, pouncing

slow, scary and very harmful


James H



Whats on in Reception!

Down in Reception we’re always keeping busy, check back regularly on our Class Blog to see more photos of us hard at work!- ~Mrs P Hatherley

What’s happening in Class 3

This week we have had a lot of fun.

On Thursday we danced all day for Comic Relief. 011File_000

Today we are taking part in a Boccia tournament.

Next week is assessment week. We all need to be rested and ready. In between assessments we will be doing some Easter themed art for a competition. Look out for our display.

Every week one of our class will write a blog to tell you what  has been been going on in class.