Year 6 finished their ‘electricity’ topic today by presenting their festive lighting circuits to our visiting ‘dragons’! As part of a Dragon’s Den challenge, they have had to design, build and test a festive lighting circuit that included a motor to operate a moving part in their circuit. They have worked very hard and used both science and DT skills to solve many problems whilst building their prototypes. Our visiting dragons were actually very tame and were extremely impressed with both the scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills displayed by the children. Well done year 6!
Guitar club ended the term with a bit of karaoke this week. A few renditions of Queen’s ‘We will rock you’ went down well! The children are making great progress. We hope to entertain you all again in the summer to show you what we have learned over the year.
Today we’ve had our very own ‘Easter Egg Competition’ children from Nursery to Year 6 have brought in their wonderful creations to showcase in our competition. Have a look at some of the amazing entries below!
We know we’re not supposed to pick favourites but even Mrs Pye had such a hard time picking a favourite for the Easter Egg Competition this afternoon.
After a lot of deliberation and thought, three winners were decided upon by our judges, who each received a big yummy Easter egg of their own to enjoy over the holiday break.
KS1: Robson G (Class 1)
KS2: Louis B (Class 4)
Thanks again for your continued support and such creative ideas for your eggs, together we have raised £££££ for CAFOD international!
Finally, we hope you and your families have a fantastic Easter Break, and we will see you back on the 16th April!
Gallery of some of the amazing creations:
The proud winners (with their yummy prizes!)
On Tuesday 27th March 2018, our School council had an amazing adventure and opportunity to visit our capital city of London. They visited platform 9 3/4’s from the Harry Potter Films, took a trip on the London Eye, visited the Houses of Parliament and saw the sights of London!
All in all it was a fantastic time, which I’m sure none of them will forget anytime soon! They co-visited with our partner primary school, Sacred Heart and the trip has helped build friendships between the councils which will no doubt flourish when the children move onto St. Thomas More, when their time comes!
Check out the timeline in photographs!
Cheery faces, bright and early for their 6:30am train down to London! Full of energy for the adventure ahead!
The children’s first stop was Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Films! A magical first stop on a magical journey!
They travelled on the London Underground to reach Green Park and had a fun (and dry!) time exploring the park and surrounding area. They even managed to get some great photographs near Buckingham palace!
Our children had the opportunity to go on the London Eye as well as a truly fantastic ‘4D Experience’ (We know it was amazing but we don’t want to spoil it for you!)
From the London Eye they travelled over to the Houses of Parliament and were lucky enough to be shown around by a guide! They learned about the Suffragette movement, the buildings History and so much more! One of the highlights of their visit to the Houses was being able to meet our very own local MP Mr Guy Opperman! They also got to watch (from a viewing balcony) an actual debate in the House of Commons!
From there they headed back to London Kings Cross (via the ‘tube’) and grabbed some warm Mcdonalds for tea to eat on the train! The children, and staff!, were absolutely exhausted after a fun-filled day!
St. Matthew’s Dance Festival Group had a great time participating and practising for the Gateshead School Sports Partnerships annual Dance Festival. With this year’s theme being ‘Films and Musicals’, we chose a delightful song from the 2003 film, Honey, Yolanda Adam’s ‘I Believe’, which supports our school’s Growth Mindset approach about not giving up and that we can achieve anything if we put our minds to it! The children flourished with the song and became captivated by it over the many weeks of practising, they’ve worked fantastically hard and we are all very proud of their hard work and efforts.
The fruit of their hard work has been the Dance Festival itself, our children gave a flawless performance at the Sage, Gateshead in front of a sold out crowd! We are so very proud of everyone who participated! Have a look at the small gallery below, and watch out for the DVD that should hopefully be coming out soon!
As well as the great performance at the Sage, one of our very own dancers was lucky enough to win the design competition for the Programme cover of the Dance Festival. Yasmin G (Class 5) had a truly unique design based on the theme of musicals this year and her design was the forefront of the festivals media. She was awarded a family ticket to the opening show of the ‘Disney on Ice’ for her hard work and was presented with a large copy of her design and a t-shirt featuring her design, which was worn by the organising crew at the show.
We have had an absolutely fantastic time with World Book Day today. Some of the costumes the children (and staff!) have created and wore have been stunning, have a look at a small selection of some of the outfits!
Class 3 have had a fantastic time this week in all of their lessons, have a look at some of the work they have been doing..
In maths we’ve been looking at currency and have been using them to help us remember and do calculations!
In English we’ve been reading ‘The Iron Man’ and so as a final part of our lessons we have dedicated to building our very own Iron Man! Have a look at our Iron Man below!
Mr Patterson brought in his Keyboard for our lessons in music this week, we’ve had grat fun following along his tunes and listening to him play as we learned how to play the xylophone.
And in Science we have been learning about Soil, and how it can look the same but be very different when looked at with a magnifying glass.
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
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
It was a warm day
The weather was beautiful
Lovely bright green trees
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
Lighthhouse standing tall
Waves crashing against rocks
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
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
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
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
The nice clear blue sky
the water reflects the trees
the beautiful leaves
but the trees are very tall
the water is very clear
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
Sugar rush here fun, cool, amazing
Cake, cookies, chocolate milk building, playing, awesome
Coloured balloons for all children amazing models to build with
Holiday time red, grey, fluffy
caring, sharing, loving climbing, hunting, eating
celebrating with my family feeling hungry searching for food
big and orange fluffy, hungry
growing, rounded, rolling climbing, eating, hungry
getting ready for halloween feeling lost looking for shelter
Sophie James L.
strong and fierce
running, jumping, pouncing
slow, scary and very harmful
This week we have had a lot of fun.
On Thursday we danced all day for Comic Relief.
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.