27.06.2018 – Inter-House Competiton:Rounders

Even though our weekly swimming lesson had been cancelled, we still managed to keep fit and have a fun time doing sport this morning. Lead by Mrs Curry we enjoyed an inter-house competition of rounders. The games were super fun and very intense as everyone aimed to do their houses’ proud.

It was a tough call but the scores reflected:

  • 1st. St. Cuthbert
  • 2nd. St. Oswald
  • 3rd. St. Aidan
  • 4th. St. Bede

Congratulations to the House of St. Cuthbert for pulling slightly ahead with a few huge swings! What a lovely day for the competition as well, blue skies and gorgeous sunshine!

 

Art Day 2018

Throughout the school, we’ve been getting messy and creative! From finger painting to paper craft the children have worked their socks off to create their very own masterpieces this afternoon. This all follows the homework they were set to research the classes chosen artist: Van Gogh, Money, Picasso, Picasso, Dali & Seurat were among the fascinating individuals chosen for the day. Have a look at our artists in action, who knows perhaps one of them will be worth a fortune one day as a ‘Before they were famous’ painting?

Class 5: Buoyancy Lessons

Class 5 have had a fantastic time this week with a special guest visit from a Sea Cadet and Buoyancy Engineer, Sally Wilkinson. She demonstrated and explained all the vital parts of testing the buoyancy and strength of boats. She lead the children in experiments using marbles and plastic containers to test the weight limit of children’s boats using tubs of water. It was a fascinating and interesting lesson to watch and the children learned a huge amount from the visit. Thank you, Sally, for visiting us, we hope you can come back soon with more interesting experiments and lessons!

Class 5: Nature Garden

Thanks to Mrs Christer, we have two new additions to our nature garden: a seed feeder and a bird bath. We’re hoping they will keep our visitors happy and well fed. We’ve had 23 species of bird visit our garden since Mrs Saunders and year 6 set up the feeding stations in April. We have a great bird hide… Our classroom!
Mrs M Saunders

Have a look at the fantastic view that we can get from our classroom window.

Class 5: Be Outdoors Day

Year 6 have worked on creating images using only natural pigments and materials found in our school garden. We learnt about plant pigments and their role in photosynthesis as well as how artists can use them to create a range of colours.
Great work from the whole class, and a nice lesson after a week of SATS!

KS2 Salsa Classes

What a fantastic start to the KS2 Salsa Classes this afternoon and the start of an amazing journey into spanish dance! This week they began to work on the basic moves of a variety of Spanish dances and enjoyed themselves in a new way to keep themselves fit!

More spaces are available for the KS2 Salsa Classes if you would like to join in on the fun, then please could you contact the school office or, pay via your ParentPay account. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

28.03.2018 – Class 5 – Science

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!

27.03.2018 – School Council Trip to London 2018

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!

 

GSSP – Dance Festival 2018

 

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.

World Book Day 2018

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!