Auckland Castle’s pop-up palace.
Wednesday 13th September 2017 was an exciting day for Class 2, the children took part in Auckland Castle’s pop-up palace! The children were able to experience sitting on the throne and handle artefacts. The children were able to dress up as Bishops during the day. We had a drama activity where the children heard the myth of Pollard and the Boar. During the day the children completed various art tasks including decorating their own mitre (hat), creating their own Bishop’s Boar and also a self-portrait in the style of the Bishops of Durham, using chalk and charcoal.
Stain glass windows in Reception
Friday 23rd June 2017 saw the children from Reception create their very own stain glass window. This colourful addition to the classroom links to their topic this term, which has been all about mini beasts. The children enjoyed choosing their own colours and making the pretty patterns.
Pointillism in Class 1
Class 1 have completed some beautifully designed artwork this week using the technique Pointillism. The children drew a design in their art books and used a variety of colours to create their finished piece. The children even created a large scale work of art outside on the school yard.
Hall Hill Farm
The children from Classes 1 and 2 had a brilliant day at Hall Hill Farm on Tuesday 20th June 2017. The visit was organised as a follow up to their work in class which has seen the children learning about animals and habitats. The children had the opportunity to handle and feed the animals as well as learn about life on a working farm.
The Botanic Gardens
Children from Classes 3 and 4 had a brilliant day at The Botanic Gardens in Durham on the Tuesday 13th June 2017. The visit was linked to their Science topic this term, which has seen the children learning about Plants. The children had the expertise of head gardener Mike during the visit and had a hands on experience with a variety of living things, ranging from stick insects to giant lily pads! If you are wondering, the mystery object is an elephants tooth!
Design Technology & Afternoon Tea
The children in Year 3 had a fantastic afternoon designing, making and eating their own Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 7th June 2017 . Not only did they create an invitation and menu but the children then made a healthy sandwich and a pizza with a variety of toppings! The children discussed the importance of food hygiene and what it means to eat a balanced diet. The children were able to evaluate the lesson and explain what they would do differently next time to make their food ever better.
‘The coming of the Vikings’
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 saw experts from the Palace Green Library spend the day sharing their knowledge with pupils’ from Year 5. The hands-on session considered what life was like in Viking Britain. Throughout the day the children took part in a variety of activities including:
- Handling artefacts
- Looking at Viking weapons
- Creating their own runestone with scraper foil
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017
The children from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 enjoyed a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Bishop Auckland College. The children were thrilled with the musical talents of the college students and how the much loved classic story was brought to life.
This year our residential visit to Robinwood in Alston was enjoyed by a total of 49 children from across Year’s 4, 5 and 6. The three day visit was packed with exciting activities ranging from caving to canoeing. The children displayed excellent communication skills, teamwork and resilience during the visit. The arrival of snow only made it more magical! Next year’s visit to the centre is already being organised.
Red Nose Day 2017
Well done to everyone in school for supporting Red Nose Day 2017. The children have raised money in a variety of fun ways including coming to school dressed in red, a cake sale and designing a red nose. Well done to the children with the winning nose designs.
British Science Week 10th – 19th March 2017
British Science Week was celebrated across the key stages with a variety of exciting lessons and experiments. The children went on to create artwork based on their class science topic, the artwork has gone towards a whole school display in the hall.
World Book Day
The children celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017 by coming into school wearing a variety of costumes. It was wonderful to see children and staff alike sharing their love of reading. Can you spot a character from your favourite book?
Science Roadshow with Professor Brainstorm
All of the children had a brilliant morning with Professor Brainstorm. The sessions were full of exciting experiments that at first appeared to be magic however the children later got to see they were all possible due to Science!
Show racism the red card
Classes 5 and 6 spent Monday 23rd January 2017 taking part in a variety of anti-racism workshops with the ex Sunderland legend Gary Bennett. The workshops aimed to educate young people about the causes and consequences of racism and to explore the various forms racism can take. All children now have a better understanding around the effects racism can have on people. The children even made it into the local newspaper!
The Bowes Museum
Classes 3 & 4 had the exciting opportunity to visit The Bowes Museum twice in the spring term with thanks to the Start Fund Project. The project was based around the Mark Clarke exhibition and the Alzheimer’s Society, which allowed both classes to work with local artist Vicky Holbrough on creating dry point prints and the author of ‘Grandma’ Jessica Shepherd. We are currently looking for a permanent home for the artwork in school so everyone can admire the children’s work.
St. Helen’s Church
Classes 3 and 4 walked to St. Helen’s church as part of their RE lesson on Christian Symbols. The children spent the afternoon locating symbols they had studied in previous lessons, observing and sketching symbols and having a chat with Father Alistair.
Theatre production of ‘The Sword in the Stone’
The children enjoyed the production of the Sword in the Stone. Some children were even chosen to have a starring role!
Stone Age to Iron Age Educational Visit
The children from Class 3 took part in an educational visit at The Palace Green Library to introduce them to the topic on The Stone Age. The children took part in a variety of activities during the day including an interactive trail of the gallery and also handling prehistoric artifacts.