Year 6 visit Tynemouth
"There's no greater classroom than this!" was one comment from a member of the public on Longsands Beach which perfectly captured our views of our visit on Tuesday. Our studies of Robert Westall's World War 2 novel 'The Kingdom by the Sea' led us to one of the novel's main settings - Tynemouth. Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic day soaking in the atmosphere of the setting, allowing them to delve into Harry's mind and experience key locations first hand. The beach provided a perfect setting for poetry and descriptive writing, allowing all of our senses to be utilised. The pupils used materials from the sea and beach to build their own WW2 themed sculptures using their tips from Joseph (a man who lives entirely from the sea in the novel!). Collingwood's Monument provided an atmospheric setting to engage in landscape sketching to really soak in the scene. Of course, no trip to the beach would be complete without a visit to the local chippy! All 142 of us enjoyed a delicious meal on the seafront. A hugely enjoyable and inspirational day which has left us with great classroom stimulus. Look out for articles from the children themselves.
Mr Watters and Miss France
Woodhorn Colliery Visit
On Monday, Year Eight visited Woodhorn Colliery and archives to see the ‘Poppies Weeping Window’ installation from the Tower of London. We learned all about the significance of the poppies, each representing one British life lost during the First World War. As part of the day, the pupils were shown archived materials relating to a man named George who lived in Morpeth. We viewed the conscription form which showed he’d signed up to be a soldier at the age of 20 in October 1915 (almost exactly 100 years ago) and his medical forms which were completed at the time. We also saw a photograph of him whilst training and a post card he sent back from the trenches. The final artefact was a telegraph informing his mother of his death after a gun shot wound. It was very moving but the pupils used what they’d learned to complete their own conscription forms, (using a quill!) medical forms, and post cards from the trenches.
Review of ‘Oliver’
On the 5th October, M&M Theatrical Performances came to HMS to perform ‘Oliver’ to KS2. It was very exciting, especially as there was a workshop after the performance!
‘Oliver’ is a brilliant storyline altogether. The characters are great, the drama is overwhelming; but sometimes theatre groups have trouble putting the story into a musical. M&M Theatrical Productions have really shown everyone, especially me, what a beautiful story ‘Oliver’ is.
There were some funny scenes, like with Mr Dickens the parrot; and some tragic scenes, like the beginning scene or the end one where Nancy dies. Altogether, it was a fantastic performance.
In the workshop, we learnt how to make our voices old and croaky like Fagin’s, change quickly during performances and we even got a sneak peek at the actors’ favourite sound effects.
I definitely hope that M&M Productions perform at our school again!
Anna, Year 6
Teacher Training Day
Reminder for parents that school will close for pupils on Thursday 22 October 2015. There will also be a Pastoral Evening on Thursday from 4.00pm to 6.30pm.
There will be a staff training day on Friday 23 October 2015.
School re-opens after half term on Monday 2 November 2015.
Year 6 visit the Great North Museum
On Monday 12 October 2015, our Year 6 pupils spent the day at the Great North Museum in Newcastle. This visit was part of our science learning and the museum provided a jam-packed schedule of activities for us to enjoy. We enjoyed an evolution workshop led by museum staff where we studied a range of skulls and placed them on an evolutionary timeline. We also visited the galleries, enjoyed the 'Sea Monsters' planetarium show and learnt lots of information in the special 'Spineless' exhibition. All of this will help us in our science lessons when we move on to studying 'Living Things and Their Habitats' next half term and later, 'Evolution and Inheritance'. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day!
English Leaders appointed at HMS
What is an English Leader?
An English Leader is a pupil in Year 8 that helps pupils in other lessons with their reading and writing skills. They have to support children who need help whilst writing a piece of work and will be used in all lessons by all teachers, across the curriculum.
No Pens Wednesday 2015
On Wednesday 7 October 2015, pupils and staff at HMS put down their pens and pencils and enjoyed a day of no writing! A day of no writing sounds fun for some, but what was the focus of our day? We were highlighting the need for great communication and good speaking and listening skills, and focussing on activities which relied on these skills. Everyone had a fantastic day! Learning included: building human bridges in DT, acting out scenes from Oliver Twist, developing large models of human body systems and role-playing oxygen on its journey around the body! Every lesson, all day was developed to promote opportunities for great speaking and listening. We look forward to this day next year!
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