Year 3 showed some amazing skipping skills today. I was so proud of their efforts as well as their behaviour. Looking forward to seeing more skipping in the yard at playtime.
Year 5 enjoyed a very busy day with our visitors from our Chinese sister school.
We started the day off with some memory games – this gave us a chance to learn each other’s names and work in a team. As well as games, we constructed and decorated our own butterflies, birds or planes; created optical illusion pictures with our hands and we were also lucky enough to be taught some Chinese writing.
To top it all off, we were able to go and watch the Bede Burn Primary School vs Meiyuan Primary School football match. Bede Burn reigned victorious with an 11-0 win and we were very pleased indeed.
It was an invaluable experience meeting our new friends and it’s certainly one we won’t forget in a hurry!
– Miss Beadling
On Monday Year 4 were lucky enough to have our Chinese visitors finally join them.
During the day they built Towers in mixed groups to see who could build the tallest structure. They also showed their guests some of the games they play in there PE lessons which everyone had a great go at.
It was a fantastic experience learning with all the new students and teachers and I hope we get to experience it again in the future.
Our first Bingo night was a great success with professional caller Mrs. Faulkner having great fun calling out the rhymes – well for the first game anyway.
Thank you to everyone who came, can’t wait for the next one.
We were lucky enough to take part in ‘Give and Gain Day’, organised by Mike from the charity ‘Business in the Community’. Mike organised volunteers from a number of local businesses to come down to school and help us to improve. This included joining in with assembly, reading with children, being interviewed by children for a newspaper article and also giving some of our furniture a lick of paint! The rain did it’s best to dampen the volunteers’ spirits, but they carried on regardless and managed to brighten up our parents’ shelter, friendship bench and picnic benches in the peace garden.
Our children loved having the volunteers in school, and asked them some great questions. We thanked them all for giving up their time to help Bede Burn, and I’d like to repeat that sentiment here – thank you very much to Mike, Business in the Community and all of the volunteers.
On Wednesday 22nd March, it was international Sing Up day. Schools across the globe celebrated by singing this year’s Sing Up anthem, ‘Let Love Shine Through’. We went one step further and had a singing afternoon!
We started off with a sing-song in the hall, singing some of our favourite songs. Some required pupils from different classes to sing different parts, all coming together in beautiful harmony, which the children coped tremendously well with.
We then sang this year’s anthem, which is all about the importance of understanding that everyone is different, and that is a good thing as it brings a rich diversity and eclectic mix to life. We filmed our singing efforts and sent it off to the Sing Up staff. Last year’s Bede Burn video was used as part of this year’s music video, sent to all schools using Sing Up, so we have high hopes that we will reach the same dizzy heights this year!
After that, the children moved around the school in classes, singing a song with each teacher all the way from Reception up to Year 6, before finally coming back together to surprise our parents and grandparents with a ‘flash mob’ at home time.
We really value opportunities like this when subjects such as music get a spotlight placed upon them, and children have a chance to develop and display their talents. Singing as part of a large group has also been shown to raise self-esteem in children and promote a happy atmosphere. There is something very inclusive and comforting in being one of over 200 voices, all working together to make a beautiful sound. And, of course, it was jolly good fun too…
Check out our gallery of super singers. Look out for the pictures of our staff, all mid-song!
On Friday 24th March, we wore red to raise money for Red Nose Day. The children had a great time and we raised a total of £190!
Thank you to everyone for making a great effort for this worthwhile charity, which does so much to help people in the UK and beyond.