Bede Burn Battalion

We had done our research so it was time to invade Newcastle Castle. We had carefully studied their defences and worked out the best tactics to cross the moat and get past the guards, we knew how the drawbridge worked and how to avoid the dangerous spikes on the portcullis. Armed with our packed lunches we marched to the castle ready to do battle. A few prisoners were taken but we quickly released them and took the treasure!

We love our Buddies

To celebrate the end of our Castle topic we invited our buddies to a special party. With lots of games including ‘Pass the Sword’, ‘Knights and Archers’ and ‘Castle Corners’ ¬†and an ice cream banquet we had a great time. Thank you for being such super buddies Year 6, good luck in your new school, we will miss you.

Reception’s Family Fun Day 2017

Family Fun Day has become one of my favourite times of the year. It is lovely to see so many parents, grand parents, siblings and other family members for this special day. This year Mr Twister came to join us for some balloons and magic before we set off to the park for our picnic and a play. Whilst the rain stopped play earlier than we’d hoped it was still a great day. Thank you for joining us.

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Going on a bug hunt.

Reception had a fantastic day at West Boldon Lodge on Monday, 19th June. We explored the fairy garden to find out about life cycles, went meadow sweeping to see which creatures lived there before going on a hunt for creatures that live in dark damp places down in the big wood. After a yummy lunch, thanks mum, it was off to the marsh for a bit of pond dipping. Thank you John, our fantastic bug expert and to all the staff at West Boldon Lodge for the cool drinks to keep us going.

Also thanks to our parent volunteers, visits like this would not be possible without you. A special mention to my class, you made me really proud and are a credit to Bede Burn Primary School.

Forest School and Fairy Gardens

Before we went to Forest School on Friday we received an urgent text from the Fairy Godmother. One of her fairies had gone missing with her friend the naughty elf and they were last seen in the Forest Garden. We set off in search of them and found lots of clues including fairy dust and fairy art but no fairies! There were signs they had tried to make a home down a hole, by the tree and in amongst the plants but none of them looked very comfortable so we decided to make our own fairy gardens for them.

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Day 4 with Year 2!

Last week Year 2 had a fantastic day with our visitors.

First we decided to create a lot of mess and have a lot of fun! We made play dough. We had to work in groups, sort the instructions and then carry out the instructions. It started off tricky at first, but once we all helped each other we got there in the end. Some of our play dough went a bit runny. Oops! So we had to add more flour to make it thicker. Once we had made it, we shared it out in our groups and made lots of different things. Some of our visitors showed us how to make Chinese dumplings. They were nice and easy to make.

Afterwards we settled with some art and craft. We did some mindfulness colouring in and then followed on with collage work in the style of Henri Matisse. It was great seeing the different colours we could make from overlapping tissue paper. Everybody enjoyed it. We used different techniques to add to our collage effect. Some children cut up bits of paper, while others teared the paper. Some children shredded theirs and others scrunched it up to make a 3D collage effect. Bede Burn definitely has some artists in the making! Have a look at some of our pictures from our fun filled day!

Year 6 welcomes out Chinese Visitors

Today, Year 6 spent the whole day entertaining our friends from Meiuyan School in China. Nineteen of the students aged between 8 and 11 are visiting us for the week and we were looking forward to our day with them.

We had a great day and made some new friends. We started the day with some short maths activities where all children were challenged to find all possible 16 quadrilaterals that could possibly be made on a 3 x 3 grid. Then they had to calculate cubed numbers from 10 cubed to 20 cubed and place these numbers in a number crossword.

The day continued with a lesson on Chinese writing and then we went on to draw self portraits in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. However, by far the most fun part of the day was our PE games in the hall. Our visitors enjoyed playing the hoop game, lumps, pirates and colour run.

Their teacher said they had all thoroughly enjoyed the day and I was extremely proud of all of Y6 who welcomed all of our visitors with open arms. Loud goodbyes rang out on both sides of the hall at 3.15 and I know the children are looking forward to seeing more of their new friends before they leave us on Tuesday.

Give and Gain Day

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.