Year 1 had a fantastic time visiting the Centre for Life! They really enjoyed all the activities especially ice skating! We have some pro skaters in Year 1! Miss Bridges, Mrs Maughan and Mr Taylor were very impressed with their behaviour and attitude! Well done Year 1. ⛸ ️
Today, Year 4/5 visited The Oriental Museum in Durham as part of our topic on Ancient Egypt. We had a really busy day studying artifacts from Ancient Egypt, and were even able to handle objects which were over 2,000 years old! We discovered lots about the Durham Mummy, who is housed in the museum, and even managed to re-create The Weighing of the Heart Ceremony. We also completed a trail of the Egyptian exhibition, where we completed our own examples of hieroglyphic writing. Some of us even managed to dress as an Egyptian! A thoroughly fantastic day.
Year 1 had a visitor in class this afternoon! Eileen from the Blue Cross Charity came in to talk to the children about handling pets safely! They learnt so much and really enjoyed sharing all of their pet tales.
We visited The Palace Green Library as part of our class topic on The Victorious Vikings. We had a brilliant time exploring lots of different primary sources from the Viking period, including swords and shields! We had a super time dressing up as a real Viking would, and realised how hard life would have been in Viking times! We also discovered more about the museum and had a go at creating our own Viking Runestones. A great trip to support our learning in class!
We walked together to change lives with Countryfile on a stunning autumnal morning… being soggy underfoot only added to the fun!
We joined thousands of people across the UK donning their walking boots this Autumn and put on our own Countryfile Ramble. We have been sponsored and are proof that getting everyone together in the great outdoors is a great way to help change lives.
Huge thanks as ever go to Mr and Mrs N and Mr A Greenwell for their hospitality, conkers and apples!
We will keep you all posted about our grand total!
Heading to the Oriental Museum, we didn’t know much about Japan, but this trip helped tremendously!
In Japan, there are a variety of weapons to acquire skills for, including spears, swords, firearms and bows. They all take years of training to master but I think firearms are the easiest because it’s really basic. Just load your magazine, take aim, and pull the trigger.
Samurais get their first Samurai Sword age 8!! From there, their training begins… to master the art of the Samurai. As their training carries out, they get access to more weapons to use in their training. In the arena, they get access to armour the: Do, Mengu, Kabuko, Hai-date, Kote and Sune-ate.
You may think sitting on your floor is a rather simple task right? But no …! Japan makes this difficult. You sit on your knees, legs two fist sizes apart and hands on your legs. For visitors, it can be a bit of a hassle!
At important events, the Japanese wear an outfit named kimono and a belt (Obi). You wear it left over right. You get it put on you right over left if you’re dead.
Writing in Japanese is difficult for us to understand because they use symbols instead of letters and each word has its own symbol making it hard to write in Japanese without making any mistakes.
Yesterday we travelled to the Oriental Museum in Durham to learn more about Japan.
The Samurai is a Japanese warrior who wields a long bow, sword or a metal blade. Most Samurais used a tsuba (sword guard) to protect their fingers from the razor like blade on the sword. Samurais also used armour Do (shoulder plates) Kabuto (head armour) Sune-ate (shin guards) Hai-date (thigh protection) Mengu (face armour) and Kote (more shoulder plates).
Religion is a huge part of Japanese culture. A shrine called the Budstan is made out of wood, metal, lacquer, textile and plastic. This object is made for the Buddhists. In the 17th century Christianity was banned by the Shogun to prevent foreign influence. Shinto translates to “Way of the Gods.”
Crafting objects is one of the ways for the Japanese to pass the time. A famous family (Muneyoshy family) have crafted lots of objects such as armour. Eventually, they had to hang up the boots and make metal animals for children.
Having been to the museum I have learned a lot more than I would have discovered from GOOGLE!
When I went into the museum what caught my eye was the sword. The swords were so sharp I was amazed and Japanese people would use the swords in war. To protect you, you would use tsuba so when you held your swords it would not cut you. Some of the swords were so old that the grip had fallen off and some of them would have a protector to put over the full swords. The swords only had a little bit of light so it didn’t damage the swords but they were really beautiful.
In Japan they drink green tea. They put the tea in a bowl like cup and they wait until the kettle boils and then they use a long bamboo hishacu to get the hot water out the kettle. They don’t put sugar in it they just put a sweet in their mouth so it’s not bitter. They have an individual cup for everything including the tea and the sweets. The only reason they don’t just pick up the kettle is because the kettle is made out of metal and it would be hot.
By having a successful trip, I have learnt a lot more about Japan.
When we arrived, we went down to the Japan section then John who we were working with us gave us a challenge to do and challenge one was about religion.
We looked at the weapons. There was a Samurai sword. There was a bit of the sword called tsuba: it will protect your hand when you are fighting in case your hand slips then you cut yourself. There was a body armour that will protect you and it is called Samurai. There was a mask too.
Then we went back to the class room to do some art. I did a symbol in Japanese writing and put them on a hanging scroll.
They drink green tea out of a bowls. They drink it when they are praying so they can’t fall asleep.
Now I know lots of facts about Japan from visiting the museum.
On the 19th September me and my class (Year 5/6) went to the Oriental Museum. When we arrived, we went to the gallery but we went to the Japanese section to find out all of the amazing facts and objects. A man called John looked after us for the day and took us to have a quiz. We looked at the names and what the objects are made from. It was educational.
Did you know that Japanese people drink a lot of green tea? They use a tea bowl instead of a mug. To boil their tea, they use a pot that has a very long stick on the other side to get the water out (called the hishaku) that was made out of bamboo. One of the water jars had two lids: one for summer and one for winter. When the Japanese people drink tea, they don’t have sugar – they would have a little sweet before they have their tea.
After lunch, we had an art lesson where we got a piece of paper that was cut into half and we had to decorate it with paint and we used a Japanese paint brush. The class had to choose a symbol they would paint and it would then make sense or mean something. My symbol was happy. It looked like a tree but Instead it had lines painted that were thick.
If you were an eight-year-old boy, you would be allowed to have your own sword. One of the warriors have 18 martial arts. Some of the weapons they used were throwing arrows, sword and a spear with a cross – they are the best three I would have.
I feel like the trip to the Museum has really helped me to understand a bit more about Japan. I also liked working with John: he was a good person to work with. It was good to learn about Japan because it was something I thought we would never learn about. I feel like it was a successful day.
The Customs House was awarded just over £21,000 of National Lottery funding. This money was to run a project about the history of theatres in South Shields. The Customs House celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019 making this project perfectly timed.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded The Learning and Participation team this money to work with three South Tyneside schools . Their project partner schools are Seaview Primary, Dunn Street Primary and Harton Primary.
To start children completed a heritage walk through the town. Following their walk they learnt more about the local history archives including what sort of things The Word looks after and how to use them to find out about the past.
Back at school a team of heritage ambassadors researched an aspect of theatre history. This research helped the heritage ambassadors create unique animations.
The project finished with a sharing event at The Customs House. The partner schools saw all three animations on the big screen and found out even more about the history of theatres.
On Tuesday 19th September, Ellie, Josh, Kurtis and Morgan accompanied Mrs Ramshaw and Miss Noble on a trip of a life-time to Birmingham University and the Great Hall (created by architect Aston Webb who also designed the principal facade of Buckingham Palace and the main building of the Victoria and Albert Museum).
The programme for the day included an introduction by guest speaker David Walliams.
After the video, the awards took place. From all the children who took part last year, Ellie was selected as one of three students who received a “Student of the Year Award”. She received her award from the Duke who apologised for making her “walk such a long way” to get it (we were sat right at the back of the hall)! We couldn’t be more proud!
On stage at @unibirmingham, The Duke presented a series of special awards to children from schools around the UK.
His Royal Highness became the charity’s Patron in 2009. #RoyalVisitBirmingham pic.twitter.com/U1bUM4bpHh
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 18, 2018
The children had been selected as one of the few schools that the Prince and David Walliams spoke to after the event.
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) September 18, 2018
As reported on the Hello! web-site:
Earlier in the day, as Prince William toured through the Great Hall at the Aston Webb building, he met some of the young people who had graduated following the first year of the Prince William Award, which aims to help build school children’s character and confidence.
He confessed to one group from Dunn Street Primary School in Tyne and Wear, in the northeast of England, “I got scared in school sometimes.”
Speaking to the children about what they’d learned from the award program that helps build resilience in school, he said, “I was nervous about putting my hand up in class. There’s no such thing as a silly question.”
Birmingham University’s motto is: Per Ardua Ad Alta. It is the same motto as the RAF. It means: through difficulty to heights. How apt!
* WASH KIT: SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, TOOTHBRUSH (also recommended: sun cream, insect repellent and relevant travel sickness tablets / bands)
* TWO FULL SETS OF CLOTHES: UNDERWEAR, SOCKS, T-SHIRTS, TROUSERS, JUMPERS / SWEATSHIRTS
* TWO PAIRS OF TRAINERS (ONE PAIR MAY GET WET) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FEET ARE COMFORTABLE AS WE WILL BE DOING A LOT OF WALKING
* WATERPROOF COAT
* BASEBALL / SUN HAT
* SPORTS KIT: SHORTS & T-SHIRTS
* SWIMMING KIT
* FOOTWEAR FOR INSIDE DORMITORIES
* CARRIER BAGS / BIN BAGS FOR WET AND/OR DIRTY CLOTHES
* ANY RELEVANT MEDICATION & MEDICATION CONSENT FORM
* SPENDING MONEY: TUCKSHOP ON SITE / SOUVENIR SHOP IN WORLD IN MINIATURE – THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PUPIL
* BOOK / MAGAZINE FOR EVENING
* TORCH IF POSSIBLE
* NO MOBILE PHONES / ELECTRICAL DEVICES
LIMITED SPACE FOR LUGGAGE THEREFORE HOLDALL IS PREFERABLE TO A SUITCASE