We have had a busy week commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Jarrow March.  Miss Noble and Mr Rafferty’s classes both visited South Shields Museum to see an exhibition marking the Jarrow Crusade’s 80th anniversary.  The exhibition brings new light to a legendary event that captured the imagination of a nation. The march illustrated the plight of the people of Jarrow, whose shipyard had closed and where government, the banks and employers blocked plans for a new steelworks. As the local Member of Parliament Ellen Wilkinson remarked, Jarrow “provided an object lesson” of what the austerity of the 1930s could do to a town. Outraged at the neglect of the town, the council organised a 300 mile trek to London.

The exhibition shows details about the 200 marchers from Jarrow: their hardships, their lives, their town and their protest against injustice. It incorporates archive photographs, artefacts and contemporary footage.

Pupils listened to a local historian and then explored the exhibits.  They then created short scripts and songs to show what they had learnt.

On Friday, KS2 also put on a hugely successful performance of songs, recounts and poetry for KS1 and Reception, parents and friends of our school.  Thank-you to everyone who attended.

Below is the completed video showing how we were involved in the Jarrow Crusade Flash Mob…

Jarrow Crusade Flash Mob (CAP North East) from Unified Media on Vimeo.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

We went on a trip to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens to learn more about animals for our Science topic. There were lots of mammals, reptiles, fish, birds and amphibians to see. We had a fantastic time with our tour guide, Donna. Thank you Kirkley Hall. We will definitely be back to see you and the animals!

Wallington Hall Visit

Yesterday Class 4/5 visited the National Trust property Wallington Hall. Once the home of the Trevelyan family, it linked nicely to our text for this term – The Secret Garden. After a talk from the gardener, we then toured the extensive grounds paying particular attention to the walled garden. We also managed a look inside the great hall, kitchen and library. The children were fabulous and we all had a great day. Do please ask us about it.


Loving Life!

Year 3/4 had a great trip on Tuesday. We went to the Centre for Life in Newcastle, to take part in a workshop linked to our Rocks and Soils topic. We investigated the properties of different rocks and also experimented with the permeability of different soils.

As well as our workshop we explored many of the other fantastic science exhibits on show at the Centre for Life. We particularly liked the ‘Brain Zone’ and the fabulous ‘ Inside Out’ exhibition. A  big highlight for many of the children was the rather scary Halloween themed 4D motion ride.

The staff at the Centre for Life commented on the excellent engagement and behaviour of all our children and they certainly made Mr Hymers proud.

Click here to view our video

First visitors to Jarrow Hall

We were very fortunate today as we were among the first people to try out the facilities at Jarrow Hall (formally Bede’s World).

Our class was given a preview of what will be on offer at Jarrow Hall with a taster of Anglo-Saxon life. We all enjoyed participating in some great workshops which included:

  • Making Anglo -Saxon food.
  • Exploring an Anglo-Saxon Great Hall – where we cooked and ate the food we made.
  • Learning about Anglo-Saxon farming.
  • Designing and making mini Anglo-Saxon Great Hall using clay and straw.
  • Re-enacting the Battle of Brunanburh.

Jarrow Hall have lots a great activities planned for the future so make sure you check it out!


A huge “Thank-you” goes out to the Greenwells of Lanchester for once again hosting this event.  Miss Noble’s Class are hoping to raise lots of money for Children In Need – thanks once again to Mr and Mrs Greenwell for their kind £1 a head donation!

The day started with the rambling itself: accompanied by Mr and Mrs Greenwell, Mrs Noble, Kweecha, Chui, Raffles, Miss Noble and Mr Reader the class orienteered around a set route (some more successfully following the map than others!

Lunch was taken in the winter byre with a fabulous bed of freshly laid straw!

After lunch, there was a choice of activities.  Some went off on a scavenger hunt and others played frisbee golf!

We finished the day by being invited to pick our own snack for the way home!!!  Top snacking!!!

Well done everyone!

Miss Noble’s Class @ RAP Event

Miss Noble’s Class spent this afternoon learning how to stay safe and Reduce Accidents at Play (RAP).

The class was split into two groups and visited a range of scenarios whilst taking on key messages at each workshop.

Here are follow-up resources:



We learnt how to stay safe at the beach and near any open water.  Never put yourself in danger.  In an emergency – call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Click here to visit the RNLI’s website – Shorething!

Road Safety

Find out more about Road Safety by clicking here!


We learnt the number to call if you ever smell gas: 0800 111 999…

Many of us use gas to cook with or to heat our homes.  Like all fuels, gas can be dangerous, but it is quite safe if you remember a few simple rules and follow the Gas Safety Code.

Do you know what to do if you smell gas?

See how much you know about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning by clicking here to play “Have You Found The Killer Yet?”


Click here to visit the web-site that will help you understand all about electricity…



Watch Chip Pan Fires – The Facts by clicking here...

Alice and Moore @ Laing

Year 5/6 had a wonderfully diverse day at The Laing in Newcastle.

Before arriving at The Laing, we saw some wonderful examples of snow dogs at Newcastle City Library.

A British Library exhibition with additional loans from the Victoria & Albert Museum especially for the Laing, Alice in Wonderlanddelves into the world of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

We explored the different ways generations of illustrators, artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers over the past 150 years have been inspired by the story of the girl who went ‘down the rabbit hole’.

The exhibition includes illustrations and drawings celebrating Alice in Wonderland by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Peter Blake and Salvador Dali.

We started with watercolours: we practised three different techniques to be used in our Cheshire Cat art work.

We visited the exhibition and learnt a lot about Lewis Carol and the story of Alice in Wonderland.

After lunch, we explored the work of Henry Moore and his abstract sculptures.  We experimented with creating out own abstract images of footballs, bridges, sandwiches and a piano…

We finally returned to the studio to create our own abstract sculptures based on sketch work we created in the marble hall.

A hugely successful day!

Sunderland Illumination Challenge

Over the past week, the pupils from Year 4/5 were asked to design a light for Sunderland Illuminations. The class was split up into groups of four, each with a design incorporating Christmas and the community.

These groups then presented to year 5/6 for a closed vote. The winners, Kieran Hunter’s group, were then invited to Kepier Farm home of Northern Power Grid. They needed to write a presentation to explain their idea. Click here to see the presentation.

Although we did not win, all the children spoke beautifully and clearly. After the nerve wracking presentation, there were many lovely activities to complete including mini competitions, colouring, circuit building, wire folding and even an off road experience.

Kieran Hunter won the wire bending activity.  “I was really surprised as I had to start again after snapping my wire. It was so much fun.”

Ryan: “Phenomenal day!”

Ashleigh: “Nothing to pick as a favourite: I loved it all.”

Demi: ”Fun and exciting especially the off road experience.”

Mrs Dunn: “A truly wonderful day: one of the best trips I’ve been on. The children were fabulous ambassadors for our school. Well done!”

Mrs Hird: “Brilliant, fun and exciting trip!”