Week ending 9th June 2017
On Thursday 8th June, our Year 6 pupils went to Durham Cathedral to take part in a special leavers’ service. They took part in a series of activities which encouraged them to reflect on their time at primary school, to celebrate their successes, and to think positively about the challenge of moving on to secondary school.
Week ending 26th May 2017
On Tuesday 23rd May, 11 children from Class 2 took part in Durham’s “Song for Europe” competition at the Gala Theatre. They sang the Swedish mid-summer song “Små Grodorna” (small frogs), and received many compliments on the enthusiasm and energy of their performance.
The school had a visit from Captain Howman from Wolsingham Cadets. He told us what it was like in the army and cadets, he showed us how to keep your boots clean and polished and we also did other activities.
Week ending 31st March 2017
Year 5 and year 6 attended a Safety Carousel. It was a fantastic day which involved many activities.
Week ending 24th March 2017
This week in French we made Mothers’ Day cards. We wrote Bonne Fete des Meres which means Happy Mothers’ Day.
Week ending 17th March 2017
PC Osborne came into school on Wednesday 15th March to discuss speeding with Class 2 children, they all had a go at using a speedometer to measure the speed of the police vehicle travelling through the village!
Week ending 10th March 2017
Healthy Living Day
The school nurse came into school on 7th March – Class 2, they learnt about how much sugar they might have in their diet and about the circulatory system.
The Daily Mile
From Monday 13th March 2017 our children will walk, jog or run with their classmates in the safety of our playground. Class 2 measured the school field and yard as part of their work on perimeter.
Week ending 17th February 2017
3 D Shape building exercise
Week ending 10th February 2017
Class 2 went to Ushaw College to take part in “Ready, Steady, Sing!”, A fantastic singing workshop for primary school choirs, led by NYCGB Director Ben Parry with the young professional singers of the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.
We learnt warm-ups, African songs, a mash-up of Spirituals, some action songs, and lots about singing technique and having fun.
At the end, the NYCGB Fellowship Octet performed two of their songs, Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to the Virgin”, and Steve Friedman’s arrangement of the Spiderman Theme.
Week ending 3rd February 2017
“What happens when I eat project”
Class 2 investigated the question ‘What happens when I eat?’ To find out how many of our children are ‘TASTERS’, ‘SUPERTASTERS’ and ‘NON-TASTERS’ they completed a simple activity that will helped them to do this.
They tried many different foods and rated them from 1 to 10 with 1 being I love this to 10 being I never want to taste this again!
Brussel sprouts, coffee (decaffeinated), rocket, green olives, blue cheese, coriander and grapefruit were tasted and rated. Data was collected from the class and recorded.
They then had to count how many taste buds (fungiform papillae) were present on their tongues to see who were supertasters.
Are you a super taster? Super tasters experience bitter tastes more strongly than other people; this is because they have a higher number of taste receptors within fungiform papillae, the big pink bumps on your tongue which contain your taste buds, enabling you to taste sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. By counting the number of fungiform papillae, you will be able to determine whether you are a super taster, taster or non taster.
Their results will be sent to the BBC live lessons.
On Friday 20th January Class 2 used the style of Paul Klee to paint their own mountain pictures
Paul Klee was a Swiss-German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism.
He was born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland in 1879. His father, Hans Klee, was a music teacher, and mother, Ida Frick, had trained to be a singer. Paul was the second of two children.
Paul took an interest in music and drawing at a young age. By the age of seven he was playing the violin, and at age eight he was given a box of sidewalk chalk by his grandmother. In the beginning his parents encouraged the development of his musical skills, though in his teen years he decided to focus on becoming an artist.
Paintings by Class 2
Volcanoes and Earthquakes!
‘A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.’
On 11th January 2017 Class 2 were inspired to describe and understand key aspects of volcanoes and earthquakes by an…
‘amazing workshops with my own spectacular and wonderful resources of rocks with many from various parts of Britain and also from countries I have travelled in. There are also working ‘erupting’ volcano models hand made by myself that are very realistic and my other models relating to the earths structure and also glaciers.’ STEVEN WRIGHT BSc. CELELD ROCKS
The Tree of Life
Class 2 having been learning about trees and studying the painting “The Tree of Life” by Gustav Klimt. They made sculptures and drawings inspired by his work.
Class 2 working hard in their maths lesson.
Upper Dales Primary Schools PE Cluster
KS2 Tag Rugby Festival 2016 at St John’s Chapel
Wednesday 19th October 9.30 – 12.00pm
Team 1 – Frosterley Team 4 – Rookhope
Team 2 – St John’s Chapel Team A Team 5 – St John’s Chapel Team B
Team 3 – Wearhead A Team 6- Hamsterley
Team 7-Wearhead B
We enjoyed taking part in the Tag Rugby Festival at St John’s Chapel. We were lucky to have a bright dry autumn day and everyone played their best. Everyone who competed in the festival showed good sportsmanship. Rookhope came first in the festival and we came second. Well done to everyone who took part.
National Poetry Day – 7th October 2016
We looked at Edwin Morgan’s sound poem “The Loch Ness Monster’s Song”, and created our own poems translating the original from Loch Ness Monsterese to English, keeping the same structure.
Residential Visit to Robinwood
Information to follow
Sketching with charcoal, adding pattern with cross hatching and light and shade with smudging.
“Drawing trees with trees”
World War I Project
Class 2 have been working on a WWI project with Bowes Museum.
The project is split into four parts:
- 1 day teacher CPD
- 1 day visit to The Bowes Museum – the children went to view the WW1 artefacts and original archive documents and took part in related workshops
1 day visit to school from artist Vicky Holbrough – each child involved in the project made an embossed metal poppy which was combined to make a school wreath.
Class 2 wrote poems and two were chosen to record their poems for the service.
Two children were chosen from to lay our school wreath on Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2016 at The Bowes Museum’s memorial.
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Class 2 children have been using KODU to programme their own game.
Class 2 – School Grounds
Class 2 have been using different methods to measure aspects of trees. Today (Tuesday 13th September 2016) they were measuring the height of the trees in the school grounds.
One way of measuring the height of a tree would be to climb to the top, and drop a measuring line down to the ground. But as this would be dangerous and in most cases impossible, they had to think of other ways.
Today they worked with a partner. One was X, the other Y. This is how they did it. X stood against the trunk. Y stood away from the tree holding the bottom of a stick at arm’s length, then Y moved away from the tree until the stick seemed to be the same height as the tree. Y turned the stick sideways and kept their hand in line with the trunk. X walked to the place in line with the end of the stick. They then measured from this place to the trunk. This gave the approximate height of the tree.
They found that the tallest tree in our grounds is about 13 metres tall!
The Kinetic Theatre visit 8th June 2016
The school had a visit from the Kinetic Theatre where the performance was The Electricity Show. Children enjoyed the performance.
Class 2 have been learning about Brazil
Children took part in a food tasting activity with foods from Brazil, they have also been hard making models from places in Brazil.
Police Visit Hamsterley Primary
Class 2 had a visit from Community Police Officer Iain Osborne and his colleague. Iain is working with the children in the autumn term to support them in caring for their environment around school and their local environment. Iain also talked to them about keeping themselves safe online and letting someone know if they were concerned about anything. Once outside the children then had the chance to be ‘locked up’ in the back of the police van. Sirens were sounded and the children enjoyed ‘driving’ the van.