Year 5 Trip to Gibside

On Monday Year 5 enjoyed a class trip to Gibside. Despite the weather we enjoyed a day full of activities and adventure. In the morning we trekked into the woods and found a clearing,  where in teams Sarah our guide challenged us to build our own shelters. We first discussed what would make a good shelter,base and cover before we were let loose to build our own. It was hard to judge the winner- we have a few future Bear Grylls in our midst, After lunch we then turned our hand to Geocaching using Garmin GPS systems. We followed a trail around Gibside using the systems to pinpoint activities along the way. They ranged from bark rubbings, puzzles, nature trails and standing in silence to listen to the sounds – this was Mrs Mason’s favourite. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our trip even if we did arrive home a little soggy!

22 Sheds

We continued with our Joseph Cornell inspired boxes this week. We collected items to complete our designs. Next week is our last session before the shop on Coatsworth Road opens this Summer to showcase our designs. The grand opening will be 31st August.    Continue Reading

Life Centre

On Tuesday we visited the life centre as part of both our Geography and Science topics. The morning session focused on our Geography topic ‘Natural Resources’ and looked in depth at plastics and recycling. We learn a lot about the composition of plastic and its many purpose and types. We then looked at the complicated…Continue Reading

22 Sheds Session 5

On Monday we continued our work on the 22 sheds project and we finally began to put together our ‘coatsworth in a box’ inspired by Cornell. We used our research from the library and our visits to the road and picked a person or shop which we were interested in. Sarah then challenged us to…Continue Reading

Session 4 Archive Search at GatesheadCentral Library

Session 4 Archive Search at Gateshead Central Library On Tuesday we continued our 22 sheds project at the Central Library. We met Simon who works at the library, and who introduced us to some of the many archives held at the library in particular some of those linked to Coatsworth Road. First Simon recapped some…Continue Reading

Oscar Romero

On Friday Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic workshop hosted by  Rise Theatre, all about Oscar Romero. We found out a  lot  about where Oscar Romero came from and what it would have been like to live there. We first located El Salvador on the map and then Kate and John told us all about the…Continue Reading


On Wednesday eight Year 5 pupils attended a multiskills event at St Thomas More School. We had to work as a team and navigate the ten stations to collect as many points as we could. Our favourite station was the obstacle course and the running slalom. Mrs Mason and Miss Ridley thought we did fantastic…Continue Reading

22 Sheds

Over the next term Year 5 will be taking part in a project run by an organisation called 22 Sheds. It is based around Coatsworth Road and will focus heavily on the rejuvenation of the road. We turned into mini photographers and began building up a portfolio of images on Coatsworth Road in particular the…Continue Reading