Great Exhibition of the North

On Monday Year 6 completed the City Trail of the Great Exhibition of the North. We started outside Newcastle Theatre Royal where we read some poetry. We discussed the permanence of words, once something is written it is final but in this piece the words disappeared after a few seconds and replaced by others. No line is ever repeated.

We visited Grey’s Monument to talk about the rights of workers and an exhibit in Eldon Square about the ‘Little Black Dress’. The dress is made from a material called graphene which is 1 million times thinner than human hair yet 200 times stronger than steel! We had an interesting discussion about the design of the dress and what we might change about it, most agreed that it was a bit revealing!

From there we visited the City Library where we viewed ‘Delicate Shuttle’ a piece of art by Henna Asikainen who is a Finnish artist. She created the piece, inspired by refugees and migration, with falling poplar leaves. The class commented about how the art made them feel, what they thought it represented and how they would improve it. Some comments were:

‘the clusters of leaves represent families staying together’

‘they’re all the same colour to show that everyone is the same and equal regardless of their background’

‘to improve it I’d put something at the bottom to show they were heading to safety’

 

In the afternoon we visited the Great North Museum, where there was an exhibit which appealed to everyone. John Lennon’s piano, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s shoes, a spacesuit that has actually been in space and a floating shark! The children enjoyed looking round and trying to spot all the items in their activity booklets. It was lovely to see them engaging with the exhibits permanently housed at the museum too, especially as they’ve studied most of the topics throughout their time in primary school.

All in all, in was a pretty good day. The exhibition is on all summer throughout Newcastle and Gateshead and I hope the visit inspired the children to visit other venues around the city.

 

Share the Journey

Year 6 have also been reflecting on the the refugee crisis to mark #RefugeeWeek2018. Pope Francis has challenged us to ‘Share the Journey’ and walk the distance of the world – 24,900 miles! We walked (and ran) around the school yard on Monday to start of the school’s bid to walk the earth. It was…Continue Reading

Order, Order!

Year 6 were visited by two magistrates this week, Emily and Ray, as part of their Humanities topic ‘Crime and Punishment’. In class we have been looking at how crime and punishment has developed over time, right back from the Romans through to the present day. The children have been particularly interested in the different…Continue Reading

Orienteering

This week, Year 6 have been orienteering in Saltwell Park and having a jolly good time too! Andy from BOutdoors was excellent at leading activities that promoted teamwork and problem solving. In the morning the children worked in teams to solve a range of physical problems, from untying knots in ropes, working together to transport…Continue Reading

Garage Band

On Monday Year 6 were lucky enough to work with David from Garage Band all day. They spent the first half of the morning exploring the garage band app, playing any instrument they could imagine, from strings to bass, to piano, to instruments from around the world and back again. We were amazed at how…Continue Reading

The ‘Unsinkable’ Titanic

Year 6 have been researching the Titanic disaster over half term. Mrs Bonello was very impressed by the standard of homework received. There were lots of lovely poetry, models and new board games to try out. We have used all we have learnt in our writing this week; writing newspaper reports for both before and…Continue Reading

Safety Works

On Friday, Year 6 went to Safety Works in Newcastle, where we participated in several workshops, including: water safety, internet safety, road safety, fire safety and first aid. The RNLI taught us about the different flags on the beach and what they mean, we also learned about jelly fish stings and cold water shock and…Continue Reading

SATs Liturgy

Last week Year 6 held a small Liturgy, celebrating their time at Corpus Christi and asking God for guidance during SATs week.  The liturgy was prayerful and reflective and the children were very involved in the process of organising it. They welcomed each other, talked about significant events and created a focal area of objects…Continue Reading