These children entered into a competition and their poem was chosen to be published in the book. We are very proud of them!
Sports Day – Friday 5th July
Morning Session – Rec/Y1/Y2
The session will start at 9:30am.
Parents/carers can head to the school field, once they have dropped their children at school. Please stand well clear of the tracks until the children are all out on the field. You will then see where your child is and can sit at the correct track.
If you arrive later than 9:15am, you must enter the school field by the gates at the bottom of the school drive. This will be operated by a member of staff.
When the event finishes (approx. 10:30am), please leave the school field via the main double gates at the bottom of the school drive. There will be a member of staff there to direct you.
Afternoon Session – Y3/4/5/6
The session will start at 1:30pm.
Parents/carers should queue at the bottom of the school drive, until the gates are opened by a member of staff. If you need to leave before the end of the event, this is the gate to leave through.
At the end of the event, the children will be taken into school and will be dismissed from the usual doors, so please stand well back on the yard to wait for your child. If you wish to collect younger siblings, you can then head round onto the infant yard, where the staff will supervise their collection. Please wait patiently until staff bring the children to the doors they usually leave from.
This will assist greatly with a smooth operation, as well as safeguarding the children.
All children will be a given an ice lolly during the session.
Younger children must not be allowed to play on the Trim Trail during the event, unless accompanied by an adult.
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us on Friday.
FREE School Uniform for ALL
Do you have school uniform which is in good condition that you no longer need? Would you like to contribute to saving the environment and recycling within your community?
We could use your good condition uniform, including shoes, plimsoles and PE kits!
EMTRAS and Churches Together South Tyneside would like to recycle these items within the community. Unwanted items will be FREE to collect for anyone within the South Tyneside Community.
Good condition uniforms can be dropped off at: The Salvation Army
The dates below are for good quality uniform donations drop offs only:
Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July between 10.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 31st July and Thursday 1st August 10.30am – 3.00pm
Donations will also be accepted during the above dates at Key Projects Food Bank:
Boldon Lane, South Shields, NE34 OLZ between the hours of 10.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday
If you would like to take some good condition uniform for FREE please come along to one of our drop in sessions at the Salvation Army you do not need to donate to receive a FREE uniform:
The dates below are for uniform collection only:
Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th August 10.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August 10.30am – 3.00pm
At these sessions you will be able to take FREE uniform that is suitable for your child.
We thank you for your contribution within our community. If you have any queries please contact EMTRAS on the numbers below.
Education, Learning and Skills
South Tyneside Council, Town Hall and Civic Offices
Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2RL
Tel: 0191 426 8140
Tel: 0191 426 8172
Mobile: 07484 036 782
Just a quick reminder for the children in my class:
This weekend, you’ve been asked to review your Times Tables knowledge for all tables to 12. Don’t just practise them in order and the ‘usual’ way: think about division facts; factor families (e.g. the factors of 12 are: 1 and 12, 2 and 6, 3 and 4); multiples; facts and products (e.g the product is 63 – what factors, when multiplied together, give the product 63?) and missing numbers (6 x ? = 54).
Don’t forget to use Mathletics – brush up on your less confident areas!
I’ve also asked you to continue practising your 3/4 and 5/6 spellings – in particular those you are finding a little more difficult to recall successfully. Make it fun: find words within words, research the root part of the word and see what you can discover, try ransom note words – use the Spelling Menu for ideas. Practise is hugely important!
I will provide a copy of the words below.
Last but not least, please practise your reading book – we are all making amazing progress in Accelerated Reading, let’s keep up the hard work so we can end our year together on an all time high!
One more instruction: spend some time just relaxing – be children, have fun and be awesome.
Miss Sanderson 🙂
The girls played at Sunderland’s Beacon of Light this afternoon. In the Silver Tournament, they played 5 games, won 4 and drew one. As a result, they were overall winners!!!!!
Without exception, they were all brilliant. The confidence and teamwork amongst the girls was a pleasure to watch. Their behaviour was exemplary and they are an absolute credit to our school. Mrs Rothery and I were very impressed and proud.
As part of Mental Health Awareness week, the children and I discussed what makes us unique, different and importantly, special – what makes us, us?
We drew on our experiences of Mindfulness and thought about our recent Literacy text, Varjak Paw.
The text introduces us to our eponymous hero, Varjak, whom we quickly learn is ‘an embarrassment’ to his family. Why? Because he is different. Varjak has the most wonderful amber-coloured eyes, but according to his family, this is not how he ought to be. It is only through the encouragement of his Elder Paw, who believes so strongly in Varjak he sacrifices himself, that Varjak embarks on his own journey of discovery.
Early on, he meets a wall… Literally speaking, it is a garden wall which keeps the noble Mesopotamian Blue cats safe and sound from the monsterous ‘Outside’. Metaphorically speaking, it is Varjak’s first of many barriers and challenges to his own self-belief. What is initially one of his biggest barriers, eventually becomes the key to his realisation of just how far his journey has taken him.
I shan’t give spoilers to the whole text – you might like to share in that with your child – but simply put, from Varjak we learned that it is positively okay to be different. In fact, developing a sense of self-awareness can be incredibly difficult, never mind growing in self-acceptance. Varjak did this with the support of others and with his own sense of determination and ability to use his Skills of not only ‘Looking Outwards’, but also ‘Looking Inwards’ as well. It is the latter which Varjak discovers is the hardest skill of all.
I think 5JS agree that Varjak taught us a lot; when we came to create our own sense of self-awareness through the medium of building a class wall, it didn’t come easy to all. Some children found it quite difficult to see the wonderfully different qualities they possess…
In 5JS, we have learned that one of the first steps to having a healthy mind is being able to allow ourselves the time to explore it. To accept it and embrace all of our emotions, no matter what. All emotions are healthy; it is how we handle them that is key. Taking time to appreciate ourselves isn’t as straight forward as it should be – even as adults, it’s far too easy to forget those little moments of ‘us’ time.
Allowing ourselves time to just ‘be’ gives us the chance to see ourselves in an entirely new light.
I sincerely hope 5JS now have a growing ability to appreciate just how important they are; how valuable, special and unique they all are. Through creating their individual bricks, they identified what makes them unique – building the wall from those bricks shows just how strong we all are together and what a wonderful array of people we are!
Appreciate yourself for who you are year 5; be proud of you. And remember, when Varjak closed his eyes, felt the familiar warmth and smelled that sweet cinnamon in the air, he knew he was in his safe place, the place he learned most about himself…
Be Mindful. Play some music, close your eyes and find your Mesopotamia.
Miss Sanderson 🙂
Your three ward councillors and friends of West Park, South Shields, invite you and your family to join in with The Summer Festival in the Park on Saturday 15th June 2019.
It will start at 10am and there will be stalls, music, dancing and displays.
To join the Friends of West Park – Tel 0191 421 2920
or emails email@example.com
On behalf of the Year 5 staff and Mrs Todd, we’d like to thank you for attending the Thurston meeting this evening.
We hope the meeting proved informative and answered some of your queries and concerns – please do remember, should you or your child think of any other questions, please do jot them down or give us a call over the coming days.
For those of you who were unable to attend, worry not! The presentation from this evening’s meeting can be found below in both Gallery format (simply press pause to halt the show on a particular slide or the left/right arrow to change slides) and as a downloadable Powerpoint file.
Should you wish to visit Thurston’s website please click here.
To see a taste of what we get up to at Thurston, take a look at last year’s photographs on our school website by clicking here.
Year 5 Staff 🙂
To download the presentation, click the link at the bottom of this post (Please note, the formatting of the presentation can sometimes appear different depending on your device’s specifications. All text is visible at the time of posting; downloading the presentation file will ensure you will see all text present on the slides.)
Year 5 took part in a fantastic ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ workshop this week. As part of the sessions, the children learned about what racism means and how we can help to put a stop to it.
The year group were fantastically well behaved and took part enthusiastically; sharing their thoughts, ideas and experiences. The workshop dealt with some sensitive dialogue and issues; we are immensely proud of how maturely the children responded to this and subsequently volunteered their own perspectives.
It wasn’t all classroom based however, the children also took part in a Fitness Fun session with ex-professional footballer Gary Bennett. This taught them invaluable team building skills whilst putting their fitness levels to the test. The team were brilliant with the children and we think we can safely say that the children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed their day!
Well done year 5 👏🏼😊
Here are some photographs of Y5JS taking part on the day: