On 14th November Year 4 were visited by Bob Knox from the electric board. He exposed the children to plugs, sockets and wires and the dangers involved in them. He spoke about substations and staying safe around pylons and high voltage electricity.
To celebrate our book week an author (Mr Anthony Wooten) visited school and worked with each year group in the hall. He told us all about the books the he has written, what inspired him to become an author and how he gets ideas for each of his books. Book club also delivered book cases full of books which the children had the opportunity to buy.
In Biddick Hall Junior School we think that the issue of bullying is an important one in which to educate our pupils. We invited The Take Away Theatre Company into school and they performed a production and workshop called ‘Hope’.
Hope was a drama specially commissioned by The Take Away Theatre Company. Both powerful and entertaining it told the story of three young people whose lives were affected by bullying.
The project explored Emotional and Social Health issues of relationships, decision-making and friendship by promoting good behaviour and respect for others.
The workshop after the performance was attended by the Y5 and Y6 pupils. The actors led a participatory workshop exploring the various issues that arose from the play. Pupils were encouraged to examine the actions of the characters and how they could have made better choices. The workshop consisted of various forum theatre activities which helped the children to identify different forms of bullying and how to combat it.
We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the workshop and learned a lot from it.
On Wednesday 1st November, 3 squads of 12 children went to Boldon School to take part in a Rugby Tournament. The children played extremely well, developed fantastic team skills and had exemplary sportsmanship. One of our teams – Team B came first in their group, receiving a medal each. The other two teams came second in their groups. A great result!
As part of our study of India during Multi-cultural week, Year 3 took part in a Bollywood Dance Class. We learned lots of traditional dance moves and were able to sequence them to perform an amazing routine.
This term, Year 3 have been studying Hinduism in RE and had the amazing opportunity to take part in a Hindu workshop where we learned about Diwali, the Festival of Light. Some of us even got the chance to dress up in fantastic costumes to act out the story of Rama and Sita. A fantastic time had by all!
On the afternoon of Friday 13th October, class 6JO went out to deliver donations of Harvest food to our neighbours who live in the bungalows near school. All those who answered the doors we knocked on were extremely grateful for the gift. It was a lovely afternoon!
Year 4 had a very interesting visit to Jarrow Hall.
We enjoyed finding out about about an Anglo Saxon Village. We found out about the farm and sampled riddle telling and traditional biscuits around the fire in the Grand Hall.
We dressed up as warriors and recreated our own battle.
We told the story of Beowulf and looked for Anglo Saxon treasure.
Year 4 went for a visit to All Saints Church as part of their RE studies.
This week, Year 3 visited The Word to take part in a Lego WeDo Programming Workshop. The children thoroughly enjoyed building Lego models and then programming them to make them move.