At Cestria we have many special things happening!
In Key Stage 1 we are really lucky to offer our super curriculum rooms to the children in Years 1 and 2. Over a two week period, the children visit each of the rooms for 2 sessions to be taught Art, Design and Technology, Computing and Cookery by our highly experienced staff. The rooms are also linked to our oracy project which is designed to develop children’s speaking and listening skills. Our children love visiting each room and working on the special projects. Here’s a little snapshot of some of the things they get up to…
In the Galaxy Zone Mrs Cowan and Miss Hall run our fabulous Art and DT room . The children love coming here to explore the wonderful world of art and artists. It’s great to see the enthusiasm on the children’s faces as they paint their fantastic paintings or mould their super sculptures.
This is also where our architects and builders of the future are being created! Mrs Cowan works with the children on super Design and Technology projects in our very own ’construction site.’ The children are taught the skills and techniques of the DT curriculum, exploring what makes structures strong and stable and creating moving mechanisms.
Enter the Techno Den and you enter a world of iPads, laptops, Beebots and a whole host of other technological gadgets that Miss Gowland uses to extend the children’s computing skills. We love experimenting with different apps using coding, algorithms and creating our own super animations. Online safety is always key and we know how and why it is important to stay safe online.
Food, Glorious, Food! Everyone just loves the Cookery Room. From cakes and biscuits to the more healthy fruit kebabs, the children eagerly wait to find out which delicious meal they will be preparing next! Mrs Holland is our culinary expert leading the way in our cookery room.
And there’s more!
As well as having super children we also have super teachers who have their own skills and talents in certain areas that they like to share with the children. Every Marvellous Monday the teachers in years 1 and 2 swap classes to teach their specialist area. The children benefit from the teachers’ own enthusiasm for the subject as well as their in depth subject knowledge too! Here’s what we do…
Mr Duncan loves music! He teaches the children all about different composers, they listen to different types of music from around the world but the best bit is when they get the instruments out! If you listen carefully you may just hear the children singing along while he plays his guitar!
Mrs Egglestone and Mr Wilson keep our children fit and active within super PE sessions. They teach all the skills and techniques from the National Curriculum through fun games and team building activities. It’s amazing to watch our children working together and the team spirit that they have.
From visits to religious buildings, to organising special visitors into school, Miss Behenna works really hard to teach the children about the different religions and cultures of the world as well as promoting British Values. Pop into her classroom to see some of the lovely work the children have produced.
Skill Force Prince William Award
KS2 Science Investigation Hub
In the Science Investigation Hub, children have the opportunity to be mad scientists planning and carrying out all sorts of weird and wonderful experiments. Look out for Miss Shaw in here too.
Education Endowment Foundation
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.
Our school was selected to be a lead school for the North East Literacy Campaign, which was launched in 2016. The campaign is based upon research findings from the Education Endowment Foundation & aims to share good practice in the teaching of Literacy. As a lead (hub) school, our role is to facilitate the sharing of ideas & resources within a cluster of local schools and to act as a conduit between these schools & the local authority. We meet regularly through local authority training as well as through our own hub cluster meetings. As well as supporting colleagues across a network of schools, both our staff & pupils have benefited greatly from our involvement. Many of our new Literacy developments are based on ideas that have come from the campaign or have incorporated ideas shared by colleagues. These have included revisions to the teaching of spelling, handwriting and reading comprehension; the development of focused speaking & listening activities within our curriculum rooms & effective use of TAs to support lessons. We firmly believe that these have, in turn, improved teaching & learning opportunities across the school & helped to accelerate progress in all aspects of English. Diane Marshall KS2 Literacy lead.
Visits to the Library
We have links with the local library where we visit for research purposes or to take part in a storytelling session. Katherine the librarian always has a special story to share with us. To further develop our love of reading we enjoy choosing a book which we can bring back to school to read during Drop Everything and Read time.
Links with other schools and the local community
We regularly welcome visits from pupils from other schools who work with our children on a variety of peer to peer projects. They have included reading, keeping fit and healthy and handy First Aid hints and tips.
Carols at Christmas with Durham Aged Mine workers Homes’ Association
Year 2 had the privilege of singing some of our Christmas songs to residents of the local area at their Christmas Lunch held at Cornerstones . The children sang beautifully and before they left gave everyone a card and sweet and wished them a Happy Christmas.
We often venture out of school and further afar to consolidate the learning that takes place in all areas of the curriculum. The children thoroughly enjoy these adventures and are a credit to the school when out and about.
Today we visited to Newcastle quayside to observe and draw the various human and physical features we could see. We also completed a traffic survey. After that we managed to fit in a visit to the Hancock Museum to look at all the amazing exhibits. Superb behaviour from everyone.
In our classrooms …
To find out more about the special things that take place in our classrooms everyday, please visit our school blog.