KS2 News (2011-12)

Roots and Shoots Programme

Year 3 children have been working with staff from Alnwick Gardens and Northumberland Health Trust to learn about growing and eating healthy foods. They had their first visit in March where they focused on planting and sowing of seeds, eating healthily and preparing growing beds. They will soon be returning to plant out and eventually harvest their vegetables.

Labeling the newly planted seeds

Labeling the newly planted seeds


Adding fertilisers and turning over the soil

Adding fertilisers
and turning over the soil

Tasting fruits and vegetables

Tasting fruits
and vegetables



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Music Marvels

Not only have we been improving our ukulele skills but we have taken on another instrument to add to our repertoire! For ten weeks we will be learning the basics of playing the trumpet.

Warming up Getting started

Warming up

Getting started

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During the DT/Arts project, Year 4 chose to look at bridges and the paintings of local artist, Jim Edwards who’s artwork includes pictures of the Tyne and Millenium Bridges. Working in his style, children produced some fabulous artwork of their own, focusing on the bridges of Newcastle. They used vibrant colours and bold shapes to represent the buildings and structures and focused on foreground and background to produce 3D work. They also worked with a local dance and drama company to create bridge-like structures and movements.


DT/Arts project DT/Arts project DT/Arts project
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Money Matters

In March, Year 3 and 4 developed their understanding of ‘Money Matters’ through a project supported by Barclays Bank. Staff from the bank visited school to help children understand the importance of saving and looking after money.


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Community Allotment

Children in Key Stage 2 all had the opportunity to visit the Community Allotment before deciding on the types of plants that could be grown there. Year 3 planted loads of potatoes and made miniature allotment designs. Year 4 had great fun pressing their own apples to make juice and also made a ‘Mr Cress Head’ to grow at home.

Community Allotment
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County Hall

In March, Year 4 were invited to County Hall meet the local Councilors. They visited the Council Chambers and the Leader of the Council explained how they made decisions that affected people living in Northumberland and why it was important for there to be a democracy. The children were given a tour of County Hall and were even allowed in the Council safe where all the important documents are stored.


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