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Year One Learning (posted on 02.10.2017)

Children in Year One have enjoyed lots of learning inspired by an ‘Enchanted Forest’ topic.

First, as part of Geography, the children created maps from a school grounds walk in which they came across a magical woodland right on our very own field! They made magical houses for creatures using natural resources in the outdoors.

Next, as part of Design Technology, they designed and created a ‘shoebox’ home for a woodland creature using a range of resources. Using their Literacy skills the children planned, made and reviewed their designs.

   

Finally, the children described the setting of the magical woodland they visited and used lots of adjectives and even conjunctions! Well done Year One.

 

National Poetry Day (posted on 29.09.2017)

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We celebrated National Poetry Day with a mix of activities – from writing our own poems and illustrating them, to bringing in our favourite poems from home and reading them aloud to our friends.

Some Year 6 children became ‘Word Waiters’ for the day (complete with moustaches) and delivered poems to other classes. They did a brilliant job reading the poems out loud.

Nature Award for Y6 (posted on 15.09.2017)

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At Derwent Hill, our Year 6 children have successfully completed their John Muir Award – an award that encourages young people to enjoy and care for wild places.

The children had to discover a wild place, explore it, conserve the nature there and finally share their experiences with different audiences. This involved everything from climbing Walla Crag and plunging into Honister Gorge, to exploring Millican Dalton’s cave and whittling sticks to toast marshmallows over a campfire.

As part of the award, the children created some beautiful artwork inspired by nature – just like artist Andy Goldsworthy. They could use only natural materials found within the grounds of Derwent Hill and the end results were stunning.

 

Scandinavian Friends (posted on 05.07.2017)

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Over the past couple of months, we have received two surprise letters – one from Denmark and one from Sweden. People living there have found tags from an EHPA balloon release that happened about eight or nine years ago!

All those years ago, children at EHPA tied tags onto balloons and released them on the last day of term. They wanted to see where they would travel. And the answer is: Scandinavia!

Ms Antje Harff found one tag while walking with her dog (Mr Fritz) on a beach in Denmark. Then Jan and Bibi Altena, from Sävedalen, found another on the coast of West Sweden.

They all posted the tags back to us at EHPA and children in Year 6 have been corresponding with them. We are all amazed that the tags have survived that long!

Eve and Harry writing their replies to the letters and photos from Scandinavia.

Send My Friend to School! (posted on 15.06.2017)

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Year 6 have once again being campaigning to send more children to school around the world.

They were shocked to hear that 263 million children still can’t get a good quality education, so they created jigsaw pieces as part of the global Send My Friend to School Campaign.

Their jigsaw represents the ‘missing piece’ in children’s education – the £39billion extra funding that is needed each year to ensure all children go to school.

Jake said, “It is important for every child to go to be educated; it will give them a better chance in life.”

While Katie added, “263 million children don’t go to school and we need to change this!”

Outdoor Learning (posted on 23.05.2017)

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Alongside 9,726 schools in the world we took part in an Outdoor Classroom Day that aimed to take learning outside for the whole day. Unfortunately, we did experience the Great British Weather (rain) on both planned days but the children (and staff) persevered and had a brilliant time.

KS1 took part in orienteering, mini beast hunts and took their learning outside.

KS2 took part in orienteering, pavement art, decimal hunts, maths trails and Year 4 constructed mini-rivers.

Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. It is something we are continuing to support and develop within school and as you can see from the pictures the benefit to children’s learning is undeniable.

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Pizza Party (posted on 23.05.2017)

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Our Year 6 pupils were treated to a pizza party on Friday 12th May 2017 to celebrate the end of their KS2 SATs tests.  The children have worked really hard and we thought that they deserved a treat!  All of the children were given the opportunity to create their own pizza using a range of ingredients including tomato sauce, cheese, ham, mushrooms and peppers with Mrs Ferguson and Miss Hodgson in the Year 6 Hub before they were cooked in the oven. We are really proud of all the hard work and effort that the children have put in during the weeks leading up to the SATs, and we hope that they enjoyed their treat!

Codex 1300 (posted on 30.03.2017)

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Year 6 pupil Alex Anderson’s work is featured in a new Children’s Codex, created to mark the 1300th anniversary of three bibles which were sent from Wearmouth to Rome in AD 716.

The original codex was sent as a gift from Abbot Ceolfrith (of St Peter’s Church) to Pope Gregory II some 1300 years ago.  To mark this anniversary, schools in Sunderland were each asked to design a page in a new Children’s Codex and Alex’s work was selected to represent EHPA.

The new Codex was presented to Pope Francis in the Vatican, after being signed in Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.  A copy of the Codex will remain on display at St. Peter’s Church Monkwearmouth.

The Codex 1300 project is being coordinated by SPEAK (St Peter’s Educational Activities for Kids) in conjunction with  Sunderland City Council, the Parish of Jarrow and South Tyneside Council.

Tackle It: Racism (posted on 16.03.2017)

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On Thursday 16th March 2017 Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visit from SAFC footballer Papy Djilobodji.

He visited school to support our ongoing work on tackling racism and discrimination.

All Year 6 children are currently involved in a six-week project run by the Foundation of Light.

During the Tackle It: Racism project, the children are exploring teamwork, stereotyping, their local community and racism.

They have classroom discussions, followed by P.E. sessions to build communication and teamwork.

Find more on Twitter #callfulltimeonhate, via the SAFC website or via the Sunderland Echo

Free Full-time Nursery Places from September 2017 (posted on 03.03.2017)

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As you may know, the government will introduce an additional 15 hours of free childcare for 3&4 year-olds of working parents who meet the eligibility criteria in September 2017.  We aim to deliver a number of 30 hour places from September 2017, as well as continuing to offer the free 15 hours of Nursery education to those families that are not eligible for the additional 15 hours.

Eligibility Criteria for Free Nursery Education / Childcare:-

  • 15 Hours of Free Nursery Education for 3 and 4 year olds:- All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible for 15 hours (term time only) of nursery education from the term after their 3rd birthday until they start school in the term after their 4th birthday.
  • 15 hours of Free Additional Childcare:- Based on the criteria set out below.

Working Parents – A child will qualify for an additional 570 hours per year of free childcare over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year if:

-       They meet the age requirement; and

-       Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) up to a maximum of £100,000 per year.

Foster carers – Will be eligible for the extended entitlement if they meet the earning or carer criteria for their own children BUT are not eligible for the extended entitlement for the children that they foster.

Eligibility in families where one or both parents may not be in work

Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not usually be eligible for the extended entitlement. However, the extended entitlement will be available where:-

-       Both parents are employed but one (or both parents) is temporarily away from the workplace on parental leave, maternity or paternity leave, adoption leave, or on statutory sick pay;

-       One parent works and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;

-       One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

To help us plan for our Nursery places in September 2017, parents of prospective children are asked to complete and return this questionnaire to the main school office: Nursery 2017 Questionnaire