International Day of Happiness - Year 1 and Year 3
We have been talking about things that made us happy. We wrote a list of the most important ones and shared them with the class. We also found out about what makes children in other parts of the world happy, after watch some video clips on the British Council schhols resource website.
After finding out where Ethiopia was, in Africa, we found out about a little girl called Amran. Ask your child if they can remember what made them as well as the little girl.
Pupils will be investigating a variety of inspirational women, from now and in the past, as part of their studies on International Women`s Day. Why not ask you child who they have been finding out about?
Year 3 have been finding out about Malala Yousafzai.
You may or may not know that World Religions Day falls on Sunday 21st January 2018. It is important that pupils are aware of religions around the world and are given opportunities to develop respect and tolerances by becoming better informed about how and why people worship in different ways. The more knowledgeable they are about different religious beliefs the better chance they will have of living in harmony.
Children already learn about specific religions appropriate to their age groups but over the next few days we will be providing the opportunity to extend their learning even further.
We are very happy to welcome a Swedish teacher and 2 Swedish students to our school. They are going to be working in our school and telling us all about life in Sweden as well as Christmas customs.
Photos to follow
Today 8 Year 6 pupils accompanied 4 Swedish teachers who are visiting our school on a Snow Dog trail of the local area. We managed to find 37 in total. We visited the Angel, Millennium bridge, Quayside, Tescos, Central Library and the Sage.
How many have you found so far?
Last week 28 teachers from 14 different European countires came to visit us as part of our new Comenius project "A rainbow of cultures " which is sponsored by the British Council. They had a fabulous time in school. The Mayor of Gateshead came to our first assembly. Pupils in Year 6 made special presentations about the local landmarks in Gateshead-The Baltic, Millenium Bridge, The Sage and The Angel of the North. Each country made a small film or presentation about their country and school which they showed to all the pupils in assembly. Everyone listened intently. They also worked in the classrooms with the pupils to see how we learn at school as well as teaching in some of the classes.
On an afternoon they went to visit some local sites and took lots of photos to show their pupils when they go back to their schools.
We were awarded the International School Award again in September 2011 which lasts for 3 years and celebrates all of the international work we do in school across the year.
We have just found out that an application we made to the British Council to forge international links with pupils in Europe were successful. The Comenius project is called "A Rainbow of Cultures. " We are glad to be welcoming teachers from schools in Poland, Portugal, Spain (Gran Canaria), Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, France, French Reunion Islands, Turkey, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria.
They arrive on Monday 4th November and stay for a week. During that time they will be working in school to teach pupils about their country and town, school life and festivals and customs as well as teaching us some simple words, as well as taking them to see local landmarks.