Y6 Leavers Service

60 year 6 pupils attended the Cathedral to participate in the Church fo England Schools Leavers service. Following a new format this year, the pupils spent an hour moving around different prayer and reflection areas, thinking about 'wow' moments in their time at primary school, those who have helped them, the progress they have made and their worries and hopes for the future. All the schools then came back together to enjoy a moving on service including some lively and exciting songs.

Commonwealth Event

On Wednesday, 20 Year 3 pupils represented St. Margaret's at an exciting event. We went to a workshop at Ustinov College in the morning to learn more about the Commonwealth and about the country we were representing, Pakistan. In the afternoon we took part in a procession through Durham, waving our Pakistan flags, ending in the Cathedral where we enjoyed a beautiful celebration service.

Year 2 visited Durham Heritage Centre to learn all about life in Durham in the past. What a fantastic day it was!

On Wednesday 7th March we managed to celebrate World Book Day. We loved having junior children visit our classes to share our favourite books together!

Year 2 enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year- the year of the dog. We made some noodles, some coconut dessert, tried lychee juice and learned all about the lion dance. What fun we had!

Y6 Nissan Visit

Year 6 spent the day at the Nissan factory in Washington. The facilities and activities were superb, including lots of DT and Science construction skills. We learned all about big business and also found our knowledge of world geography to be amazing. It was great to find out about one of the largest business which support our local area and the people who work there.

Volcano Visit

On Friday, Dr. and Dr. Llewellin visited Year 3 to tell us all about their jobs as volcanologists. They told us all about the different parts of a volcano, where they can be found in the world, and what types of rocks are formed by cooling lava. Finally they showed a demonstration of a volcanic eruption using a bottle of fizzy pop and some salt! It was fantastic addition to our Science topic!

Year 2 are working with Mr Dawson on a Maths enrichment project, inspired by photographer Wilson Bentley.

It is very hard work but we are learning lots about 2D and 3D shapes ( including symmetry, tessellation and self similar shapes) and we have been looking at patterns of numbers (including triangular and squared numbers).

It is hard and we have to think for ourselves a lot while doing the practical parts of the lessons, but we have Y6 helpers with us too!

In English, we are thinking about who Wilson Bentley was and we have read 'Snowflake Bentley' by Jaquelien Briggs Martin. 

Wilson Bentley is a good reminder of how we need to be resilient and NEVER GIVE UP!

 

Harvest Festival

On Thursday, all the pupils in our school came together for the Harvest festival. We had collected food for the People's Kitchen in Newcastle who give food and help to the homeless. Father Barnaby led the service which included pupil prayers and readings, songs by the whole school and school choir and a presentation by Year 5 pupils who have been working closely with the People's Kitchen in preparation for their upcoming worship. At the end of the service, the van from the Kitchen came and collected our offerings.

Welcome to our school.

We hope you enjoy your time here with our fantastic children and get an idea of the activities we take part in and the talents we have.

Please enjoy looking at examples of our work and our lovely school environment. We feel very lucky to be part of St. Margaret's and hope you feel the same.

Prayer Spaces

In partnership with parents and workers from several local Churches, we enjoyed our first ever Prayer Spaces event. Pupils spent two days moving around the spaces in small groups, reflecting and praying about issues such as 'the mark we leave on the planet', 'being thankful for being me', 'a wish for the future'. A big favourite of many pupils was the stillness of the reflection room, with relaxing music, private spaces and some very comfortable cushions to rest on. A great time to relax, think and recouperate at the end of another amzing year in school. To make the event even more special, we had the honour of being visited by the Bishop of Durham, to see our spaces in action.

Year 2 visited Beamish Museum to learn more about the artist Norman Cornish. While we were there we had a trip down the mine, looked round the miners' cottages, the station and the town. Some of us even got to taste the pear drops and chocolate cake!

Then we had a lesson in the school room and the SIlver Band Hall, learning about the life of Norman Cornish as well as how to sketch and shade.

We had a fantastic day. thank you Beamish!

Thinking Day 2018 was on Thursday 22nd February. We came in in our uniforms and talked about the fun we had in Rainbows, Beavers and Brownies!

Cross Country 2018

In the coldest of weather, 27 of our pupils gave up two of their Saturday mornings to represent the school team. As always, the attitude of our children was amazing with all showing great determination and bravery to conquer the courses which are approximately 1 mile. After a great start in week one at Bullion Lane Primary, our teams managed to build on their position, meaning that the boys won their competition, the girls came runners-up and our school were the best team overall. A special mention must go to Charlotte, who won both races comfortably and was rightly crowned 'Best Girl Runner'. Well done everyone.

Russian Visitor

In November, we hosted a Russian teacher, Svetlana, at St. Margaret's for a week. She visited each class to tell them all about life, and school, in Russia. She also shared a traditional tale with Year 2 and Year 3, and the children were even able to act out the story using the masks she had brought with her! Year 1 were shown several matryoskha (Russian dolls) and decorated their own, while the buddies were taught a number of Russian playground games to share with the rest of the school. We loved having a special visitor, and we all learnt a lot!

Mrs Bhat treated the staff to a special tea as a thank you for our hard work.

Thank you Mrs Bhat!

Russian visitor

We had a Russian teacher visit our school and she came to work with Year 2. She told us all about what it was like to live in Russia and then told us some traditional tales. She even brought masks so we could act out the traditional story about friendship and sharing.

We love learning about other countries!

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County ESFA Football Winners

This week, our school football team competed in the English Schools' FA County Durham Cup final, against 3 other teams representing their area of County Durham. The team had already won three rounds to get to this stage and in a night of great skill and determination managed to win two games and draw the other making them clear winners of the competition. They were presented with the very impressive looking Daniel O'Hare trophy and will now go on to represent Durham in the North of England final in Sheffield. What an achievement!