Week beginning 21st October 2019
We have had a great Reading Week this week, with loads of lovely activities. The children snuggled up with books in class (which was even more exciting because they could bring in blankets, teddies and torches), they wrote phase group stories by passing an idea down through six classes, they “dropped everything to read” when the teacher’s alarm went off and they wrote poems and stories about Magic, which was the theme of the week. They also got to visit our very own magical land, which had been created in the school library by a group of parents. Thanks to the parents who helped set this up and to the teachers for the time they gave planning the week. I hope the children have come home excited about reading and are ready to snuggle up with their own books through the half term break.
To coincide with Reading Week, Year 5 had their yearly visit from Mark from Konflux Theatre. Mark has been with us for the last four years and his workshops are a real highlight. He spends a full day with each class studying a Shakespeare play and getting it ready for performance. The class then share their work with the rest of the year group. It is a great introduction to Shakespeare and always good fun. This year Class 16 performed Romeo and Juliet, Class 17 performed Midsummer Night’s Dream and Class 18 performed Macbeth. There are more photos on the Year 5 page.
On Tuesday we hosted the first Newcastle Schools Sport Service competition on our new pitch. This was a Year 3/4 Handball festival and it was a huge success. Ten teams brought along teams of 5 boys and 5 girls and each team got to play four games. Handball is a fantastic sport and really easy to play at this level. Our team of Year 4 children were amazing and won all of their games and everybody who came loved the new pitch.
There is a Handball Club called The Vikings based at Benfield School, who meet from 6pm on a Wednesday evening and take members from 4 years old and upwards. If you or your child are looking to try something new, I can strongly recommend it. Pop down and ask for Marlen Slinning. The children worked with her on Tuesday and she would love to see new members. Tell her I sent you!!
In more sporting news, the boys’ football team got another win on Thursday evening in the first round of the English Schools FA national seven-a-side competition for primary schools. Blimey – that’s a mouthful. The boys beat St Theresa’s 1-0. Well done to them and good luck in the next round.
A few lucky children from Year 2 and Year 3 were invited to visit one of the DFDS ferries at Port of Tyne on Wednesday. They had a tour of the ship and got to do some craft activities alongside Pete the Pirate, who looked suspiciously like a parrot! The children were really well behaved and represented us very well.
So it has been a really busy and enjoyable week. Everybody has earnt a relaxing week’s holiday now. Have a lovely time, enjoy Halloween and we will see you all back on Monday 4th November for what is always the most exciting half term of the year and the run up to C… No! I’m not allowed to say that word yet!