The school will be closed on Tuesday 8th November and Wednesday 9th November 2016 due to industrial action by Teaching Assistants.”
Today the children have cycled round Europe. They started in Sweden where Abba was playing whilst they waited their turn. They then rode past the Eiffel Tower in France, past the Angel of the North in England, past the Blue Mosque in Turkey, past the orange roofed castle of Tallinn in Estonia, past the Astronomical Clock in the Czech Republic, past the Fountain of Honey in Latvia, through the caves of Postojna in Slovenia, past the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania and finally through the finishing post. The children did such a great job. Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who came along to cheer on the children.
We were so lucky with the weather today and enjoyed a lovely sunny day at Hall Hill Farm in Lanchester. Parents and grandparents accompanied the children on the visit, being guided around the farm to see chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs, lambs, cows, wallabies, pigs, donkeys and llams, amongst other things.
Children were treated to a tractor and trailer ride during the visit and had the chance to play in the park whilst having lunch. What a fantastic day!
Today was our 6th and final Comenius Celebration Day. The children wore crazy hats (theme chosen by our friends in Slovenia).
We played Turkish games, made a Latvian vegetable broth on the fire outdoors, learnt a song made up by our children and danced a dance made up by our Estonian friends.
The invitations were designed by our Lithuanian friends with a logo from our Swedish friends. Our Czech friends decided upon the clothes we would wear- plain coloured T-shirts.
All 9 partner schools did the same activities on the same day- a joint final celebration of the project. Parents and grandparents were invited to join in the fun. A great day was had by all.
The children came in their wonderful Easter Bonnets for our annual parade today. The children took turns to parade up the catwalk and then performed some Easter songs for parents and grandparents. We sang ‘5 Little Speckled Frogs’, ‘5 Little Woolly Lambs’, ‘5 Eggs and 5 Eggs’ and ‘5 Little Ducks’. Once the children had completed their performance we had a special visit from the Easter Bunny who brought a gift of an Easter Egg for each of the children.
Our Latvian friends performed a dance and comedy act for our children this morning. We connected via Skype and all nine partners took part in the video conference.
We had some special visitors of the creepy crawly kind in Nursery today! Zoo Lab visited with a selection of creatures for the children to learn about and hold. We met a snail, a snake, some cockroaches and a tarantula. The children asked some really good questions to find out more about these creatures.
This week we welcomed our friends to Spennymoor. During their visit, our friends got to learn some local history about Durham city, visiting the castle and the cathedral. They spent a day in Spennymoor, visiting the Nursery, Town Hall and Whitworth Hall. The final day was spent sightseeing so we went to Beamish to learn about the heritage and culture of the North East, had high tea at Beamish Hall, visited the Angel of the North, Metro Centre and finished the trip with an Elizabethan Banquet at Lumley Castle. It was lovely to see our friends again.
Lip Lee visited Nursery today to tell the children the story behind Chinese New Year. The children made Chinese puppets and tried on Chinese clothes. They also got to dance in a Chinese Dragon.
We asked the children to bring in just one item of clothing or toys/books etc. to donate to the Red Cross to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We loaded the trolley with our donations and set off up the town. It was hard work pulling the trolley but we all worked together. Great team work! The lady at the Red Cross was very grateful for the donations. Miss. Smith gave us a ride in the trolley, all the way back to Nursery. We are very proud of our boys and girls for helping others.