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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Spring Term

More Taekwondo with Mr Churchward

Today we've been working out with Mr Churchward again.  We have practised spinning and jumping kicks and punches and then moved onto some animal motion movements.  We finished the session learning some self defence techniques too.  


Historical Tour of Newburn

We spent Thursday morning in the sunshine out and about in Newburn.  We walked around Newburn as history detectives looking for clues to tell us more information about the area.  Luckily it stayed dry and the sun shone for the whole morning which gave us plenty time to look around.  

Art Week - Day 3 and 4 (Sweet Still Life)

Over the last couple of days, the pupils have practised their drawing of sweets.  They have drawn sweets individually and in an arrangement.  They found this tricky but Mrs Gill was pleased to see the children's perseverance when completing their line drawings.  There is definitely progress from the beginning of the week as the class are really looking at what they are meant to be drawing rather than drawing what they think it should look like.  Here are a few examples...  On Monday we will add colour to our individual drawings of sweets to create our class artwork!  Watch this space... 

Taekwondo with Mr Churchward

We have started Taekwondo sessions with Mr Churchward this week.  It was such a nice day outside that we went up to the MUGA to take part in our P.E. lesson in the fresh air.  We did lots of relay games this week using the taekwondo pads and practised our punching and kicking.  

Art Week - Day 2

Another busy day in Year 5 today.  We have focused on sweets today.  We drew jelly beans and then practised using oil pastels to blend the dark and light tones.  The finished jelly beans looked great!  We also started creating our own still life arrangements of sweets.  We started to practise drawing them and this is something we will need to continue practising tomorrow.  Watch this space...


We have started gymnastics training with Mrs Ginns.  This week she taught us how to create different shapes including: tuck, pike, straddle, dish and arch.  We practised the shapes before trying them in different ways and finally working in pairs to create a routine.  She was very impressed with how hard we all worked in our first session.  We will work with Mrs Ginns over the next half term to improve our gymnastic skills.  Watch this space...

Art Week - Day 1



This week is Art Week in school so we made a start after a snowy morning getting into school.  This year the initial piece of artwork was 'Still Life with Apples and Oranges' by Paul Cézanne.  We talked about what still life is and what skills we would be exploring this week.  We then looked at a huge range of different examples of Still Life.  Everyone had a favourite and it was nice to see people liked different pieces and could explain why it was their favourite. 

We then looked at the importance of arranging objects carefully.  Mrs Gill arranged a selection of objects for us to draw from different viewpoints and we talked about our favourite composition.  We then had a chance to create our own arrangement of objects to draw and concentrated on drawing what we could see.  

Finally we focused on tone and texture.  We experimented with different pencils and used them to create different tones and textures in our sketchbooks.  


Talking about 'Emotions' 

Megan, our School Safeguarding Liaison officer came into school this afternoon to talk about emotions.  We played a very unfair game of Musical Statues first before talking about anger.  We talked about how our bodies react when we are angry and what we do.  We then talked about the best things to do.  We created a list of things to do if we needed help!  We then looked at lots of different photographs and tried to identify the emotion from the facial expression.  Some were definitely easier than others!  

Newburn: Past and Present - Map Reading

This afternoon we started work on our topic: There's no place like home.  We looked at various maps of Newburn from different times in history.  Pupils ordered the maps and compared the human and physical features on them.  Pupils noted that the church and school were on all of the maps but other buildings had changed significantly over the years.  Great map work Year 5!

Come and See 

We had a lovely morning in class this morning with lots of family members coming in to see what we were learning about.  We spent the first session investigating square and cube numbers using multi link.  Mrs Gill was impressed that so many children got onto the tricky challenge!  After break we continued reading our class book, Wonder by R J Palacio.  The class wrote text message advice to August from his friend Christopher.  The pupils even got to use informal language you would use in a text.  Thank you to everyone who came into school.  It was lovely to see you in class.    

Curious Beasts

We had a great day on Tuesday.  We arrived at school to see some visitors and a huge black tent had been erected in our main hall.  Our workshop was great fun.  We were introduced to different creatures and found out about their characteristics.  We then had the opportunity to think about our own emotions.  It was a fun-filled session that the children enjoyed. 

Hansel and Gretel

We have started working with Mrs Knighton from the Newcastle Music Service.  She has been teaching us songs from The Royal Opera House's opera: Hansel and Gretel.  We have acted out scenes, got into the character of Hansel and Gretel and started to sing some of the songs.  The class' enthusiasm has been brilliant and it was lovely to see some great acting throughout the sessions.  Watch this space to see how the class progresses each week...