Today Red Class visited The Great North Museum. We looked at the fossils and saw the same type of dinosaur fossil that Mary Anning the famous fossil hunter had found. We were able to investigate different dinosaur teeth and we discussed which teeth belonged to the carnivores and which teeth belonged to the herbivores.
In Red Class we have been continuing with our topic of Dinosaurs. We have been learning about the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning. We know that she was one of 10 children and that she found fossils with her Dad and Brother on the beach near her home. After finishing our quiz we became fossil hunters and used our hammers and chisels (the same as Mary Anning) to excavate our fossilised dinosaur eggs. We found some baby dinosaurs inside.
Primary were thrilled to be invited to Bill Quay Farm to join in their Remembrance Day service. Staff at the farm told us that our pupils were chosen because they always show respect, empathy and kindness towards others when completing our weekly Forest School sessions there.
Pupils used their questioning skills to learn new facts from re-enactment staff, all pupils took turns to speak and listened attentively to their friends’ questions and the answers. Some of our pupils were given a demonstration from a volunteer of the equipment used during World War I.They learnt that the webbing was originally made out of leather but was changed in 1908!
Pupils listened respectfully to the Remembrance service alongside another school, and observed a two minute silence at 11 o’clock perfectly. During the silence, pupils later told teachers that they had thought about all the people in the Armed Forces who have fought in conflicts around the world, in the past and today.
All of our pupils listened to the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae then placed our poems, pictures and poppy stones around the cross in the wood as a mark of respect.
Please let us know if you visit the farm and see our work there.
Gratitude Week’s Worthy Winners!
Earlier this month, pupils across both sites took part in ‘Gratitude Week’. They had extra PSHE sessions to discuss things they were grateful for, used their impeccable manners to express their gratitude and completed a Gratitude Project. All entries were judged by our head teacher, Mr Gray, who chose a winning class for Primary and Secondary.
Primary’s winning class was Blue Class. Pupils acted democratically to vote and then used the data to find the most popular choice of restaurant. The unanimous winner was Coleman’s for fish and chips. On Friday they all enjoyed their well deserved lunch. Paris wrote a thank you note for Mr Gray.
Thank you so much for your very generous donations to Children in Need. We have raised an impressive £30.
Our children have been busy using their Maths and D&T skills to make cakes to bring home and share with you all as a thank you for your generosity.
They even tidied up beautifully!
Children in Need Day is well underway here at Beacon Primary.
The children have practiced their fine motor skills with precision colouring and cutting, and used estimating skills to cut the correct lengths of string for their masks.
We think they all look great in their themed outfits and it’s a huge “Thank you!” from us all for the very generous donations we have received that will be passed on to Children in Need.
Friday 18th November is BBC Children in need day.
Primary’s school council decided that they would like to get involved. They came up with lots of ideas for activities that we could do including a non-uniform day and a cake sale.
All primary pupils are invited to come into school in non-uniform, the theme is Pudsey, yellow or spots.We appreciate a small donation for some cakes which the children will bring home to share with the rest of the family. All donations will be sent to BBC Children in Need.
Thank you for your continued support!
We are celebrating National Outdoor Learning day at Primary today; every lesson is outdoors. So far we have had Maths and these are some pictures of the D&T lesson. The children are making bird feeders and inventing things to help Wallace and Gromit.
As you can see, staff are always engaged in extending the learning through skilful questioning and direction. No wonder everyone loves to be at The Beacon Centre!
We have ended our Outdoor Learning Day with a firepit party where the children are making – and eating – s’mores.
Our pupils learn all about fire safety in Forest School. Mr Popple is demonstrating how to safely access the firepit. Everyone else knows the rules and are sitting safely, waiting to take their turn.
What a wonderful end to a great day!
The Beacon Centre celebrated Gratitude Week between the 17th and 21st October 2022. Students took part in different activities exploring their gratitude for themselves, others, and their lives. During tutor times they completed activities including listing their favourite things, creating gratitude pizzas, considering what they love about themselves, writing thank you notes to others and recognising how their five senses can bring them joy. At the end of each day students completed a gratitude journal reflecting on the people/things that had made them happy.
Prizes were awarded to the Most Grateful Student and the Most Grateful Tutor Group at both the primary and secondary sites. The Most Grateful Students each won a £20 Amazon voucher and the Most Grateful Tutor Groups were treated to a lunch at a venue of their choice.
The winners were:
Most Grateful Student: Mark
Most Grateful Tutor Group: Blue Group
Most Grateful Student: Leon
Most Grateful Tutor Group: Redwoods
Take a look at some of the amazing work our students produced!
At the Beacon Centre we are Proud to be working towards achieving the Rainbow Flag Award.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges. The award focuses on positive LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility.
The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBTphobic bullying.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that we work with, as well as the LGBT+ young people in our care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members.