Today marked the rebirth of our Outdoor Ed area! Thank you to everyone who supported us on the day and helped to make it such a success: the adults – Joan, Daniel, Kevan, Kay and Kevin, John, John, James and the PTA (who kept us hydrated and fed); the pupils (primary and secondary) for for all their energy and hard work. Thank you Morrisons for supplying us with some lovely healthy snacks. Together we created some beautifully crafted wooden bird tables, planted broad beans, strawberries and chives; sowed courgettes, radishes, lettuces, beetroot; potted on coriander, kale and parsley; and sowed a wild flower meadow! An awesome compost bay and bug hotel were also created for us from pallets.
Local Councillors, Joan, Christine and Daniel have been very generous with funding for the area – thank you!
The development of the outdoor education area will be updated on the blog so please keep an eye out and let’s see how much we can grow!
A huge thank you to all of you who took the time to complete our uniform survey.
There were a staggering 124 responses. Your opinion, along with our students, really does matter.
Navy was the preferred colour of sweatshirts for secondary and jade green for primary, both with 21% of responses.
82.3% preferred black trousers or skirt
52% thought the school logo on uniform was important.
Surveys were also carried out in school, with students, and the results were similar.
There were some really interesting comments, a selection is here for you to look at.
Taking into the account the views of parents/carers and students, from September 2022, Croft Community School uniform will be:
Jade green sweatshirt/jumper (round neck or V neck) or cardigan or tank top
Black trousers or skirt
Black shoes or all black trainers
Secondary KS3 and KS4
Navy sweatshirt/jumper (round neck or V neck) or cardigan or tank top
Black trousers or skirt
Black shoes or all black trainers
PE Uniform for both Primary and Secondary
Round neck white t shirt
Black jogging/tracksuit bottoms or leggings or shorts
Trainers or black plimsolls
Uniform in these colours can be purchased either with or without the school logo.
If you are purchasing without the logo, these colours can be purchased in high street stores such as Asda, who also have uniform which is ‘sensory kind’ as do Marks and Spencer, with their ‘Skin kind’ range.
For those of you who would like the school logo on uniform, we will be discussing pricing with our suppliers and will inform you when order forms will be available, this will be after Easter.
Please do not purchase new uniform jumpers or sweatshirts for this year, if you are in desperate need please call school as we do have some spare uniform.
As part of our Topic lesson, Birch have been learning about the Great Fire of Gateshead which happened on 6th October 1854. The fire started in a factory on the Quayside in Gateshead, just outside of St.Mary’s church. The group were met by Mr Simon Green, part of the churches educational staff and he was very kind and informative ensuring our Educational visit was fun, safe and informative. In those days it was very hard work for the fire attendants to put the fire out due to the fact they had to fill the hoses from the river water. A very large crowd gathered to watch in amazement at the glorious colours, not realising the devastation the fire was causing up along the river and spreading high on both sides of the river causing 53 people to lose their lives and 800 people lost their homes. The pupils then enjoyed their lunch in the church and learnt how to make a Thaumatrope toy and spinning top, some of the games which were played with in those days. During our walk across the the Castle keep we spotted a train on the High level Bridge which we had learnt about in our last topic lesson.
The Open the Book Christian Group came in to share the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. The story was told to us and we had members of Birch, Beech and Hazel take part in the play and they all did a fantastic job! It was a great to see so many of the children engaged and taking part in the play.
We went to check out Antony Gormley’s sculpture (Angel of the North) in Gateshead.
Did you know…
One person sees it every second!
The wing span is wider than a Boeing 757 jet!
It is as tall as 4 double decker busses!
Below are some photos our wonderful students took.
In Science 11M have learned how to wire a plug and about the different types of wires, live, neutral and earth. Some pupils worked in groups and some worked independently to do this. We learned an electrical wire rhyme to help us – “The live brown bear, sat under the neutral blue sky, on the green Earth.”
This week Maple have been looking at farm animals.
We decided to go on a exciting trip to Hall Hill Farm. We got up to so many fun activities which we can’t wait to share with you.
We took our school bus to the farm, and when we arrived we got to go on a tractor and have a tractor ride to look at some of the animals.
Once the tractor ride has finished. We were shown all of the different animals up close. We got taught lots of interesting facts about these animals and their names! We even got to feed some!
Some of the animals tongues were very wet and sticky! We had to wash and sanitise our hands lots.
Once we finished feeding the animals we had our dinner and got to play in the soft play.
After the soft play we got to see the gorgeous lambs and feed them.
She was sooo hungry!!
We then held the guinea pigs and rabbits. They were so lovely and soft.
After this we saw baby pigs, lambs and goats.
We had the best time at Hall Hill farm and we were told we were a pleasant bunch to take around the farm. Well done Maple Class.