School Council Visit to Jarrow Town Hall 27.9.16

Our School Council, Head Girl and Head Boy and their Deputies were invited to Jarrow Town Hall to meet with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of South Tyneside.

The children started by studting the outside of the Town Hall to look for clues as to its age and association with famous events. The visit then moved inside to look at the Jarrow Crusade exhibition, where the children learnt that our visit almost coincided with the 80th anniversary of the start of the march.

The Mayor invited the children into his parlour where they learnt about the ceremonial duties of the Mayor. They were able to handle the Mayor’s chain and mace. The visit ended in the council chamber where the children learnt about local democracy and had a turn at bringing the chamber to order!

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Year 5 were honoured to be invited to represent South Tyneside at the regional schools’ ‘Fair Trade’ conference which was held at the Civic Centre in Sunderland. We were invited to a ‘Fair Trade’ breakfast and were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Barry Cullen.

The conference took place in the council chamber and was opened with a presentation on Shared-Interest. We then heard a presentation by Luz Marina Garcia Ruiz, from the Asprocafe Ingruma Coffee Cooperative, in Colombia, South America. Luz spoke in Spanish and it was really interesting to listen to her being translated into English as she spoke. Finally we took part in a debate representing banana growers, farmers, shippers and supermarkets with each group negotiating their share of the price of a bunch of bananas.

We learnt how little money needs to be added to the cost of our shopping to make an enormous difference to the lives of growers and producers in the developing world.

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Year 5 becomes CNN Film Studio

Year 5 were amazed that CNN News from America heard about our work with the Young Inventors Project and wanted to make a news story of the event for international broadcasting. A film crew travelled from London to interview Kai about his design for the ‘Super Fast Tennis Ball.’ Kai was wired up with a microphone, taught to speak into camera, interviewed, taught how to present his design using close up hand work and was asked to draw himself for inclusion in the feature. The film was then sent to the Hong Kong studio for editing and will be broadcast on 14th March. Watch this space…



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Young Inventors STEAM Day

Year 5 had a brilliant time at the STEAM day at Monkwearmouth working with over sixty designers, technologists, computer programers, artists, crafts people, engineers and technicians. The children had the opportunity to take part in over twenty activities working with world class creators to produce an amazing range of wonderful inventions which helped to inform them of the fantastic career choices they can make in the future…


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Year 5 Visit FabLab

Year 5 enjoyed an interesting visit to FabLab at Sunderland University, following an invitation made during our work with the Young Inventors Project. We watched displays of 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting and the use of a CNC machine. We heard news that 65% of young people in school today will end up working in jobs which don’t even exist yet. The demonstrations we watched at FabLab certainly gave us a taste of things for the future…


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Spelling Bee Competition

Year 5 ‘Whitburn Warriors’ entered the South Tyneside Spelling Bee inter schools competition. The team competed really well and were ably supported by the rest of Year 5. Sadly, despite their best efforts they did not make the final but we were proud of their¬†hard work in representing our school.

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Year 5 have been learning about the judicial process and the role a Magistrate plays in this. Two of the Magistrates from South Shields visited our class to teach us about their role and then we visited the court to take part in a court room role play where we were all assigned roles to play. Evidence was presented by the prosecutors,¬† the accused was defended, the probation team made their suggestions, the legal advisor gave some great advice and the magistrates made their decisions. The public gallery was packed and we all left knowing a lot more about the judicial process which takes place in a Magistrate’s Court.

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Young Inventors’ Exhibition Opens

Kai, Danny and Mr. Nichols were excited to attend the opening of the Young Inventors’ Exhibition in Sunderland to see the boys’ work on display along with the designs of many of other pupils in Y5. The class are looking forward to visiting the exhibition and working with Dominic Wilcox again at a STEAM day at Monwearmouth Academy