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Interstellar Learning Archive: 2019-20

This is Mr Outterside’s blog and where he gets to celebrate learning from across our school. Have a look below to see the pupils who have stood out for their ‘interstellar learning’.

Have a good look at some of these blogs by our pupils during the COVID lock down. Well done everyone!

Our first job since returning to school is to work alongside our pupils and help them to make up for time away from school. Mrs Coker is working with small groups to support their basic skills.

Our children of key workers are supporting each other very well during this period away from school.

More great cheerleading awards from this talented pupil.

Great to see our multi-skills team were narrowly pipped by Throckley at the OWL competition.

A great example of ‘making a difference’ with pupils collecting for the homeless animals in Newcastle.

Another great writer in KS1 this week.

Some impressive descriptive writing about ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ from year 1.

Brilliant writing from this pupil in Year 4. Miss McMullen was so proud of his efforts.

More hot chocolates rewards for these pupils today.

Superb effort from this KS1 writer! Ms Holisz was so pleased with his work.

These two pupils worked really hard to locate different countries on the globe.

I really enjoyed hearing the Year 2 pupils talk about their ideas for their trash monster recycled models. The key message was recycle, reuse, reduce!

Well done to the pupils who have completed the 20-Day Fitness Challenge from our Taekwon-do instructor John Churchward.

I loved the idea of a hydraulic mechanism to lift my house so that I could take in the view, or a floating house with a sea anchor, or even a stilted house to negotiate a flooded area.

Reception have had some great ideas to help ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’. They have read the book and designed contraptions to fit onto her bike.

An interesting investigation with Mr Thoburn - using the rising water level to move the silver foil float into the circuit. Did they manage to light the bulbs?

Some useful non-stitch bags were designed in Year 3 this week.

This Digital Leader explained to me how to make a Fitbit with the components you see below. He then used code to program his device. He then attached it to my leg to measure steps around school.

Great to see all of our pupils taking part in mindful activities.

Good fencing skills with Premier Sports.

Some superb work in Year 1.

A great effort from this pupil in the last few weeks!

Mr Thoburn was so pleased with the writing across his LKS2 phase this week. Year 4 focussing on persuasive texts and Year 3 using fronted adverbials very well.

Some great biographical writing about Charles Darwin from our oldest pupils.

Our Year 3 pupils brought their scooters in this week to develop their skills and control with our Bikeability instructors.

This pupil received loads of accolades from his teachers this week for his learning and helpful approach.

Brilliant phonics from this superstar!

Ice crystals in art and PE in Year 1.

Our archers in Year 4 had great fun today.

Year 5/6 compiled some informative leaflets to tell us about the adaptations of the red fox. Do you know 42% of the population in our country disappeared in 2014? They are setting up cameras in Westerhope to monitor numbers around the area.

Some great gymnastic jumping techniques in Year 3 and super reading in Year 1 already this term.

Another two sporting stars with a first football medal of the season.

Our Year 2 pupils have put their running stitch to good use for their Christmas stockings.

Some wonderful Anglo-Saxon and Viking jewellery has been handcrafted by one of our parents for the Year 4 display.

So many delightful Christmas traditions evident in school this week. A wonderful time to be in school and the message of peace and goodwill apparent across the classes.

Another great dancer at Westerhope.

The Westerhope Stone Age Museum was open for business today to demonstrate the learning of our LKS2 pupils. Some wonderful artefacts were on display.

We have a champion swimmer in school who has received medals in backstroke, breaststroke and crawl.

Some good boxing footwork and jabbing from these pupils in their session with Mr Brown.

Some great writing about ‘Indiana Jones’ and his adventures in Egypt.

Chronology has been a big focus this term. All our teachers are thinking about the way in which we represent the passing of time.

Some great new display around school reflecting learning across the classes.

Some brilliant writing in Year 4 by these two pupils to add to their impressive display.

This pupil had an interesting trip to the Great North Museum during the holidays and was very much interested in beginning a rock collection.

A superb piece of writing about the Stone Age from this pupil in Year 3 today.

These boys have worked really hard lately.

These pupils have created their own Anglo-Saxon settlements.

The discussions during the book trail highlighted the love of books that many children have.

This pupil can swim like a fish! She has achieved her 200m already.

What could this be? It was found on a beach in Saudi Arabia by a parent from our school. Is it a fish or fossil?

More pupils achieving accolades out of school.

Year 4 learning to play the recorder this week.

More coding sessions with Mr Thoburn this week.

A great week with the Bikeability in KS2.

Year 2 mocked up some houses so that the Great Fire could be recreated.

Mr Outson and Mrs Purdy demonstrated how the actions of the King prevented further destruction of London during the Great Fire. By pulling down some of the wooden buildings they halted the progress of the fire.

Our cave painters used earthy colours to recreate the earliest form of art.

More impressive Stone Age writing in Year 3 today.

Some great methods of calculation observed around school this morning - teachers working closely with pupils to demonstrate efficient methods.

Mr Devlin was so pleased with the efforts of these two writers.

A Go-Kart champion who has recently appeared on TV and a cheerleader have scooped awards out of school this week.

Year 1 were baking today. I was so impressed with the way they described the process.

More impressive computing. Mr Thoburn has been looking at databases involving insects.

Reception have been thinking about what they would like to do in the future. We love their display.

Mrs Purdy has been so impressed with the diary entries from the Great Fire of London!

I loved these evaluations of the designs the class made for ‘Ug’. Not only great work on the trouser garments but critical thinking about how to improve next time.

Mr Thoburn was so impressed with the use of Roman numerals today.

How would you design trousers for a Neolithic hunter? Well these children have used their design skills as well as stitching techniques to dress ‘Ug’.

Year 1 demonstrated dynamic movement around the grid and were able to stop, start and undertake different actions to the whistle.

A brilliant piece of writing from this Year 1 pupil. Highly impressive!

Great work understanding metaphors and similes. They ‘blew our socks off’.

This pupil works really hard in the woodland area with the Hextol Gardeners.

A pupil working hard with his writing this week.

A great effort in selecting words from the English wall to tell the story of ‘Little Red Hen’.

Some excellent whole class discussion on chronology from Year 3.

Excellent effort from this young learner with Ms Holisz.

This young Beaver has received an award from Bear Grylls. He is the Chief Scout and responsible for recognising the achievement of the Beavers.

Great research from this pupil.

Mrs Dalkin is finding we have some great reading detectives who are able to scrutinise news reports. This strange looking vehicle was stopped by the police on the motorway.

Great work on the Summer Challenge from these young learners.

Archives 2018/19

Family Science Fun - We have been designing, making and launching rockets on our school field. We had to protect our egg astronaut!

Rocket launching fun with my Family Scientists

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Year 6 has a great day exploring Gosforth Nature Reserve with the help of some knowledgeable volunteers . They showed our pupils some fascinating habitats of a variety of creatures.

These Roman shields were exhibited to other classes this week. What an amazing effort and good to see our pupils can talk about Roman Britain with confidence.

A delightful letter received at school in praise of this young volunteer. She helps within the community in her spare time.

A wonderful effort with hundreds of pages read at home from these two stars.

Fantastic stitching and fine motor skills in Year 3.

More great writing this week.

What an amazing tale!

Our wonderful writers in Reception who have shone this week!

This Reception class pupil has dazzled audiences on the stage!

Making a difference on the Bubble Run!

More great sporting stars!

Year 1 had a great session with the Coastguard Service today. They learned about water safety and the work of the RNLI.

Some wonderful work in Year 6 today. They were classifying the leaves of trees within the school grounds and then using watercolours to accurately represent them for a guide book.

What did the Romans do for us? Well they were really clever engineers! Year 3 have looked closely at the mechanics of catapults.

Great effort with reading at home. This young book worm has gained extra playtime for his class by filling up his reading diary.

Our land yacht champion.

Our race with land yachts demonstrated how effective we were with our designs.

Two great pieces of writing from these KS1 pupils.

Many pupils winning sports awards with their clubs during Sports Week.

Amazing research by this pupil! He travelled with his family to the sites of the Great Fire of London based upon his topics in school. He photographed his adventure and made a scrap book of the landmarks.

More sporting success from our pupils who attend clubs outside school. Well done to them.

A 100m swimmer achieving their certification this week.

An interesting investigation into the material within a nappy. This was stimulated by a question from the class. Why do nappies contain salt? We found out it was not salt and compared how salt an the unknown material absorbed liquid.

One of our Year 4 pupils in class 10 made a model representation of Claude Monet’s famous painting.

More great learning in Reception. These two superstars were commended for their writing and their work on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

A great end to the season for these two footballers. We are proud of their sporting efforts out of school.

We loved watching this group performing the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in Reception. FEE FI FO FUM!

A simply wonderful writer who dressed like a teacher to receive his house points.

This superstar in Year 2 has been an amazing learner this week.

What’s in an egg? Well our super scientists in Reception have been finding out with Jet and Phoenix in school.

A brilliant effort to achieve a national bronze medal from this young judo expert.

Brilliant written work from this Year 2 learner.

Year 5 learned how to do a basic bike check to prepare them for a tour around the grounds.

STEM week has proved to be a resounding success with some wonderful learning opportunities in all curriculum areas and all related to bees!

An amazing museum of iconic architecture and natural physical structures was on display in Year 3 as the children told Year 2 about their research.

Year 4 have immersed themselves in literature involving legendary beasts this term.

A yellow belt in karate and a pen licence have been achieved by these two pupils.

Two really successful sporting stars in school this week. One gaining a purple belt for takwondo, the other a footballer with a recent award from his club.

Our children familiarised themselves with children’s authors on Mrs Russell’s book trail for WBD.

Brilliant writing in Reception - all related to their favourite fruits. Some great examples of our young learners applying their learning in phonics to their independent writing.

Brilliant homework on the ‘Great Fire’ from Year 2.

Some wonderful writing in Year 2 today. We were so impressed with the letter formation!

Mr Devlin was pleased with the gymnastic work on the large apparatus this week. We were attempting to climb, hang, balance and orientate our bodies at a higher level. This is more complex when performed away from the floor!

This Year 4 pupil produced another amazing Dragon’s eye at home. Great artistic flair, well done.

Great writing stamina demonstrated in Year 4 this week.

Our Year 6 pupils working so hard at the moment.

A great day for baking, cooking and tasting Greek food in Year 5.

This Anglo-Saxon clothing was designed and made by this Year 4 pupil. She took 3 days to stitch the dress!

Some wonderfully creative Egyptian homework from Year 6 this week.

Some excellent displays of learning around school currently.

Year 3 are using Antony Gormley’s ‘Field’ idea to sculpt the ‘Westerhope Field.’

More excellent responses in Family Science once again. Well done to our parents and carers again.

Great fencing technique in Year 4 with our Premier Sports coaches.

Great mathematics in Year 1 today. Mrs Trowell was so impressed!

Wonderful progress in her writing for this year 2 pupil. Miss Stewart was so impressed with her sentences and handwriting.

Good use of the atlas in Year 3 to locate places.

Good use of French vocabulary when composing a song.

Brilliant progress shown by our super learner in Reception!

Another good example of a learner putting their skills to use at home. More impressive textile work from a year 4 pupil.

This Vincent Van Gogh inspired piece of artwork certainly demonstrates the effective use of pastels with a watercolour wash.

The research Year 5 have undertaken is highly impressive. They demonstrated the ability to question the scientific theories about space.

Our secret night vision cameras are in place to track the wildlife on the school site. Our Science Ambassadors will change the location regularly.

Some brilliant work in Year 3 . Mr MacDonald was so impressed with this historical writing about Maiden Castle.

Our LKS2 pupils have produced some delightful calendars.They put to use their painting skills and learned how to create an effective border.

More technological learning with Year 3 designing and making their ‘space sliders’ to show the rocket blasting across the Solar System.

Where have Year 3 been today and what have they been doing?

Look at this photograph for clues. You can find out in more detail on Year 3's class page under Autumn 2.

These space buggies require an electric circuit to power a mechanism that rotates and drives a wheel forward. Well done Year 5.

Year 3 examined the equipment utilised by a scientist working in Greenland.

Our Year 4 pupils interviewed explorers from the Antarctic. They asked some excellent questions on living in such extreme conditions.

Our Year 5 pupils competed against 550 other Newcastle athletes in the Newcastle School Games Indoor Athletics Championships. They demonstrated speed and agility across a range of running and field events.

Year 4 demonstrating dynamic movement when fencing with Premier Sports.

Two Year 5 writers impressed Mrs Dawes this week.

Mr. William Messer visited our school today. He is a former pupil of our school and grandson of William John Allan, who was School Manager in 1910. He told Year 3 all about his school days and memorable stories of school life at Westerhope. Members of the School Council gave him a guided tour and talked with him about school life today.

The third week of ‘Family Science’ - some wonderful responses to Mr Bell’s investigations.

Our Year 4 pupils were demonstrating their knowledge of rivers through PowerPoint today. Some excellent ‘live shows’ on display.

Fluency with number facts is a ‘big idea’ with Maths Mastery - being confident with instant recall makes reasoning and problem solving easier. This week we have achieved our Maths Badge target once again.

On the computer Year 5 have been modelling how the Earth orbits the Sun and how the Moon orbits the Earth. Clearly preparing for their ‘Techno Space Build’ event coming up.

Historical detection was apparent in Year 3 with our pupils using lots of evidence to decide upon the identity of ‘The Amesbury Archer’. Some great thinking, use of historic evidence and team work.

A great PE lesson with Year 2. They demonstrated good preparation for sport; good warm-up movement; an understanding of how their bodies respond to activity; skill development when passing and receiving as well as the enjoyment of sport.

Mrs Russell helped our Neolithic hunter gatherers make a dough to soak up their stew of meat and vegetables.

Year 3 made some super Neolithic spears to catch fish and to chase small creatures. These were our prototypes using materials such as willow, sphagnum moss, flint and a material to bind them together. We used a type of string but hunter gathers might have used tree bark.

Making a difference. This pupil from LKS2 went out of his way to read to another younger pupil over lunchtime. Well done to him!

Well done those who recited a poem to the school.

Over 40 pupils performed a poem without the text to aid their memory.

Year 3 pupils demonstrated their enthusiasm for their study of The Stone Age by creating some wonderful cave dwellings and shelters.

Wonderful homework from this Year 6 pupil - spells and magic galore. She even ‘enchanted’ a feather for Mr Outterside to write with!

We have some very talented children at Westerhope but this is our first Year 1 to win a medal in a skiing competition at the weekend - wow!

Great to see our pupils interacting with real life writers such as local poet Beda Higgins.

This lower KS2 pupil impressed Mrs Dalkin with her ability to recite poetry.

Our older pupils were attempting to write in the style of J.K.Rowling today. We really enjoyed this opening to a ‘Potter style’ adventure.

This Year 4 pupil really worked hard at her addition methods of calculation.

Progress across KS2 with textiles was apparent in these example of work. Year 6 revisiting stitching that Year 4 are currently working on and clearly building upon previous learning.

Great work and development of skills.
Application of skills in Year 4
Monster making in Year 4
Skills development in Year 4

Brilliant writing from Mrs McManus’s class as part of their ‘Stitch Head’ topic.

Diversity Day was a great success. We have exhibited some of the images in the foyer with books selected to highlight difference.

The Stone Age topic in year 3 has proved to be a great stimulus for homework. Look at this model of an ancient dwelling.

This pupil is admiring the collective artwork of Year 6. Guess what their topic is this half term?

The contribution of Year 3 towards the OWL Trust Great North Exhibition was magnificent!

Our Curriculum Drivers are highlighted in the school entrance to demonstrate what we are aiming to achieve through the Westerhope curriculum.