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Eco-team and the issue of paper.

 

Following on with the Eco-team’s concern about climate change, sustainability and visiting the recycling centre, our focus was the difference we can make to the amount of paper being used. We are very proud of our school is now using the ‘Weduc App’!

 

If parents/carers haven’t signed up for the Weduc App yet, can you please do so ASAP as we will no longer be using the text messaging service to communicate; in addition to this, the ‘School Newsletters’ will no longer be printed out but will be available on our school website and Weduc App.

 

Please remember to continue to recycle your used batteries, as you drop-off/collect your child, or in our school main entrance. Thank you,

Mrs Kevan and the Eco-team.

World Environment Day 5th June 2022: theme is “Only One Earth” which focuses on living sustainably in harmony with nature.

Easter Reading Challenge 2022

 

Over Easter we will be looking for our children to complete as many of the reading challenges as explained in the booklets which were sent home this week. There will be prizes for anyone who completes certain aspects of the booklet and we can't wait to see how much amazing reading you all get up to! Good luck!

Easter Egg Competition 2022

Here are some great ideas for sustainable gifts for this Mothering Sunday and also for the 'Great British Spring Clean' you might also want to arrange to make a difference!

Please remember to continue to bring used batteries into school, which we can recycle on your behalf.

The Eco-team and Mrs Kevan.

Eco-team news.

Year 4JM STEAM Event

 

Year 4JM visited Gateshead College to be part of a STEAM event, the children participated in a carousel of activities which began with a talk, from the career advisors, on different types of jobs they could b e inspired to do when they grow up. After the talk the children completed  engineering tasks, they then went to the digital suite where they used a control program to move a robot across a table, followed by a visit to the computer suite where the children created animations. What a fun morning!

KS2 Digital Day 2022

Lower Key Stage 2 completed their Digital World Day, they had such fun and learnt so much! They learnt about the impact of the digital revolution. wrote a program using the micro:bit light sensing and created a foam pouch for the eCharm.

Upper Key Stage 2 completed their project on the Digital World. The children carried out research to develop their design criteria, wrote a programme to monitor ambient temperature, generate a creative micro:bit stand and practiced 3D CAD skills. 

World Book Day 2022!

 

KS1 Masked Reader

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KS2 Masked Reader 2022

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Children's Mental Health Week: 7th to 11th February 2022

Growing Together is the perfect theme for Children's Mental Health Week this year. Why? Because emotional and mental growth is vital to better mental health.

Children and adults alike often face life’s harshest obstacles and trials. But events that challenge us can help us grow. Even better, life allows us to step out of our comfort zone and learn new things about ourselves and the world when we try new things. Emotional growth is an ongoing process, especially when we feel stunted in our emotional growth.

Growing Togetheris about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt; trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time; sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’. During Children's Mental Health Week, we will encourage children and staff, through a variety of activities, to consider how they’ve grown and how they can help others to grow. 

For example, we will ask children and staff to take on the 'Wellbeing Challenges'. How many wellbeing actions can you tick off this week?

Mrs Kevan

Wellbeing Challenges 7th to 11th February 2022: See Curriculum, PSHEC for photos of the children during this week:

Eco-team February 2022

The Eco-team and the issue of paper.

 

On Friday 11th February 2022, Anne Malabar, from the Waste and Recycling Education Centre, deliberated with the Eco-team and myself (Mrs Kevan) Brighton Avenue Primary School’s issue of paper and what difference we can make. The children discussed the problems of how our school uses paper and the range of possible solutions; however, they then had to use 2 votes each to decide which would be our top 2 problems and solutions to focus on. This was our outcome:

Problems:

  1. Using paper for registers twice a day in every class
  2. Using paper during the 3-week school menu, for example on cupcakes.

Solutions:

  1. Using a computer or email system for registers
  2. Investigating what could be used for our school menu. Also, to have a ‘No Paper Day’ in school

 

The Eco-team then began to decide how we could communicate these messages to the other children, staff and Governors in the school: there are some brilliant ideas starting to be explored – watch this space!

Mrs Kevan (Deputy Head Teacher).

 

Brighton Avenue Primary School's Eco-team featuring in the Campground and Waste Recycling Centre's Newsletter!

Sustainable ideas for Valentine's Day and 'Girls in Science'

Eco-team visit to the Campground Waste and Recycling Centre, Gateshead, January 2022.

This month, myself and the Eco-team have investigated the Waste and Recycling Centre with their staff, Site Manager and the Coordinator Anne Malabar. It was interesting to see how currently the 62% of recycled waste in Gateshead has been successfully recycled, what strict safety guidelines are in place and the variety of jobs involved here.

The Eco-team explored the different containers for different types of waste, e.g. plastic, cardboard, garden waste, oil, tyres, electrical goods etc to understand the process of recycling.

Back in the Education Centre, the Eco-team explained to Anne how each of our classes now have a recycling bin, which is only for paper: every fortnight these are collected. In smaller groups, the Eco-team created visual ‘trees’ to represent our concern about the use of paper; the ‘roots’ were the problems about how we use paper, e.g. labels/worksheets, letters to parents/carers and the ‘leaves’ were possible solutions, e.g. more use of a computer and whiteboard projector or texts/school website/App messages to parents/carers etc. We can’t wait to share this information with our school.

Remember, recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways we can take care of our planet!

Mrs Kevan and the Eco-team.

 

Remember to recycle your used batteries - the Eco-team.

Recycling Used Batteries – Brighton Avenue Primary School Eco-team

Great news! The Eco-team now have in our school a ‘battery recycling tube’ which can collect and store used batteries. If you have any used household batteries, please hand your used batteries to any member of staff in Brighton Avenue Primary School. (Please see examples of the posters below: they are also in classroom windows/doors).

The Eco-team decided how important it was to recycle batteries because we can help protect the environment.

Batteries are super cool. But did you know they contain a bunch of unpleasant chemicals that are bad for us? That’s why it’s important to recycle batteries. If they’re put in a landfill, they might be burned with the other rubbish, releasing chemicals into the air, or they might be left to decompose, letting the chemicals into the soil.

Why is recycling batteries so important?

Batteries can be found in every room in the house. They are used in electrical and electronic items, for example: toys, remote controls, mobile phones, alarm clocks and even doorbells. In fact, every person in Britain uses about 10 batteries a year! 

Thousands of tonnes of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions could be avoided if the UK meets its recycling targets. In the UK, around 40,000 tonnes of portable batteries were sold in 2020, with only around 18,000 tonnes being recycled.

Most batteries are put into rubbish bins and then taken to landfill sites. There are different types of batteries which can contain dangerous chemicals including: lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and even mercury. When batteries begin to rot away in landfill sites these chemicals may leak into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution. When chemicals contaminate soil and water animals, humans and the environment can be harmed. For this reason, placing them in your general waste bin is not a safe option, as a batteries harmful contents could return to our water supplies or start a bin fire!

 

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment. Each battery placed in a recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials will be used to make something new. If you have any used household batteries, please hand your used batteries to any member of staff in Brighton Avenue Primary School.

Thank you so much; recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take care of our planet!

Mrs Kevan and the Eco-team.

Recycling Centre Eco-team

Why is recycling important? Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take care of our planet! Some of the Eco-team visited Anne Malabar at the Wrekenton Recycling Centre to understand the links we need to make with our local councils to help people aware of what can be recycled, how this could happen and some examples of what we could do, at home or in school, to make a difference. 

Please have a look at the photographs to see the 'R's and examples of how, using a plastic bottle, you could make a bird feeder or a pretend flower in a vase!

Battery holder - the Eco-team will be letting you know more information about how we can recycle used batteries in our school: we can't wait!

Please look at our poster which promotes support for the #Recycle4Christmas campaign; this is designed to help Local Authorities encourage their residents to recycle more and reduce contamination over/after Christmas.

Mrs Kevan

Recycling Centre Eco-team

This year, we collected even more donations than we ever have before! Many thanks to everyone who donated food. Please see below the letters of thanks that we received from the local food charities that we support.

Waste and Recycling in Lower KS2 and the school Eco-team.

Anne Malabar, the Coordinator from the Campground Waste and Recycling Visitor and Education Centre, Wrekenton, spent the morning with our Lower KS2 on Thursday 4th November, 2021. The children were asked a range of questions, shown images, had a variety of discussions and, following previous Year 4 lessons, in small groups presented their ideas about how to recycle: glass, plastic, paper, food and metal.

At the end of their time with Anne, the LKS2 children could explain something they could do in their home or with their family to make a difference to our community and environment. They were buzzing to think if everyone in LKS2 made a change, for example, not leaving the tap running while brushing their teeth, the ripple effect and influence this would have!

The eco-team will spend time to understand the impact we can have in our school and community; there will be some interesting decisions the eco-team make next!

Mrs Kevan (Deputy Head)

The Eco-team

Brighton Avenue Primary School's Eco-team.

In Key Stage 2, we have been raising the awareness of climate change and recycling through lessons, assemblies and visitors. Every week, I am working with a group of children – an Eco-team – to learn more about climate change and recycling. Our Eco-team, ‘Zero Carbon Project’ will link with Geography, Science, Outdoor Learning, PSHE+C and with current events, for example, COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, so we can understand the impact we could have to support our future generations.

Also, the Eco-team will be able to share the importance of our ‘Zero Carbon Project’ with other children in the school during assemblies, activities and on the school website: ‘Children’, ‘Special Events'.

 

Next, LKS2 will be working with Anne Malabar, who is the Coordinator from the Campground Waste and Recycling Visitor and Education Centre (Wrekenton, Gateshead). Anne will be visiting our school and we are thrilled to be visiting the Waste and Recycling Centre. Below is a message from Anne,

"It's important to think about how each of us can act to reduce climate change.  Remember that lots of people, taking small actions, leads to big change!"

 

We look forward to making a difference!

Mrs Kevan (Deputy Head)

 

Eco-team Brighton Avenue Primary School: COP26 and the Recycling Centre

Green Heart Collective.

On Thursday 23rd September 2021, Helen Redfern visited our school with a powerful presentation and discussion, with UKS2 children, which encouraged them to think about where all our rubbish goes. Helen is from 'Green Heart Collective', which is in the Team Valley, dedicated to reducing waste to landfill by providing an attractive and sustainable alternative to buying new. The children thought about what they could do with preloved clothing and other items, for example, repair, re-wear, reuse - swap or donate or to sell them.

The UKS2 children really enjoyed their workshops with Helen, where they discussed the reasons for persuading people to buy nothing new and how shopping preloved clothes could make a world of difference! The variety of posters to explain this message was wonderful!

Mrs Kevan

 

Green Heart Collective Recycling.

Carol Singing

All of us here at Brighton Avenue Primary School have really missed the usual festivities at this time of year due to COVID but we couldn't let it go by without at least one sing along! Click below to see our AMAZING children singing a Christmas song with their class.

Children in Need.

‘Together, we can change young lives.’

A BIG thank you again for all the children, families and staff who celebrated ‘Children in Need’ on Friday 13th November 2020.

The theme was ‘odd sock’ day; please see your child’s ‘class website page’ for photographs and information about the day!

Thank you once again,

Mrs Kevan.

Odd socks!

 

Raising money to support Macmillan - Friday 25th September 2020.

A huge thank you to everyone for donating money, to support the charity Macmillan, last Friday. Our wonderful Brighton Avenue Primary School children and staff could wear non-uniform and enjoy juice and a cake, while taking part in Macmillan activities. The patterns and designs on the Macmillan bunting was very creative!

Even though we couldn’t host our usual community ‘cake and coffee’ morning in school, we are proud to say our school raised £200! Thank you so much!

Take care,

Mrs Kevan

Macmillan Friday 25th September 2020.

Outstanding Achiever Awards 2019-2020

What a fabulous day!

Mrs Kevan and I had the pleasure of visiting our amazing children, who had won an award. It was wonderful surprising them! There were 2 awards for each class: the first was pre-COVID and the second was post-COVID. It was delightful to see the children and their families: their smiles (and tears!) expressed that they were over the moon!

 

I miss you all so much and can't wait to see you all in September.

Stay safe and take care,

Mrs Allan x

Pre-COVID Outstanding Achiever Awards!

Post-COVID Outstanding Achiever Awards

 

A very happy Eid Mubarak to all of you who are celebrating, from Brighton Avenue Primary School.

Happy Ramadan! 

From everyone at Brighton Avenue smiley

 

Please see below a range of wonderful and exciting activities for Ramadan!

On Wednesday 29th January 2020, we had a visit from Les Milne, who is a Humanist.He talked to the children about his beliefs, that there are no gods, and how Humanists try to follow the golden rules to be kind and considerate to others and to lead a good life.

On Friday 6th December, the Brighton Avenue Primary School eco-team spent a second session with our eco-visitor, from Newcastle University, Riddhi.

The eco-team had the opportunity to discuss, debate and decide with Riddhi which of the projects they would like to organise, support and undertake from January 2020. The team were so passionate about so many of the areas but did decide on the final 3 to select from! After discussing practical everyday things we could all do right now to make a difference, the eco-team decided on ‘Energy Saving’ as our project. We discussed the importance of reducing our energy consumption so we can save money and reduce our contribution to climate change. We will be the eco-warriors in our school and community, including litter-picking, and have great fun working with Riddhi!

One child has been reading a book, ‘Will Jellyfish Rule the World?’ about what makes Earth so special, how scientists know for sure our climate is changing, why it's such a big deal for everyone and what we can all do right now to make a difference.

The eco-team are so inspired by our project!

Mrs Kevan

On Thursday 28th November, the Brighton Avenue Primary School eco-team invited St Aidan’s CE Primary School eco-team to spend the morning with our visitor, Clare Jones.

Wates Giving have provided the opportunity for both of our schools to run a sustainable school project that is also delivered by Green Schools Project and Maintenant Sustaining Now. Clare provided us both with resources that support the science curriculum, as well as enabling our pupils to build skills by developing an impactful project that can improve our local and wider environment.

Clare ignited the eco-teams’ curiosity by explaining what is the cryosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. They compared the types of wildlife and habitats on the Arctic and Antarctic. All the children were thrilled to have to discover what ‘albedo’ is and through their enquiry skills had to find out what was albedo and why it is important.

Clare introduced sets of ‘Diversity Deck’ packets of cards which reiterated the points that had been explored today; the eco-teams had great fun playing a variety of card games, whilst highlighting what they had learnt! These resources enabled the eco-teams to reinforce the topics explored today: biodiversity and the Earth’s climate.

Mrs Kevan.

Eco-teams together!

 

A trip to the Hatton!

Thursday 7th November 2019

 

Today, Miss Simblet took a number of children from Y1-6 to visit the Hatton Gallery. We were very lucky to be able to see the special Roy Lichtenstein exhibition and also have a go at re-creating some of his artwork. We had an amazing afternoon and would love to go back!

Brighton Avenue Primary School Eco-team.

 

Sustainable School Project: Rob Collard has visited our school with a powerful presentation to KS2 children which encouraged them, and the staff, to think about what they can do to help our community and save the planet.

All the KS2 children had the opportunity to decide if they wanted to become part of the Eco-team representing Brighton Avenue Primary School.

I am now working with the Eco-team to review our local environment and know that the children will continue to show their passion for organising projects with the aim to benefit our community and the future of the planet. The eco-team will also meet and feedback with St.Aidan’s eco-team and visitors from Newcastle University. I am so proud of the eco-team volunteering their time and enthusiasm!

Mrs Kevan.

 

Eco-team!

STEAM Celebrations!

 

As our children travel on their learning journeys throughout Brighton Avenue Primary School, our curriculum is intended to inspire curiosity, provide opportunities to work collaboratively, to problem solve, to be active, and to promote resilience so our children learn to become successful independent learners, confident to take risks. By inspiring and motivating our children, our aim is to ensure that all children see the values and opportunities the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) subjects offer in a variety of environments.

 

Through our curriculum, we will teach the STEAM knowledge and skills that our pupils will need, to take an active role in our increasingly scientific and technological society. In the first autumn term, we were visited by STEAM Outreach Ambassadors, from Newcastle University, who inspired our children with workshops, challenges and questioning about the future and how our pupils could be young scientists, how the world is changing with engineering and what is the story of the Earth? (Please see the photographs and also Y3, Y3/4, Y4, Y6B, Y6T class pages.)

 

Brighton Avenue Primary School also venture outside the classroom to enhance and enrich our curriculum by making links with the world of work, so that children can relate school STEAM subjects to real world experiences. Through taking part in lessons, workshops, demonstrations and activities, linked to businesses and industry, our children gain insights into the various job roles open to them and are inspired by the new directions their learning could take them.

 

Brighton Avenue Primary School’s vision is to be a leading primary school in STEAM education. We are supported by Gateshead College, our Governors and future partnerships around the North East. Our link with Gateshead College allows our KS2 children to participate in activities and workshops that introduce them to the world of work. STEAM is about being dedicated in developing young people’s achievement in STEAM subjects and careers. (Attached is the article and photographs which Gateshead College also published on their website.)

 

In July 2019, the whole school celebrated STEAM and experienced an assortment of challenges which required teamwork, cooperation and critical thinking skills. We were very excited! The wide range of STEAM activities included:

Nursery children observing the changes as they baked their own Gingerbread Men

Reception children exploring a carousel of food Science puzzles

Y1 researching, investigating, designing, making and evaluating cupcakes with a box to sell to the school

Y2 exploring how to build a boat that won’t sink

Y3 ‘Sound squad’ carousel of puzzles

Y3/4 ‘DAB Art Guy’ visitor to create the mosaic sign for the school and visiting Gateshead College Team Valley Campus: mechanics, paint & coding activities

Y4 researching, investigating, designing, making and evaluating bridges

Y5 visitors from Gateshead College: coding, mechanics, coding & robots

Y6 researching, investigating, designing and building a vehicle that would protect their Eggnaut from the perils of re-entry from space. Y6 also visited Gateshead College (Quayside Campus) on June 12th for a carousel of cooking, music, drama and computing workshops

 

Mrs Kevan.

Gateshead College STEAM - Children's College

STEAM - Gateshead College and Newcastle University

Micheal Glickman

Thursday 10th October

 

Today, we had a very special visitor to come into our school to tell us all about the Jewish religion and culture. The children were fascinated to find out about why Jewish men wear a Kippah and when they are allowed to take if off. Micheal also told us why Gateshead was one of the biggest Jewish communities and how many Jewish people come here to study. We look forward to having Micheal in our school again for another visit. 

 

Sustainable School Project!

 

KS2 had a special visitor in school today who talked to us about a new project that is happening in our school called the Sustainable School Project. We spoke about how we could improve the way we live to help our world such as walking to school, using less electricity etc. As a school, we are developing our own ECO-TEAM, where we will come up with a plan to help our environment and change the way we live for the better. We can't wait to get started! 

 

Gateshead School Sport Awards 2019

Thursday 11th July 2019

 

As part of our journey this year to reach diamond level in the Blazing the Trail project, our school was tasked with designing the front cover of the Dance Festival Programme. After thousands of entries, our very own Rosie from Year 6 was chosen as the overall winner. She was presented with her award last night at the Gateshead School Sport Awards from the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead. What an achievement! Well done Rosie! 

 

 

June- Sporting Snap of the Month! 

 

Our June sporting snap of the month displays the theme of 'Determination'.  Here you can see one of our Year 5 pupils trying her best and being determined to succeed within PE lessons. Great job!

#BTTsportsnap

May- Sporting Snap of the Month! 

 

Our May sporting snap of the month displays the theme of 'Respect'. We recently held a team building afternoon in school where each class took part in an outdoor circuit to improve their fitness levels. In this photograph, we can see the love and respect our pupils show each other as one of our KS2 children supports one of our KS1 boys during the circuit!

#BTTsportsnap

April- Sporting Snap of the Month! 

 

Our April sporting snap of the month displays the theme of 'Leadership'. Our buddies from Years 5 and 6 display their leadership skills every day when they are looking after the younger children in our school. They support them with their learning and always make sure they are safe and happy in our school. 

#BTTsportsnap

March- Sporting Snap of the Month! 

 

Our March sporting snap of the month displays the theme of 'Inspiration'. We recently had some visitors in school from Destination Judo who were kind enough to come and work with each year group and teach us some Judo skills. The children were so inspired by our visitors and they loved trying out something they had never did before, they really sparked an interest into Judo in some of our children! 

#BTTsportsnap 

February - Sporting Snap of the Month! 

 

Our February sporting snap of the month displays the theme of 'Friendship' and was caught by a member of our SSOC! These Year 6 girls enjoy playing on the yard with their friends and also supporting the younger children in our school (during their role as buddies), making sure everyone is included. Good job girls!

#BTTsportsnap 

 

 

Judo Taster Sessions!

Years 1-6 were lucky enough to receive some Judo taster sessions in school this week. We had lots of fun playing defense and attack games and also learning how to perform a Judo throw. Thank you very much to Destination Judo for two fun mornings, we loved trying something new!

World Number Day - Friday 1st February 2019.
Non-uniform day - thank you for the money we raised for the NSPCC last Friday! The children, from Nursery to Y6, had great fun celebrating numbers and maths in a variety of ways; outside building snowmen, counting the animals in twos onto the snow-covered ark, shape puzzles, bar modelling, mazes, reasoning, creating maths games and finally to the winners of, 'Who Wants To Be A Mathsionaire!!' Great fun while supporting a wonderful charity!
Thank you again, Mrs Kevan.

World Number Day - Friday 1st February 2019.

Non-uniform day - thank you for the money we raised for the NSPCC last Friday! The children, from Nursery to Y6, had great fun celebrating numbers and maths in a variety of ways; outside building snowmen, counting the animals in twos onto the snow-covered ark, shape puzzles, bar modelling, mazes, reasoning, creating maths games and finally to the winners of, 'Who Wants To Be A Mathsionaire!!' Great fun while supporting a wonderful charity!

Thank you again, Mrs Kevan.

We were visited by our music specialist Mr Parkin and his band, for our annual Christmas music workshop. As you can see, fun was had by all!

Celebrate a snapshot of our AMAZING Christmas productions: KS1 - The Innkeeper's Breakfast, KS2 - Pirates Of The Currybean below and please see Nursery and Reception Class Pages for the EYS - The Toyshop.

All the children and staff worked so hard to produce wonderful productions! 

Thank you for all of the brilliant feedback from parents/carers/family members who came to see the productions last week.

We have had the chance to participate in some fantastic sporting events recently such as the Sportsability Indoor Athletics and the Gateshead Schools Gymnastics Festival. Children from Year 4 and 5 participated in the Indoor Athletics Competition and placed 3rd overall!! Amazing work! Children in Year 3 & 4 participated in the Gymnastics Festival and delivered an amazing routine showing off their skills! Fantastic job everybody, we are so proud! 

Some Y6 children volunteered to sing for St Oswald's hospice, at ASDA Metrocentre. We raised a total of £190.92 in an hour for this very worthwhile charity.