Sustrans treat day for years 3, 5 and 6!

November 20, 2014 in Activities, Featured, News, Our Classes 2014-2015, Year 3 Rowan, Year 5/6 Oak

The current year 3, 5 and 6 peddled scooted and walked to school as many times as they could and won themselves a treat courtesy of the charity Sustrans who have been working closely with the school to promote sustainable ways of travel and positive attitudes among young people and their families.  Treat day finally came around  and year 5 and 6 kick started the day with a bike ride from school to Chopwell woods, where they took part in some off road activities, and rode back to school again. The heavy rain did not dampen spirits and in fact, it contributed to the amount of mud involved which made it more fun for everyone!    






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In the afternoon. year 3 enjoyed a nature walk and investigation in the surrounding local fields. Amongst other activities, they took part in a bug hunt, a colour search and a leaf trail. The children enjoyed collecting pieces of nature and using all of their senses to describe the local area.      


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Everyone finished the day with a well deserved ice cream! yum yum!

A huge Thank you to Alison Litherland from Sustrans for organising the treats for our classes. The children have thoroughly embraced the experiences they have had through the bike scheme and the bike shed is rarely empty these days! We look forward to this years challenge… Bring it on!

A HUGE big Thank you also goes out to all those lovely parents and carers who volunteered… without you, these things really can not happen! Well done and Thank you again!

Bright your Bike – Thursday 20th November

November 18, 2014 in Activities, News

Don’t forget that this Thursday is ‘Bright your Bike’ Day!

If you ride your bike or scooter, or walk to school on Thursday you can join us for a free breakfast at 8.15am. There will also be prizes for the brightest bikes. You can decorate your bike with lights, colourful streamers or any other ‘bright’ items you can think of.


Remember, in order to be safe when riding your bike in Winter, ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’.

A Visit from an Author

November 17, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Year 2 - Beech, Year 2 Beech

Last week Year 2 had a very exciting afternoon working with the author Lucy Coats. She came in and read to us one of her stories called Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party. We loved listening to the story as it was very funny and Lucy acted it all out. Afterwards Lucy taught us some useful pirate words and showed us how to draw the Jolly Roger flag.

 Back in the classroom Year 2 have been inspired to start to write their own Captain Beastlie stories so watch this space!

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E-safety Workshop

November 15, 2014 in News

On Tuesday night, Martin Bailey will be delivering an E safety session for parents in school. The aim of the session is for parents to become more aware of the dangers of children using modern technology (mobile phones, internet, social media sites, chat rooms) and offer some practical ideas to help parents deal with the issues more confidently.

If you would like to attend please contact the office. The workshop starts at 4 pm and will run for approximately 1 hour. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Crazy Capers and Heroes in Headbands for BBC Children In Need

November 14, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Fundraising, News

This year the theme for BBC Children in Need was Heroes. Greenside embraced the idea with children dressing in crazy capes and heroic headbands. The day got off to a bang with a special Children In Need assembly and parade where children were given the opportunity to show the rest of the school their outfits.

Following this, Miss Taylor and Miss Millman launched their exciting new charity dance video – Holding Out For A Hero!


Children returned to their classrooms with a copy of the video so that they could learn the dance and insert their own dance moves into a special section for their own ‘free-styling’! Later on in the day, following celebration assembly, children from reception to year 6 gathered together to perform the dance together in a one-off heroic spectacular!

Children and teachers alike really enjoyed the dancing and suggested we make it a regular fixture…..   Any suggestions for class, school and community activities for the future will be gladly welcomed by school council so get your thinking caps on!

Remembrance Family Learning Afternoon

November 13, 2014 in Featured

Key Stage Two welcomed their parents and grandparents into school on Wednesday afternoon to share their learning about World War One and Remembrance. We started the afternoon with a short assembly involving songs, poems and slide shows showing what the children had been doing in class. Children and adults then made their way to classrooms to make poppies for Greenside’s very own Sea of Poppies which is being created in the upstairs corridor. Everyone had a great afternoon and it was lovely to see the pupils and their families working together. CIMG3888 CIMG3890 CIMG3892 CIMG3893 CIMG3895 CIMG3896 CIMG3897 CIMG3898 CIMG3900 CIMG3903 CIMG3905 CIMG3907 CIMG3908 CIMG3909 CIMG3910 CIMG3913 CIMG3915 CIMG3918 CIMG3919 CIMG3921 CIMG3925 CIMG3926 CIMG3927

Small Fireworks Display!

November 13, 2014 in News, Reception

On Wednesday 5th November, the Reception children gathered around the bonfire which the children had previously constructed during their child-initiated play in our outdoor area. All of the children watched with excitement at the small explosion that took place with a few bottles of fizzy pop! After the display, the children thought it would be a good idea to put the bonfire out with lots of water! They all enjoyed shouting; “Water! Water! We need more water!”  



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The children then enjoyed making paper fireworks by cutting strips of paper and decorating them with lots of glitter.


Wizard Writing!

November 13, 2014 in News, Reception

The children have thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as witches and wizards! They have all been exploring our ‘Potion Lab’ in the classroom and have had lots of fun writing at our wizard writing table.P1000157

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Life 100 years ago!

November 13, 2014 in News, Reception

Reception had a fantastic afternoon when their special visitor Richard ‘That History Bloke’ came in to the classroom to tell them about what life was like 100 years ago! We all enjoyed looking closely at a wide range of objects such as a poss stick for doing the washing, a carpet beater and three very heavy irons!

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That History Bloke in Year Four

November 10, 2014 in News

Year Four were the last class to receive a visit from Richard Stevenson (That History Bloke) and had a fantastic time learning about the life of a soldier during World War One. Following Richard’s session, they have been inspired to create their very own trench in the classroom and have spent time inside it writing post cards home to loved ones.  ww1 001 ww1 002 ww1 003 ww1 004 ww1 005 ww1 007 ww1 009 ww1 010 ww1 011 ww1 012 ww1 013 ww1 014

Fantastic Fireworks!

November 10, 2014 in Featured, News, Nursery

Nursery enjoyed celebrating Guy Fawkes Night last week. We talked about the colours and sounds of the fireworks we had seen. Afternoon Nursery created firework dances using coloured ribbon sticks and made firework models using a range of different materials. Both classes thoroughly enjoyed mixing colours in gloop and foam to create our own fantastic fireworks!

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November 10, 2014 in Featured, News, Nursery

Nursery have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu ‘festival of lights’. We read the story of Rama and Sita, and some of our children decided to make their own puppets to use for retelling the story. We also made clay lamps and created rangoli patterns together. We enjoyed learning more about this special festival.

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