Springtime in Nursery

March 31, 2014 in Featured, News, Nursery

In Nursery we thoroughly enjoyed Book Week! It was very exciting to have some of our family and friends visit our class to read with us and to look around.


We enjoyed reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Morning Nursery made some healthy fruit snacks using the fruit from the story, to share with Reception Class. Reception had also decorated some gingerbread man biscuits for us to eat as we had been told the story earlier in the week – they were delicious, thank you very much Reception!

We also enjoyed wearing our sports clothes to help to raise money for Sport Relief. We decided to have a fun day of sports activities as we were already dressed in sports kit! You can see some of the races we took part in below.


This week we are thinking about Spring and Easter. We have lots of exciting Easter activities lined up and we have enjoyed decorating our eggs for the school competition today. We are also finding out about animals that are born in Spring.

The Big Pedal Update!

March 31, 2014 in Featured, News, Nursery, Reception, School Events, Year 1 - Elm, Year 2 - Beech, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Big Pedal competition. Overall you made a fantastic 609 journeys to school by bike and scooter!

Highlights of the Big Pedal included our ‘Bling your Bike’ competition, the Biker’s Breakfast and all of the brilliant entries into the bike design competition.

Here are the winning bike, scooter and helmet for the ‘Bling your Bike’ competition from Key Stage 1. I am sure you will agree that all of the children who entered made a great effort in decorating their bikes and scooters.

The winning bike design entries are also shown below. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.


Despite everyone’s amazing effort to travel to school by bike and scooter, unfortunately, we just missed out on being the winning school in the Gateshead region. However, we are excited to announce that the class who made the highest percentage of journeys by bike and scooter was….Year 4! Congratulations to Year 4 who have won a fun day out on a bike ride. More details about this will follow.

 Thank you again to everyone who took part or supported us during the Big Pedal. We hope that the children continue to travel to school by walking, cycling or riding a scooter and to reward their efforts we will be recording every journey made in this way during the Summer Term. At the end of the term, the class with the highest number of journeys made by bike will win a bike ride day out, the class with the highest number of journeys made on scooter will win a day out on their scooters and the class who make the highest number of journeys by walking will win a nature walk day out. These are very exciting prizes so we look forward to seeing you cycling, walking and riding your scooters throughout next term!

March 31, 2014 in Activities, News, School Events

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Go Go Greenside Girls Football!

March 27, 2014 in Activities, Featured, News, School Events, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak

On Friday 23rd March the year 4/5 girls’ football team took part in round 2 of the Gateshead Girls’ united CVL. The event took place at Rutherford Football Club in Lobley Hill and the girls looked quite the part dressed in their full Greenside sport kit complete with matching socks!

The girls played 4 matches in total against Oakfield, St Philip Neri, Dunston Hill andFront Street. They won 2 matches and lost 2 matches and accumulated a points total which will be added to their points total for round 1. This will position them in the final round  in May, where they will either be in Championship league, league 1 or league 2.

The girls made a fantastic team and displayed some excellent teamwork skills, supporting each other by taking turns in different positions and clearly communicating. As we had a larger squad this round, children took turns to give valuable support from the sidelines along with chief cheerleaders Mrs Carrick and Miss Taylor. We would like to congratulate the girls on their success so far and wish them the best of luck for the future. Go… Go…  Greenside Girls! 


Angus the Alien and Jam Sandwiches!

March 24, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Year 2 - Beech

Last week Year 2 were visited by Angus the Alien. He asked them to teach him how to make a jam sandwich and write a set of instructions to take back to his planet for his alien friends.

The children all had great fun making the sandwiches and then wrote instructions using all the important features they had been learning about in Literacy. These included a title, subtitles, bullet points, bossy verbs and time connectives. Here is an example of the instructions written by Macey:

How to make a sandwich

What you will need

  • Bread
  • Plate
  • Knife
  • Jam
  • Butter


First wash your hands.

Next spread butter onto two bits of bread with a knife.

Then spread jam onto two bits of bread as well.

After that place one piece of bread on top of the other and cut it in half.

Finally enjoy your sandwich.







March 14, 2014 in News, Newsletters

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Year 2 Light it Up

March 12, 2014 in Featured, News, Year 2 - Beech

In Science we have been learning all about Electricity. This week we enjoyed finding out how to make an electrical circuit which would light up a bulb. We wrote instructions to show we understood how to do it. This is an example of our instructions written by Ava.

How to Make a Circuit

What You Need:

  • Batteryholder
  • Battery
  • Wires with crocodile clips
  • Light bulb holder
  • Light bulb


First put the battery into the battery holder.

Next twist the light bulb into its holder.

Then connect the crocodile clips to the battery holder and the light bulb holder.

Finally watch your light bulb glow.



Marvellous Maths

March 6, 2014 in Activities, News, School Events, Year 5/6 - Oak

As part of our whole school focus on Real Life Maths, Oak Class visited Asda to complete a maths trail and do some shopping of their own.

In small groups, the children worked their way around the store answering maths questions where they had to apply their learning from the classrrom into a real life situation. Each group also had a £5 budget and they had to design, buy and make a healthy meal, which linked to our science topic of Keeping Healthy.

Back at school, the pupils made their healthy meal to take home to try. Reports have been very positive from our budding chefs and Mrs Ingram and Mrs Stewart were very impressed by the children’s eye for a bargain and their ability to  stick to their budgets! 

Brilliant Book Week

March 6, 2014 in Activities, News, Nursery, Reception, School Events, Year 1 - Elm, Year 2 - Beech, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak

It has been a busy week at Greenside this week with lots of exciting activities happening for book week.

The children have been immersed in a wide variety of literacy, art and drama activities. Highlights of the week have been: our book character dress up day, where everyone made a huge effort to come to school dressed as their favourite book character or linked to our theme of Monsters, Beasts and Bugs; story telling sessions with Taffy Thomas; buddy reading and reading with your child sessions.  Pupils have also worked really hard producing some fantastic writing linked to the books they have been reading.

It has been lovely to see so many parents in school during the week helping to share in the children’s learning.

The Big Pedal Competition

March 2, 2014 in Activities, News, School Events

We are very excited to be taking part in the Big Pedal cycling event. Every day from 3rd – 14th March we will be recording how many children and adults travel to school on a bike and entering our points into a national competition to try to win prizes for our school. You can also earn the school half a point by travelling on a scooter.

There will also be a prize for the class within our school who make the most journeys to school by bike or scooter during the competition.

If you decide to ‘bling your bike’ to fit our Spring time theme and ride it to school on Wednesday 12th March, then you and your family are welcome to join our big breakfast, starting at 8am that morning. There will also be prizes given out that day for the best decorated bike!

We look forward to seeing you on your bikes and scooters! Please remember to wear a helmet and travel safely.

Welcoming the Year of the Horse

February 4, 2014 in Featured, News, Reception

 Reception Class have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year and welcoming the Year of the Horse.

We have listened to stories about the festival, tasted Chinese food, danced a dragon as well as made masks of our favourite animals from the Chinese Zodiac. It has been a wonderful experience!

Kung Hei Fat Choy everyone!

Nursery’s Exciting Eggs

February 4, 2014 in Featured, News, Nursery


This week we found a nest in our classroom with some objects in. The children decided that they were eggs but they weren’t sure what kind of animal they belonged to. They were very big so we wondered if they belonged to a lion, a crocodile or a dragon! We listened carefully to see if they made any noise and when we heard a tapping noise coming from the eggs, someone suggested that perhaps they belonged to a woodpecker!

 Some of the Nursery children built nests outdoors for the eggs, using wooden canes and fabric. They looked after the eggs all day and were very excited when some cracks began to appear in the eggs – they were hatching! We used tools to carefully help the creatures escape from their shells and inside we found baby dinosaurs!

The children decided that baby dinosaurs would like milk to drink and leaves and grass to eat. They made a delicious meal for our dinosaurs. The children even found some of our bigger dinosaurs to look after the new babies in our classroom.