Egyptian Embalmer Visits Year 4

July 4, 2014 in Activities, Featured, News, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore

This term year 4 have been studying the Egyptians and their ancient customs. As part of their learning, we invited an Ancient Egyptian Embalmer - ‘That History Bloke’ Richard Stevenson – into our class to shed some light on some of the more gruesome customs the Egyptians took part in!



Amongst other activities, children experienced dressing up as Pharaohs…..


Mummifying a body ….





Looking at artefacts….


And reciting prayers to the ancient gods.


Richard really bought history to life for the class and children have followed up his visit with some fantastic writing and have even been calculating using Egyptian numerals.



Violin Recital

July 4, 2014 in Activities, News, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak

On Friday July 4th children in year 3,4 and 5 took part in a violin recital to show off their hard work this year. Children played a mixture of songs , some of which allowed for a sing-a-long and dance form the crowd. Parents and children who attended the performance enjoyed dancing to the ‘Hokey Cokey’ and marching to ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’. Some children, who have dedicated their spare time to practising, even performed a solo and a duet. The performance showed how much progress the children have made, some of whom have only been playing for one year, and gave parents the opportunity to hear and see them perform as a class. The recital was even broadcast live to a group of fundraising parents who are bravely climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for the school.


Violin lessons are offered as part of the music curriculum in year 3 and 4. Year 4 children are able to take violins home each week in order to practice and are offered the opportunity to progress further in year 5 and 6 through individual and small group lessons.

Mr. Grinling arrives at Greenside

June 6, 2014 in Activities, Featured, School Events, Year 1 - Elm

On Thursday 5th June Mr. Grinling from the series of lighthouse keeper books, came to see the children in Year 1 at Greenside Primary School. There was much excitement and all of the children were amazed and surprised when Mr. Grinling appeared at the classroom door just after playtime carrying his kayak and still dripping wet from his journey to school!


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Lumbar Jills R US!

May 20, 2014 in News

On Tuesday 20th May, Sycamore class took part in a class trip to Chopwell Woods to take part in a workshop on the Lumbar Jills. The class were excited to learn exciting new facts about the women who worked in the woods and sawmills during the war.

Thanks to Groundworks, the charity who funded the workshop, children were able to experience measuring the trees ready to fell, estimating how many pit props and telegraph poles they could make from each tree and working out which way would be best for the tree to fall.

Sycamore Class didn’t even stop for a lunch break! During lunch, children looked at rationing books and charts and used them to compare their lunch today to the lunch they would have had as a Lumbar Jill. “It makes you realise how lucky we are today to just be able to go into the fridge and help ourselves.” observed one child.

The children also had fun climbing in and out of the willow tunnel adjacent to the outdoor classroom and trying on some of the uniform the Lumbar Jills would have worn. They are all ooking forward to writing a newspaper report on the Lumbar Jills later this week… watch this space to see their writing published on screen!

Zoo Lab

May 20, 2014 in Activities, Featured, News, Reception, Year 2 - Beech, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore

Everyone had an exciting afternoon when Zoo Lab visited school. The children were given the opportunity to get up close to and even hold some amazing creatures including; a Giant African Snail, a Chilean Rose Tarantula, a Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, a Corn Snake and a pair of rats.

 The children had great fun learning about these animals and asking questions to find out even more information. Everything they learnt was then used in their literacy lessons to help them write reports on the different creatures.



Nature Walk

May 20, 2014 in Activities, Featured, News, Year 2 - Beech, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak

Years 2, 4 and 5 had a great time going on a nature walk last week as part of their science curriculum.

They enjoyed walking to the top of Rockwood Hill Road and then into the fields and down to the plantain. Key Stage 1 were hunting for bugs and animals and finding out about the habitat these different creatures lived in. Key Stage 2 were investigating different types of plants and collecting examples to bring back to school.  

 We hope you enjoy the photos.




School Council visit to the Mayor’s Parlour

May 15, 2014 in News, School Council, Year 2 - Beech, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak

School Council received an invite from Councillor Graham, the Mayor of Gateshead, to visit the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber at Gateshead Civic Centre.  What an amazing afternoon they had!

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Wallace and Gromit “Wrong Trouser” Day!

May 8, 2014 in School Council, School Events

School Council will be holding a charity event for Wallace and Gromit  “Wrong Trouser Day” in June.  Money raised will go to support the charity which helps sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

Keep your eye on the school newsletter for further details.

You can also learn more about the event and the charity by visiting the following web link:

Baltic to the Moon!

May 8, 2014 in Year 1 - Elm

Elm Class worked with an artist from the Baltic on a project called “Baltic to the Moon”.  There are lots of schools from across the North East taking part in the event to produce a banner which will be 60 metres wide by 2.5 metres high.  Each child in Elm class created a picture of a space vehicle.  The children used black card as a background and cut out shapes from coloured sticky backed plastic.  Cutting out the shapes, or “drawing with scissors” as the artist called it, was a new skill which required lots of patience and perseverance.

The finished results were amazing and very effective. The pictures have been taken back to the Baltic where they will be photographed and incorporated into the banner and launched in conjunction with CBBC!  (There are lots of photographs to follow.)


Once the banner is completed, the Baltic have asked us if we would like to visit the Baltic to see the finished article. Elm class are very excited to see how it looks!

Elm Class (Year 1) have been busy!

May 8, 2014 in Activities, Year 1 - Elm

Since returning to school after the Easter holidays, Elm Class have been busy learning all about the seaside. Read the rest of this entry →

Greenside Girls Football

May 5, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore, Year 5/6 - Oak

On Friday, Greenside’s Year 4 & 5 Girls football team took part in the last fixture of the league at Swallwell Juniors Football Club. The club welcomed over 15 teams from all over Gateshead and Greenside grils played 4 teams as part of their mini tournament. The girls played really well and eachplayer was commended for their team work and good spirits. Each player took a turn in goal this time and the squad played with rolling subs so that every player was awarded a good amount of time on the pitch. The team narrowly missed out on 3rd place in their group, but as one of the players said at the  time… “It’s not about the winning, it’s about how well you play as a team!” Well said that young lady! This was the last fixture arranged for this year but we hope the girls will continue playing both in their own and school time. Keep it up Greenside Girls – You are marvellous!








The Great Sycamore Cycle!

April 28, 2014 in Activities, News, Year 3/4 - Rowan and Sycamore

On Friday 25th April,  as a reward for winning the Greenside Bike to School Challenge, Sycamore class went on a days cycle ride and scoot, in and around Tyne Riverside Country Park.











On Friday morning, 18 excited children and 6 enthusiastic parents turned up at school with bikes and scooters in order to embark on the year 4 bike ride and scoot. As part of the trip Alison Litherland from Sustrans (A charity for sustainable transport) organised a cycle safety session and a look around the local rowing club on the banks of the Tyne – Tyne United Rowing Club. The children learned about the different types of boats and rowing events as well as the incredible work the rowers do in the up keep of the club and the boats. As part of the cycle and scoot safety session, children learned how to stop safely, how to test whether their helmet fitted them correctly and a quick cycle maintenance test they can carry out themselves.

After lunch the ride and scoot commenced. The cyclists headed towards Wylam and the Scooters towards Newburn and eventually met up at Newburn Park for some activities before heading back to school. Each child was given an opportunity to lead the overall group of cyclists and children and learned many interesting things about the local area on the way.

After meeting up, both groups headed back to school for a well deserved ice cream, which they even shared with the adult helpers!


A great time was had by all and Sycamore Class would like to say a special THANK YOU to the adult helpers and Alison from Sustrans, without whom, the trip would not have been possible. The class are looking forward to the next challenge and are already planning what they would do for a prize day… if they win….  Let the challenge begin!