Autumn 2019

November 2019
Young Writers' Poetry Monsters Competition  
Congratulations to the following children in Dunstanburgh for being chosen to have their work published: Connie, Emilia, James, Jacob, Penelope, Jack, Joseph, Isobel, Adi and Caitlin created poems that wowed the editors in the Young Writers' Poetry Monsters nationwide competition. They all won certificates, bookmarks and stickers. We are all very proud!
Dunstanburgh Halloween Cake Sale
A big thank you to the families who donated creepy cakes, terrifying tray bakes and bone-crunching biscuits. We raised a hair-raising £100.58! A big thank you to all our fabulous volunteers for setting up and selling the gruesome goodies. The money raised will go towards Christmas treats for the children.
October 2019
Intra Crew Netball Competition
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Super Science!
Dunstanburgh had a skeleton in the class last Friday and 2 fabulous new teachers: Ruth and her daughter Lily! The children, who have been learning about invertebrates and invertebrates in Science, were able to explore a huge variety of bones including a seal skull and a dolphin spine. They learnt about the different parts of the spine and the importance of discs. The children also studied x rays to find fractures and had their many questions answered. A big thank you to Ruth and Lily for such an interesting and hands-on afternoon of learning, you're hired!
September 2019
Outdoor Maths
Dunstanburgh took part in a fast team game outdoors of,  'make the numerals into roman numerals'. As soon as the children had made the roman numerals correctly with twigs, they moved onto their next number card. The team who completed the most cards won. Well done Dunstanburgh! 
Rainforest Day
On Thursday 19th September, Dunstanburgh enjoyed a whole day learning outdoors.  First we went into groups and explored our local woodland. Each small group used ID charts to identify trees and took notes of what was found. Crab apple, hawthorn and sycamore trees were studied and bark rubbings and sketches completed .The children used magnifying glasses and pots to closely observe plants and creatures including woodlice, ladybirds and worms; charts were used to help identify more unusual insects. Each group chose a location to dig a pit trap to catch insects. We set the traps, with an apple chunk lure, until the afternoon to see what we could find.

After lunch in Hindmarsh Hall we discussed pollination, fertilization and seed dispersal methods. We walked up to the top of Bracken Hill looking for lots of examples of different methods of pollination and seed dispersal used by plants and trees. We collected examples of different methods on sticky card, for example berries, sycamore helicopters and rosebay willowherb seeds.

Finally we walked back our pit traps by the trees to see what we caught and to identify the different insects we found. The time flew and the autumn sun shone; a great day was had by all!  Many thanks to Bridie for planning the learning programme and to our fabulous volunteers who make the trips possible.


Dunstanburgh Class are Bowled Over!

On Thursday 12th September we took up a kind invitation from Lesbury Outdoor Bowls Club to have a fun-filled afternoon whilst learning and developing our bowling skills.
Following a lovely walk from school to the club, past the blackberries and rose-hips, we had a warm welcome from Colin, Pat and the other players. The children quickly got into teams and took aim at a castle and a clown's mouth, to name a few of the targets. Our fabulous volunteers cheered them along and kept a tally of the scores. Just as the rain started, winners were announced and biscuit prizes were generously awarded and gratefully received. 
A huge thank you to Colin , Pat and the team at Lesbury Outdoor Bowls Club for a fantastic afternoon and to our helpers, Rachael, Katie, Katy, Anthea and Allison for their support.