Welcome to the Central First School website. We hope you have the time to browse around and find out some of the exciting and innovative things we do here at Central.
We have recently received fantastic news confirming that Central First School has achieved the Sing-Up Silver award. This is the start of our sing-up awards journey and will hopefully lead to us achieving Gold and Platinum awards as Central Primary in the coming years.
Achieving this award can mostly be attributed to the enthusiasm of the children and their singing this year. It is great to see so many children willing to join in and have a go, whether they’re aiming to be the next big star or just enjoy singing some silly lyrics every now and again. Alongside this, lunchtime staff and class teachers have been leading pupils in singing sessions which added weight to our evidence for the award!
In order to achieve our next award, we will be looking for children (especially in years 5 and 6) to lead more singing groups either in their classes or at playtimes. We will also aim to take our singing out of school more – watch this space!
Reception Writing Workshop
On Tuesday 19th May Reception held their writing workshop. Children and parents had the opportunity to write postcards, a story, speech bubbles and captions.
They could use a variety of resources such as flour, glitter and sand to explore skills to support their writing.
As you can see from the photograph everyone was busy!
Little Learners Opening
What a fantastic afternoon we had for Little Learners @ Central's official opening! The sun was shining and everyone involved had a fantastic time. Thank you very much to all who attended and made the afternoon a huge success.
Greggs Children's Cancer Run
On Sunday 17th May a team of Central staff and children completed the Greggs Children’s Cancer Run at Gosforth Race course. It was a great day for a great cause.
Where the Wild Things are
On Tuesday 21st April, a group of children were selected to take part in a go-karting competition run by GreenPower. We spent the day at the Nissan test site, Sunderland, where we took part in a variety of races against other teams from the North East. Even though we didn't win any races, we had a great day and worked well as a team. However, we did win an award for best portfolio and if you want to have a look through this, it can be found at the main office in school.
We have recently been awarded Artsmark status following our application in January. This award comes out of the fantastic work that goes on to ensure that our children have the best possible education in the Arts.
This award focuses on subjects like Art, Music, Dance and Drama but also recognises our extras too – such as our interactive library, superb displays, creative writing club and the cultural experiences we offer through trips.
We are very proud to have achieved this award, and hope to achieve Artsmark Gold next time as we’re not far off!
Reception classes at Central enjoyed reading the story of the Scarecrows’ wedding by Julia Donaldson so much, that they decided to hold their own ‘Scarecrows’ wedding’. They made invitations to invite their families and table decorations, wedding favours and flowers.
On the wedding day the children came to school dressed as wedding guests and characters from the story. They entertained their families with hymns from the wedding service and a ‘first dance’. This was followed by refreshments and cupcakes and the opportunity for children and guests to dress up in fancy dress and have their photographs taken. The afternoon finished with lots of tired, sticky children full of popcorn and candy floss, provided by Mrs Birchall.
Wansbeck Music Festival 2015
This year’s Wansbeck Music Festival took place over 3 days, from the 19th-21st March. We were very proud to have over 50 children performing in various categories, and even coming away with some silverware for the school!
We kicked off our performance with Skye Boat Song and our choir sang very confidently, even remembering a very tricky ending, switching ‘time-signatures’ twice! Next up was ‘We Go Together’ from the musical ‘Grease’ - everyone remembered their lyrics and actions, and if you know the song, you will understand that this is no easy task!
Our final piece was a South African song called Siyahamba. Shayla-Grace McCarthy, from Year 3 Red, started us off with a fantastic solo and despite us getting a little carried away with our marching speed in the middle, we delivered another great performance!
Following the choir, our very own percussion band, raised the roof with a very loud accompaniment to the song ‘Use Somebody’ by the Kings of Leon, complete with ties around their heads, shades, and a heartfelt air-guitar solo in the middle! They obviously made a lasting impression on the audience, as parents of children from other schools reported that they were still talking about how much they enjoyed it 2 days later!! The adjudicator, Gill Johnston, was also very complementary of this group and awarded them a great trophy to take back to school!
Last, but not least, we had two entries in the Under 9s Vocal Solo category: Kaci Lashley and Amelie Arthur. They gave fantastic performances of ‘A Goodnight Song’ by Arthur Baynon, showing great courage to get up on stage to sing on their own!
Storytelling Chair Winners
One of the highlights of our World Book Week was the competition to design a storytelling chair. Each class was given an identical wooden dining chair which we had to transform into a storytelling chair for the book corners in our classrooms. Our designs had to be inspired by the Julia Donaldson book on which we focused during the week, and be hardwearing.
This half term in Nursery we have really enjoyed our topic ‘Pets’. We have been learning how to look after different pets and what kind of houses they live in. We have also been very lucky to have some special visitors to Nursery each week.
Miss Neilly’s dog Macy came to see us, she was very friendly and cried when she was not sitting next to us. We also had Mrs Scott’s rabbit, Caramel, visiting Nursery, she was brown and white and ate lots of carrots. Olivia brought in her pet guinea pigs, Barry, Bill and Nut. They liked squeaking and we were all able to hold Barry on our knee.
Jay brought his Russian Dwarf hamsters in to see us, their names were Fireman Sam and Spiderman, they were too quick for us to hold but we did manage to stroke their soft fur!
The most exciting day was when Animal Antics came in to Nursery. Steph brought in cuddly pets and exotic pets. We met Lola and Honey the rabbits, Stripe and Patch the mice, Rex the tarantula, Bracken the owl, Pasha the bearded dragon lizard and Solar the snake. Pasha even laid some eggs whilst she was visiting so there will be lots of bearded dragon babies very soon. We are so grateful that we had the chance to see and learn about all of these exciting pets.
Red Nose Day
We raised money for Red Nose Day by coming into school with funny faces. We even used the computer to give ourselves funny faces. We also made Red Nose Day biscuits and had the chance to paint our teachers’ faces.
Thank you for all the generous donations!
World Book Week
We had a fantastic week during our World Book Week! Our theme was Julia Donaldson and each year group focused on a different Julia Donaldson story. Each class was given some specific homework challenges, one of which was to make a costume for World Book Day. The costumes were fantastic and prizes were given out for the best ones.
Throughout the week each class were set the challenge of designing their own story telling chair related to the book they were focusing on.
Class Dojo is in full flight and has been a great success so far. Children are earning points for being kind, completing homework, working hard and taking part. Improvements have been seen in all of these areas and the children are happy that their efforts are being recognised. A huge positive is that Class Dojo is an online resource so parents can log in and track the progress their child is making!
With a hunger for points, the highest levels of returned homework have been recorded. Teachers are thrilled so it is happy, happy, happy all round!
This week, excitement levels have soared further sill with the opening of the Class Dojo shop. Children can exchange their points for fantastic prizes on Friday afternoons. Once children reach specific mile stones they can either cash their points in or save for something they really want!
Digging for Victory
As part of our WW2 topic Y3 have been digging for victory! We planted potatoes, looked after them then harvested them once ready!
Trip to Bamburgh and Seahouses
As part of our Explorers topic Y2 went on a trip to Bamburgh and Seahouses.
We concentrated on Science and were looking at the different environments and habitats.
We went on a trip to the Farne Islands and saw lots of seals! We worked with the National Trust looking at different sea creatures and talked about the habitats they would live in.