In the week before half term, Newsham embarked on a programme of events and activities to celebrate the county’s first ever Northumberland Day; supported by willing volunteers from our local community. Particular thanks go to Blyth Rotarians and the History Society; as well as to parents and grandparents who spent the day with us on Friday 26th May to provide some of our pupils with new skills and experiences.
All pupils looked fantastic as they arrived in school on Friday, all dressed in red and yellow and embarked Northumberland themed tasks.
Our youngest children and their families have visited different parts of Northumberland, to have their photograph taken with the Northumberland flag and school badge, before joining together for a Northumberland themed curriculum day in school.
Activities for KS1 pupils included exploring local dialect poetry, studying Grace Darling and Capability Brown, learning traditional songs and making their own stottie fillings.
KS2 began the creation of a History time trail in the school grounds, whilst also exploring what life was like in Blyth and Northumberland, in living memory and beyond.
Across school on Friday pupils were able to make bat boxes, Northumberland bunting and Northumberland tea bread as well as painting play areas yellow and red for the Northumberland flag. Mr. Jones helped pupils plant both the Northumberland flag with red and yellow bedding plants and establish new hedging.
Morning play time took on a whole new dimension when we tried to get everyone to hold a piece of yellow card above their heads to make the Northumberland flag for an ariel photograph. You can judge for yourselves how successful we were. There were lots of laughs along the way.
At the start of the afternoon the whole school went outside to open our newly constructed woodland walk, which has only been possible with the help and support of willing volunteers and for which we are very grateful.
At the end of the day Friends of Newsham hosted a summer fair where pupils could also sell lots of the Northumberland souvenirs that they had made. For sale were pin wheels, fridge magnets, miniature watercolours of castles and flags as well as local ghost story books written and produced Year 5 pupils. As ever the cake stall, refreshments and raffle were very popular.
A great time was had by all, helped along by brilliant weather.