Drop Everything And Read.
Starting at 9am, stop what you are doing and read for 5 minutes.
Can you do this every half an hour? How many times have you read in a day?
Go for a walk around your house, or on your daily walk, and see how many words you can spot.
Can you write them down? What are they for e.g. on jars, street names.
Take a book and redesign the front cover. Remember to include the author and illustrator.
Design and create your own book mark.
Take photos of you reading your book in different places in your house.
How many book nooks can you find or make?
Share a story
Choose your favourite book and share it with someone in your house. Read a bit and let them read to you too.
Research the author of your favourite book. You could create a fact file or poster about them.
Design a book cover
Fantasy, adventure, mystery – which genre will your book cover be based around?
Imagine and draw your favourite character in a selfie photo to create your own world book day character profile.
Can you write a book review on your favourite book? Why should someone else read this book? What was your favourite part?
Visit the website below. Tell the story of how the girl ended up in the library.
Talk about libraries. Have you been? Why are they important?
Take part in some of the online events, you will find some on the links below:
Some of our children and staff have been busy trying out non-screen activities!
Chloe and Payton have been working hard on their DT work at home.
Seb had lots of fun creating his model and made a den, we were very impressed! Well done, Seb!
Miss Cross has been reading the book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’.
Miss Hunter went for a walk over the weekend, before the rain and snow arrived!
Thank you to Parents/Carers for their commitment to home learning and their continued support with this matter. We understand children are using technology a lot within their remote learning and appreciate how challenging these current unprecedented times are becoming.
The well-being of our children, and parents/carers, will always be paramount and we thought some non-screen activities may support you in this area. Below are some non-screen activities you can do at home:
•Thank a community hero – Think of someone that helps you in some way in your local area and write them a short letter or design a card to thank them.
•Get building – Build a tower from blocks, lego, cards. Can you think of anything else?
•Start a nature diary – Look out of the window every day and keep a note of what you see. This could be birds, flowers or even changes in weather.
•Read a book – You could even create a story bag by collecting items that relate to the story, if you can’t find them you could write them down or draw them. You could create a bookmark to use when you’re reading.
•List making – Write a list of things you enjoy, list your favourite foods, your skills.
•Design and carry out your own PE lesson – This could be a Zumba class or you could create an obstacle course.
•Keep moving – Go for a walk or dance to your favourite song.
•Write your own play, you could then act it out with family members.
•Think of dates coming up – You could create a valentine’s card, who will you send yours too? You could design your own pancake recipe for Pancake Day.
•Design or play a board game.
•Write a recipe for happiness – What makes you happy?
•Imagine you need to make a cake for a special event. The cake needs to have 5 layers of different flavours – What will they be? How will you design the top?
•Create your own word search.
•If you had your own restaurant, what would it be? Would it have a theme? Design this and write about it, you could even model it.
•Grow your own – Save the seeds from something you eat and pant them to grow.
•Potion Power – Imagine you have the power to create a potion, what would you include and how would you make it?
•Get baking! You could even make your own recipe book of foods you bake.
•Tell some jokes. Can you make up some of your own?
•Make a paper aeroplane. Who can throw it the furthest?
•Quick draw – Set a timer, draw a quick doodle, and see if the other person can guess what it is before the time is up.
•Create a kindness jar – Every time someone does something kind, write it down and put it in the jar.
•Find out about an ancestor – What did they do for work, what kind of house did they live in?
•Make a time capsule. What will you include in yours?
•Make a den.
If you try any of the activities at home or have any additional ideas and would like to share them with us, please email them in and we will share them weekly on our school website. Staff will also be taking part in the non-screen activities and sharing them with you.
Active Newcastle Family Offer – This includes family quizzes, live sessions from ‘Sporting Chance’, story telling with Newcastle City Library and more. Please click here for more information.
This Girl Can Newcastle Home Activity Guide – The booklet aims to help women and girls with limited access to online resources to be more active at home and take care of their overall well being. For more information and to view the booklet, please click here.
Allotment Competition – Urban Green are running a ‘digital celebration’ allotment show and encourage children and families of all ages and abilities to join in. Please click here for more information.
We have had a post sent to us with a range of places to visit for days out during the holidays. We have also added a few suggestions of our own!
Please find the list below:
Saltwell park – Gateshead
Jesmond Dene – Newcastle
Herrington park – Sunderland
Alnwick Gardens/Castle – Alnwick
Seahouses – Seahouses
Whitby Castle – Whitby
Tynemouth beach – Tynemouth
Kielder forest – Kielder
Holy Island – Holy Island
St Mary’s lighthouse – Whitley bay
Seaham harbour/beach – Seaham
Hartlepool marina – Hartlepool
Finchale Abbey – Durham
Chester Le Street park – Durham
Stanhope – Stanhope
Blackhall rocks – Blackhall Colliery
Tynemouth park – Tynemouth
Barnes park – Sunderland
Mowbray park – Sunderland
Ridley park – Blyth
Carlisle park – Morpeth
Bamburgh Castle – Bamburgh
Barnard Castle – Barnard castle
High Force – Teesdale
Stockeld park – Wetherby
Wynyard woodland park – Stockton
Allensford park – Durham
Druidge Bay park – Morpeth
Fountains Abbey – Ripon
Brimham rocks – Harrogate
How Stean Gorge – Harrogate
Raby Castle – Darlington
Whitworth park – Spennymore
Belsay Hall – Northumberland
Crook Hall – Durham
Embleton Bay – Northumberland
Hill End – Weardale
Frosterly forest – Weardale
Hamsterley forest(Gruffalo trail) – Redford
Wharton park – Durham
Attlee park – Bedlington
Gallagher park – Bedlington
Plessey woods – Bedlington
Grange park – Bedlington
Dene park – Bedlington
Bolam lake – Newcastle
Newham Grange park – Stockton
Saltholme – Stockton
Rising Sun County Park – Benton
Hylton Castle – Sunderland
Haltwhistle outdoor pool – Haltwhistle
Exhibition park – Newcastle
Charlie’s park – Jarrow
Jarrow park – Jarrow
Carr Ellison park – Hebburn
West park – South Shields
Marine parks – South Shields
Paddy Freeman’s Park – Newcastle
Richardson Dees Park – Wallsend
Heaton Park – Heaton
Tynemouth Priory & Castle – Tynemouth
Roker Park – Roker
Washington Old Hall – Washington
Jesmond Dene – Jesmond
Marsden Bay – Marsden
Warkworth Hermitage walk – Northumberland
Auckland Castle Deer House – Durham
Hamsterley Forest – Durham
Dinosaur encounter mini golf – Morpeth
Mini golf – Tynemouth park
Mini golf – Whitley bay
Mr mulligans space golf – Newcastle
Pirate mini golf – South Shields
Digger land – Durham
Planet leisure – Newton Aycliffe
Namco – Gateshead
Clip n climb – Gateshead
Clip n climb – Stockton
Clip n climb – Newcastle
Bowes museum/castle – Barnard castle
York maze – York
National glass centre – Sunderland
Light Water Valley – Ripon, Yorkshire
Flamingo Land – Malton, Yorkshire
Waterworld – Prudhoe
Seven Stories – Newcastle
Baltic Art Centre – Gateshead
Northumberlandia – Northumberland
Shildon Railway – Durham
Arabian Fort – South Shields
The Great North Museum – Newcastle
Centre 4 Life – Newcastle
Vinovia Roman Fort – Bishop Auckland
Tanfield Railway – Durham
Brockbrush fruit picking – Hexham
Mother Shipton Cave – Knaresborough
Forbidden Corner – Leyburn
West Boldon Lodge – Boldon
Adventure Valley – Durham
Segedunum – Wallsend
Shipley Art Gallery – Gateshead
Angel of the North – Gateshead
Beamish – County Durham
Durham Cathedral – Durham
Souter Lighthouse – Whitburn
Tanfield Railway – Gateshead
Arbeia Roman Museum – South Shields
Monkwearmouth Station Museum – Sunderland
Laing Art Gallery – Newcastle
Newcastle City Library – Newcastle
Tynemouth Market – Tynemouth (every weekend)
Quayside Market – Quayside (every Sunday)
Trow Point to Lizard Point – South Tyneside
Search for Seaham seaglass – Sunderland coastline
St Paul’s Monastery – Jarrow
White House farm – Morpeth
Tweedle farm – Blackhall Colliery
Ouseburn farm – Newcastle
Broom House farm – Durham
Butterfly world – Stockton
Blue Reef Aquarium – Tynemouth
Hall Hill farm – Durham
South Lakes safari – Ulverston
Kirkley Hall zoo – Ponteland
Down at the farm – Houghton le spring
Bill Quay Farm – Pelaw
Northumberland zoo – Northumberland
Jedforest deer and farm park – Jedburgh
Pets Corner – Newcastle
Cragside – Morpeth
Gibside – Gateshead
Lindisfarne Castle – Berwick upon Tweed
Farne Islands – Northumberland
Embleton & Newton Links – Alnwick
Dunstanburgh Castle – Alnwick
Wallington – Morpeth
Hadrian’s Wall – Hexham
Housestead Fort – Hexham
Allen Banks – Hexham
Cherryburn – Northumberland
George Stephenson birth place – Wylam
Souter lighthouse – South Shields
Washington Old Hall – Washington
Penshaw Monument – Sunderland
Durham Coast – Durham
Seaton Delaval Hall – Seaton Sluice
Rose Berry Topping – Yorkshire
We hope you have lots of fun trying out some of the activities listed below.
National Trust – Lego Competition
This summer, National Trust are teaming up with LEGO to find the first #LEGOYoungExplorer– a young person with a passion for nature and the creativity to match. Create your adventure in an outdoor space you love and help care for, perhaps a garden, a local park or even a window box. Nowhere is too small for a LEGO adventure. You won’t need much to get started just some LEGO bricks or minifigures, a camera and your own imagination to build the play-cation of your dreams. Once your creation is complete, don’t forget to take every piece home with you. To be in with a chance of winning the title and a prize bundle, head on over to LEGO‘s Facebook page here: http://ow.ly/4RAz50AOZTR.
Newcastle’s Best Summer Ever
Newcastle’s Summer of Change is in full swing and activity packs have started going out to help families to have fun and stay active at home through the summer. They’re giving away some great kit including art and craft supplies, books, recipe and activity cards and much more. To find out more or register for the program, visit https://www.streetgames.org/nbse-get-involved.
The Online Ballet Academy
Weekly ballet class with Miss Nicola – The online ballet academy are currently offering free online ballet classes weekly on YouTube, just visit their YouTube link by clicking the button on the link below to like and subscribe and join in! (Time doesn’t suit you? Don’t worry, you can take the class at your own convenience as we leave each class on their YouTube channel).
The online ballet academy offers beautiful, live, fun, creative ballet classes for kids. Their programme provides children with the opportunity to learn ballet no matter where they are in the world. The main aim of the online ballet classes is to encourage children to learn basic ballet technique, follow instruction, and foster their imagination while learning in your own comfortable environment.
Tynemouth Treasure Trail
Wander through the streets and discover hidden treasure along this three mile route through the town and historic borough. Trails can be done at your own pace with children as young as six able to participate, it’s the perfect way to explore parts of Tynemouth! The booklets are a set price, with one booklet enough for four to five people. There are other mysteries spread across Tyne and Wear, if you fancy taking on a trail closer to home.
Explore the beautiful estate of Gibside, walk through the gardens and enjoy a range of activities put on throughout the year. From trying your hand at archery, to identify different plants and listen to live music there is plenty of outdoor adventure to be had! To ensure families are able to make the most of Gibside, there is also a range of free activities during school holidays. Admission to the National Trust estate of Gibside is based on age, with gift aid prices and standard prices offered.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Discover a piece of history Tynemouth Castle and Priory, which is one of the largest fortified areas in England. You will be able to explore the ruins, look out at the expansive landscape and learn about the 2000 year history of this particular location. Taking you back to its original beginnings as an Iron Age settlement, an Anglo-Saxon monastery, a royal castle and a coastal defence! Admission is based on age, with family passes available. Those who are members are allowed in free.
Chopwell Woodland Park
Wander through miles of paths and old colliery railway tracks in this woodland park perfect for an outdoor family adventure. Families can choose four different routes, which are also perfect for bike trips if you want to make the trip fast and exhilarating. The picturesque views will be worth soaking up, and families can find a quiet spot to have a picnic. Entry to the woodlands is free.
The Forbidden Corner
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart! To access the website, please click here.
The Alnwick Garden
Families and children can run freely throughout The Garden playing on mini diggers and interacting with daily Summer street theatre programme. At other times of the year, The Garden is a peacful and tranquil haven to spend hour after hour wandering amongst the Roses, the Ornamental Garden and the Cherry Blossom or just kicking back to take it all in on one of the 50 swinging benches. They have made some changes to The Alnwick Garden experience that will help keep all visitors safe. All bookings must be made online or by telephone and the site will also be cashless. Visitors will be required to book their tickets online. For more information, please click here.
Tynemouth Aquarium are thrilled to open to the public once again. Following government guidance, during closure Tynemouth Aquarium meticulously reviewed every part of the visitor journey and has undertaken new measures to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience with them. They are also taking part in the ‘eat out to help out’ scheme. Please click here to access their website.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will reopen from Monday 10th August. They are asking all visitors to book free tickets in advance for an allocated time slot. For more information or to book your visit, please see the link below:
We hope that all families and friends of St Alban’s are safe and well and enjoying the summer holidays.