Author Archives: Mrs M. Whitelaw

Y3 Are Someone’s Reason To Smile: Anti-Bullying Week!

Y3 Are Someone’s Reason To Smile: Anti-Bullying Week!

Our whole school held an Odd Socks day for Anti-Bullying Week on 12th November to celebrate what makes us all unique!  Year 3 also took part in #ChooseKindness with Bullying UK to help stand up to bullying.


On a video we watched we were shocked to find out that, according to the National Bullying Survey in 2016:

  • 50% of young people were bullied about how they looked
  • 81% of young people were called horrible names by others
  • 55% of young people were left out by their friends

Click the link below to find out more:

We decided to be the reason to make someone smile, and carry out simple acts of kindness in our class, and around the school to help promote positive empowerment!

First, we pulled a name from a bag.


Then we spent time making a special card for that person, in which we wrote about what we really liked about that person, what we thought was beautiful about their appearance and what we thought was wonderful about their personality.

These were our little ‘acts of kindness’ in class.

After all, no-one ever knows the struggles people are going through inside and we believe that a simple act of kindness can help a person feel empowered to stand up to bullying. We are encouraging everyone to get involved in choosing kindness and be the reason to make someone smile.  Like we definitely did today!  Check out these joyous reactions to both giving and receiving these acts of kindness.


#ChooseKindness top tips

Choosing kindness doesn’t cost anything but can help someone enormously. We all have choices to make, do you #choosekindness?

  • Choose kindness, as you never know what someone else is going through
  • Saying something nice can bring a smile to someone’s face
  • Acts of kindness will never come back to hurt you and is never wasted on someone
  • Being mean and hurting others can hurt someone very deeply, think twice about what you say or do
  • Acts of kindness are good for you- they release oxytocin which lowers our blood pressure
  • Being kind can help others feel happy and confident


A lovely act of kindness to give to another person is to draw on their face with a feather.  Jessica ‘painted’ a Batman on Emily’s face.

This certainly gave her a reason to smile!

We also designed STOP bullying posters in the afternoon.

We made STOP stand for:

Several Times On Purpose

because that’s what bullying is.


Simply Tell anOther Person

because that’s how we’ll stop bullying for good!





Meet Our School Council Members 2019-2020

Meet Our School Council Members 2019-2020

Hello everyone!  We are your new School Councillors for 2019-2020.  Thank you for your votes!   We are all committed Ambassadors of Mindfulness and are looking forward to helping you to make our great school even greater!  We are all ready to collect your suggestions on how to improve various aspects of school life and will…Read More

Y3 Tynemouth Trip!

Y3 Tynemouth Trip!

We had the most wonderful time on our trip to Tynemouth on Wednesday 10th July.  We visited the park (where the monks of Tynemouth Priory kept their gardens), North Shields Fish Quay (where we saw the superb sculpture commemorating all the fishermen lost at sea), Admiral Collingwood’s monument, Tynemouth Priory, and King Edward’s Bay.  Thank…Read More

Y3 Geography: Comparing Chile and England

Y3 Geography: Comparing Chile and England

We are very lucky that Alice in our class is from Chile and would like to say a huge thank you to her Uncle Luis for giving up his time this morning to share his knowledge about the country in which they were born.  Take a look at all the work we have been doing…Read More

Elections for School Council 2019

Elections for School Council 2019

Today Y1 to Y6 have been voting for their chosen candidates to elect as new School Council members.  Candidates delivered their manifestos very well, and class members voted for one boy and one girl to represent their class.  Watch this space for the results…      Read More

Y3’s Prehistoric Pottery

Y3’s Prehistoric Pottery

Last Wednesday we had a visit from Sarah Lord, an iron age woman who taught us all about the history of pottery from the Palaeolithic era to the Iron Age.  We made our own Prehistoric pots using natural objects and tools that Prehistoric people would have used.  You can see it all here!  What a…Read More

Y3 Science:  Investigating Dispersal of Tree Seeds

Y3 Science: Investigating Dispersal of Tree Seeds

Using models of different tree seeds that Mother Nature had designed to disperse far from the parent tree (in order to have space, more light and more water to grow), Year 3 investigated the design of 8 different seeds.  Each Year 3 scientist, with the help of our Work Experience volunteers, pretended to be the…Read More

Y3 Design And Technology:  Tynemouth Priory

Y3 Design And Technology: Tynemouth Priory

Y3 were given card, double-sided sticky tape, scissors, crayons and felt-tips, as well as some great techniques for designing (such as scoring, joining hinges, standing feet, etc.) to creat a replica of Tynemouth Priory that would stand alone.  Just look at what they accomplished independently!          Read More