Linking Art with History
George Stephenson’s Birthplace and Childhood home now owned by The National Trust is a significant landmark to the history of Wylam. Children have made sketches of the cottage and created watercolour paintings.
Linking Sport with History
In March 2012, the whole school took part in the Sport Relief Mile running to Stephenson’s Cottage and back and raising a fantastic £300 for the charity.
Falcon Centre, Wylam
Year 1 became Time Detectives in March when they visited the Falcon Centre as part of their investigations into bygone Wylam. Opened originally as a school over one hundred years ago the Falcon Centre now houses the Library, Railway Museum and Village Playgroup.
With detective badges and clipboards in hand the children were greeted with great enthusiasm by the wonderful and helpful library staff, Helena Bates and Margaret Kelly. They left no stones unturned in their search for clues to the past; methods employed by the young Sherlocks involved looking at old photographs, books and historical records, inspecting the building, inside and out and talking to Mrs Mahon and Mr Robson, two of the last pupils to attend the school before it closed in 1973.
Highlights included learning all about the “naughty square” (terrified pupils were made to stand on a trap door to the cellars below!) and an attack on a pupil by a large dog called Tim during a P.E. lesson.
The children’s findings, currently on display in the classroom, will transfer to the library in early summer.
The Outside Classroom
This photograph shows the children writing poetry.
We also use the outside area for children to look at plants and animals in the environment.