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Virtual School PE Games - Friday 19th June


Join in the fun and keep fit!!!

Tyne and Wear Sport have released the information for next Friday's big event and the running order is below. 'We’ll have a number of different challenges going live on our YouTube channel across the day......'

To access the link for YouTube please go to the TWS website at

We hope that you are able to involve all your families and students whether they are at school or at home.

Virtual School Games 2020 – Running Order

Make sure you’re following our social media pages or have subscribed to our Youtube channel to see our challenges as they’re posted throughout the day!

10:00am Opening ceremony

Introduced by a famous sporting star with some brilliant motivational and inspiring anecdotes to kick start the day.

10.15am Good luck messages

We’ll be showing a whole host of good luck messages from some well-known sporting stars as well as some familiar faces.

10.30am Fitness with Andrew Pearson PT

A range of fitness challenges for both primary and secondary ages from personal trainer Andrew Pearson including balance and coordination activities.

11.00am Ball skills with Cramlington United and Andrew Cartwright Football Coaching

Skills for both primary and secondary level from Cramlington United and Andrew Cartwright Football Coaching including changing direction whilst throwing and catching a ball, bouncing and running with a ball, dribbling a ball around cones, bounce-kick-catch drills, and knee-kick-catch drills.

11.30am Cheerleading, Dance and Parkour with North East Cheer and The Urban Factory

Cheer challenge for all levels including putting your own routine together from a variety of moves demonstrated, and various dance challenges for all levels including a fun plank challenge to the ‘cha cha slide’. Parkour bodyweight challenges suitable for secondary level only.

12.00pm Daily Mile

A Daily Mile update and message from Daily Mile Ambassador Eliud Kipchoge

12.15pm Garden Games

A compilation of fun exercises and workouts using household items, to try at home or school.

12.30pm Lunchtime Mascot Challenge

We want participants to create their very own Virtual School Games Mascot. They can draw, paint, use arts and crafts – whatever they like! Older children may even want to write a message to go with theirs, perhaps a slogan like ‘Always try your best’. Once they’re finished, share them with us over at #VSG20 and the best idea will receive a prize.

1.00pm Ball Skills with Morpeth Hockey and Morpeth Cricket Clubs, and Cramlington Tennis Club

A range of hockey, cricket and tennis challenges for both primary and secondary levels including changing direction with the ball using the hockey stick, turning to catch the ball from behind and volleying the ball with the bat or racquet.

1.30pm Ball Skills with Newcastle Vikings Handball, Blyth RFC and Cramlington Rockets

Various ball skills including passing and catching with the same hand, passing from one hand to another, a figure of eight pass between the legs and passing the ball around the body.

2.00pm Yoga Challenge with Active Families NE

Our final session of the day is a great cool down and post-activity stretch. In this challenge, you can spell out your name in Yoga postures. Suitable for both primary and secondary levels.

2.30pm Closing ceremony

Closing speech from our star guest host. Remember, you can continue sharing your challenges with us by using #VSG20 on social media. All of our videos will stay on our Youtube channel in case you missed them or want to try them again. Our team will then look through all of the videos submitted via social media and the winners will be announced w/c 29 June. They will receive an Amazon voucher for their family or school (depending on where they took part in the Virtual School Games). Be sure to keep an eye out on social media pages to see if it’s you!

The Open University have released reading challenges! Share the love of reading!

Hetton Lyons Cricket Club Board Game Challenge: Design a board game (or activity) that we could use as a wet weather option at our Cricket Camps.

VE Day Television Schedule:

11am – BBC One will mark a two minute silence, a moment of remembrance in which we can all pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice

2.45pm – BBC One - The Announcement of Victory – A chance to Winston Churchill’s famous speech when he addressed the British people from Downing Street and announced that the war was over in Europe.

7pm – Channel 5 – The Lost Films – Imagine the jubilation in the streets when peace was finally declared in Europe. This collection of rarely-seen clips from amateur film makers captures the mood in Britain on that historic day. Moments of fun and elation include fancy dress parades, sports matches, bands playing, piggy back races and kisses in Trafalgar Square.

8pm – BBC One – The People’s Celebration – This is the big entertainment event of the night, put on by the BBC and The Royal British Legion to show thanks to our veterans. Stars will celebrate the happy events of 1945 with popular songs from the era culminating in a rousing rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” at 9pm which the whole country is encouraged to sing along to. (This is what we have been practising for!)


VE Day - At 9pm the BBC are hosting a Dame Vera Lynn Sing-a-long. 

I wonder if you could first practise the words from one of her very famous songs titled "We'll Meet Again". 

Please find the link below:

The first lines are:

"We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, 

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day"


Surprise your teacher and send them a recording of your performance! 

VE Day

Good afternoon! This week we are looking forward to Friday's VE Day celebrations! 

Throughout this week, your teachers will be provided daily tasks that are centered around VE Day (Victory in Europe).  We really hope we can make it an event to remember and show how fantastic our school community really is, and how we can come together in such unusual times! 

Please find below some information about our community's socially distanced VE Day event!


We know many of the children in our school are big fans of Julia Donaldson! Which is your favourite I wonder?!

Scholastic have now made all 10 of their home learning packs on many of Julia Donaldson's most popular stories absolutely free! There are an incredible selection of fun activities to do with your children alongside the books that you may have at home!


For all you budding musicians...(sneak peek at Laura too)

St Benedict's Hospice in Ryhope have posted this message! 

Our Music Tutors are starring on You Tube...

Check out the new Musical Mates YouTube channel, to click onto the lesson videos from our regular music teachers.   There are currently many videos available for Guitar; drums; violin and keyboard, but we are uploading new videos all of the time and we'll be uploading more videos for woodwind / brass and music technology (using iPads) in the next couple of days.

Who can spot Dan and Tony?

French Learning Challenges:

Have a go at some of these French Learning Challenges



Welcome to our very first Music at Home newsletter!
Like many of you at home, here at Sunderland Music Hub we've been missing taking part in our usual music activity, whether that is workshops, choirs or music lessons. For us, music activity is as much about well-being as it about progressing as musicians, and across the world we have seen examples of how music has been bringing people together at this unusual time. That being the case, we wanted to send on some activity that we thought might be fun for you to take part in from the comfort of your own living room! 
Each week we're sending on activities for families and children of all ages. Take a look at the different Early Years, Primary and Secondary resources below and pick and mix which you'd like to have a go at. 
We're bringing lots of singing activity in this week's newsletter, and before any singing it's really important to get warmed up! Here's a tongue twisting warm up activity with Singing Lead Laura to get us started. 
We hope you enjoy taking part and feel to share your music at home with us via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 



Our brilliant Early Years Lead Ashleigh is bringing you a series of bear themed activities this week. Start the activity by listening along to Ashleigh singing The Bears in Music Land here. 

  • Perform the chorus holding hands walking round in a circle.
  • Stop to perform the verses, using big actions for Daddy bear, medium actions for Mummy bear and little actions for Baby bear to emphasise the different rhythms for each bear.
  • There’s a space in the song for you to think of your own bear too. Granny bear? Grandad bear? Thomas bear? Alice bear? … you decide :)

We're sticking with the bear theme for our online resource recommendations this week.
We're sure you all know the very popular song Teddy Bear's Picnic. If not have a listen to this singalong version here. 
Get crafty with Music and Movements activities linked with the Teddy Bear's Picnic. 
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear 
 ‘Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around. Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch with ground.
  Teddy bear, Teddy bear, tie your shoe. Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do.’

  • Bounce a teddy on your knees to the beat whilst saying or singing the rhyme/song.
  • Use your teddy to do the actions of the song, sitting down and standing up.
  • Do actions together, standing up and using BIG actions yourself. (Without the teddy) – you could get faster and slow down here too!
  • Why don’t you set up a little picnic with your children for lunch, in the sitting room, dining room, garden? Anywhere really, get all the Teddy and cuddly toys involved too.

And if you still haven't had enough bears for one week, take a look at this list of bear-themed books from Early Learning HQ. Lots of the books are available online. Our favourite at the moment is The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. 
Don’t forget to send us any picture or videos of your ideas, creations, artwork, songs, dance moves, actions, we love to see everything! Enjoy your picnics :) 

Sing Up is an online resource used by schools and other settings across the country. They believe in the power of singing and have worked hard to make sure children are still able to access their activities from home. We recommend giving this playlist a go! 


Each week we will be sharing a document full of musical activities that primary aged students and their families can do at home! Here is week one, collated by the fabulous Lynne Ireland of Sunderland Music Hub and Dame Dorothy Primary School!


BBC Bring The Noise: How to Write a Song With Your Children.
Professional musicians Dame Evelyn and Omar walk you through the steps of what may seem a very daunting task: writing a song. Real focus on just jamming and having fun here, despite how the end result may sound!

Sing Up is a huge song bank that is used across schools in Sunderland and beyond. Odds are, you will have enjoyed singing some songs from Sing Up at school. To keep you singing at home, our friends at Sing Up have created a series of playlists for you to access, including this one for children aged 7-1


Grab an empty milk carton and make a bird feeder! Send me pictures of your could win a prize! 


Liz Million has set us a little challenge.....grab some pencils and have a go at drawing some of her characters. Email them over and I'll pop them into a gallery so we can all see each other's work. I'll be adding new Liz Million challenges regularly.