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Year 4, 5 and 6 could be forgiven for thinking they were in a Russian cosmodrome yesterday, as our favourite opera company once again paid us a visit. The children were treated to a stunning performance of ‘Laika the Space Dog’ set in Baikonur, Russia. Based upon the true story of the first animal to be launched into orbit, the children were entranced by the sensational operatic voices of the cast, the beautiful melodies of the orchestra, and the emotional rollercoaster of a storyline. They were well prepared to join in with the cast to sing three songs practised during singing lessons with Mr Richardson: ‘Baikon ur’, ‘Mnemonic – Moscow’s Very Expensive Metro Just Seems Useless Now’, and ‘The Thing About Science is This’.

Drawing for Endangered Species

The children at Harton Primary have been lucky enough to work with visiting artist Jane Lee McCracken. As part of a topic on the rainforests, Year 3 students then drew different animals from the rainforests.

They found out about their habitat and why they might be endangered. Jane thought the children were very talented and made a poster showing the drawings from the children. DFES Yr3 B Harton Primary 2016 (1)

A Taste of Mexico

This half term Year Two have been leaning all about Mexico.  We have learned lots of facts and compared Mexico with South Shields.


In Art we even made paper mache masks and decorated them.


 Today we have tasted Mexican foods such as sour cream dip, tomato salsa and Guacamole along with Doritos and Taco shells. We enjoyed the sour cream dip, the Salsa, the Doritos.  We didn’t really enjoy guacamole as it tasted like vegetables!


Ukuleles in 5F

Since the beginning of the Autumn term we have had Ian McKone, a ukulele teacher from the Sage Gateshead, come into our class every Wednesday to teach us how to play the Ukuleles.

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On the 16th of December we put a gig on for our parents to showcase the songs we learned this term.

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Our set list consisted of:

“Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte

Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley

Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

And the festive favourite to end the Christmas term “Jingle Bells

If you were unable to attend the performance, or you are just a ukulele enthusiast, we are happy to post a video of our performance.


Three Little Birds from J Hogg on Vimeo.