Lambton Worm – WANTED

The children in Year 2 worked very hard to create their own WANTED posters for the Lambton worm. The children wrote their own detailed descriptions of the worm. They tried hard to include lots of adjectives and similes to make their descriptions the best they could.

Please click to open their work …

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The Lambton Worm

Year Three and Year Two have been learning a famous local folk song, ‘The Lambton Worm’.

We have been learning the history of the song and the story of John Lambton and his encounter with the worm!

As part of our Comenius project we are going to perform the song as well as creating a display of poetry based upon the Legend of the Lambton Worm.

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Land use

As part of the creative curriculum topic based on the ‘proposed’ developments on Blaydon Burn, Year Six have been studying different types of land use and land use changes in and around the Blaydon area. They have been looking at the effects of each of these different land uses on the local area.

What types of land use can you see in these pictures ?

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People who help us – Questions for our doctor and nurse visit

Year 2 were looking forward to welcoming Dr Williams and Mr Hutchinson at the end of the week. They prepared many questions to ask our visiting doctor and nurse at the end of the week.

The children very keen to find out as much as possible about the roles and jobs of the doctor and nurse. They worked in groups to think of as many questions as possible …

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Blaydon History


Do you know who has been influential in the development of modern day Blaydon ? Year Six do ! When they were told they were going to find out about influential individuals, they didnt realise that meant doing some orienteering ! Using a map of the grounds they found different pieces of information which built up a picture of each individual. We also discovered that one person in class is related to Coffee Johnny and someone in the house where Joseph Cowen was born !


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People who help us – A Doctor and Nurse visit Year 1 and 2

The children in Year 1 and Year 2 were very lucky to welcome a doctor and nurse to school today.

Doctor Williams and Mr Hutchinson, Lily’s mum and dad came to tell us about their jobs as a doctor (GP) and a nurse.

They told us many about the things they do help patients and how they make people feel better.

The children were able to look at some of the equipment that they use. Mr Hutchinson wore his “blues” that he wears in the operation theatre as well as his hat and mask. He explained how this helps to prevent spreading infections which is very important.

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The history of our school

In our Creative Curriculum work the children in Year 2 have been learning about the history of St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School.

The children were very interested to discover that the original school building was located on the opposite side of Stella Lane on the site where the flats are today. There was a girls school and a boys school with  only 65 children in total; 34 boys and 31 girls. Not many children went to school past the age of 7 because they were often working down the coal mines. The children had wooden desks and chairs and sat in rows.

The current school opened in 1975 and was extended in 2002.

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Favourite Places – Hannah, Sally, Anna, Rosie

Here are some of the new versions of the Blaydon Races as written by Year 6 …..

Favourite Places

Au jumped on the metro train, Loic Remy was there.
Oh ma gosh I got a shock and aw began to stare.
I went to Newcastle stadium to se the famous Toon,
It was two thousand an’ fourteen on a summer’s afternoon.

Oh me lads ya should o seen is gannin’,
Passing the folks along the road just as they were stannin’.
Al the lads and lasses there al the smiling faces,
Gannin’ along the Geordie Road…
To see me favourite places.

We went to beat the Sunderland team, I knew that we would win.
But when we got beat them I felt like a rubbish bin
I was very angry that we lost ‘cause we have a good team
I was so in shock that I was about to scream.


I got in ma brothers car, he has just past his test.
We flew roond corners an’ I nearly lost me vest!
I knocked on me Movers door, but I divent think she saw me.
All I wanted was to have a hot cup o tea.


Hannah, Sally, Anna and Rosie

William Gull

Year Six wrote biographies of key people in the Blaydon Race picture . . . .

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William Gull

William Gull was a man who won the Blaydon Races; he had a love of horses since he had been born. He used to travel around the world with his brother until he died at the age of 40. Unfortunately, he suffered many different terrible injuries that ended his career.

Early life  

William had an interest in horses since he was 3 years old. He and his dad used to read the paper every day hoping that something about the horses would be in it. At the young the age of 10 he travelled around the world with his older brother Ted who was 19 at the time. When he went to Spain he found an abandoned horse in a field cold and hungry, so he took it back to England. The horse inspired him to race and look after horses. Amazingly William started racing horses at the age of 12 years old. He was preparing for the Blaydon Race. Leading up to the Blaydon Race he entered a stunning 9 competitions; he won seven and came 3rd in two. William entered the Blaydon race at the age of 19, but did not get a place. Determined, he entered the following year and won! He became the youngest person to win the Blaydon Race.

Later life

William suffered an extreme injury when he fell of his horse and broke his leg at the age of 21. The injury scared William, but he was determined to get back on his horse again. Unfortunately for William he could not get going again because his horse he had found in Spain had died.

William Gull will be remembered for being the youngest person to win the Blaydon Race, and will also be remembered for being a great rider and an inspiration to all.      

Ben Pentland


William Gull

Early Life

There was a man called William Gull and he was born in Newburn in June 1847 and by the age of 7 he loved horses. One day he was watching a horse in the field when he really wanted one. Amazingly he did get one at the age of ten. William’s parents were called James and Claire but sadly they died he was twenty five and he was alone. As a result, he did not know what to do so he decided to go and live somewhere else with his horse. He called it James after his dad so they moved to a farm in Newburn.

Later Life

Overwhelmingly, he wanted to be entered into the Blaydon Race so he did just that. The day of the big race came and he was so excited. He got onto his horse and waited until the gun went off and it did. He was zooming down when he got pushed. He fell off and landed straight on is leg. He was so injured he could not move so they had to get the doctors and sent him to hospital but he could never race again and sadly he died at the age of 60.

He will always be remembered for horse racing at the Blaydon Races. Would you like to be part of the historical Blaydon Races?

Saul Johnson


Ned White

Year Six wrote biographies of key people in the Blaydon Race picture . . . .

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Ned White 

Ned White had a very successful career throughout his life. Many amazing things were created because of him, including the carousel!

Early life

Born in 1836, Ned grew up in the town of Durham, with a love of rides and amusing games. Furthermore, his ambition was to create fairground rides. A famous jockey was his father with many riches whereas; his mother was scared of horses. He rode his father’s horse, which had the name moonlight, at the age of 4! All of this together gave him the idea of creating a ride called the ‘carousel’. Unfortunately, both his parents died when he was only 6 and a half.

Later life

Following on from his childhood, Ned decided to take up designing and create rides. Outstandingly he earned hundreds of pounds in his first month of work! However, it was very hard- finding out how much it would cost to have the steel and paint shipped over from the U.S, and which builders were available. Finally he was able to create the carousel. Can you even guess what he did next? He created the Blaydon race fairground! Throughout Ned’s career, he won various prizes-but the best he even was awarded, ‘was the best fairground designer in Britain!’ Even a fairground was built for Ned to keep in his garden! With a beautiful golden horse on top, it stood out in the little town of Blaydon. But eventually, after 59 years of age, he died in 1895, by falling from one his rides and breaking his skull.

Without Ned White, the Blaydon races may never have been carried out; he was the most skilled designer Gateshead knew. Many people met him and got to see his amazing designs. He was best known for his talkative personality, and imaginative rides. Will you be like him? …

Samantha Hands


Ned White 

Ned White had a large interest in fairgrounds. He had such a big interest that he created his own! This biography will tell you a little bit more about Ned Whites early life, later life and main achievements.

Early life


Ned White was born in April 1836 in a town called Durham. As a young boy, he enjoyed fairground rides. All of his family loved to ride horses, which meant that Ned was riding most of his early life. Ned rode horses from the age of 5. His father was a famous jockey, so that is where the love of horses grew from. As he became a teenager, Ned drew fairground rides as an ambition. One of these drawings was the famous carousel. Ned White, ready and filled with hope, entered his carousel drawing in to a competition. He made the carousel because his family loved horses.  In his drawing there was a large, black horse standing on his hind legs at the top. Ned was to call it Betty, after his father’s horse.

Later life

Following on from Neds early life, he won the fairground ride competition! His prize was the carousel actually being created!  Amazingly, after this outstanding achievement, Ned created various fairgrounds. One of his fairgrounds was the Blaydon Race fairground! All of these made him extremely famous! Lots of money was owned by Ned White! Sadly, Ned died after trying one of his new rides before using it in his fairgrounds. It was an unfortunate end for Ned and now that fairground ride has been adapted so it is safer for children using it nowadays.

To conclude, Ned White won many prizes such as the famous carousel being made. He owned lots of fairgrounds as well as earning lots of money. Ned White will always be remembered for inventing the fun carousel and creating the Blaydon race fairground. Would you like to create your own fairground like Ned?

Aimee Ruddick


Nanny Masser


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Nanny Masser 

Nanny Masser was a famous singer who could sing very well from an early age. Incredibly she was born in October 1837 in Scotswood. Many people remember her. In this biography we will be talking about what inspired her to take up singing!

Early life

Sadly Nanny’s parents died when she was only three. Can you imagine what that would be like? After that Nanny was taken to a care home –which she hated- in Scotswood. Furthermore, she was a respectful child and eventually Nanny was adopted by Scott Williamson; living a happy life.

Later life

Amazingly, she then took up singing and was inspired by her Grandfather who was a band member in the Blaydon Races! Nanny was now determined to follow in her Granddads footsteps. Outstandingly she was the offered to perform with Geordie Ridley when she was only 16! Can you imagine what that would be like? Ever since then Nanny’s music has got stronger and many songs were sung by Nanny Masser after that.


Unfortunately Nanny died when she was 57. Sadly her friends and family missed her terribly. To conclude as well as winning an award for her singing, many people were inspired by this wonderful singer. From this day on we still remember Nanny Masser as a determined woman who followed her dreams.      

Georgina Moore

George Plunger

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George Plunger 

George Plunger was a man who was around at the time when the Blaydon races came to Blaydon. He created the plunger and made lots of money from it and he went to see the Blaydon Races every year.

Early life

George Plunger was born in January 1862. His parents knew that he was going to be worthy of great things. However his parents split up when he was only six weeks and baby George was sent the orphanage near by and was there until he was seventeen years old. Would you of wanted to be in George’s position? Sadly nobody came to adopt poor George so he never got any family back. As he was old enough he went to live in an old, stinky, worn out house which was probably going to collapse.

Later life

In his later life he invented the plunger and made lots of money out of it and managed to get rid of the old stinky house and moved into a new one. Later on in his life he felt lonely so he decided to go and buy a stray dog from the shelter. He called the dog Alfoso after his dad who had just died. George Plunger’s foot was broken, as an iron block fell on his foot. As a result, every year at the Blaydon Races he caried a cane. George Plunger had survived not one but two heart attacks as he was getting very old.

A few months later George died of cancer in a hospital at the age of 56, on the 19th August 1901. George Plunger will always be remembered not just for inventing the plunger but because he was a nice man and with his work with the Blaydon Races.

George Plunger will always be remembered as one of the first to witness the joy of the Blaydon Races.

Sam Richardson

George Plunger

Have you seen a man with a dog in the Blaydon races painting, have you wondered who he is? I am going to tell you…

Early Life

George Plunger was born in 1862 in January. His father was a blacksmith, and by the age of ten, George became a proper one too. Sadly, he broke his arm when an iron mallet crushed it, but George was determined to continue and worked harder then any blacksmith.

Later Life

When he became a young man, he invented the very first metal shoe horn. Everyone thought that it was bizarre! Many shoe horns were made by George Plunger. One day, he was making a metal cup when he made it too long and found water ran smoothly through it. It became popular for disposing sewage and George owned £189 a year!

Furthermore, he bought a dog and named it Winston. He had fun taking Winston to the Blaydon Races. Eventually Winston – tired and old – passed away a year before George’s death, but before George Plunger died, he sold all his inventions to the Duke who used them in his factories.

George Plunger is said to be the most famous blacksmith in England. With the metal pipe working well today, he will always be remembered.

Food videos

Year Six have been learning what it takes to make TV broadcasts through research of different topics and script writing.

They researched about the food from our different partner countries and, whilst they were cooking with the Lets Get Cooking team, created a food video about how the dishes were made. They will soon be appearing on school TV !




landmark Designs

The children in Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed designing and making their own landmark. They were asked to design a lanmark that had a similar symbolic representation as the Angel of the North; warm, welcoming, safe, peace and security. In small groups the children planned theor design first and then used clay to mould and shape their landmark.

The children all worked very well together and had a fun afternoon!


Making group bridges

Year Six have been doing work, through their creative curriculum topic, on bridges over the river Tyne. They were given the challenge of creating a bridge which could hold a 2kg weight, bridge a gap of 50 cm and be as light as possible. Using the knoweldge that they had gained from their visits to the bridges and their work on a virtual bridge designer, they created and made their bridges. They havent tested them yet but they do look good.

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Landmark Powerpoints

To complete our creative curriculum topic about landmarks we created a powerpoint to show everything that we did for our european visitors.  We learned how to insert images from a file on the network and inserted a text box. Some of us then presented what we did to Year 1.



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