Art Blocks Project
Year 4 worked with 2 local artists, Josie Brookes and Michelle Allen, to decorate the blocks currently blocking off the end of Heaton Park View. The children explored how Heaton Park makes them feel and how these feelings could be transformed into image and colour to extend the feelings of the park into the wider space. The children made initial designs in school and then each child had the chance to paint the blocks and bring their designs to life, adding a adding a splash of colour to our local community.
Take a look at some of the photos from our stunning performance of The Tempest at The People's Theatre by our talented Year 6 pupils.
Shape Land formed part of our recovery curriculum, it was based around the books Triangle, Square and Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. The main focus was to really embed the missed learning on shape and make it memorable for the children across school. The project also included a whole school focus on persuasive writing, a shape based orienteering around school in PE and various sculpture and art opportunities based around shapes. It culminated in Shape Land being created in our gym to celebrate all the learning that had taken place and reconnect the children post COVID through a sharing of work.
Our whole-school Utopia Week was inspired by Margaret Cavendish's book The Blazing Worlds. See the short film we made about it HERE
See photos from our performance of Macbeth at Northern Stage here
During the spring term, teachers Kathryn Cowen, Katherine Hill, and the Year Five children investigated events on the Western Front 100 years ago. They focused on connections between Newcastle and the awesome German Spring Offensive in March 1918. They discovered that was the month that Britain almost lost the war - and Heaton men were in the thick of the fighting. Find out more by clicking here.
Curriculum dance led to the formation a boys' dance group - The Brotherhood. They performed at a regional event at Dance City.
Song of the Goblins
One of our most exciting projects to date sees Hotspur children collaborating with professional writers, directors, actors, musicians and designers to create a brand new play for children which will be performed at the Alphabetti Theatre.
Take 15 Pictures
In October 2019 we collaborated with the Laing Art Gallery on this project. Find out more about it HERE
Take One Object
Take One Object is a collaboration between Hotspur, Chillingham Road, West Jesmond and the Great North Museum: Hancock. Across the three schools we explored three objects in the museum.
Updates on this can be found HERE.
See some of our displays HERE
The Arts Award booklet can be viewed below.
Hotspur Science Week
Our science week in 2017 began with the mystery of large footprints found on the school field. A local news crew was covering the event. Children then had to investigate large animals and solve the mystery.
See more photos of the performance HERE
STEAM WEEK 2023
We have had an amazing STEAM week, where the children have had the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into their chosen scientific field and research a famous scientist. This week has been a chance to inspire budding scientists and to challenge stereotypes that the children may have about the world of science. Each year group has welcomed a range of visitors who have shared their expertise, led workshops and answered the children’s many thought provoking questions.
Click on the picture below to find out more.
STEAM Week 2022
This year's STEAM week big questions was 'How can we make Hotspur colourful all year round?' The children found out all about the seasons and what type of plants might grow around school at different times of year so they could then take an area of the school grounds and do some planting.
Hotspur Arts Lab
To find out more about what our ArtsLab during lockdown click on the picture below.
Y5 worked with Scottish Opera on a performance of The Tale O'Tam O'Shanter. The culmination was a performance in school and then a joint performance with West Jesmond at Sage Gateshead as part of the Concordia Festival.
A film of this is available HERE
Midsummer Night's Dream
This was performed at Northern Stage In November. Pictures from the performance can be seen HERE
132 Malcolm Street
A couple from 1917 walked out of the Victoria Tunnel in the Ouseburn Valley to discover they had been transported forward one century. Walking around the area they find out that their house at 132 Warwick Street no longer exists - as Hotspur is built on the site. Children researched them using the 1911 census, maps and other sources. Children created a museum exploring decades from when the school was built back to 1910 so that a virtual time machine could be created to return the couple to 1917 with the help of local residents who shared their memories of earlier times.
Watch the film below to find out more about this project.
To find out more about our music provision and the opportunity for your children to learn an instrument please click on the link below.