Diamond Hall Infant Academy

Well Street, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 6JF

0191 564 0222



I can, you can, we can.


This Friday, 19th June, there is an exciting event we would like to invite you to take part in. As sports competitions have been unable to take place for schools across Tyne and Wear this year, a virtual event has been arranged for tomorrow. You do not need lots of equipment, and can take part in as many or as few of the activities across the day as you wish. 

If you would like to take part, please follow this link and subscribe. The timetable of events is listed below.


If you take part in any of the events, we would love to see your photos and videos - please send them directly to Miss Johnston - acorn.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk


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-know 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 and Blyth RFC

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

Internet Safety

During the current situation we are aware that children are spending more time on laptops, iPads and games consoles whilst at home.  We wanted to remind you about the importance of staying safe when using these devices.  Please remember that too much screen time is not good for anyone and this time must be limited.  Attached are some documents that give more information on this subjects and simple activities that you can do with your child / children.

Video chatting: a guide for parents and carers of primary school-age children

Online Safety at Home for 4 - 5 year olds

Online Safety at Home for 5 - 7 years olds

Corona Virus - Playmobil Video 

Below you will find a link to a useful video, which parents may wish to watch with their children, explaining to them the current situation around Corona Virus.  The video attempts to explain in a child friendly way why the children are unable to attend school and visit family and friends at the moment.  We hope you enjoy it and find it helpful....  


Hello children, parents and carers!

We hope you have had a good Easter and have been enjoying some of the good weather! The staff have had a nice time but wish we were getting ready to start the Summer term together.  We are missing you and we thought you might like to see some of the things we are doing in our time at home.  Watch this video and you will see lots of familiar faces.  I wonder how many faces you will recognise? I think some of you will know them all! You might even recognise the song - sing along if you do! :)

Stay safe and take care! 

Home Learning For All

 BBC Bitesize

 BBC have teamed up with some amazing experts and teachers to bring two twenty minute lessons Monday-Friday on BBC iplayer.  Here is the link below and a copy of the lessons which will be on this week. 


Week beginning 4th May

Monday - Maths and History

Tuesday - English and Geography

Wednesday - Science and Design Technology

Thursday - Maths and RE


Parents SEND Toolkit 

Below is a like with some useful tools to help parents, which includes resources activities and support to help during home learning.  



A range of supportive resources

The link below is a large pack put together by CYPS (Children's and Young People's Service).

It is a great resource full of advice, activities, websites and support for families and home learning.  Many of the ideas are aimed at children who have additional needs but because the language and pictures are clear and simple, that also makes it ideal for young children.  The social stories are particularly good for anyone with a child who is struggling to understand the current situation and why they are being affected but the changes.

If you have any questions about what is included in the pack or how it could help your child, please get in touch via a phone call to the school office or an email to the enquiries address.



Visuals and Timetables

As time is moving on, you might find that you need a bit more structure in your days to help your child (and you) know what is going to be happening.

The visuals attached are similar to those we have in our classrooms / nursery rooms.  Of course you could draw your own - this can be a nice activity in itself when you are planning the day's activities.  The pictures might also be helpful to show some difference between the 'school' times and the 'home' times in this very unusual situation.

Remember most children like and need routine so have a look and see what would be useful in your home.








Seven Stories

Seven Stories are delighted to be joining forces with Anderson Press to share readings of their picture books via an exclusive weekly virtual story time.  The story time will happen every Friday at 10am on their Facebook page. 

The first story, 'I Don't Want to Wash My Hands' by author Tony Ross is available to watch now!



Julia Donaldson

 EXCITING NEWS! Julia Donaldson will launch her first weekly broadcast today (Thursday 2nd April) at 4pm! It will be available to watch on 'The Gruffalo' Facebook page.  Don't worry if you can't watch it today as it will be available to view on the page for a little while longer.

Build yourself a den, grab your favourite teddy and enjoy!  

Here is a video from Mr Football, can you join in with his dance routine? Enjoy!