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Friday 12th October 2018 - Week 6


This week the whole school have been getting ready for our Harvest Assembly next week.  Classes have been painting, singing and dancing in preparation and learning about what happens at Harvest. 

Reception have been exploring outside, looking at nature and collecting Autumn leaves for their Andy Goldsworthy art.



Year 1 have read Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French and painted some of the vegetables that appear in the story ready for their Harvest Assembly next week.




Year 2 have been looking at Autumn Trees and the colours they can see.  Lots of the class brought leaves in to look at and compare.  They produced beautiful Autumn Tree paintings using sponges and their fingers.




We had Parent Consultation Evenings on Monday and Wednesday this week.  Thank you to everyone who came in to discuss your child's learning with their teacher.  If you were unable to make your appointment, please contact school to rearrange your appointment.  Mrs Hainsworth will get back in touch with Year 3 parents to arrange an alternative date asap.


Year 6 have been working with Dodgy Clutch again this week.  Today they were making Rangoli patterns to be used as part of their Extravaganza later this half term.







Our harvest collection this year will be to collect food for the Newcastle West End Food Bank.  They would greatly appreciate any of the following items: teabags, coffee, sugar, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned fish, tinned meat, biscuits/snack bars, tinned rice pudding, rice, tinned fruit, long life milk and long life fruit juice.  If you would like to make a donation of food, please could you bring an item in between Monday and Wednesday next week.


Our harvest festival will take place on Wednesday morning and afternoon.  Families of KS2 are welcome to our morning assembly at 9:30am and families of Reception and KS1 children are welcome to our afternoon assembly at 2pm.  


Looking forward to seeing you all next week. 


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher 

Friday 5th October 2018 - Week 5


This week has been relatively quiet compared to the last few weeks. That's not to say we haven't had a lot going on. All classes have now nominated their school council representatives for the school year.  In their first meeting with Mrs Merrix they have discussed possible fundraising schemes to purchase a class set of ukuleles. We will keep you all posted about the outcome, a possible sponsored weekend walk was mentioned ...


Here are our fabulous school council reps for 2018/19:

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This week saw the first healthy tuck shop of the academic year. It was great to see nearly every child joining in. It's a great opportunity for our pupils to try some new foods they may not have tried before. This week there was so much on offer, including kiwi fruit, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, cucumber, malt loaf, pretzels, artisan breads, prawns and crab sticks. The cost is 50p a child, please look on the school calendar for the next offering of healthy treats.


Can I remind you all that next week we are holding two nights of parent consultations. They are taking place on Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th October from 3.15 to 6 pm. Please contact school if you don't already have an appointment and we can fit you in.


Please keep visiting your child or children's class pages where they will be keeping you up to date on all the recent additions to their year group curriculum and adventures.


Looking forward to seeing you all in school next week.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 28th September - Week 4


We've had another busy week full of lots of different activities throughout school. On Monday Jennie Jones came into school to 'Open the Book'. She told the story of the healing of the centurion's servant with the help from some of our children in Year 3.




Also on Monday, Year 5 and Year 6 visited Belsay Hall to get ideas for their writing. They visited the hall, castle and quarry to help them get inspiration for writing their descriptive narrative: The Ghosts of Belsay Hall.  They came back with lots of lovely ideas and produced some wonderful writing.




On Tuesday Mr Rudkin was in to work with Year 3.  He is teaching them to play the pocket trumpet.  The class are enjoying it and were eager to talk to me about the notes they have been learning and the song that they have started practising. I can't wait to see how they progress over the next few weeks.


Mr Vyle has been in the Invention Shed a few times this week. We can't get him out of there! He has been working with some Year 4 children and some Year 5 children this week. Year 4 helped tidy up the storm damage and then planted some of the willow in the Forest School area. Year 5 made pendants to decorate our Invention Shed.


On Thursday we had our first Come and See morning of the year. It was a great morning where lots of families came in to see what was happening in their child's classroom. We welcomed 61 visitors in total which was fantastic. Thank you for coming in to school as your children love it. We hope you enjoyed it too!






Today the Dodgy Clutch company have been working with Year 6 on their Greek project.  This week they started making Greek masks with Elaine and Sarah. They will continue to work on these over the next few weeks and this will culminate in the wedding of Persephone and Hades at the end of the half term. Watch this space!




Please check your child's class page for more photographs of what they've been getting up to in class over the last few weeks.


Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher


Friday 21st September 2018 - Week 3


The amount of work and activities taking place this week has nearly been as frantic as the weather. Our Invention Shed pioneers are going from strength to strength continuing their creative journey with Jyl and Mr Vyle. The skills they are learning will be seen across the year as they share their expertise with their peers. We will have the shed open at our 'Come and See' session next Thursday.






Year 1 continue to impress us all with their development during Forest School with Mr Vyle. This week they have been exploring their emotions with their fruit splatter paintings. They've loved using tools and exploring the different fruits growing around the Dene.






Year 3 invited Michelle Wood in on Thursday for a printing workshop. They had a great time designing prints based around Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes. Michelle took the children on a journey from design to final product. The end results were tremendous as you can see from the look on the children's faces.






Last week our children attended the Outer West Learning Trust 'Great Exhibition of the North' celebration at Walbottle campus. It was a huge success and they children loved showing off the banner they had produced with Mr Vyle. This week we were given a wonderful surprise when two members of the GETN team delivered another banner to school. In June, a number of our pupils prepared designs with a team of artists and our artwork was professionally produced and displayed at the Great Exhibition. They have very kindly given us the finished artwork and we hope to have it displayed in school very soon.




Finally, can I remind you all that it is our first 'Come and See' morning next Thursday (27th September). School will be open from 9am until noon. Please come along and join in your child's learning experience. It really puts a smile on their faces when they get to work alongside their family. Hope to see as many of you as we possibly can.


Have a lovely weekend.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 14th September - Week 2

We've had another busy week in school.  The pupils have all settled in well now and are enjoying their new classes. Thank you to everyone who attended the 'Welcome Meetings' that took place in various classes this week. The rest of the meetings will take place next week.  This will give you a chance to find out what will be happening in your child's class throughout the year and ask any questions that you might have.


Some of our Year 1 children have had Forest School with Mr Vyle and Miss Gibson this week. They had a great time building dens, using a bow saw and then they searched for blackberries which they crushed to make blackberry juice.  Here are just a few pictures from their morning.  Take a look at the Forest School page for more...   





Mr Vyle has been working with some of the Year 5 children in the Invention Shed this week.  They used the recycled materials to make musical instruments for their parade at Walbottle Campus with the rest of the OWL Trust.




Today Year 5 visited Walbottle Campus for our Great Exhibition of the North celebration with the other schools in the OWL Trust. They paraded with our school banner, showing images that children throughout the school had created.  They sang songs and they also performed their class poem about the North, to the rest of the Trust. Well done Year 5! The whole school displays will be brought back to school so that everyone can see the fantastic work that everyone produced for the Great Exhibition of the North.


Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher

Friday 7th September - Week 1


Welcome back everyone! I'm sure you've all had a great summer enjoying the sunshine and recharging your batteries. It was lovely to see all the children back on Tuesday...the school never feels quite right without them around. Everybody looked so smart on the first day back...super smart uniforms and enthusiastic smiles to match. The teachers have all been extremely impressed with their classes - every one of them complimenting the children on their attitude, commitment and enthusiasm.


Even though it was the first week back, we have already had three classes out on school trips. Years 1, 2 and 5 all visited the Great Exhibition of the North before it closes its doors. Once again, the children were an absolute credit to the school showing interest and superb manners


We are currently putting together the new school calendar and as soon as its ready we'll put it up on the website and get copies sent out to you all - it is already looking like a busy year with lots happening in all the classes and a number of whole school initiatives and visits already in place. Please keep visiting your child's class page - as the term goes on you'll find more and more on there. For now here's a few photos from the first week back...






Look forward to catching up with you all over the coming days and weeks.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher