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Friday 7th December 2018 - Week 13


We are now well and truly getting into the festive spirit at Newburn Manor. Along with all of the Christmas performance rehearsals, we have been learning Christmas songs, listening to an advent assembly and enjoying the Whole School Christmas Fair.


On Monday, Reverend Allison Harding was in school for her advent assembly. The children had to take objects from her hidden bag. Each item was a clue to what she was preparing for. The children always enjoy the hands-on approach to her assemblies and we look forward to seeing her in the last week at the whole school Carol Service.




The talented Mr Rudkin led Year 3 in their big band trumpet performance to the whole school and the Year 3 parents. It's amazing how far they have come in just 12 weeks. Only one person had picked up a pocket trumpet before this year and the fact they had the confidence to play in front of approximately 200 people shows real dedication. It was great to hear the variety of songs and those pupils who wowed us with their freestyle playing. We look forward to inviting Mr Rudkin back in the new year ... Year 4 the bar has been raised this year.




Years 5 and 6, alongside Franco and Steve, rocked the new hall on Wednesday morning. Over the last 6 weeks the children have learned how to play 4 instruments (electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and drums) and also written their own songs. The tunes were catchy and played extremely professionally ... it had some members of the audience headbanging away ... you know who you are mums and dads! Everyone left with a huge smile on their faces - please visit Year 5 and 6 class pages to watch videos of the performances ... we are so proud of all of you.






Year 4 enjoyed a printmaking workshop on Wednesday morning. They have been working on winter scenes and we can't wait to see the finished pieces on the hall wall in January. Keep watching for more photos.




The Christmas Fair was an absolute success on Thursday afternoon. Thank you all so much for your kind donations to the tombola.  We also thank Mrs Rimington for helping us out with our raffle prizes ... you've been a star! The fair managed to raise approximately £1100 ... thank you again for wonderful support.


Next week we turn the Christmas activities up another notch. Tuesday is the Year 2, 3 and 4 Christmas performance, Wednesday is Christmas dinner and Thursday is the Reception and Year 1 Christmas performance. Everyone who asked for tickets to each performance has now been allocated a seat and they have been sent home with your child.


A busy, action-packed week ... thanks once again for everything and see you all in school over the coming days.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 30th November - Week 12


We've had another busy week in school.  On Monday, we had a Marine Biology day in Key Stage 2.  A member of the National Marine Aquarium came in to school and gave an assembly to KS2 before each class had a workshop where they got to dissect a squid.  Everyone had a great session and  got stuck in.  Here are a few pictures from the day.  Please take a look at your child's class page for more photographs.








On Tuesday we had a 'Come and See' morning in school.  It was lovely to see so many family members coming to see the children in class.  Thank you for coming in, the children loved it!   




The whole school has now been decorated for Christmas and it all looks very festive.  The classroom doors look fantastic and we have new festive boards in the main hall.








Everyone came in their Christmas jumpers today and looked very festive.  Thank you for all of your donations of bottles and chocolates for our Christmas tombola.  We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Fair next Thursday at 1:30pm.





We also had Eric Ferguson and his team from Literature Works today for a subject lead session.  It is always great to welcome visitors to our school.  We hope to welcome them back in the future.


As well as the Christmas Fair on Thursday afternoon next week, we also have our Year 3 Trumpet Performance on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am and the Year 5 and 6 Rock in a Box concert at 10:30 am on Wednesday. 


Thank you for your continued support. 


Claire Gill


Deputy Head Teacher


Friday 23rd November 2018 - Week 11


Lots of great work and activities took place this week at Newburn Manor. On Monday the children had the next story in the Open the Book project. This week we listened to the story of the blind man. It linked very nicely with our discussion on random acts of kindness that we hope to share with you over the coming weeks.






Mrs Elliott, our Achievement Partner, visited us on Monday. She spent the morning going around all of the classes in school watching the children write, looking in their books and talking to a number of pupils. She was very impressed with every learning environment and saw lots of progress in each class. Well done Newburn! The immunisation team were in school in the afternoon to give the children their nasal flu immunisations. We had a huge uptake this year so thank you for returning the forms.


On Tuesday, Year 1 visited Beamish to look at toys from the past linked to their history topic in class. They had a great time and also got to help Cinderella make porridge as well as sample old fashioned fish and chips with Mr Vyle.




In around school, we have had Mr Rudkin preparing for his trumpet gig with Year 3 as well as Franco and Steve getting their Year 5 and 6 bands ready for their school performances. They all sound great and we can't wait to show them off to parents and pupils in a couple of weeks.






Mrs Peters has enjoyed a fabulous session in the Invention Shed with Year 2, a different group from the previous weeks. They have been learning how to use the different types of tools and are already looking like budding inventors. This afternoon Year 6 are involved in a live lesson with the BBC linked to Doctor Who. Visit the class pages for further pictures and information.


Remember that next week is 'Come and See' day on Tuesday 27th November. School will be open from 9am until 12 noon for you to come along and share in the amazing sessions the teachers have planned. Friday is our Christmas jumper day. Your child can come to school in a Christmas jumper or out of school clothes - the fine is something chocolaty or a bottle for our Christmas Fair.


Thank you for your contributions in advance and we hope to see you all next Tuesday morning.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 16th November - Week 10


We've had another busy week in school this week. On Wednesday Year 2 went on a trip to St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead to learn more about the Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead. The class were all on their best behaviour and had a great time exploring the Quayside to look at where the fire started and how it spread. Here are a few pictures from the morning.  Take a look at the Year 2 class page for more.






Yesterday we got to see Year 6's Greek Extravaganza Class Assembly. The class did themselves proud and put on a fantastic show. We loved looking at their masks, Greek vases and temples.  We were amazed by how many facts they could tell us about the Ancient Greeks.

Well done Year 6!




Today we were dressed up for 'Children in Need' in school. Everyone came dressed in their pyjamas and donated money. Thank you to everyone for your kind donations. We have managed to raise £271.83 for 'Children in Need' which is fantastic. 






Also today we had a wonderful treat in school.  M & M Theatrical Productions came in to school to perform Dick Whittington for us all. It was great and all the children had a wonderful time. There was lots of singing and dancing and we even practised our three times table. A particular highlight was when Mr Vyle and Mrs Merrix competed in a 'Dance Off'.






Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher

Friday 9th November 2018 - Week 9


I hope you all had a great half term break, it was a long first half term and now we have the run up to Christmas to look forward to. It has been an action packed first week back with parent visits, school trips, out of class activities and expert visitors.


On Monday afternoon, Mrs Peters and Jyl continued their super work with our Year 5 group in the Invention Shed. The children thoroughly enjoy their time together and their imaginations have produced some wonderful final results. This week they worked with clay alongside the tools. All of the teaching staff have now received their tool training in the shed so more children will be experiencing the environment, using their inventive creativity and the tools.






On Tuesday, Years 5 and 6 ventured over to Beamish to take part in a murder day...there had been a murder! The ‘body’ was found in the Ladies Waiting Room down at the Station near the Town. Clues had been left behind. The students needed to solve the crime...and they did! Questioning the folk of the town and collecting clues they all managed to solve the case. We can't wait to read the follow up writing taking place.






Wednesday saw Liz Bailey visit the school to run her 'Power up your early counting skills' session.  The first part of the session was for our Reception parents and then our Reception pupils joined them for the second half. It was great to see so many of you at the session exploring the wonders of Early Years maths. I'd also like to thank our amazing Year 6 pupils who supported children whose parents couldn't attend. It was a great afternoon and we look forward to Mrs Bailey returning in the new year to work with the older children and their parents.








On Thursday we had the second of our open the school sessions for parents looking at Reception places for next September. It was lovely to see so many new faces and the sessions went very well. The pupils were an absolute credit to the school and their enthusiasm and polite manners were commented on by a number of the parents...well done Newburn! On the Thursday Mr Vyle and his band of merry helpers fired up the cob oven as well as the fire pit...it meant we could all enjoy some hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and homemade hotdogs.




This week saw the start of our new after school clubs. On top of the sports clubs we currently have running (basketball and multi-skills), Key Stage 2 have Chess Club run by Mrs Hainsworth and Glee with Mrs Reid with Key Stage 1 enjoying board game club with Mrs Howse. They have been a huge success already and we will have further clubs available in the new year.




Mrs Peters has been doing an amazing job in our library. She has produced two lovely displays based around Remembrance Day. The books go into all aspects of why we remember as well as stories from both World War 1 and 2. She has hand made some lovely poppies using similar techniques to those seen in the invention shed. It looks fabulous...




As well as her Remembrance Day displays, she also keeps us bang up to date with children's literature. She displays new books as well as messages from the actual authors. I am currently reading The Lost Magician by Piers Torday with my son at home. It is one of the books highlighted by Mrs Peters and I can highly recommend to you all...thanks Mrs Peters.






Thank you for your continued support.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 26th October - Week 8

The final week of this half term has been another busy one! Earlier in the week, we had 'Open the Book' in assembly where the children were shown a story about being a good neighbour. Some of Year 3 acted out the story and did a great job. Afterwards we talked about how we can help each other at school and be good ‘neighbours’ to one another.




Year 1 went on a harvest walk on Wednesday. They went down into the Dene and into the Orchard looking for signs of Autumn as part of their topic work on Seasonal Changes.



Also on Wednesday Franco and Steve came in to work with Year 5 and Year 6 on their Rock Band. Over the next few weeks they will be using drums, keyboards, and electric guitars.  This work will culminate in an amazing show at the end of next half term. Watch this space…

On Thursday, Mr Gill came in to work with Year 2 on creating huge Kenyan animals to go up on display outside their classroom. The finished animals look great! Here are a few pictures. Take a look on the Year 2 class page for more...



Today, Year 6 had their Greek Extravaganza. The afternoon was a complete success celebrating the wedding of Persephene and Hades. Thank you to everyone who came to see the celebration. It was a great afternoon!






I hope you have a lovely half term holiday and I will see everyone on Monday 5th November.


Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher


Friday 19th October 2018 - Week 7 


We have all thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous week 7 at Newburn Manor. We kicked the week off with the introduction of our new playground equipment sheds filled with new games and toys for the children to use at playtimes and lunchtimes.  We will be adding more equipment after half term, in the meantime the children have been having a great time and it has gone down a storm with everyone. I'd like to say a huge thank you to our Year 6 Playground Team, they have been extremely helpful especially with our Key Stage 1 pupils.








Monday morning saw Reverend Harding visit us for a Harvest themed assembly - it really set the tone for the week and got the children ready for their own celebrations later in the week.  On Wednesday, we invited all of our parents into school to watch our wonderful Harvest Festival. We had a great time and were treated to some gorgeous singing and tales of Harvest around the world. Can I thank all of you who came along, the afternoon session was full to the brim. The laughter, cheers and comments at the end showed how much you all enjoyed it.






If you couldn't make it to the harvest performances, can I thank you all for your outstanding generosity when bringing in items for our food bank collection.  We are donating ours to the West End Foodbank and they will be over the moon with the items you have so kindly provided. Thanks again.




On top of all of these wonderful whole school events, each year group continues to pack so much into the first half term. Year 3 visited Pizza Express in Gosforth on Thursday morning. As part of their 'Where in the world is the Mediterranean?' they made authentic Italian pizzas, please see their class page for more information. Year 6 have been working with 'Dodgy Clutch' theatre company in preparation for another Greek extravaganza - we can't wait to see the final production. Year 4 are visiting Housesteads Roman fort today as part of their Roman topic. Mrs Reid will have lots of information on her webpage after they have returned.




Finally, well done and massive congratulations go to our dodgeball team. Last week they attended the Outer West Dodgeball Tournament at Throckley Primary. They progressed all the way to the final where they were narrowly beaten by Throckley 2 games to 1.


It was great to see so many of you in school this week. Thanks again for your support and generosity.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

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