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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Please click on the links below for the guidance we are following from the DfE and the Government.

Stuart Pickup, Head teacher.

Friday 19th June 2020


It has been the most enjoyable week at Newburn Manor since March. Our Year 6 pupils have returned and have been an absolute joy to have back. They settled straight back into school and have brought their smiles, enthusiasm and wonderful work ethic with them every day. We have to praise each and every one of them for their amazing attitudes. Whether it has been daily maths and English lessons, PSHE work or Forest School sessions, they have given each aspect 100%. School looks very different to when they left but they have adapted in such a mature manner. They have followed the social distancing rules in such a positive manner and made the reopening a smooth and more importantly thoroughly enjoyable process.



Our Key Worker/Vulnerable group has continued to grow steadily. Just as is the case with our Year 6 pupils, they brighten up the school building and bring laughter and smiles to school each day. They have been busy working on their class learning projects as well as getting to grips with a daily Joe Wicks workout. 





We aim to have school opened to our Year 1 pupils on Monday 29th June. We are sending an email and a text to parents of these children today so that we can determine numbers and produce a rota system if required.


Please remember that your child's class teacher updates their coronavirus page on a weekly basis. The page includes their weekly learning projects - daily maths, reading, writing and SPAG activities and a selection of creative work to undertake. Next week's project will all be linked to the world of sport to tie in with National School Sports Week at Home 2020. Please keep posting your photos and work up on the class blog pages that can be easily accessed through the pupil tab on the website. Your child's class teacher will again be calling you next week to speak with each pupil:

Monday 22nd June - Reception pupils - Miss Morgan

Tuesday 23rd June - Year 3 pupils - Mrs Hainsworth

Wednesday 24th June - Year 4 pupils - Mrs Reid (AM), Year 5 pupils - Mrs Gill (PM)

Thursday 25th June - Year 1 - Miss Phillips

Friday 26th June - Year 2 - Mrs Merrix    


Thank your for your continued support and please contact us if there is anything we can help you with.


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

Monday 1st June 2020

Newburn Manor Primary School


Dear Parent/Carer,


First of all, can I thank you all for your continued support through these unique times. I appreciate that this is a challenging time for parents and families linked to the school. Your support through home schooling, responding to communication and making use of the online blog has been invaluable. I hope that you are all safe and well and remember to contact us if there is anything we can help you with.


Today would normally have been the first day of the final half term. You will have seen in the media today that schools have begun to reopen across the country. At Newburn Manor we are currently open to the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils as has been the case since March of this year. The next phase of our reopening will see us open the school to our Year 6 pupils. I will be contacting the parents of our Year 6 pupils this week to discuss the reopening further. This will include details of the new school day, the changes to classroom layouts, social distancing measures throughout the building and the smaller groups in which they will be working.


Based on our extensive risk assessment (developed in line with the latest Government, Public Health England and Newcastle Local Authority guidance alongside the recommendations of the Trade Unions) and a collaborative decision made alongside other Outer West Learning Trust schools, we are planning to open to small groups of Year 6 pupils from Monday 15th June. We believe that a partial reopening from this date will allow us to monitor the infection rate across the North East and is a safer option for our children given that we also hope by then to have a greater reassurance that the national ‘Track and Trace’ system is up and running. We also believe that this year group are best placed to understand and implement the many social distancing measures that we are having to introduce.


If you are a key worker and believe your child will require a place in our childcare provision group can you, please contact school to discuss your future needs as these numbers will affect the wider opening of the school.


Behind the scenes, we have been busy adapting the school setting for changes given in the Department for Education guidance. Mr Leiper and his team have ensured that a thorough deep clean has taken place so that we are prepared for the wider reopening of the school and Mrs Hogarth has been hard at work procuring all of the relevant hygiene materials and PPE when needed.


I would like to end on a celebratory note. Today marks the return of Mrs Howse to Newburn Manor Primary School following her long term absence. We are extremely happy that she is back on the team and some of you will hear from her over the coming weeks. I’m sure you’ll agree it will be great having her smile and enthusiasm back in school.


Thank you for your continued support


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

My Happy Place

Messages from the staff of Newburn Manor Primary School to our pupils and families, sharing a 'happy place' which brings us joy during the COVID-19 lockdown and sending good wishes.

Monday 4th May 2020


I hope that everyone is keeping safe and well. All of the teachers have updated their Coronavirus year group work pages. Each week a new learning project will be put up with a number of supporting documents to help you and your child complete the tasks. In addition to this, teachers are also uploading videos and other online resources that can support your child's work during the lock-down period. This weeks topic is all about Earth and the Environment. This is a favourite subject of mine so I look forward to reading through all of your great work when you put it up on the school blog. BBC bitesize website also has lots of great resources for KS1 and KS2. You may also have heard that the Oak National Academy have a daily lessons that be accessed on line.


We have moved the Coronavirus webpage to the front of our website to make it easier for you all to access. If you click on the menu button on our home page and go to the Coronavirus link you will find a page called Year Group work during school closure. This should have everything you need to complete this week's tasks. If for any reason you are struggling to access it or can't print work off, please give school a call and we will make sure to provide you with the support you need including sending printed copies or having them available to be picked up.


Please continue to make use of the class blogs on the home learning page of the pupils area on our website. All of the staff have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what you have all been getting up to, as well as seeing the lovely work you have been producing. Remember that the blog can also be used as a point of contact with your child's class teacher if you require assistance with supporting them through these tricky times.


Stay safe Newburn


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher.

Music Partnership North

Please see the document below for information about the Local Heroes Project that is being run by Music Partnership North.


Each week, MPN Newcastle will set you, our very own local heroes, the challenge of responding to a different musical style in any way you wish.  Whether you are learning from home or at school right now, we would love for you and your families to get involved. Our tutors will also be producing their own responses to share with you, so look out for some familiar faces! We will suggest some pieces for you to focus on each week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to play or sing another piece, or research into other pieces or composers.  We will be uploading lots of resources to help you get creative, Over the next few weeks we will be exploring folk music, rock and pop, classical music, musical theatre, music from around the world, and much, much more. We want you to get creative, so get composing, performing, singing or dancing! You could even create a piece of art, write a story or do some research into one of the pieces of music we have set for each week. 


Our first musical style is folk music. To access our resources, please could go the Local Heroes section on our website:

Coronavirus - A Book for Children


'Coronavirus, A book for Children' has been put together by Consultant Professor Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, Nia Roberts and illustrator Axel Scheffler. 


Have a read through and share it with your children

Northern Mental Health Support

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University have joined together to create the Northern Mental Health Support website. It has resources for children and adult’s mental health as well as practical advice around finances and education.  The aim of the site is to help any individual or family struggling with issues of social isolation, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Newburn Manor Primary School

Friday 3rd April 2020


Dear All


It seems odd to say that the Easter break is here following the closure of the school. Newburn Manor has been a strange place to be in for the last two weeks. Although we have had some of our great pupils in school, it never quite feels the same place without the whole school community being together. I have spoken to a number of mums and dads who have been keeping me updated with the activities you’ve been involved in. I hope you’ve all been getting some exercise, reading those books and completing some of the tasks we have sent home or put on the school website. More importantly though, I hope you’ve been spending lots of time together as families. I have managed to be home earlier than I normally would have been and have enjoyed spending the extra time with my son and daughter – just the little things like eating together and playing games. Supporting each other (and helping mums and dads) is vitally important during the lock down period and I know Newburn Manor pupils are experts at looking out for others.


Can I say a big thank you to all of our parents. I’m sure the last two weeks have been just as strange for you. Distance learning and supporting your child through the work their teachers have set, can appear quite daunting at times. Please don’t feel under pressure to know everything and worry that your child hasn’t completed all of these tasks. My advice is to do what you can. If you require any support, please email or call school and we will endeavour to help in any way we can. Listen to your child read on a daily basis and let them make daily use of the online platforms they have been signed up to. We will keep producing our weekly learning projects but will not update them until after Easter break – give you all some rest time. A big thank you once again.


Instead of a weekly learning project, I will be adding a page to the coronavirus tab of our website (in addition to the activities below) containing fun Easter activities you can get involved in – no written methods or fronted adverbials – just family creative fun. Please don’t feel under any pressure, they will just be there if you want or need them.


As of Friday 3rd April, school will be closed for two weeks. I hope you all have a great Easter break and the Easter bunny delivers you some delicious chocolate delights. Remember to keep up the exercise alongside those sugary treats – you can always replay Joe Wicks’ videos if you’re still able to move after the first 10 days.


We will all look forward to hearing about your Easter adventures.


Stay safe Newburn.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Some Easter ideas to try out as a family:

Design a family egg hunt – why not turn it into an Easter treasure map



We missed out on our annual decorate an egg competition – why not do your own at home – send pictures to school and we will put as many as we can on the website or our twitter account




Make some Easter nest cakes or go design your own Easter cakes and show us the results




Take a look at Year 2’s Easter dance that we missed out on after we had to cancel the Easter Hat Parade. Choose your own song and design dance.


If the weather is nice, get yourself out into the garden and have a family egg and spoon race – no cheating mums and dads.


Make an Easter card to send to a friend or relative. Perhaps during your one walk a day with adult supervision, you could stop at a post box so that it can be delivered to their house




Get poetic this Easter by creating your own acrostic poem using the letters in the word ‘Easter’.


Draw or colour in an Easter or Spring picture – take a picture and send them in – we will try and display as many as we can.



Thursday 2nd April 2020


We are currently in the process of setting up the Free School Meal voucher system. We aim to have this up and running for the first week after the Easter Holidays. Thank you to everyone who has provided us with a registered email address. The vouchers should be sent to the addresses you gave school.


Packed lunches will still be provided today and Friday 3rd April at the usual tine of 11am until 1pm at the front of the school.

School Twitter Account

Parents/carers, please consider joining Twitter and following the school @nmpsch, even as a temporary measure.  You can keep your account private if you wish and we won't follow you back.  We have posted lots of links to fun and interesting learning activities, videos, etc to help keep your children occupied and will continue to add others daily.  Don't worry, we don't expect your children to join in with everything!  These are simply to support you.  Your child may take part in as little or as much as they would like.  We'd love to see how you they are getting on so welcome any photos, comments, etc.  Please stay safe and follow official government advice and guidelines.

Monday 30th June 2020


Please visit the Year Group Work during School Closure page to gain access to this weeks learning project for your child. This week it is 'All about me'. Any written tasks can be completed in the exercise books sent home. Please feel free to contact school if you are having any problems accessing the learning project or any online platforms.


Free school meal packed lunches will be available at the front of school form 11am until 1pm every day.

Sunday 22nd March


An important notice from Gavin Williamson (Education Secretary)



'From tomorrow, schools will be closed except for children of critical workers and the most vulnerable.

We must ensure NHS staff are able to access school places. Don’t take a place you don’t need.


You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response.

If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

Be responsible. Keep your kids at home.'

Friday 20th March


The most recent update to parents about school closures from the government document 


The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.


That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.


Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the document above. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.


If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.



What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in an education setting they should be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Main messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999