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Head and Deputy Weekly Update

Friday 12th February 2021 - Week 20


We arrive at the February half term under very different circumstances to most years. The last six weeks have been challenging for everyone but the way in which the Newburn Manor School Community has pulled together and supported each other is further evidence of the family ethos we pride ourselves on.


Snowy Days

The snow has put huge smiles on the faces of the children in school this week, as well as some of the staff. The children have been making use of the outside areas making snowmen and today we had some sledging down the hill antics in all the bubbles.







Thank you

Without wanting to sound repetitive, can I thank you for everything you have been doing to help your children during this half term. Remote learning will never replace the benefits of face to face teaching and we can’t wait to see the children back in school as soon as we can safely do so. Over the last few weeks you will have faced every emotion possible and we fully understand that there will have been periods of stress and anxiety. From the whole team at Newburn Manor can I say a huge thank you for your continued support of the school and your child’s remote learning.



At present, I have no new information for you about the reopening of the school. It is our hope that the government/DfE will be providing this information following the half term holidays. You will have heard from the Prime Minister's briefing that he intends to give schools 2 weeks’ notice in relation to schools reopening. Once we have this information we will be addressing our Risk Assessment to ensure that we can comply with all expectations and we will provide you with more detailed updates once this information is in place.


Positive cases or testing

During the lockdown period, if anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or requires a test due to displaying symptoms, it is important that you still contact school to let us know. We have found a number of families with cases from our weekly calls to some parents. This is for our own records as well as public health.


Nursery Car Park

Can we please ask that parents dropping children off at school do not use the Nursery car park as an access route. Just like ourselves, Newburn Manor Nursery have COVID procedures in place, one of which is that their car park is a designated pick up and drop off point. Access to the Key Stage 2 entrance is our side door but accessed via the front of school.


Half term

Next week is half term – no home schooling for a whole 5 days! Due to remote learning, the children will have been spending substantially more time looking at laptop and tablet screens. Next week is an opportunity to down tools for a whole week and recharge the batteries not using technology. If you’re anything like my family, you may well now be getting a little tired of the same walk every day. Completing the same route around the local area is also inevitably involving higher levels of whingeing than the first lockdown in the more welcoming weather. We have put some ideas together for next week that we have all found fun from personal experience or from the internet:



Today is the new Chinese New Year. Why not celebrate by designing and making your own Chinese inspired dishes?


Make a HUGE thing of Pancake Day

Tuesday 16th is Pancake Day. Get excited about it and plan some extra special activities and mix up your toppings. Try both sweet and savoury options. Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!


Bake Off Day

A great one to do with friends! Set a theme such as cupcakes and get all the kids friends cooking together on Zoom.


Games for walks



Have someone with a camera or smartphone walk ahead on the trail and take a macro—or super close-up—shot of an object along the trail: a mushroom, a knot in a tree, a crack in a rock. The close-up should focus on part of the object rather than the whole thing. (If you take a picture of the entire object, it will be too easy to find!) When the rest of the group catches up to the photographer, define a small 10-by-10-foot area—and then it’s a race to see who can find the object first. It takes just minutes to play, but the fascination of finding hidden objects in the woods makes it fun and keeps you moving!


Hiking Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? This one is really simple: Make a list of items everyone has to find, and the first one to find them all wins! (Kids don’t have to actually collect the objects; they can announce their finds to the group for a Leave-No-Trace-friendly approach.) Here’s a list to get you started—but get creative!


Four different shades of green

Something blue

Heart-shaped rock

Piece of litter (Pick it up and carry it out!)

Something made by humans


Nature walks and crafts

The National Trust has put together lots of activities suited to different types of landscapes for this February half term:


What's open to visit? National Trust gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local people to exercise. Prior booking is required.

50 things activities to do in your back garden -

Top family-friendly bakes -


Plan a Themed Day

The key ingredients of a Themed Day are fancy dress, a themed lunch and some fun activities. Maybe try to throw in a relevant movie for 90 minutes of down time or for when the weather is too grey and chilly.


Home Cinema Day

Grab the popcorn, close the curtains and have a home cinema day, maybe watch some Harry Potter Films or the have the kids pick their favourite film each.


Wednesday 17th February is National Random Acts of Kindness Day

It's the perfect day to attempt to make the world a happier place. Your child can take part in World Kindness Day by doing a random act of kindness, large or small. You can choose different acts each day of the half term holiday. Here are a few ideas:


  • Help mum and dad make the dinner
  • Help around the house
  • Call a friend if you haven’t spoken to them in a while
  • Plant something
  • Read a story to someone
  • Have a complain free day


Please let us know how you get on over the half term holidays. Post photographs of your activities on Seesaw and the school blog. We will attempt to put a collage together if we receive enough photos that can be shared with the school community.


Once again, thank you for all of your hard work. Please try to relax and enjoy the break. We will be in touch with our plans at the start of next half term.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher


Friday 5th February 2021 - Week 19 


Once again we would like to thank all children and families completing the remote leaning for your continued commitment and support. We are 5 weeks into working away from school and the way the children have responded to the learning has been a credit to the school and their families. Working in front of a screen for prolonged periods of time can take its toll on pupils in many ways, please remember that it is important they take breaks on a consistent basis and we support you in the idea that children also need time away from the screen.


Balancing a job and/or working from home, alongside supporting your child's home learning can be extremely difficult. We have said it on many occasions, but please get in touch with us if you are having difficulties, it may be something we can help with a quick solution or something where we can put extra support in place. This week we have had a number of pupils posting work after 8 pm at night and sometimes into the early hours. This is definitely something that we don't want to happen. Although it is vital our pupils complete the work they are set, this needs to be alongside balanced family time. Emotional wellbeing is key at times such as these and having time for parents and pupils to recharge their batteries is a must. The best time for pupils to complete tasks is during normal school hours as their class teacher is on hand for 'live support' during these hours. I have passed the same message on to my staff that they need to make time for family and recharging. Therefore they will not be available for this 'live support' outside of school office hours.


On Thursday morning, Lani and Bromily attended school to drop off a very special gift. The girls had baked the staff some beautiful homemade cupcakes. It was lovely seeing their smiles in school and the cakes put huge smiles on the faces of the staff. We would like to say a massive thank you to Lani, Bromily and their mum for the very kind gift, it has raised spirits across all the staff ... a lovely end to the week.





Have a safe weekend.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 29th January 2021 - Week 18  


Another week has been completed. This week there has been information in the media about the dangers that can be experienced by children during remote learning. We have put some helpful hints below to use when your children are online. We will never ask your child to sign up to anything with a personal email address - our learning platforms use a username and password. It is important to monitor the use of the message facility on Seesaw and that your child understands what is appropriate to write online. Perhaps remind them that these messages will be visible to the school staff and they shouldn’t put anything in a message that they wouldn’t want anyone else to see.


Keep Security up to Date

Protect your children and their devices from hackers by ensuring you keep all programs on their computer up to date. Run updates, install patches and make sure you install anti-virus or anti-malware software on their computers before use. 


Install Parental Controls

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of their screens, which can inadvertently lead to browsing on websites you don't want them to access. By installing parental controls like computer monitoring software you'll be able to filter websites, block apps, games and other distracting media, and regulate your child's purchases online.


Keep Personal Information out of Usernames

Keep your child's online identity anonymous by avoiding usernames with identifying details. Usernames that hint at your child's age, location, last name or other important identifying details should be avoided. It's also important to talk to your child about online safety and make sure they know they should never give out personal information online, even if the person they are chatting with appears to be a friend. If your child is contacted online by someone they do not know, make sure they alert you immediately. 


Talk to Your Kids About Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices. As school shifts online this year, cyberbullying has the potential to become even more commonplace. Talk to your child about appropriate and inappropriate interactions with their peers online, and help them identify behaviors that may constitute as cyberbullying. If they see their peers cyberbullying, ask that they alert you immediately.


Next week is children's mental health week. This year's theme is 'Express Yourself'. 




Go to the Place2Be webpage below to see what you and your children can get involved with:


Have a safe weekend.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 22nd January 2021 - Week 17


This week seems to have flown by. We have had lots of lovely messages through again this week and the Zoom tutorials have clearly gone down a storm - thank you for the positive support. It has been lovely seeing so many smiley faces again. Seesaw has been kept busy this week with huge amounts of work completed by lots of the children. Keep up the hard work. These are very challenging times and you are doing a great job.


On the topic of remote learning, can we ask that children please access the Seesaw work set by the class teacher before the children work on Lexia, Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars. We make great use of these support programs at school and they are extremely useful tools but the Seesaw work is a sequence of lessons set by the class teacher and is matched to the work that they would be accessing in school this term. We encourage all pupils to access all of their Seesaw activities to maintain their quality of education. We fully understand that some families may be sharing devices and this is not always possible. Please inform us if you are having issues around this to determine if we can provide you with support. 


Please have a safe weekend. The weather forecast is looking cold but clear for those local walks.


Thank you again.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Time Out Parent/Carer Support Group


A new group is starting to support parents/carers of young people with mental health difficulties. It will run every last Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in taking part, please either contact school or the organisers (see bottom of poster) for the link to join the first Zoom meeting.


Poster for Time Out Parent/Carer Support Group

Friday 15th January 2021 - Week 16


Week 2 of the new lockdown and the new school year. We are missing having all of the children in school and we hope that you are safe and well at home. The children and staff have been uploading lots of great work through the Seesaw app. A massive thank you to all of our parents. You are doing a superb job of supporting your children with their remote work through very uncertain times. Please remember that we are here to help and support you in any way we can - please ask through Seesaw or by calling school if there is anything that is confusing - there is never a silly question.


This week we have started our Zoom tutorials. These will be a further weekly link with the children on top of Seesaw - the link that we sent out will work at the same time each week. I didn't manage to join all of the meetings but ones I did brought a huge smile to my face. It was so nice seeing children who aren't in school. We are extremely proud of how well you are coping with the current lockdown. You have been working through your daily Seesaw work with wonderful enthusiasm - keep up the hard work and remember to always let us know if you need anything.


Have a lovely weekend Newburn. Have some relaxing family time and remember to stay safe.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 8th January 2021 - Week 15


Happy New Year Newburn. The start to 2021 really hasn't been the one we expected or wanted. Can I thank you all for the support you have provided during the first week of this lockdown. This was thrown on us at very short notice but the way in which the whole school community has pulled together, once again makes me feel extremely proud to be part of such a family driven school.


The last thing we wanted was for schools to be closed again due to the work the children missed in the previous lockdown. As you will be aware from the emails we have sent out, the remote learning offer is significantly different to last time. Your child's class teacher is uploading work to Seesaw Monday to Friday, with 5 sequenced activities each day which need to be completed and uploaded daily. Your child's teacher will mark and provide feedback on this work and can be contacted to provide 'live support' during the day via the Seesaw app. It is important that the children are completing this work every day so that elements of their learning are not missed.


In addition to Seesaw, your child could and should be accessing Lexia, Mathletics or Mathseeds (Reception) and Times Tables Rock Stars (Year 2 and above) for 20 minutes each per day. Following discussions with our IT support, we understand that Lexia, Mathletics, Mathseeds and Times Tables Rock Stars can all be accessed through an Xbox, with Mathletics also working on PlayStations.


We will be in touch with you via email and the school text service should there be any changes you need to know about. Please contact the school if you need any support and we will do our absolute best to help you out.


Have a good weekend and please stay safe.


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

Friday 19th December - Week 14

Well we’re at the end of term already.  What a busy term we’ve had!  This week has been no different.  We had the rest of our Christmas parties in school throughout the week.  Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 had some festive dancing and a few games including musical statues in the hall.  They then returned to their classroom for pizza and a DVD.  It was a very different party to usual but the children had a wonderful afternoon and enjoyed their pizza treat!  Here are a few pictures taken from the parties. 





Over November and December, Year 2 and Year 5 spent a lot of time learning the British Sign language signs for a two different Christmas songs.  Year 2 practised ‘A Christmas List’ and Year 5 practised ‘What Christmas is For’.  Schools in the area also practised this song and a video has been created by the Music Partnership North.  If you would like to watch it, please follow the links below:




My Christmas List - Year 2


What Christmas is For - Year 5 


The last instalments of our nativity have also been uploaded to the school website this week.  We hope you enjoy them.  This week Reception shared with us 'Jesus is born', Year 4 told us the story of the shepherds, Year 5 retold the scene of the three wise men and Year 6 shared a special message for the Christmas period.  Take a look at the Christmas story page for each scene performed by the different classes in school.


We had our final virtual assembly of 2020 today to celebrate the achievements of the pupils in school and to send out happy birthday wishes to those with a birthday over the festive break.  Here are our ACE award winners for this week. 






Please note, if your child receives a positive COVID result during the Christmas break or you will be required to self isolate after the Christmas break (due to someone in your household receiving a positive test result or you are informed by Trace and Trace), school can be contacted on 07736474390


Thank you all for the amazing support you continue to give us.  It has been an incredibly busy term.  I hope you all have a lovely break over Christmas.  See you all in 2021...we return to school on Monday, 4th January at 8:50 am for Reception and 8:55 am for the rest of the school.   


Merry Christmas!


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher                           

Friday 11th December 2020 - Week 13


Christmas continues to be the big topic this week. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed our Christmas dinner celebrations. Claire, Gillian and Stephen did a great job and provided a lovely meal and smiles to everyone in the hall. There were no cracker and party hats this year but the Christmas tunes helped raise the spirits (just a shame we couldn't sing along). 






A huge thank you to Stacey Law-Williams, a parent of two of our pupils, who came into school on Tuesday night and put up a lovely Christmas arch. The children absolutely love it, especially our Key Stage 1 pupils who go through it on their way to lunch each day.




Our Christmas stories, performed by each year group, have started. So far we have Years One, Two and Three who have given us the story of Mary and the Angel, the Journey to Bethlehem and No Room at the Inn. Each story is accompanied by a related Christmas song. Please visit the Christmas Story 2020 page to watch all of the available videos. Reception, alongside Years Four, Five and Six will be adding theirs next week.


A huge well done to all of our Year Two pupils who have been completing their phonics assessments this week. We are extremely proud of them, they have performed so well. Years Five and Six have been taking part in their final week of Bamboo Tamboo with Franco this week. I had the privilege of being with Year Six on Thursday morning and I was incredibly impressed with their enthusiasm and talent. We have a few budding percussionists in there. If you would like to watch the performance from each class please visit the Year Five and Year Six class pages.


Although we are not having our usual Christmas parties, we don't want the children missing out on the seasonal festivities. This year our 'parties' include some socially distanced dancing and games followed by some naughty take away food and some festive DVDs - as well as a little something from Santa. The children have enjoyed coming into school in their party clothes and the celebrations.



The virtual celebration assembly is always a highlight of the week and this week was no different. So many different reasons for our ACE awards this week from supporting each other in class and being a great friend to outstanding writing and amazing reading progress. Well done to each and every one of our award recipients this week...
















Next week is the last before the Christmas holidays. Can I remind you all that next Friday we will close from between 1.45 pm and 2.05 pm, staggering collection times so that bubbles can move around the school building and leave in a safe manner. This means that on Friday, 18th December collection for each year group will be as follows:


Reception (green gates) and Year 4 (front red gates): 1.45 pm

Year 5 (green gates) and Year 3/Year 1 (front red gates): 1.55 pm

Year 2 and Year 6 (front red gates): 2.05 pm


Have a great weekend. Thank you for all the supportive feedback this week. It has put a smile everyone's face.


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

Friday 4th December 2020 - Week 12

Just like that, we're in December already.  It has been another busy week in school with lots going on.  The children arrived at school on Monday to see a very festive looking Newburn Manor Primary School.  The staff stayed back on Friday evening to make sure the school looked just right for the run up to Christmas.  We have three Christmas trees this year, for both halls and the corridor, as well as decorations up throughout school and in every classroom.  We also have our beautifully decorated doors to brighten up our corridors.










Throughout the week we have had Bamboo Tamboo, Fitness Dance, Inamojo and Ukuleles to name but a few of the activities happening in school.  We have also started rehearsals for our virtual Nativity story.  The classes have been practising away and I can't wait to see the recordings of the story next week.  From Wednesday we will be uploading part of the Nativity every day, told from a different class in school.  Watch this space ...


Today I had the pleasure of recording some of our Year 6 pupils singing some carols for the Reverend Allison Harding.  These will be played on the YouTube site for St Michael and All Angels Church, Newburn over the Christmas period.   



We had our weekly virtual assembly today with Mr Pickup where we had the chance to share in the achievements of pupils throughout school.  Here are this week's ACE award winners. 





Next week we have our Christmas jumper day on Tuesday which is also our Christmas lunch day.  If your child usually brings a packed lunch and would like a school dinner on this day, please ring Mrs Hogarth in the school office and we can organise this for you.   


On Monday, we will be sending out a letter with information regarding the closing times for school on Friday, 18th December.


Have a lovely weekend.


Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher 

Friday 27th November 2020 - Week 11


We are nearly at the end of November so we can start to mention Christmas. You will have been sent an email this morning about our Christmas calendar and details of what will be taking place.


The children continue to be absolute stars and I can't praise them more highly for the way they adapt to any changes we need to make. We have completed our parent consolation calls this week with some lovely messages of support being passed on to us via calls and emails. Thank you so much for these reassuring comments; it really helps staff morale and gave them a real boost. If for any reason you missed your call or couldn't make the three nights, please contact school and we will do our very best top accommodate a new date and time.


Mrs Gill's Year 5 gang took part in a live stream lesson from Kielder Observatory all about the Solar System. The children learnt new facts about each of the planets and information about the sun. It was lovely to be able to understand the distances in a real life context as well as having the opportunity to ask Dan and Adam questions.



Our weekly extra curricular activities continue to bring smiles to the children's faces especially our dance sessions with Chantal, music with Franco and Mr Rudkin, YogaBugs with Anna and our in school makers club and Forest School with Mr Vyle.









Huge congratulations to our ACE award winners this week. You make us so proud every week and it is lovely seeing everyone's smiley face in our virtual assemblies.










If you haven't managed to open the Christmas email. The information is below:


Christmas Nativity Performance

The staff are currently working on a nativity production that will involve the whole school. This will be filmed and uploaded to our school website for all of our families to enjoy as we are unable to accommodate audiences in school. We will upload a scene a day on our website on the following dates:


Year 1: Wednesday 9th December                              Reception: Monday 14th December

Year 2: Thursday 10th December                                Year 4: Tuesday 15th December

Year 3: Friday 11th December                                     Year 5: Wednesday 16th December

                                                                                     Year 6: Thursday 17th December


We plan to have copies to distribute to parents via DVD if all parents across the school agree to this, please let us know if you do not want your child included on this. We will of course not be including those children who currently don’t have permission to be on the school website.


Christmas Cards

To minimise any potential Covid-19 transmission between our numerous households we politely request that Christmas cards are not sent into school. Our older children usually manage the sorting and delivery of the many hundreds of Christmas cards in school but this year they are not able to travel around the school. Consequently, we will not be hosting our traditional post box in the hall or special deliveries to classrooms to protect year group bubbles.


Children will still be given the opportunity to make Christmas cards and calendars in school for family members and they will be stored safely for the appropriate time-scales in accordance with current DfE guidance, before being sent home.


Christmas Dinner

The children will be having their Christmas Lunch on Tuesday, 8th December.  All children who have a school dinner will be having this option. If your child usually brings a packed lunch but would like to have Christmas Lunch on this day, please inform the school office.


Children who are in receipt of either universal infant free school meals (Reception, Years 1 & 2) or free school meals but bring a packed lunch to school do not need to pay. Otherwise please send in £2.20 in an envelope with your child’s name on marked ‘Christmas Lunch’.


Christmas Jumper Day

On the same day as Christmas Dinner, Tuesday, 8th December, we will be having Christmas jumper/Christmas dress day in support of the Newcastle West End Foodbank. We would like to donate food if you are able to at one of the local drop off points:


Tesco Extra, Kingston Park      06.00-midnight

Waitrose, Ponteland                 08.00-20.00

Sainsbury’s, Throckley             08.00-21.00

Morrison’s, West Denton          07.00-22.00


If you would like to take a photo of your child making the donation you could post it onto our class blog page or e-mail it to and we can put this on our website.


Christmas Parties

We will be holding our Christmas parties as usual in our class bubbles.  Each class will have some party food in the afternoon, which will be provided and prepared by school and the children will also take part in fun activities within their classroom.

Children can wear their party clothes all day, but please ensure that they are wearing clothes, shoes and a coat suitable for being outside at break and lunch.


Reception: Thursday 10th December              Year 3: Tuesday 15th December

Year 1: Wednesday 9th December                  Year 4: Wednesday 16th December

Year 2: Friday 11th December                         Year 5: Thursday 17th December

                                                                         Year 6: Monday 14th December


Hopefully, this letter will reassure families that we will do our upmost to ensure all of the children enjoy their Christmas in school and end the term with well-deserved festive fun and experiences.



Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to sing Christmas Carols in the community this year. We are planning to record some of our Year 6 children singing and hopefully share with our local care homes and Church to spread some Christmas joy. We will of course be in touch with parents to let them know of the details before we do this.



We have been contacted by some of our local care homes to contribute to their Christmas celebrations. Year 5 will be making some collage Christmas trees that will be used to make garlands in Denecroft along with staff from Hen Pals and also with Lindisfarne #heartsforschools campaign.


Finally, please can we remind everyone of the Covid-19 rules. Please can all parents and children remember the social distancing rules whilst waiting outside school to either drop off or pick up your child.


Please remember if you show symptoms of Covid-19 and take a test you must follow the government guidance. If you have taken a test you and all members of your household must self-isolate until the results are known. You and your child must not attend the school site.


Thank you for your continued support.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

Friday 20th November 2020 - Week 10


The weeks are continuing to fly by.  I can't believe we've already reached the end of week 3 since half term.  It's been another busy one this week with lots of activities happening throughout school.  It was Anti-Bullying week so we started the week off with Odd Sock day on Monday.  Pupils came wearing a great selection of odd socks!  Even Mr Pickup came in odd socks to show how different he is!  Classes watched a virtual assembly from the Anti-Bullying Alliance all about bullying and then had discussions in their own classes about how everyone is unique.








This work was continued when Hannah from Bigfoot Arts Education came into school on Wednesday to deliver workshops to each class.  In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they had a workshop on why ‘It’s good to be me!’  The classes thought about the special superpowers they have including 'kindness' and 'bravery' which make them unique and special.  The children loved Tommy and Sally, Hannah's puppets.  In Key Stage 2 the classes had a workshop on Cyberbullying.  They talked about the different types of bullying and thought about how they make us feel.  Pupils created freeze frames to show the different types of bullying before talking about how to stay safe online by acting safely, respectfully and responsibly at all times.   








Also this week, we have had many other enrichments throughout school.  Year 5 and Year 6 have continued to work with Franco on their Bamboo Tamboo workshop.  They are making good progress and Franco is pleased with how well they are doing.  Well done Years 5 and 6.  Keep up the great work!  Key Stage 2 have also continued their dance fitness sessions with Chantal.  They have loved the different dance routines and are feeling more confident each week.  This week Chantal introduced the plank challenge to some of the classes which was great fun.  I can't wait to see what next week's challenge will be.  Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had their YogaBugs session this week.  In Reception and Year 1, they were completing yoga movements linked to the story of Hansel and Gretel and Year 2 were focusing on mindfulness while listening to a story.  Year 1 and 2 have also continued their Inamojo sessions with Kayleigh and Lucy this week.  They visited the dragon's cave again and listened to a new story.  They practised some breathing exercises, took part in some movements and dances and thought about their emotions.  Year 4 have also had another ukelele session this week with Mr Rudkin.  The class are learning new chords each week and can now play 'Three Blind Mice'.  What a busy week!




Today we had our weekly virtual celebration assembly with Mr Pickup and it was lovely to see the whole school together (if only virtually!).  Here are this week's ACE award winners:








Thank you again for your continued support.   


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher

Friday 13th November 2020 - Week 9


The weeks go flying by at the minute, we are already at the end of week 2 since half term. I hope you have all managed to access the new online provision for signing up to a parent evening slot. Mrs Hogarth has worked hard to get it up and running after some early teething problems. If for any reason you haven’t received your confirmation email or have struggled to access the site, please give the office a call.


Our Year 1 and 2 pupils have been working with Kayleigh and Lucy on the Inamojo Project.  This is a wellbeing program for children using stories, movement, art, meditation, and specially composed music. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves stating that it was relaxing and calming and they loved this week's dragon stories. Year 1 and Year 2 will be working with the project for this half term where we will keep you up to date with their progress.




On Wednesday, the whole school paid their respects to those who have lost their lives fighting for their country. In addition to a class assembly with the sharing of poems, the last post and the Christmas Truce, year groups produced individual work around poppies. Every child took part in the 11 o'clock 2 minutes silence either in the classrooms or on the school yards, their observance of the silence was impeccable and their empathy in the discussions that followed was extremely mature...well done Newburn.




Many children continue to be involved in a number of weekly enrichment activities including Bamboo Tamboo, YogaBugs, Forest School, Dance and Ukuleles.


Mrs Peters continues to share so many wonderful book ideas for our children. This week she has included a number of books with a link to Remembrance Day.






Today has been Children in Need Friday. All of our pupils came to school in their sports kit so that they could join Joe Wicks for the final 25 minutes of his 24 hour charity work out. Thank you so much for your generosity during these unprecedented times. As a school we have raised £253 for the Children in Need charity...thank you so much.



Well done to all of our ACE award winners today. Unfortunately, due to a virtual meeting I couldn't take part in the ACE assembly. I have loved seeing your photographs and reading all of the great reasons for the certificates this week. It was also lovely to see our Year 4 pupils with their pen licences. Keep up the great work Newburn, you have been so positive since we got back.










Can I please remind the school community of the importance to be on time for school, especially whilst we have COVID procedures in place at school. A number of pupils are late on a regular basis and this is causing congestion issues at the office whilst other bubbles move through the corridors.


Finally, before we head off for a well deserved weekend break, next week is Anti-bullying Week. As part of the work we will be celebrating Odd Socks Day on Monday, 16th November. All your child needs to do is wear odd socks on Monday. It's a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique in Anti-Bullying Week!



Have a great weekend.


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

Friday 6th November 2020 - Week 8

We have had an incredibly busy first week back after the half term break with lots going on throughout school.  On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week Chantal from CM Dance Academy came into school to work with each class in KS2.  Each year group took part in a fitness dance session where they had the chance to learn lots of different dance moves, improve their fitness and have fun.  There were smiles throughout the whole session!  We can't wait to see which dance routines we will learn next week.




Franco, from Music Partnership North - Newcastle, came into school on Thursday to work with Year 5 and Year 6 on their Bamboo Tamboo workshop.  This was new to Year 5 who gave it their all and made lots of progress throughout the session.  Year 6 had already completed work on Bamboo Tamboo last year so this was their chance to develop their skills and impress Franco with how much they had remembered.  He was very impressed with both classes!  We will keep you updated over the coming weeks to let you know how they are getting on.




Lots of the classes have focused their work around fireworks and bonfires this week.  Reception Class have created chalk firework pictures, Year 3 created collage firework pictures and Year 1 looked at the story of Guy Fawkes and talked about firework safety.  Year 5 also thought about firework safety and created safety posters.  They also wrote firework acrostic poems.  Year 2 have had a firework-themed first week back.  They watched a firework display on the interactive whiteboard with hot chocolate before creating a firework poem.  They also created firework pictures with chalks.    




Also this week, Year 5 had the chance to watch a livestream session from Kielder Observatory on Thursday afternoon.  Adam Shore talked about the stars and constellations, the planets, our solar system and other galaxies.  We looked at lots of pictures and animations to help us understand the complex topics he was discussing.  The children were able to post questions to Adam and he tried to answer as many as he could.  We look forward to another session focusing on the solar system later in the term.  




On Friday, Sarah from Operation Encompass Next Steps came into school to talk to Year 3 about emotions and empathy.  The class talked about anger, thinking about the signs of anger and how to find help when feeling angry.  Sarah had a lovely afternoon with the class who thoroughly enjoyed the session.   



We continued to have our Good Work Assembly virtually this week as it was such a success before half term.  It is lovely for the children to see the other classes and celebrate their achievements together.  Well done to our ACE award winners:










We apologise that we haven't sent out further information regarding parent consultation meetings.  We are awaiting an update from our website provider.  We have been informed that this will be made available for the start of next week.  Apologies again for this delay.  It was a technical issue that was beyond our control.       


Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher

Friday 23rd October 2020 - Week 7


Can I take this opportunity to thank every member of the school community for helping us enjoy such a successful reopening of Newburn Manor. None of us can quite believe it is already half-term. The school has felt like a school again and although we aren’t as we used to be or want to be, it has been an amazing experience having the children back looking happy, smiley and ready for the challenges ahead.


For the new academic year we have reorganised our termly timetable to allow for new approaches to be implemented in our Geography and History curriculum areas. As part of this, we have blocked our art lessons into a full week at the end of set half-terms. It has been so nice to walk into all of the classes and the experience the art development across school in the afternoons this week. Work has included work on animal prints, sketching and drawing from the Great Fire, Egyptian vases, Monet's Water Lilies, Masks of the Maya Civilisation and the work of Keith Haring. The blocked art topic has clearly been a huge success.








Breakfast Club staff are always trying to introduce our pupils to new types of food. This week the children have had the opportunity to take part in a continental breakfast including cooked meats, cheeses, croissants, waffles and French baguettes. Mrs Heslop and the team have also been providing the children with pumpkin and fruit carving alongside orange jack-o'-lantern design. Breakfast Club provide a fabulous service every morning from 8 am. If you would like to make use of our Breakfast Club there are plenty of spaces available at present. Please call the school office on 0191 2674533 for more information.






Even though the mornings are darker and a little damper than they were back in September, Mr Vyle and the Year 1 Forest School team continue to enjoy themselves. This week they were on outdoor cooking duty making jam and apple doughnuts all washed down with a lovely mug of hot chocolate.




It was lovely to end the half-term with another Zoom Celebration Assembly. Everyone was able to access their camera this week so we had the joy of seeing each class and join our ACE award recipients in celebratory whole school rounds of applause. Congratulations to each and every ACE award winner.










Parents’ evening

Due to the COVID restrictions, our parents evening meetings are going to take place via a telephone call with your child’s class teacher. We understand that this is not an ideal situation and we would much prefer to have face to face meetings. However, for the safety of the school and the wider community, this unfortunately is not possible at present.


Parents' evening calls will take place on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020. Although we usually have our meetings in October, we felt it best to have them later this year to allow all of the pupils to fully reintegrate back into the school year and give teachers, pupils and yourselves a chance to experience the new ‘normal’ at school.


We are introducing a new way of registering for your time slot. To reduce the amount of information having to go back and forward between home and school in paper format, we are using an online booking system via the school website. Class teachers are offering 10 minute slots across the three evenings stated above. When you log on to the new system you will see the availability for your child’s class and be able to reserve your slot. Details of how to access will be sent out in the first week after half-term.


Remote learning  

Many of you will be becoming more confident and experienced in your use of our remote learning app Seesaw for Schools. Over the year, your child will be using this tool more and more but it will be our main remote learning platform if and when pupils/bubbles are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 reasons. Seesaw works great on any computer or tablet device.


If your child is required to self-isolate, then daily work and online teaching will be provided through Seesaw for Schools. Your child will be provided with 4 tasks per day including daily English and Maths sessions alongside the wider curriculum as well as directed work on our other online platforms such as Lexia, Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars. Seesaw for Schools enables our teachers to provide frequent and clear explanations of new content. This may include teachers uploading videos of themselves explaining a concept or videos from expert teachers connected to programmes the school are affiliated with. This vital feature will enable pupils to see and hear their teachers daily.


Each task will have an identified way of recording your child’s work. This will be completed via Seesaw and uploaded to the app. Seesaw gives isolating pupils the chance to ask for support and other questions whilst at home. Teachers will also be able to give individual feedback to work submitted, which will in turn give motivation to children and support with their ongoing progress.  Work will be marked at least twice weekly from your child’s teacher.


COVID measures 

Can we please ensure that children are dropped off at school at the designated place at the correct time. During the last week we have had an increasing number of late pupils. This causes congestion at the office/reception area as pupils cannot enter their classrooms until the corridors are clear of all other children. Can I also remind parents/carers that if any member of your household is being tested for coronavirus then your child/children must self-isolate with you until the results are known. If you are advised of the need to take a test, then please contact school to come and collect your children from the main office.


School contact over half-term 

During the half-term holiday break the school office will not be open. If anyone within your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, requires a test or returns a positive test it is important that you still inform school. Please ensure you contact us on the following number 07736 474 390.


Flu jabs day 

On Wednesday, 4th November, the school health team will be in school to administer nasal flu spray to all children who have returned the permission forms.


Children in Need 

On Friday, 13th November, we will be celebrating Children in Need by taking part in Joe Wicks’ Ultimate Feel Good Friday. On this date the children can attend school in sports kit and bring along a donation of £1.


I hope you all have a wonderful half-term break and enjoy the extra hour in bed on Sunday. Please stay safe during your time away from school, we will see you all on Monday 2nd November.


Yours sincerely


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

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Friday 16th October 2020 - Week 6

Another week has come to an end at Newburn Manor with only one more week before half-term.  This week, Year 2 have continued learning about 'The Great Fire of London' as part of their history topic.  They have been thinking about the causes of the fire this week and deciding which causes were more important.  This afternoon, they have been designing a new waterproof hood for Mrs Merrix so they have been testing different materials in the classroom.   




Reception went on their autumn walk this week around the school grounds.  They collected different items and then used them to create some Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork. 




In Science in Year 4 this week, pupils have recreated the water cycle using ice, hot water and a glass to think about evaporation and condensation taking place.  They have also been writing letters as a Roman slave linked to their history topic this half-term.                                 


Year 5 and 6 had a visitor this week from Studio West in West Denton.  Ms Wigham, the Principal, came in to each class to talk to the pupils about her school.  The children asked lots of thoughtful questions and discussed the careers they wanted to pursue in the future.  Ms Wigham was very impressed with the children's behaviour and contributions during the session.   


Year 1 have created autumn trees this week.  They used broccoli and poster paints to print some impressive autumn leaves.  They look fantastic and are up on display in their classroom. 




This week our assembly was slightly different to previous weeks.  Mr Pickup held a virtual assembly, beamed into every classroom so that the whole school could celebrate everyone's achievements.  It was lovely to hear the clapping from each class as I walked around school.  The children loved seeing Mr Pickup on the big screen in their room. 




Here are this week's ACE award winners:








Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher

Friday 9th October 2020 - Week 5


Week 5 already, this term is absolutely flying by. Lots of great work continues to be completed by all of the children. It is so lovely to walk into all of the classrooms and see the children giving their work 100%. The smiles and enjoyment on all of their faces really does make the school feel a great place to be.











Huge congratulations this week to our super ACE award winners. The teachers find it so hard to get it down to just three pupils per week, such is the enthusiasm and focus we see from all of the children. Keep up the hard work everyone, you have all been absolute stars. This weeks winners are so proud of their achievements...








With changes to COVID restrictions appearing to have daily updates, our Local Authorities have got together to collate and share clear helpful information for us all...



Following further re-evaluation of our procedures, we have decided to make some further changes to our drop-off and collection protocol. You will be glad to know that we are not changing the drop-off and collection points as these appear to be now working more smoothly. However, we do feel we need to change the times for our Reception class so that these areas are not as congested on mornings and afternoons. We understand that changes in times may cause child care issues so we have decided to make a small 10-minute change to the day. From Monday, 12th October, the Reception school day will start at 8.50am and finish at 2.50pm – both drop-off and collection will remain at the green gate.


You may have seen in the news this week, that along with Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool, Newcastle has one of the highest levels of Coronavirus currently in England. There are a number of schools in Newcastle who have been required to close bubbles in their schools; this is something that we may be required to do in the future if pupils or teachers contract the virus but by minimising the chances of transmission it lowers the risk of this happening in school. Therefore, can we please ask that all parents abide by current social distance rules, where at all possible please stand 2m apart and away from members from other families, if not 2m please wear a face covering.


Have a great weekend and see you all next week.


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

Friday 2nd October - Week 4


We've had another busy week at Newburn Manor.  This week we celebrated Healthy Eating Week around school.  Breakfast Club had a wonderful Healthy Eating themed breakfast on Thursday where the children were able to have some delicious fruits alongside their toast and crumpets.  Year 1 tasted a variety of fruits, including blackcurrants, mangoes, blueberries, raspberries and bananas.  The class loved their fruity treat and the mango and blueberries were a particular highlight!  Years 4 and 6 also tried some different fruits in class.  Children in Year 6 told me it was lovely to try something a little different that they now know they like.  Favourites included kiwi, mango and pineapple!  Both Year 4 and 5 talked about the importance of keeping healthy, thinking also about keeping active.  Year 5 took part in some 'Joe Wicks' style exercises and Year 4 created their own circuits in PE.       








On Thursday the school celebrated National Poetry Day.  Mrs Peters filled the school corridors with poems that the children could read.  A variety of poems were read and recited in school by children of all ages.  Year 5 loved listening to Michael Rosen read 'The Register' which they found hilarious!  Reception read 'Rumble in the Jungle' as part of their 'Dear Zoo' theme for this half term.  Year 2 wrote poems about how they are special and Year 3 recited a poem all about Little Red Riding Hood.  In Year 4  pupils read a range of poems, recited them to the class and started writing poems about themselves  It was lovely to hear how children were gaining in confidence when reading a poem aloud to their class.  Year 6 pupils read 'Quick: There is a poem' before writing their own verse in the same style.  Here are a few photographs from the day.  Please see the class pages for more...






A group of Year 1 children went out with Mr Vyle and Mrs Heslop for Forest School again this week.  They had a great time lighting fires and then cooking apples from our own school grounds.  They were dipped in sugar and cinnamon and tasted delicious! 




Today the Newcastle PE and School Sport Service came into school to assess our fundamental skills in PE.  They looked at the children's balance, agility and coordination.  They were very impressed with the pupils of Newburn Manor.




Many congratulations to this week's ACE (achievement, commitment and effort) award winners. You have all shown a superb attitude in school this week and we're very proud of you!

Have a lovely weekend!


Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher

Friday 25th September 2020 - Week 3


We are already at the end of week 3…time is just flying by!


This week, it was so lovely to have all of our Reception children in together. They are settling in extremely well; they are all fully fledged Newburn Manor pupils. Having their first week together has allowed them to make friends with many newer faces and we can already see friendships blossoming.





Our Year 1 pupils have continued to enjoy their weekly session of Forest School with Mr Vyle and Mrs Heslop. This week they made their own drawing tools and ink. Mr Vyle is also working with a group of our Year 3 pupils on Tuesday afternoons. At present, the Invention Shed is just a little too small so this group has spilled out onto the Forest School fire pit area where they were making Elder jewellery.








Mrs Longstaff has been working with her Acorns and Lego Therapy groups. The children have left their sessions with huge beaming smiles. This week Acorns have been making their very own worry monsters.


You will be receiving a letter from school today with your child’s Seesaw for schools home login details. If the school is required to have bubble closures or your child is having to self-isolate for COVID related reasons, we will be providing work via the Seesaw app. All of the information is contained in the letter your child will have brought home today. Mrs Hogarth also sent out an IT equipment survey earlier this week. Please ensure that you have completed it and returned it to school.




As per usual, there has been a huge amount of wonderful work being completed in all classes. Mrs Gill and myself held our weekly round of celebration drop-ins. The ACE awards ranged from progress and attitude in maths to leadership in PE. Congratulations to this week’s winners, well done for working so hard and giving so much to school life.








Keep an eye out for updates on our Healthy Eating Week and National Poetry Day work next week.

For further information about coronavirus, Newcastle city Council have produced a Q&A page for parents. You can find it by clicking the link below:


I hope you all enjoy a super weekend.


Stuart Pickup

Head teacher

Friday 18th September - Week 2


Another week has come to an end in school.  The children continue to follow the new school rules well and are showing enthusiasm and smiles in and around school which is lovely to see.  Our new procedures for school drop-offs and pick-ups have worked well this week so thank you to all parents and carers for following our new daily routines.  However, in light of the new tighter restrictions in the North East, it is imperative that once your child has been dropped off, you leave the school site.  Can we also ask that when dropping your children off that you do not arrive earlier than your allocated drop off/collection time and please also abide by social distancing. 


We have visited each year group for a second week to deliver the ACE awards to each class.  We had a range of ACE awards this week from ‘having a positive attitude in all aspects of school work’ to ‘contributing well in lessons’, 'showing kindness' 'working hard' and 'overcoming own doubts'. 










It is always lovely to hear what each class has been getting up to and how hard they are all working.  Here is a brief summary of the work that has happened in class this week.  Please check the individual class pages for more information and any photographs.  Reception have had another exciting week making fruit smoothies, creating their own self-portraits using the iPads to take a photograph and starting to recognise amounts up to 3.  This week, Year 1 have been reading ‘Where’s my teddy?’ and then talking about times when they have lost an item that is special.  They have also been counting forwards and backwards within 10 and then reading and writing the numerals.  Some of the Year 1 children got to do some Forest School with Mr Vyle this week.  They had a great time picking blackberries and then making Newburn Blackberry Jam.  It was so good that the children in Breakfast Club had some on their toast on Friday morning.  Year 2 have been talking about ‘how to be a good friend’ in PSHE and have thought about Fire Safety ready for their new topic all about the Great Fire of London.  They have also been listening and appraising songs in Music this week.  In Year 3 the class have started looking at traditional tales in English and have created their own story maps to retell stories.  They have also started their new topic: Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes where they have created their own layers of the Earth.  Year 4 have started their work on the Romans this week and have started reading a new book: ‘Roman Diary’.  They have also been classifying solids and liquids in Science which was a lot of fun and a little messy!   In Year 5 this week we have started learning about Ancient Maya.  The class looked at different artefacts and discussed what they think they would have been used for.  We had some great suggestions and reasons!  We are looking forward to finding out more about the Ancient Maya this half term.  Year 6 have started researching Greece in preparation for going back in time to learn about Ancient Greece.  They have been enjoying reading their class novel: Who let the gods out?  Mrs Tait has been very impressed with their understanding and is looking forward to some great writing as a result!  Here are a few pictures from this week's learning:







Thank you for your continued support.


Claire Gill

Deputy Head Teacher



Friday 11th September 2020 - Week 1


The first week has come to an end and time has flown by. Every day the new procedures have become smoother and smoother. I can't praise the children highly enough, they have been fantastic! From making sure they wash their hands more often to getting straight back into the swing of their work, they have thrown themselves into all aspects. More importantly they have brought that school feeling back to Newburn Manor and done everything with enthusiasm and a smile.


We have emailed all parents the updated changes to morning drop off and evening collection procedures. Please read through so that you know which gates to drop your children off on Monday morning.


Rather than tell you everything the children have been up to this week, I thought it might be nice for the children to share a few quotes with you about their first week back...


'I really like it, I love playing in the kitchen area' - Reception 

'It is great doing maths again' - Year 1

'I'm so happy being back at school and seeing all of my friends' - Year 2

'Feels great to be back, school has been great fun' - Year 3

'It has been so much fun with Mrs Reid giving us lots of hard work' - Year 4

'I was looking forward to seeing everybody again, it has been so exciting' - Year 5 

'It has been fun' - Year 6

'I love playing with friends again' - Year 1

'I've liked the reading books' - Reception

'I've loved seeing all of the friendly faces' - Year 3

'I really love my class' - Year 2

'It's exciting, I'm loving the hard work.' - Year 4

'It has been a really exciting first week back' - Year 6

'I was nervous to start with but now I'm prepared, ready and excited' - Year 5


We also had a celebration session in each classroom today where each teacher gave out their first ACE awards of the school year. It wasn't as enjoyable as when we have our full celebration assemblies but it did allow all of our classes to celebrate the successes of the first week.








Thank you once again for the support you have given us during lockdown and the first week back, it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to sharing lots of experiences with you as the year develops.


Have an enjoyable weekend.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

A few from the first week back...

Tuesday 8th September 2020 - First Day Back


It has been a long time since we've been able to welcome all of our children back into school but today was the day. It has been a wonderful feeling having smiling, bouncy, happy pupils back in every classroom. Thank you to everyone who made getting into school and leaving school as painless as it could be. Another huge thank you for the amazing attendance we had today which was over 97%. Although we are not back to the old normal, the pupils across all of the classes have adapted to all of the new rules and procedures straight away. We always say that the children are the most prized asset of Newburn Manor Primary School and they have all shown that today. Here are a few photos of our first day. We will have more to show at the end of the week along with an update on your child's class page

















Over the summer we have been been able to get some building updates done. Mr Gill has produced an awesome wall mural in the Dining Hall representing the path of the River Tyne and the famous landmarks you can see along it. We have also completed our KS1 playground build, where the children now have access to a fantastic climbing frame and balance beam set.