Head and Deputy Weekly Update
Friday 14th February - Week 21
This week the Rev Allison Harding visited school to do an assembly all about the heart. She talked about how the heart is important in many ways, both to help your body but also to help you love one another. Her assembly included getting the children involved as always. It was lovely to have Rev Allison in school again as the children always enjoy her assemblies.
Mr Churchward has been in school again this week working with Years 2 and 6. Year 6 have now completed their 20 Day Challenge: Phase 2. They each received a certificate from Mr Churchward and were very proud to have reached the end of the challenge. Well done Year 6! Year 2 have also finished their weekly sessions with him and he was very impressed with the progress they have made. He will be working with new classes after half term. Year 5 will be starting their weekly sessions and Year 3 will be starting Phase 2 of the 20 day challenge. Watch this space...
This week our attendance winners were Year 1 with 98.2% and Year 4 with 98.1%. We have continued to do our 'In it to Win it' raffle each week in assembly which allows all pupils who have had 100% attendance that week and been at school on time each day, to be entered into a raffle to win a prize. Here are this week's winners...
Year 5 have now finished their Hansel and Gretel tuition with Mrs Knighton. We will continue to practise the songs and acting together in class over the coming weeks before putting on a performance to the rest of the school. Watch this space...
We had a great Valentine's Disco yesterday after school and the children had a fantastic time. We had an evening of hot dogs, crisps, sweets, drinks and a whole lot of dancing! Here are a few photographs from the night...
In other news, a Year 6 pupil at Newburn Manor will be performing at Sunderland Empire on Sunday, 23rd February for a Gala of Dance. We wish you the best of luck! It is so lovely when we hear about the achievements children are making outside of school and we love to share in their successes during our good work assembly on a Friday.
I hope you all have a lovely week off and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday, 24th February for our exciting 'Art Week'.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 7th February 2020 - Week 20
At the start of the week Nitin Shukla from the Rotary club attended our Monday morning assembly to make a kind donation to the school. He told the children about the joy and smiles the choir brought to the faces of the shoppers in Eldon Square over the Christmas period. More importantly he informed the children about the way the money collected during this time goes to help children less fortunate than ourselves around the world. We would like to thank Nitin and his club for their generous donation and we look forward to working with them further in the future.
On Wednesday, the team from Radecal Signs & Graphics Ltd put our new signage up around the school. At the main entrance and in the playground area we have new signs that celebrate our smart red uniform and give clear instructions and directions on the school grounds.
On Thursday, Year 1 wowed the whole school as well their parents with their assembly all about bears. We all learnt some great fact about polar bears such as:
'Polar bears build dens for their cubs.'
'Polar bears have black noses.'
'Polar bears have see-through fur.'
'Polar bears have black eyes.'
'Polar bears are predators,' and ...
'Polar bears eat fish, seals and shellfish.'
I think everyone's favourite part of the assembly was when we got to watch Year 1 performing 'We're going on a bear hunt'. In fact they enjoyed it so much that we had a re-run with the whole school and parents joining in. Thank you Year 1, we look forward to seeing what Year 4 have got to show us in the next year group assembly on Wednesday, 12th February.
Year 1 have been enjoying an action-packed week as today they have been to the Walker Activity Dome to take part in a multi skills session. The were honing there PE skills including balance, dribbling, target throwing and a number of other focussed skill activities. The children came back to school with huge smiles on their faces and couldn't wait to show off their stickers ... determination, self-belief, passion, honesty, respect and teamwork.
Good luck to the Year 6 basketball team. They are taking part in the Outer West basketball competition at Throckley Primary this afternoon.
This week, Year 2 won the KS1 attendance award with 96.9% and Year 6 won the Key Stage 2 award with 99.2%. Well done to these two classes, especially Year 6, 99% is awesome. Punctuality dropped again this week. We have a number of repeat offenders for lateness, especially in one of our Key Stage 2 classes. Please ensure you are on time, every late adds up to quite a bit of time missed over the whole week. Congratulations to our weekly 100% on time attenders winners this week ... keep it up.
Can I take this opportunity to welcome Darren Sheriff (Parent Governor) and Rev Allison Harding (Co-opted Governor) to the Newburn Manor team. We had our first meeting with our new governors on Wednesday night and we very much look forward to working with them more in the future.
Remember next Thursday evening is the school Valentine's Disco ...
Enjoy your weekend.
Friday 31st January 2020 - Week 19
This week we had another instalment of 'Open the Book' on Tuesday in assembly. The children of Year 3 helped to tell the story of when Jesus was baptised. Every time Jennie Jones and her team come into school, they comment on how well the children listen and answer questions. The children across the school enjoy the different stories from the Bible and look forward to hearing them or helping act them out.
Mr Churchward has been working with Year 6 on Phase 2 of the 20 Day Fitness Challenge. They are now on to Day 14 and Mr Churchward has been impressed with their progress. He has also been working with Year 2. They have been honing their Taekwondo skills over the last few weeks. Recently, they have been learning about self control. This week pupils had to use their strength to work quietly when punching. Mr Churchward told Mr Pickup that Newburn Manor has some of the best behaviour he has ever seen. Well done Newburn!
This week Mr Pickup was very pleased with the punctuality in school. It was a huge improvement on last week's 52 lates with only 13 lates across school this week. Well done Newburn Manor! Keep it up! This week's attendance winners were Year 1 with 98.5% and Year 3 with 98.2%. Our punctuality winners were Year 1 and Year 4 with only 1 late each. Here are our 'In it to Win it' winners with their prizes.
The choir had a superb opportunity today. Alongside myself and Mrs Longstaff, they had an early morning as they travelled to Durham Cathedral to take part in the 'North East Primary Choir of the Year 2020' competition. Every member thoroughly enjoyed themselves and poured their heart and soul into their performance of 'Tue Tue'. I couldn't have been prouder of their behaviour, attitude and singing while we were there. Although we didn't win, they were winners in my eyes. Georgina Biddle, a senior specialist from Music Partnership North was very impressed with our singing. Well done Choir! While we were there, we got to go into the cloisters of the cathedral to see where some scenes of Harry Potter were filmed. The children were very impressed!
Next week we have Year 1's class assembly on Thursday morning. We look forward to their bear-themed assembly at 10.10 am.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Tuesday 28th January 2020
Newburn Manor received a letter today from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards. We would like to share our proud news that our progress scores in the 2019 Year 6 SATs mean that Newburn Manor is ranked in the top 3% of primary schools in the country for progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. All the staff and pupils are extremely proud of the news as it is a glowing endorsement of the curriculum, hard work and commitment of everyone involved at Newburn Manor. Well done to all members of the Newburn Manor family and community, it shows how hard the pupils work in each and every year to ensure they fulfil their potential. Fantastic news.
Friday 24th January 2020 - Week 18
Another fantastic week at Newburn. It was lovely to see so many parents in school on Tuesday for our first 'Come and See' morning of the spring term. It was extremely well attended with over 75 parents and grandparents in school to join in alongside the children with their learning. There were all kinds of lessons taking place from Mr Rudkin's ukuleles through to science, geography and art. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it, it was fantastic to see the school so full ... Year 1 even had a queue out of the door first thing.
Mr Vyle is having a wonderful time with his Year 2 Forest School recruits. This week they were all back in the Dene for some more woodland adventures which involved learning how to use tools correctly. Mr Vyle and Mrs Heslop showed the children how to safely use whittling knives, bow saws and drills. Many natural inventions were produced including Poppy's woodland hobbit staff. What will they be getting up to next week?
Year 6 have started their Booster sessions with Mrs Tait and Mr Pickup on Monday afternoons with Year 2 also taking part in ITS time afternoons with Mrs Merrix. It was the second week of our new spring term clubs. Authorfy club has been a real hit with Mrs Tait and Mrs Peters, Miss Phillip's Lego club has some future inventors and architects showing off their skills and Mrs Gill's choir club are sounding fabulous. Mrs Gill will be taking the choir along to Durham Cathedral next Friday to take part in the North East Choir of the Year competition 2020 where we are representing the Newcastle Music Service.
As well as running her choir, Mrs Gill and her Year 5 pupils are currently involved in a project with Mrs Knighton from Newcastle Music Service in conjunction with the Royal Opera House. They are working on the opera Hansel and Gretel. This week they moved out of the classroom and into the hall … the production is getting bigger! We all look forward to hearing the final piece in the coming weeks. Year 5 have enjoyed a busy week, as Megan from Operation Encompass Next Steps was also in their class to discuss emotions and how we deal with them.
It was great to hear that one of our pupils has won a competition the school entered about the 'Nothing to See Here Hotel' book series through The Reading Agency and the book publishers, Simon & Schuster. The competition involved designing your own creature who may visit the hotel featured in the books. Abbie has been named as the national winner and her awesome prize includes the three books from the series as well as having her creature brought to life by Steven Lenton, the illustrator of the books. Well done Abbie.
The school have been involved in PE assessments this week. Years 1 to 6 are having baseline fundamental skills assessed so that we can look at the best ways to move forward with our PE curriculum.
Congratulations to Years 1 and 4 who won this weeks attendance awards. Year 4 had 99.3% which is great. For the second week running, punctuality was poor and we couldn't hand the awards out. Over the week the cumulative lateness added up to almost 10 hours across the school. Please ensure you are on the playground for 8.55 am. A lot of our pupils are in on time and have 100% attendance this week and we all enjoyed celebrating the attendance award with this weeks recipients.
It was great seeing you all in and around school this week. Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to another action-packed time at Newburn Manor Primary next week.
Friday 17th January 2020 - Week 17
Another busy week with lots going on in different classes throughout the whole school. On Monday, Rachael, the school nurse, came into school to talk to Year 6 for their puberty talk. She will be coming back in school again next week to do some more work with the class.
The ukuleles have arrived in school this week and Year 3 have started their tuition with Mr Rudkin. The class loved playing the ukuleles and I can’t wait to see how they progress each week. At the end of the tuition, there will be a performance in school for parents/carers and the rest of the pupils to watch. I can’t wait! Watch this space …
Also on Tuesday, Year 5 had their Curious Beasts workshop. Well Newcastle Gateshead, working alongside 4M Puppets and Action for Children were in school to work with the class in a huge black tent that was erected in the main hall. The pupils were introduced to different puppets and found out about the different curious beasts. This gave the children the opportunity to think about their own emotions in a fun and friendly environment. The whole day was a huge success and the children loved meeting the puppets and using their special coins. We were lucky enough to be filmed by BBC Radio Newcastle and there is a video clip on the BBC news website and a video clip on the BBC Newcastle Facebook page which you can view from the following links:
Below there is also a link to the radio show that was played this morning. The clip starts at 41:26 in the show.
Year 5 have been busy this week as they also had their second opera workshop with Janet Knighton from the Newcastle Music Service. The class has been learning songs in partnership with the Royal Opera House. They have enjoyed learning the first few songs from the opera Hansel and Gretel and really got into the acting too! I am looking forward to seeing how they progress each week. Take a look at the Year 5 class page for more photographs and information.
We have started several clubs this week in school: Authorfy Club, Lego Club and I have continued working with the choir in a singing club in preparation for a North East competition we will be entering in a couple of weeks at Durham Cathedral. We will have different club opportunities throughout the rest of the school year so watch this space ...
We had some fantastic news this week when reading the Chronicle Live. Newburn Manor Primary School has been named in the Top Ten Performing Schools of Newcastle which is a fantastic achievement. We are named as a 5 Star school through the Real Schools Guide 2020, where we score very highly for attainment, progress and attainment for all groups of pupils! Well done Newburn Manor - a superb achievement!
Next Tuesday is our next Come and See morning. Please feel free to pop into school at any point between 9 am and 12 noon to see the learning taking place in your child's classroom. We look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 10th January 2020 - Week 16
Happy New Year! Welcome back to Newburn Manor in 2020. We hope you had a tremendous festive break, that you were on the good list and that you have been able to relax and recharge ready for the challenges in the spring term. The school has been hard at work welcoming us back into a new year. Reception began their preparations for Chinese New Year, Year 3 looked to the future and their goals in the Japanese New Year, Year 4 produced work relating to their Iceland topic and Years 5 and 6 looked at the London Celebrations.
Mr Vyle worked with our Year 2 pupils in the Invention Shed this week. Their task was to join things not using tape. The children had a great time being introduced to the tools and produced some great little inventions including a coat hook, an aeroplane, a picture frame and a stick man. We look forward to seeing more inventions over the term when Mrs Peters takes her groups along. It was the first week that Mr Vyle had used the new outdoor shelter extension to the Invention Shed. It was designed and built by Year 6 and used wood Mr Vyle had felled from the school grounds.
On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school travelled into Newcastle City Centre for the pantomime at the Theatre Royal. It was a fantastic afternoon. The children loved being in one of the country's best theatres, experiencing live theatrical entertainment. It was clear from the faces, the laughter and the comments afterwards, that the children had had a thoroughly enjoyable time...
'I loved seeing the Beast and Belle.'
'It was absolutely fantastic...hilarious!'
'The acting was phenomenal, it was amazing to watch.'
'The theatre was so ornate, it was lovely to look at and made watching it even better.'
On Friday, Yvonne from the Road Safety Team spent time with our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children telling them about good places to cross roads, the Green Cross Code and using car seats properly. Ask your children about the song she taught them, I'm sure it will have you all singing along.
Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Friday 20th December 2019 - Week 15
What a week and what a term! Christmas has definitely been the word around school this week. All the children have been taking part in their Christmas parties, enjoying games, music and of course the party buffet. Santa has also made a visit to each class and all children have been able to take their presents home. Can I thank everyone who sent in party food for each class.
On Tuesday morning, Mrs Gill took the choir to Eldon Square to perform carols with the Rotary Club for the Newcastle public. We have received a number of compliments from members of the public and the children's family members about how lovely the children sounded and their impeccable behaviour. They really are a credit to the school. After providing some Christmas cheer to the shoppers of Eldon Square, the Rotary Club treated them to a McDonald's lunch. Thank you to all involved.
On Wednesday, Georgina Biddle and the Hot Shots band were in school. It has become an annual event and the children look forward to it every December. This year was no different and the children were up dancing away to tunes from the likes of Elvis to Christmas favourites Slade. We would like to wish every member of the band a very merry Christmas from everyone at Newburn Manor Primary.
Thursday saw the whole school walk down to St Michael's and All Angels church in Newburn for our carol service. Year 5 and 6 did a great job of telling the Christmas story and the singing was some of the best we have ever heard from all of the classes. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the church, it is a lovely way to sign off the Christmas term and always gives it that extra Christmassy feel having the whole community there.
We have ended the week with a wonderful Christmas celebration assembly. This week we gave out awards for attendance and punctuality - Year 2 and Year 6 won the attendance awards and Year 3 the punctuality for KS2 - unfortunately getting to school on time is still an issue with 59 lates this week - please ensure you are on the yard at 8.55 am. We had 21 ACE awards to hand out as well as our termly writing awards for each class. We had the final Punctuality/Attendance prizes and 100% termly attendance certificates ... it was busy but a great celebration of the children's achievements.
Writing award winners for the autumn term...
This week's 100% Punctuality/Attendance winners ...
100% attendance for the autumn term ...
Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for the amazing support you continue to give us. It has been an extremely busy term and the new year has many more adventures and experiences in the pipeline already. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that Santa has you on the good list. See you all in 2020 ... we return to school at 8.55 am on Monday 6th January 2020.
Friday 13th December 2019 - Week 14
Well, we’ve had another action-packed week at Newburn Manor in the penultimate week before the Christmas holidays. Reception got to visit Seven Stories on Tuesday in their pyjamas! They looked at the exhibits, read stories and tried on costumes together. They also had a Polar Express Workshop where they had a hot chocolate while listening to the story. They had a wonderful time! Please check out the Reception class page for more photographs.
Also this week, Year 2, 3 and 4 pupils had their wonderful performance of ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’. I was lucky enough to watch one of the performances and I was blown away by the acting and singing from all the children. There were many moments when I had a tear in my eye and I couldn’t have been prouder. Well done to the whole cast! Later in the week I got the chance to watch Reception and Year 1 perform ‘Away in a Manger’ which was another great success! The children looked like they were really enjoying themselves and sang their hearts out. Well done to all the children in Reception and Year 1! You were great!
Catherine McKinnell was in school on Wednesday to plant a tree in our woodland area. Some Year 6 pupils helped her plant the tree alongside the guidance of Mr Vyle. The tree is a hornbeam and can live for more than 300 years!
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of taking the choir to Denecroft Residential Care Home to sing carols to the residents. The choir sang beautifully and had a great time singing to the residents. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.
Wednesday was a busy day as it was also Christmas lunch in school. The kitchen staff did a fantastic job of cooking Christmas dinner for the whole school. The children had a lovely time!
Year 3 visited Walker Activity Dome this morning with other schools from Newcastle. They participated in a range of multi-skills activities to encourage the following values: determination, self-belief, teamwork, passion, respect and honesty. Mrs Hainsworth was really impressed with how well the children supported each other. Well done Year 3!
Today, I had the pleasure to take the choir out again. This time we visited the Grange in Throckley to sing carols and spread some Christmas cheer. It must have worked because everyone had a smile on their face by the end and the children were greeted by cheers throughout. Afterwards, we headed to the Grainger Market in Newcastle to continue sharing the festive spirit and were greeted by lots of familiar faces who had come out in the cold weather to enjoy our carol singing. Another roaring success with many members of the public commenting on how well the choir had sang. We managed to raise £57! Well done Choir! I couldn’t have been prouder!
Next week we have Christmas parties, the Hot Shots band and our carol service in the Church. A busy final week!
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 6th December 2019 - Week 13
What a week! It has been non-stop from Monday to Friday. The children arrived at school on Monday and the Newburn Manor Primary Christmas elves and fairies had been busy over the weekend making the school look festive. The staff stayed back on Friday night to ensure the school was ready for the Christmas run-in including a gorgeous, real tree (one of the nicest we've ever had) and of course the beautifully decorated doors throughout the school.
To make Monday just that little bit more festive than usual we had our Christmas jumper day. Can I thank all the parents who brought in a bottle or some chocolate as the 'fine' for the day. We have a lovely selection of items and it really helps make the Christmas Fair a success.
Reverend Allison Harding visited the school on Monday morning to talk to the children about Advent. She discussed the need to be ready and had lots of children involved in hands-on activities. The children were up against the clock when having to take on tasks including counting back from thirty and sorting letters into the correct order. It was a great way of getting the message home. She finished with one of her songs that involves the whole school. We look forward to seeing Allison at St Michael's and All Angels on our last Thursday of term for the annual carol service.
Reception had their first taste of bike training this week. They braved the cold outdoors to make use of the balance bikes. They had a great time and came back inside beaming with pride. They look like they are well on their way to becoming cycling proficient ... keep up the good work Reception. Please visit the Reception Class Page for more photos and info about their very own action-packed week.
On Monday evening, Mrs Merrix, Mrs Hogarth and I joined Mrs Gill and her choir at the inaugural turning on of the Newburn Christmas lights at the library. There was a bumper crowd and even Father Christmas joined the fun with all choir members receiving a chocolate treat. The tree looks lovely and the choir sounded superb. We look forward to hearing more wonderful singing from our choir over the next 2 weeks where they will be performing at Eldon Square, the Grainger Market and two local community venues.
On Tuesday, Jennie Jones and the Open the Book team came in for the December instalment all about the Christmas story. Our Year 3 children were their able assistants and the story really helped send home the message of Christmas.
Steve Forester-Melville brought his team of student actors over to the school on Tuesday afternoon. Years 4, 5 and 6 were treated to an action-packed afternoon of giggles and fun as they performed 'The Borrowers' ... a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all of the pupils.
Wednesday night saw us have our first whole school Christmas movie night. We all got to enjoy The Polar Express wrapped up warm in our PJs, dressing gowns and slippers. As well as enjoying a tasty milkshake and bag of popcorn, our believers went home with their golden ticket and a believer's bell.
Year 5 and 6 gave us a wonderful percussion performance of Bamboo Tamboo on Thursday morning. It is the first year that we have had Steve and Franco providing us with this kind of tuition. It has hooked all of the children so much and this was seen in the enthusiastic faces from everyone performing. It was noisy but it was 'real fun'. We will be welcoming Franco and Steve back in Week 15 as they return with Georgina and the Hot Shots band.
Congratulations to our attendance initiative winners this week. The punctuality had improved greatly from last week but still needs some work ... remember it's 8.55 am on the playground. Well done to Year 1 and Year 3 for winning the attendance this week, both classes over the 97% Newburn Manor Primary target.
Wow! What a week. The next few weeks promise to be even busier as the Christmas performances, parties and carol service get us ready for 'the most wonderful time of the year.'
Have a great weekend.
Friday 29th November 2019 - Week 12
It's been another busy week at Newburn Manor with lots of different activities going on throughout the school. On Wednesday Year 1 were very excited to go on their trip to Beamish Museum. The class had a great time exploring the school room, having a Victorian lesson and playing traditional school games in the school yard. They also got to go on a tram ride and visited the town. The whole class had a great day and came back eager to talk about what they had been doing. Here are a few pictures from the day. Please check out the Year 1 Class Page for more information ...
Also this week, Year 5 have finished their Phase 2 of the 20 Day Challenge with Mr Churchward. It has been a hard few weeks completing a challenging workout each day full of burpees, punches, kicks and more. The class have shown great resilience as they have persevered with the challenge each day. Their strength and stamina has definitely improved over the last few weeks. Well done Year 5!
This week we had our first 'In it to Win it' Attendance and Punctuality Challenge. All children who had attended school every day and had been on time for the whole week were entered into their class raffle and a child from each class was picked out. Each child who was drawn from the raffle was able to choose a prize from our Prize Box. Here are this week's winners ...
Next week we have our Christmas Jumper Day on Monday. Please can we ask for donations of a bottle or chocolates for our Christmas Fair tombola. We look forward to seeing you at 1.30 pm on Friday at our annual school Christmas Fair.
Have a lovely weekend.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 22nd November 2019 - Week 11
Can I start by saying a huge thank you for your generosity when donating to our BBC Children in Need day. Unfortunately I wasn't in school last Friday, but from the photos, I can see the children looked amazing. In the afternoon of Children in Need Friday, a group of our Year 5 pupils took part in the Outer West Dodgeball competition. We came fourth overall and we were very proud of our school ambassadors, it was great to hear that one of our pupils was one of the stars of the day and other teams wanted to poach him ... well done team!
At the beginning of this week, our Year 5 pupils took part in Bikeability Level 2. They were praised by the team for their focus and behaviour and showed that they are getting ready for riding their bikes out on the roads of Newburn and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the icy weather on Tuesday stopped them completing the course but the team will be back in the New Year so we can have our Year 5s fully trained up and ready.
Our Year 1 Forest School adventurers are having a great time at the moment. This week they were back in the Dene where they were making clay faces and turning trees in to clay totem poles. However, from the looks on their faces the leaf angels element was their favourite part.
This Friday was Day 16 of Year 5's Phase 2 Twenty Day Fitness Challenge with Mr Churchward. The children are going from strength to strength and their physical resilience is improving on a daily basis. Mr Churchward has been extremely impressed with their development and we now look forward to rolling phase 2 out to other year groups across the school.
Jennie Jones and her wonderful team were in school on Wednesday morning for the next story in the Open the Book project. This week we were told the story of Noah and his Ark. Year 1 and Year 5 were this week's able assistants. Mrs Gill was very pleased with the responses the children gave to the prompts and questions.
This week we are launching a new attendance and punctuality initiative. Over recent weeks the punctuality hasn't been great. It is imperative that pupils are in school on time. The school bell goes at 8.55 am each morning, please ensure that all children are in the playground by this time ...
Next Wednesday (27th November) we are inviting our Year 6 parents to attend the first class assembly of the year. This will take place at 10.10 am in the school hall where the children will be giving us a production all about the city states of Athens and Sparta.
Have a great weekend.
Friday 15th November – Week 10
We’ve had another very busy week in school. On Monday, Darren and Lauren were back in school to see Year 5. They discussed healthy relationships and talked about trusted adults and how to be a good friend. The class had great ideas and impressed Darren and Lauren with their suggestions. Well done Year 5!
On Tuesday, it was our first Come and See of the year. We had a fantastic turnout in school, it was lovely to see so many faces. Thank you to everyone who came to see the learning in their child’s class and to everyone who came into my singing assembly. The children love it when you visit and we hope you enjoyed the morning too.
On Wednesday, Megan, our School Safeguarding Liaison Officer visited Year 3 to discuss friendships and relationships with the class. Megan will visit us again after Christmas where she will work with another class in school on dealing with emotions. Year 5 and 6 have had 3 weeks of Bamboo Tamboo workshops with Franco and Steve and I have been amazed with the progress. I can’t wait for the final performance. It is going to be fantastic!
Today, children came into school in Children in Need themed clothes or pyjamas. Everyone looked great! Thank you to everyone who came in dressed up and brought a donation for Children in Need. We have managed to raise £227.66. Well done Newburn Manor!
Thank you for your continued support.
Have a lovely weekend.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 8th November 2019 - Week 9
Welcome back to the second half term of the school year. It really has been an action packed first week back at Newburn. We started the week with a visit from M & M Theatrical Productions. The whole school were treated to a wonderful performance of Robin Hood - the children absolutely loved it but we're not sure whether it was the acting or the dance off between Mrs Gill and Mrs Reid.
Years 3 and 6 have been on educational visits this week. Year 3 visited Pizza Express in Gosforth where they sampled the ingredients that go into making their pizzas and toppings before making their very own. The bonus being that they were able to bring their delicious treats home with them. Year 6 went along to something totally new for the school. At Newcastle Airport, they took part in the Aviation Academy workshop. They worked inside the body of a jet building their own planes as well as watching robots worth a quarter of a million pounds in action. Once again both classes were praised for their behaviour and fantastic attitudes ... a huge well done to both classes.
Years 5 and 6 have had their second week of Bamboo Tamboo with Steve and Franco. On Thursday I got to see how well they are getting on when showing Nursery parents around the school. We can't wait to hear how they continue to develop and look forward to their final performance in December.
Year 4 continue to hone their trumpeting skills with Mr Rudkin. They will be performing to the Year 4 parents in the coming weeks and they have made so much progress since their time in Year 3. This year they will take part in the Newcastle Big Gig as part of the trumpet section.
Year 6 have been talking part in Smart Walker training today, venturing out on to the streets of Newburn even in the changeable weather to learn how to be safe pedestrians. Please visit the Year 6 class page for more pictures and information.
We had a lovely surprise on our return to school. As part of our 'Built to Last' project with Equal Arts, Lindsey Grieves along with Roz, Cynthia and Jos had been in school to put together the tile art that the children had been working on. It shares stories and events that have been important throughout the 129 year history of the school. It looks absolutely amazing ... extremely professional. The children have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in all elements of the project from collecting information, to designing but best of all the making. Please make sure you get to have a look next week during 'Come and See'. Can we say a huge thank you to Lindsey, Roz, Cyn and Jos who were in school until 9 pm on the Wednesday of the half term holidays, it looks ACE.
Well done to Years Two and Five this week for their attendance and punctuality. Year 2 had 98% attendance and zero lates - bravo! Year 5 had 100% attendance and you can't beat 100% - awesome stuff Year 5! Some classes continue to have poorer punctuality, can I please remind all parents/carers that the school day begins at 8.55 am, when your child will be picked up from the school yard by the class teacher.
On Monday of next week all pupils across the school will receive their nasal flu vaccination on the condition of school receiving the consent form that was sent out before the half term break. Tuesday morning sees the first 'Come and See' morning of the academic year. This is an opportunity to spend some or all of the morning sharing in your child's learning experience. Your child's class teacher will have sent home a letter explain what will be taking place in school next Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, Megan from Operation Encompass Next Steps will be in school working with our Year 3 children. She will be running a drop in session in Group Room 1 for parents/families after school to discuss any issues in a confidential manner.
We look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday. Enjoy your weekend.
Friday 25th October 2019 - Week 8
We are finally at the end of our first half term and it has been a busy one. This week is no exception! On Tuesday, we had 'Open the Book' in assembly where the children were told the story of Adam and Eve with the help of pupils from several classes.
Also on Tuesday Year 2 had their PANTS talk from Rachael, the school nurse. This is aimed at teaching young children how to stay safe from abuse. If you would like any further information on this please visit the 'Keeping your child safe' page on our website or visit the NSPCC PANTS website.
Reception had an amazing morning on Tuesday as they had visitors from 'Animal Antics'. They had the opportunity to hold different animals. They got to see many animals including a rabbit, hedgehog, owl, snake, bearded dragon and mice. They had a wonderful time! Here are a few photographs from the morning. Please check out the Reception Class page for more.
Unfortunately on Wednesday our Year 2 classroom was flooded. We must commend our Year 2 pupils who have adapted to the change without fuss and have not let it affect their learning. Well done Year 2! We are working quickly to ensure that disruption is minimal.
After school on Wednesday we had our 'Built to Last' open evening. It was lovely to chat to people who had attended our school in the past. We also met an ex-caretaker's son who lived in the caretaker's house for over 15 years. Thank you to everyone who came to share their experiences with us and have a look around the school.
Year 5 and Year 6 have started their Bamboo Tamboo with Franco this week. This is new to Newburn and we all loved it! This week we focused on keeping time as this is something we will need over the coming weeks. Watch this space to see how we progress ...
Thank you for your support this half term. Have a lovely half term holiday!
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 18th October 2019 - Week 7
We have thoroughly enjoyed our harvest celebrations this week. Each class provided staff and parents with a musical extravaganza with some old classics like Cauliflowers Fluffy to some interesting new numbers like Harvest Rock and Roll. Considering the children had only had 2 half hour practice sessions in the hall, we thought they performed so well, especially our Reception pupils who were taking part in their first ever whole school performance to a large audience of parents. Can I personally say thank you for the amazing turn out at both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Just as we did last year, we collected harvest donations for the West End Food Bank. We have been blown away by your kind donations. The collection was so large that we couldn't actually display all of the items received. Your support and help will provide support for many across the west of the city ... thank you so much.
Alongside our own festival, Reverend Allison Harding was in school on Tuesday delivering her very own harvest assembly. The whole school were part of a harvest quiz using different poses to represent agree or disagree as well as learning another new song, helped along by the Year 5 and 6 children.
With the harvest festival taking place on Wednesday, our Forest School gang didn't venture into the Dene. Instead they made superb use of our developing Forest School area at the back of the school field. Mr Vyle introduced the children to further tool work as well as building and using the fire pit. The cob oven shelter may have further additions in the coming weeks as Mr Vyle develops a wattle and daub wall and ceiling.
We couldn't be more proud of our Reception class. As I said earlier, they were awesome during their performance to the parents. This is also reflected in the classroom. Although they've only been with us for 7 weeks, it feels like they've been with us for a lot longer. They show such a thirst for learning and their behaviour is fabulous wherever they are around the school building. Well done Reception … keep up the super work.
On top of all this, a group of Year 4 and 5 pupils took part in the learning to ride programme. All 7 pupils passed and 4 of them went on to complete Bikeability Level 1 on the same day ... wonderful commitment from everyone. Year 4 are at Housesteads Roman Fort today as part of their History topic. Mrs Reid will update the Year 4 class page, so please visit their area for more information and photos ... hopefully the rain didn't dampen their spirits too much. Reception and Year 6 had their weights and heights taken this week and Mrs Elliott (our achievement partner) visited, she was very impressed with work and standards seen across the school.
Next week is the final week of this half term. Years 5 and 6 will be starting their new percussion music project with Steve and Franco ... Bamboo Tamboo, we can't wait to try something new. On Wednesday evening between 4 and 6pm, we are hosting our second community show and share evening as part of the 'Built to Last' project with Equal Arts. Please come along and share your stories about the school whether it was last year or if you came to the school in its early days.
Have a wonderful weekend. It has been great having you all in school over the last two weeks and once again can I say a huge thank you for all of you donations.
Friday 11th October 2019 - Week 6
Another busy week has come to an end. On Monday, Key Stage 2 were lucky enough to have a judo session with Judo Joe. They all had a great time during their sessions where they had the opportunity to learn different judo techniques.
It's been quite the sporty week. Year 1 have spent time with Mr Churchward over the last few weeks on their 20 day challenge and today they completed day 19. On Monday, they will be on day 20 and will have completed their challenge. It has been great to see the progress they have been making. Well done Year 1! Also this week, Year 4 and Year 5 have continued with their Rugby training sessions with Newcastle Thunder. Today, Year 5 visited Walbottle Campus with Mrs Reid and Mrs Peters to take part in a Rugby competition with other schools from the Outer West. The children were fantastic and showed great attitudes throughout the morning and one of our teams came in third place too! Well done Year 5 for representing us so well!
On Tuesday and Wednesday evening we had our Parent Consultation evenings in school. 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 a time.
Year 2 are enjoying their Kenyan topic with Mrs Merrix. The class have made Kenyan kente cloths in art and they have written postcards from Kenya. They look fantastic and are up on display in the Year 2 classroom.
Year 6 have been reading 'Clockwork or All Wound Up' by Philip Pullman and have enjoyed it so much they have written their own narratives inspired by one of the scenes from the book.
Next week we are holding our Harvest Celebration on Wednesday. If you have a child in Key Stage 2, you are invited to our 9.30 am celebration. If your child is in Key Stage 1, you are invited to our 2 pm celebration. We hope to see you there. We are collecting for the Newcastle West End Foodbank this year. If you would like to bring in a food donation, please bring it into school from Monday to Wednesday next week.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 4th October 2019 - Week 5
We can't quite believe that it is October already ... week 5! Lots of additional activities have been taking place this week alongside our usual busy timetable.
On Monday, two Police Community Support Officers visited our Year 5 pupils as part of the 'Mini Police' project. The children enjoyed a session where they discussed the PSCO role in the local community and explained to the children how they can get involved too. Year 5 have been discussing how important this area is to everyone within the school and wider school community and are looking at getting involved in litter picking projects and making links with local residential home. We look forward to hearing about their developments.
The school nurse visited our Reception and Year 1 on Monday and Tuesday. Reception learned about the importance of having nice clean hands. They were shown how to wash them properly using soap and the correct order to ensure they are super clean. We think their favourite part was using glitter as germs to show where they hide out. Year 1 talked about the need to keep your teeth clean and healthy. The school nurse explained that we need to make sure we clean our teeth twice a day (properly) and the need to visit the dentist regularly to keep them in perfect working order.
Forest School with Mr Vyle continues to go from strength to strength. This week they began using tools in the woodland including drills and bow saws. This week they have also showed off their hapazome art work using different leaves and berries from the Dene ... makes me wish I could join them each Wednesday morning.
Thank you for the wonderful creative homework that we are receiving. Since we changed our approach to homework, we have seen a huge difference in the level of knowledge and interest from all pupils in topics within the classroom. The level of presentation, creativity and pride blows us away on a weekly basis. Thank you for your continued support in this area of your child's learning.
Next week, we have Judo Joe in school on Monday, all Key Stage 2 children will need their PE kit in please. On Tuesday, Year 4 are taking part in a Bikeability training. Those taking part will need to bring their bike into school on Tuesday morning, as well as a waterproof jacket, pants and a helmet if they have one. On Tuesday and Wednesday evening we have our first parent consultation evenings. Unfortunately Mrs Hainsworth has had to postpone Year 3's until the following week, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
Friday 27th September 2019 - Week 4
We've had another busy week in school. Year 5 had a wonderful morning with Mr Pickup this week where they created 'Hogwarts at Night' pictures using chalks. They also wrote a descriptive scene retelling the journey to Hogwarts. The class are loving the book and look forward to reading a chapter every day.
Reception have been learning to tell the 'Dear Zoo' story this week, adding in animals of their own. They were great at re-telling the story to me when I popped in this morning. Year 1 have had a busy week with lots of different activities going on. Megan, our Safeguarding Liaison Officer, visited them on Monday to talk about friendships and being kind to one another. They are also now onto Day 13 of Mr Churchward's 20 day challenge. Mr Pickup even joined in on Thursday's challenge and was pleased with how well they were progressing. Keep it up Year 1! Year 2 have been adding in maths this week using the Base 10 to support their understanding and even got to write on the tables with whiteboard pens! In Year 4, they have also been looking at place value in maths and the whole class made a human number line from 0 to 10,000.
Forest School was an adventure in the rain on Wednesday. The children had an amazing time exploring the different types of trees, creating slides and splashing in puddles, as well as having a cup of hot chocolate. Please take a look at the Forest School page for more information.
All the children from Year 1 to Year 6 should have received their Parent Consultation Letter this evening for Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th October. Please choose your preferred times and return it to their class teacher.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 20th September 2019 - Week 3
Another busy week comes to end. This week our Reception children stepped up their time in school with all of the children staying for lunch. They have settled in so well and we can already see that they are all going to be excellent additions to the Newburn family.
Thank you to all parents who managed to attend your meet the teacher meeting this week. All year groups have now had their session outlining expectations and challenges ahead for this academic year. Remember if you have any questions about your child's learning please drop in to see us whenever you feel the need to.
Years 1, 6 and Reception have continued their work with Julie from YogaBugs and Mr Churchward from Jon Churchward School of Taekwondo. Year 1 are at Day 9 of their 20 Day Health Challenge - we have some budding martial arts experts in our ranks by the look of some of the pad work we saw today. Mr Vyle and his Forest School Gang ventured back into the Dene - this week looking at the world of tree, leaf and fruit identification. Alex from Newcastle Thunder was in school on Tuesday working with our Year 4 and 5 pupils ... they are starting to catch the Rugby League bug.
This week we held our School Council elections. We look forward to working alongside our new team and will update the council site as the year progresses.
Congratulations to Reception who have won the Key Stage 1 attendance trophy for the second week running. Not only was it their second win in a row, it was their second 100% attendance in a row - WELL DONE Reception! Punctuality wasn't as successful this week with 29 lates in Key Stage 2 alone. Please remember that children need to be in line for 8.55 am on their respective yard each morning.
Have a great weekend ... enjoy the sun.
Friday 13th September - Week 2
This has been another busy week with lots of different activities happening throughout school. Reception have been busy baking carrot cupcakes using our very own carrots from the school garden. They helped Miss Morgan with the grating of the carrots, weighing the ingredients and mixing up the cake mixture.
Year 1 have started their 20 day challenge with Mr Churchward this week and have completed days 1 to 5 so far where they have practised leg raises, press ups, squats and punches. We can't wait to see how well they progress over the coming weeks. Year 6 have also been working with Mr Churchward on their first of 7 weekly sessions where they will work on taekwondo technique.
On Tuesday, we had 'Open the Book'. This week Year 2 helped tell the Creation Story and did a great job of acting out the different parts. Well done Year 2!
Year 1 and Reception have had Yoga Bugs this week with Julie. Year 1 have been looking at animal poses and Reception told the story of the three little pigs through yoga poses.
Year 4 and Year 5 started their Rugby League training sessions this week with Scott from Newcastle Thunder Rugby League. They practised running safely and played lots of team games. We look forward to seeing how they progress each week. Watch this space ...
Mr Vyle and Mrs Heslop have started up Forest School again and were visiting the Dene with half of Year 1 this week. They had a brilliant time tasting different foods and particularly enjoyed squashing blackberries with apple juice to make a special forest drink. Please take a look at the Forest School page for more photographs and information.
Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Head Teacher
Friday 6th September 2019 - Week 1
Welcome back to Newburn Manor. Week 1 has been fantastic! Like we always say, the school doesn't feel right without the children so it has been so nice to see our smart, smiley and recharged pupils ready for the new academic year. Every classroom I have visited this week has shown that our children are up for learning this year from the outset and we are all looking forward to seeing the progress they make with their new teachers.
With the new year, we welcome our new Reception families into the school. Some will already know us from brothers and sisters who are currently with us or those who have been through the school previously. To all of our new families, can I take the opportunity to welcome you to the school. We believe you have made a fabulous choice choosing us and we are sure your children will thoroughly enjoy their learning journey at Newburn Manor Primary.
In July we said goodbye to our old Year 6 pupils. I would like to share with you the news of their progress measures in the 2019 Key Stage 2 SATs. They achieved the strongest progress figures we have had at the school since the change in the SATs. We couldn't be more proud of them and we wish them luck as they begin their new chapter at secondary school. Please visit our performance page for further information.
Over the next few weeks, your child's class teacher will invite you in to school for an introduction to the new school year. We will also be providing you with all of the important dates for the diary that are already in place.
We look forward to seeing you all in school over the coming weeks. Have a great first weekend of the new academic year.