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Head and Deputy Weekly Update

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.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

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.


Claire Gill

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.


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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.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

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!


Claire Gill

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.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher 

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.


Claire Gill

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.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher


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. 


Claire Gill

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.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

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.


Claire Gill

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.


Stuart Pickup

Head Teacher

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