Head Teachers' Blog 06.03.23

6th March 2023

Our round up for last week shows how busy we’ve been particularly on Friday! Have a look on the school website for photos of all these events. 

As ever, World Book Day was a super event . The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing a book with friends from a different class as well as dressing up as their favourite book characters - thank you for your support in the costume department.

Some Key Stage One children benefited from free tickets to see Curious Investigators at Alnwick Playhouse. This was an amazing opportunity for our children to show off their science skills during the interactive show and also to learn some new ones! Many thanks to Alnwick Playhouse for gifting the tickets to us.

Congratulations to the choir and ceilidh band for ending the week on a high note when they performed alongside the Northumberland Ranters and other local schools at the Northumberland Hall on Saturday evening.

It is wonderful to see so many parents showing an interest in their child’s learning. The teachers report that it was great to share progress and engage in helpful conversations about children's next steps at consultation meetings this week.  

Discussions with some parents, particularly in UKS2, raised concerns about Whats App messaging and in particular, group chats which are sometimes active very late at night. Please can we ask parents and carers to regularly monitor children’s use of devices to ensure their safety online.  

Unfortunately, staff have spent a lot of time this week dealing with incidents that are taking place in the park after school. This results in important teaching time being lost. Please could we ask parents to remind their children of the expectations of having disclaimers. 

Important things to note this week include:

  • Willow Class and Maple Class begin their swimming lessons at Willowburn on Tuesday.

  • Parent consultations are taking place on Wednesday for the following classes: Oak, Beech, Chestnut, Rowan and Larch. 

  • UKS2 are looking forward to attending the production of Annie on Thursday afternoon. The bus is scheduled to return to school at 6pm and children need to be collected from classroom doors by parents please. They will not be released as disclaimers.

  • Year 6 Master classes begin next week for those invited to these additional sessions. As a reminder, the English master class will be on Monday next week due to the UKS2 theatre trip, the Maths master class will be on Tuesday. 

  • Teacher-based clubs begin on Monday and continue on Thursday.

Whole school attendance remains at 94.9% which is just below the school target. There was a tie for the top spot with Willow and Larch classes both achieving the highest attendance at 98.4%.

With our UKS2 children heading to the theatre on Wednesday to see Annie, ‘The sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow’ seems a very apt piece of music for us all to enjoy. It might also remind us that although the forecast is not great for this week, warmer and sunnier days will hopefully be just around the corner. The girl who sings this song holds the last note for a very long time. Can you count how many beats she holds the note for altogether? Five smilies await anyone with the correct answer. Thanks to those who answered last week’s questions - it was a pleasure to give away a lot of smilies to children who knew that John Williams also composed the musical scores for ET, Star Wars and Jurassic Park, just to name a few!


This week we have been particularly impressed with Isabella Inglis, Emily Oxley, Bonnie Nicholson, Ella Williams, Henry Knox, Jaxon Marshall, Matthew Shiells, Logan Kim, Sophia Tutleman, Jack Tincombe, Emily Davison and Amy Evans - our stars of the week, well done everyone.

Bye for now

Mrs Smith and Mrs Grimes

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