Head Teacher's Blog 18.03.24

17th March 2024

Our events for British Science week gave all children from Reception through to Year 6 an opportunity to gain scientific knowledge and understanding. Perhaps more importantly, our visiting professionals gave our children the opportunity to think like scientists and learn about the vast array of career options that lie within the scientific field. Thanks go to Craig Ellis, Climate Action Programme Manager at Alnwick Gardens, for his engaging presentations about bees, Lucie Oxley, Newcastle University, for enabling our children to  become electrical and chemical engineers as they powered clocks from lemons and Dasha Deen, geneticist, for giving our children an insight into the working practices of a scientist through hypothesis testing around apples! All of these visitors have close family links in our school community and we are very lucky to be able to draw on such expertise. Look out on class webpages and the ‘science’ section of our school website for photos and updates of all our activities. 


Y2 had fun with numbers on Thursday morning - thanks to all who came and also to Mr Johnson, Mr Rose and Mr Fordham-Scott for facilitating this session. 


We had to wait a long time for Larch’s class assembly but when it eventually came on Thursday, we weren’t disappointed. It was brilliant to see the Larch team working so well together, as they always do, to deliver an assembly jam packed full of stone age facts and fun!


We had a great time celebrating Comic Relief on Friday, thanks to everyone who sent in donations and jokes. Our joke board was brimming  with a plethora of ‘funnies’. We enjoyed sharing these throughout the day and you can see some photos on the homepage of our website. 


Let’s take a look at the week to come…

  • It’s bikeability for Y5 this week. If your child has signed up, please ensure that they have their bike and helmet on the days that they need them. 

  • This is the last week of teacher clubs for this half term. Look out for the sign up sheet for next term, it’ll be coming your way soon. 

  • Maple class heads to the Alnwick Gardens on Monday, please refer to communication sent out to ensure that children have everything that they need for a great day. 

  • Year 1s will be having Fun with Numbers on Thursday morning. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up on the Google form and come into school, work alongside your child for an hour and gain an insight into how we teach maths. Mr Fordham-Scott will be ready with the kettle on from 08.45 ahead of the maths at 09.15. 

  • It’s Willow class assembly on Thursday and we look forward to welcoming family and friends to join us for this at 14.30. Please come to the main entrance. 

  • Mr Rose and our UKS2 football team are heading out for a tournament on Thursday afternoon. We look forward to bringing you details of how they get on. 

  • We are welcoming Image Musical Theatre Company into school on Friday morning and they will be performing The Selfish Giant for children in Year 1-4. 


Thanks to those who have bought tickets for our Easter bingo next week, Wednesday 27th March. Please do consider buying a ticket for this if you haven’t already done so - it’s great family fun and a brilliant way to support our FOSP who work so hard to provide many ‘extras’ for our children. Pop into the school office to get tickets, or give Gillian or Victoria a call and they’ll send tickets home with your children. 


Let’s see who has been impressing this week as we take a look at our stars of the week. A huge well done goes to: Nancy Towers, Louie Porteous, Lincoln Hardy, Amber Lamb, Jack Grey, Avya Shiel, Dom Tyler, Nicola Welch, Dan Bridgens and Archie Porteous. We are very proud of you all. 


Our whole school attendance for last week was 93.6% and Beech class were our top attenders with 98.2%. Well done Beech class, keep it up!


Following on from all of the jokes that we had on Friday, here’s a bit of jovial music called The Typewriter by American composer, Leroy Anderson. Enjoy!




See you in the week, 


Mrs G

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