Head Teacher's Blog 19.06.23

18th June 2023

What a glorious week we have just had! What has particularly struck me as I’ve been out and about each morning is how lovely our school grounds are looking - if you haven’t seen our gorgeous planters outside Sycamore, Maple, Chestnut and Willow classes, you’re missing a treat! They are bursting into life with colour and produce… I think Willow might even be able to harvest a few strawberries to share by mid week! The allotments and class gardens are thriving too and the children are getting first hand experience of their science curriculum about plants and living things. I think I’ll have to Tweet out some pictures this week so you can see how bloomin’ marvellous we are!

It’s been another action packed week. Well done to Year 4s who approached their times table assessments with such positivity and resilience and Y1s who did a cracking job with their phonics checks. We’re proud of you all! We look forward to sharing details of children’s achievements. 

Pear class has been a hive of activity! They wowed us with their fabulous class assembly on Thursday in which they shared their favourite memories from their time in Reception. I was particularly impressed with the children’s confidence as they spoke and sang in front of their audience. They then finished off the week with a trip to Lillidorei. I can report that much fun was had by all, although I’m not sure who went down the slides more times - the children or the staff!

Our wonderful young librarians introduced their lunchtime story sessions to KS1 children last week. They have spent time and care making their ‘story-stop’ signs and their younger peers have thoroughly enjoyed coming into the cool of the library for a story pit stop during their lunch breaks. 

Our Year 6 children were visited by Judith Davis, community safety officer from Northumberland County Council and she talked with them about online safety, focusing particularly on use of social media. Our children approached these sessions with maturity and took on board the really important messages that Judith shared. Following on from this, Judith will be running an e-safety session for all parents on July 4th at 3.15pm. We will provide a creche during this meeting and we really hope that lots of parents will come along. 

Susie Cochrane and Cheryl Stewart came in on Friday to begin the Wonderful World project with our Year 3 children. This was a fabulously creative day and I was blown away by the dance and musical sequences that the children put together in such a short time. If Year 3 parents have not yet signed the Google form to say that children can join the performance on 1st July, it’s not too late to do so. In addition, if you have previously said that your child won’t be taking part and they now wish to do so, that is also fine. Just let us know. 

Looking forward to the week ahead, here are the important things to note: 

  • Key Stage 1 will be visiting Boulmer beach on Tuesday and Thursday

  • Year 3 will be visiting Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday as part of the Wonderful World project

  • Please remember sunhats, suncream and water bottles each day, oh and rain coats as it looks like we might be in for some showers!

Our whole school attendance was 94.7% last week and a special mention goes to Plum class who had a fabulous 99% attendance! 

As always, we had some superstars across the week. A huge well done goes to: Teddy McEwan, Isla Edwards, Joshua Stalker, Jack Ellis, Joseph Hodson, Sam Frater, George Butroid, Addy Pynn and Alice Bridges. 

Our music for the week is a beautiful song called Follow the Heron. Year 3 learnt this song on Friday and will be performing it at the Playhouse as part of Journey of a River. 


See you in the week, 

Mrs G

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